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Our Company

Headquartered in Kansas City, Strategic Capital was founded by industry veterans in 2014 to tackle the prevalent demand for capital within the small business community. Since then, we’ve been able to consult with and fund thousands of entrepreneurs nationwide, and help them achieve their dreams.

As a company founded by serial entrepreneurs and for entrepreneurs, we understand how difficult and daring it can be to launch a new venture and grow it to success. We’re committed to providing you the best experience possible and exploring our vast network of lenders to identify the best funding solutions available to meet your business’ needs. We believe obtaining business capital should be a fast, simple, and secure process; everything we do aligns to strengthen one of those pillars.

2,500 +

Entrepreneurs Funded

$100 Million +

Capital Deployed

94

Industries Served

Why Choose Us?

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A+ BBB Rating and 5 Star TrustPilot Rating

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Strong and Robust Industry Partnerships

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Simple repayment terms
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Approval in as fast as 1 hour
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Commitment to our client’s goals

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We’ve completed the research for you

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84% applicant approval rates

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Funding in as fast as 24 hours

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Meet our dedicated team

Ryan Ridgway

Co-Founder, Managing Partner
Mr. Ridgway started his professional career in business development at a local Series A funded startup and helped them launch their GRC technology into the IT security market. Although very thrilling, he would eventually be led towards more entrepreneurial endeavors. As a Director of Marketing for an emerging cryptographic currency, he was instrumental in growing its value over 3600% through positive PR and community sentiment, prior to exit. As a nutrition and fitness enthusiast, he grew a sales team from nothing to over 2,000 distributors in less than 6 months, selling millions in the nutritional market throughout all 50 states and 5 countries. Seeing entrepreneurs try to succeed while being under-capitalized inspired him to Co-Launch what is now Strategic Capital. In his free time, Ryan enjoys staying fit through hiking and yoga, traveling, spoiling his dog Romeo, and a good scotch & cigar.

Austin Moss

Co-Founder, Managing Partner
Austin has always obtained a fiery passion for business and entrepreneurship, which led him to being involved with multiple successful companies, and partnering with some of the sharpest business minds in the country. Since early 2015, when Austin co-founded Strategic Capital he has taken his over 10 years of experience in business and finance and applied them to creating a solution to help business owners access capital when the traditional means are not always readily available or simple to approach. Along with his passions for business and seeing his team and clients succeed, Austin has a passion for friendships and family. He enjoys attending sporting events, skiing, basketball, wine, and traveling.

Frank Emert, CPA

Chief Financial Officer
Frank is a CFO with a passion for helping high-growth companies attain financial goals by establishing key performance metrics and efficient financial reporting. With multiple years’ experience in the alternative commercial finance industry, he also brings skills and expertise in the areas of financial modeling, capital-raising, market analysis and cash management. Before making the jump to private, Frank gained his technical background in public accounting as an auditor and consultant. A native of Kansas City, Frank enjoys being outdoors, sporting events, golf, basketball, and volunteering. In addition, Frank is a member of a BBQ team that does catering, charity events, and competitions such as the American Royal.

Joe Ialacci

Board Member
Joseph Ialacci is an experienced and accomplished CEO with 18 years experience growing businesses from start-up, to organic growth phase, to mergers and acquisitions, to the sale to publicly-traded industry leaders. His expertise lies in identifying an investment opportunity, analyzing the risks, creating a strategic vision and executing a sustainable profit-maximization strategy. Mr. Ialacci is also an inventor, developing the world’s first white/clear ultraviolet absorber for ophthalmic lenses. He became a successful entrepreneur under Optisource International. After successfully growing the company organically and through M&A, he sold it to Essilor, the world’s leading eyeglass lens manufacturer. He has now transitioned into investment management and his current role as Chief Capital Officer at Strategic Capital.

Diego Gutierrez, MBA, DBA

Board Member
Formerly a Major League Soccer Player, Diego was one of the pioneer players in
Major League Soccer, playing over 400 professional games and becoming one of
the fiercest competitors in MLS history. He currently does radio for ESPN Deportes, covering Sporting KC games both home and away. A highly respected businessman in the Kansas City business community, Diego has served as Vice President of Development for Frosty Cold, was an International Business Ambassador for the State of Kansas, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Sales for Shoutz, Inc., as well as other leading executive roles. Also, Diego has been highly passionate about education. He is currently a faculty member at Rockhurst University’s prestigious Helzberg School of Management, where he teaches various business courses, including Marketing Strategy, Global Markets and International Business.

