The principals of Spell Capital Partners are widely regarded as accomplished, experienced professionals with diverse backgrounds, successful investment track records and solid business networks. Spell professionals have extensive contacts and industry relationships

enabling them to identify promising opportunities. They also have the knowledge and skills to analyze performance, assess the strength of management teams, obtain the necessary financing and consummate transactions.

Ryan McKinney
Senior Managing Director

Ryan has over 25 years’ experience in mezzanine, leveraged lending and commercial banking.  Prior to joining Spell Capital in January of 2020, he co-founded Exmarq Capital Partners in 2011.  Exmarq provided mezzanine debt and equity co-investments for sponsored leveraged buyouts.  Ryan will continue to manage the realization of the Exmarq portfolio as he invests in new transactions through Spell Capital.

Prior to Exmarq, Ryan was most recently Senior Vice President and Team Leader at BMO Harris Bank (formerly M&I Marshall & Ilsley Bank).  Ryan joined M&I in 2007 following the acquisition of Excel Bank Minnesota.  He began his career with Marquette Capital Bank, NA in the early 1990’s.  Ryan received both his BS and MBA in Finance from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.