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Ryan Establishes "The Ryan Foundation" to Oversee the Firm's Community Outreach Efforts; John Sharp Appointed Executive Director

Press Release May 05, 2008

Dallas, Texas - Ryan, the leading tax services firm in North America, with the largest transaction tax practice in the United States and Canada, today announced the establishment of a foundation chartered to oversee the Firm’s contributions to charitable organizations, schools and universities, and other deserving entities.

The Ryan Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation, will be led by John Sharp, the former Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts and a long-time Principal in the Firm. Mr. Sharp will devote his full-time efforts to leading The Ryan Foundation as Executive Director. He will focus on improving the quality of life of others in the community through active participation in charitable outreach efforts. Through grants from Ryan, private and public partnerships, and the Firm’s premier global corporate clients, the Foundation will work with nonprofit organizations to advance its mission of enriching lives and strengthening communities.

“Ryan’s success has resulted in substantial rewards for our associates, and it is their generosity and our Firm’s culture of giving back to the community that has inspired our vision of The Ryan Foundation,” said G. Brint Ryan, Managing Principal of Ryan. “I thank John Sharp for his valuable role in our Firm’s growth and for accepting this new position of Executive Director of The Ryan Foundation. Under his steady leadership, our community outreach efforts will continue to grow through the endowments of Ryan clients, partners, and associates.”

“I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to lead The Ryan Foundation and devote my time and efforts to the worthy cause of philanthropy,” said John Sharp, Executive Director. “I will work hard to ensure that our communities will increasingly benefit from the continued kindness and fellowship of Ryan’s clients and associates across North America.”

Since 2006, Ryan’s 725 associates have contributed more than $1.7 million to their local communities.

About Ryan

Ryan, an award-winning global tax services and software provider, is the largest Firm in the world dedicated exclusively to business taxes. With global headquarters in Dallas, Texas, the Firm provides an integrated suite of federal, state, local, and international tax services on a multijurisdictional basis, including tax recovery, consulting, advocacy, compliance, and technology services. Ryan is an 11-time recipient of the International Service Excellence Award from the Customer Service Institute of America (CSIA) for its commitment to world-class client service. Empowered by the dynamic myRyan work environment, which is widely recognized as the most innovative in the tax services industry, Ryan’s multidisciplinary team of more than 4,700 professionals and associates serves over 29,000 clients in more than 75 countries, including many of the world’s most prominent Global 5000 companies. More information about Ryan can be found at


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