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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.

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.

Jason Sayre

Senior Underwriter & Credit Analyst
Jason is a true economist at heart. After gaining his undergraduate degree from William Jewell College, he spent years working in accounting and finance roles with private start-ups as well as large publicly traded companies. He spent the last decade managing international commodity risks for a leading Kansas City based trading firm while earning his MBA. While always looking to find ways to improve efficiency and mitigate risk, Jason’s internal Risk vs. Reward curve is always in the ON position. He spends much of his time with his wife, Tiffany, 3 rock star children, Gabriel, Josslyn, and Olivia, their 3 cats and chocolate Lab. In his free time, you will find Jason in his office, contemplating new mitigations in life and simply enjoying a quiet moment!

Ali Laub

Funding Coordinator
Ali was born and raised in Boulder, CO before moving to Kansas City and is a die-hard Buffs fan! She has a degree in Management and Human Relations and comes from a diverse professional background with experience in the IT, Healthcare and Finance industries. She has a passion for new technology, knowledge and amazing tacos. Ali enjoys playing/coaching volleyball, napping on the beach, eating all the sushi and a good Netflix binge.

Alex Wigginton

Senior Capital Advisor
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.

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.

Max Montoya

Senior Capital Advisor
Max is a transplant from New Mexico who came to Kansas City for career opportunities and to be close to extended family. He studied Business Management concentrating on Marketing and Business Information Systems and has a diverse sales background. He is passionate about providing businesses with solutions that they were never aware of until they talked to him. Outside of making things happen for his clients, he strives to invest in his family, while sneaking in some cycling, martial arts and reading about the latest business strategies and their secret sauce.

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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