John Graham

Director of Business Development
John brings years of business ownership, customer service, and marketing & sales team development experience to his clients when assisting them in selecting the very best solutions for their needs. Assisting businesses with key demographic marketing tactics to build revenue has been a passion of John’s from early days in the publishing business. Most recently coming from the IT Security software world, his ability to retain customers with superior levels of service, have gained him a wide and trusted network of partnerships as well as friends. Often found in garden or the art studio, John enjoys mostly exploring new camping spots, r/c hobbies and working on carpentry and remodel projects around the home.

Alex Trigg

Director of Commercial Lending
With over 10 years of financial advisory work, I have developed a passion to work with small to medium size companies to obtain the access to the capital they need, so they will have the ability to grow, expand and become highly successful. Using my experience, knowledge and resources has given me the ability to be successful at helping my clients with their funding and capital needs. I believe that excellent communication and collaboration has been vital to my success in being able to successfully watch numerous companies I have directly worked with go from start-up to thriving companies.

Alex Wigginton

Director of Sales
Alex Wigginton moved to Kansas City from Oklahoma. He studied Business Management at Washburn University and proceeded to work in numerous management roles in the retail environment with At&t, Sprint and most recently Nebraska Furniture Mart. With encouragement from wife and friends he stepped out to start a new adventure with Strategic Capital in 2017. In his free time, Alex loves to travel, SCUBA, snorkel, get through his “To Do” list, and spend time with his wife Jaime, son Cole, dog Nina, and cat Lola. Alex is grateful for an amazing group of friends and co-workers that have helped him along his journey.

Brent Perry

Director of Human Resources
Brent has spent his entire life in the Kansas City/Overland Park area. He has a passion for Human Resources and to help co-workers reach their goals. After getting his undergraduate degree at the University of Kansas, he worked for a local moving company of over 250 employees as the only employee in the Human Resources department. When he isn’t working, he takes any opportunity he can to spend weekends at the Lake of the Ozarks, relaxing, boating, and rooting for all local sports teams. Rock Chalk!

Jeff Hays

Marketing Manager
With nearly a decade of marketing experience, Jeff has a passion for developing strategies to message and position a brand’s products and services. He is a native Kansas Citian and studied journalism – strategic communication at The University of Kansas. In his free time, Jeff loves spending time with his wife Erika and daughter Avery. He also spends a lot of time with friends, reading and following his Jayhawks (yes, the football team too), Chiefs, Royals and Sporting Kansas City.

Parker Moss

Financial Controller

Demond Jones

Funding Coordinator
Demond was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. He has a degree in Economics from the University of Missouri – Kansas City and has a background in Finance and Business industries. Demond is a hard worker, who enjoys learning more about the finance world. He has a curious appetite for knowledge and applying it not just in work but daily life as well. He enjoys going to the movies, playing the newest video games and spending time with family.

Drew Perry

Senior Capital Advisor
After obtaining my Business Management degree at JCCC, I have stumbled into a field that I am most passionate about and enjoy doing to the fullest. I love building relationships and helping business owners take what they love to do to the next level! One of my favorite things to do in the Kansas City area is heading to Loose Park, setting up my hammock and hanging out with friends on a beautiful sunny day. My favorite local spot to hit up has to be McCoy’s Public House. The perfect place to build the ultimate mac and cheese and the location is prime, being in the heart of Westport!

Kevin Dupriest

Senior Capital Advisor
Kevin has always had a passion for helping others achieve their goals. He brings years of business ownership, marketing and an uncommon ability to take initiative to ensure complete customer satisfaction regardless of circumstances. He is an adaptive strategic thinker and equally able to direct entrepreneurial as well as more mature organizations. He is also profoundly detailed and organized in his approach to work and follow through. Transparency, innovation, and expertise are at the core of everything we provide to our valued clients. His off time is spent wrangling 4 boys ranging from 3 months to 16 years old. He loves to travel with the wife and could live of off raw oysters, ceviche and el pastor tacos.

Katie Miller

Senior Capital Advisor
Katie is a Kansas City native with a competitive drive and a dynamic background in business management. Katie has found success and gained experience in a wide array of industries focusing on sales, product marketing, retail management, and operational strategy. This experience has armed Katie with a strong business acumen and a thorough grasp on allocating capital in a multitude of business settings. Off the field, Katie spends time practicing het art work, a craft she studied at The University of North Texas. She relaxes by spending time with he dog, Oliver, and by baking the best cookies and cupcakes in the metro area.

