Ryan D.

Ryan D.


When did you start at William Blair?



What do you do for William Blair?

I am a junior associate in the equity research department. On a day-to-day basis my responsibilities include keeping up with industry news, drafting research notes, updating models, and writing industry research.


What is your educational and work background prior to William Blair?

I completed my undergraduate work at the Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa in 2009 with majors in finance and accounting. I completed my graduate work at the Graduate College at the University of Iowa in 2010 with a Masters in Accountancy. Prior to working at William Blair, I was at Houlihan Lokey in the firm’s corporate finance group working on industrial sell-side M&As.


What do you like most about working at William Blair?

In the equity research department, I enjoy working closely in a collaborative way with my small team. Overall, the firm has a very good culture that puts a strong emphasis on teamwork.


Describe a "typical" day.

My typical day starts off with reading a number of news stories that came out towards the end of the previous day and over night. Following the news update, I look at the futures and pre-market trading to see if there is any reason our coverage list is trading significantly above or below the market. After the market opens, and assuming there are no issues with any of the companies on our coverage list, I typically transition to working on industry or company specific reports throughout the day.