Joshua Aroesty

Capital Advisor
Josh Aroesty (pronounced arrest-ee) moved to Kansas City in the winter of 2018 and started with Strategic Capital in early 2019, excited to learn the Alternative Financing field and help small businesses grow. A native Missourian from St. Louis, Josh studied Political Science, History, and Strategic Studies at the University of Missouri before spending several years in various sales and management roles in the multi-family property development industry. When not at work, you can find Josh watching St. Louis Blues hockey, going to see live music, and trying any and all new restaurants in the Kansas City area.

James Clark

Capital Advisor
From training as an analyst in the U.S. Army to over 10 years of experience in customer-centric roles, across several industries, my experiences have helped fuel my passion for helping entrepreneurs with small to medium sized businesses achieve their goals. An ultra competitive, detail-oriented personality helps push me toward finding innovative ways to create solutions & build relationships with my clients. In my off time I enjoy being a “sports dad”, traveling the country to watch my son play football in college.

Tyler Heldstab

Capital Advisor
Tyler Heldstab is a Kansas City native. With almost a decade of experience in project management. This took place in the custom design build world (some really cool projects) and the IT realm. He went to Benedictine College with a soccer scholarship and finished up school at K-State with an emphasis on business management and entrepreneurship. Tyler is also a licensed real estate agent and remodels condos and houses in his spare time. Outside of work Tyler still enjoys playing soccer, spending time with friends and family, attending sporting events, and traveling whenever he can get away.

Dan Hicks

Capital Advisor
Dan is a creative innovator with 10+ years of marketing experience in various industries including but not limited to construction, insurance, and most recently, specialty pharmacy care, where he was responsible for ensuring that his patients received the highest quality standard of care. He loves advocating and volunteering for the underdog and the opportunities to meet interesting individuals. He’s passionate about powerlifting, bodybuilding, fitness & nutrition, and overall staying active. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wonderful wife, his two boys, his two crazy dogs, reading, and coming up with innovative ideas to license & sell.

Harris Lane

Capital Advisor
Harris, an Alabama native, moved to Kansas City in 2018 after spending almost 3 years working across the U.S. in the financial realm of the automobile industry. Prior to his traveling, Harris obtained a finance degree from the University of Alabama where he also worked as a teaching assistant for computer science classes. Harris joined the Strategic Capital team excited with the consultative side of the finance industry and being able to help business owners obtain exactly what they need for operational growth. Outside of work, Harris has become a frequent attendee of Chiefs and Royals games.

Jorge Torres

Capital Advisor
With a mix combination of 18 years in the finance industry and 7 plus years of business ownership understanding. I am able to help others achieve their financial business goals. I love to support small, medium and large business owners with a different approach by using my abilities. I am able to help business owners position themselves with our products and business financial instruments so they may thrive. I have always enjoyed sports and outdoors. I have grown up most of my life in Kansas City. Today, I spend time with my wife Monica and two sons Luis and Jorge, exploring coffee shops and restaurants in the city.

Brittany Ramirez

Business Development Assistant
As a Wichita native, Brittany attended the University of Southern California where she earned her Finance degree. After finishing college, Brittany moved back to the Midwest. When she isn’t at work, Brittany loves to spend her time painting and hanging out with her two pugs – Tom and Jerry.

Rachel Hayes

Business Development Assistant
Rachel is a proud Kansas Citian who graduated from Kansas State University in 2016. She spends her free time volunteering at local non-profits, binge watching Netflix and spending time with friends and family.

What our clients say about working with us

They made us feel like family!

"Katie Miller and everyone who helped us get our funding worked fast and most of all they made you feel like we were family. After this is done I will be using them for everything!"

- Robert Gaza

Absolutely phenomenal

"From the first phone call, all the way through to funding - Alex was upfront and sincere about everything. He truly wanted to help - you can sense it in his conversation. He is very knowledgeable and eager to make things work out. Definitely stands apart from someone just looking to sign you up and add another mark in the win column. Alex and Strategic are a company I'd like to establish a long-term relationship with."

- Curtis Nettles

Always professional

"I’ve been working with Katie Miller for a while. She is very informative and presents all the information in a professional manner. If I have any questions she is always quick to respond, even after hours. This is my second loan with Strategic Capital and definitely not my last one."

- Anthony Vasquez

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