ABOUT MAX

ABOUT MAX RYERSON

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Max was born in Brussels Belgium.

At the age of 6, he started coding on a Commodore 64 and would continue to code to this day, evolving from Basic to C+ to HTML, CSS, and Javascript.

At the age of 13, he was extremely privileged to be able to attend Gordonstoun School in Scotland as a boarder until graduating 5 years later. There he put to the test the school’s motto ‘Plus est en vous’ (‘more is in you’ than you think) and took part in expeditions to climb the UK’s 3 tallest mountains, sailed the west coast of Scotland, joined the Grampian Fire Service as a volunteer firefighter for 3 years, was named head of his fire watch two terms running, was Captain of External Affairs, boarding House Captain, Colour Bearer (member of student government), and Guardian (School President). It was during his time at Gordonstoun that he was introduced to the internet and built his first website.

At the age of 18, he started reading Business Administration at the International University of Monaco (formerly University of Southern Europe) in Monaco. He majored in Management, Finance, Marketing and Economics. During his time at IUM, he would develop an interest for financial markets which, combined with his passion for technology, would lead to actively trading stocks, options, and managing a portfolio of clients’ investments in technology, such as Google, Corning, Emulex, Brocade, Juniper Networks, Net2Phone, JDS Uniphase.

While at IUM, he started his first business: a web design and development company – Ryerson Website Services – and won annual awards for his work. He started the university’s student newspaper and was its first Chief Editor. He won the student presidency in his second year and led the student association until his graduation in 1999.

Upon graduating, Max closed his website development business and pursued his interest in finance in his first job as Personal Wealth Manager at a boutique firm managing HNWs’ technology investments. He was responsible for managing the funds of 5 clients, investing in technology stocks traded on US markets and hedging equity exposure risk through stock option strategies. He returned 50% growth in capital for his clients annually and increased his contribution to the firm’s net profits by 100%.

3 years later, Max had the opportunity to move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film & television. After attending film school, he worked on numerous major TV shows including The West Wing, Ally McBeal, Angel, Becker, Gilmore Girls, Just Shoot Me, Felicity and started his own production company – Ryerson Productions – advocating for digital filmmaking and digital cinema, mainly directing music videos.

After two and a half years in Los Angeles, Max returned to Monaco. He continued to explore the creation of the International Emerging Talent Film Festival – which he finally launched in 2006, promoting new and emerging filmmakers from around the world and supporting digital cinema. It was the first all-digital cinema-quality film festival in the world.

While back in Monaco, he partnered with a local production company to develop one of the first Out-of-Home Digital signage businesses in Europe – Advanced Media Technologies. He was instrumental in creating the business strategy and overseeing the content’s creative direction across 9 different content themes. Their first clients were McDonald’s franchise owners in Monaco and France.

In 2006 he founded the International Emerging Film Talent Association, which supports filmmakers in developing countries and the governments of these countries through two initiatives supported by developed nations’ film industries, the Cannes Film Market, the United Nations, and other sponsors and supporters. He passed on the association’s presidency in 2007 and would remain a founding board member for the next 11 years.

In 2007, Max joined a small group of entrepreneurs to start a social network for High Net Worth Individuals and Ultra High Net Worth Individuals – Club 5 Thousand – which he led and turned into a lifestyle business with a social network attached. Partnering with luxury brands and services, Max grew the business’ revenue by 500% in its second year. Max left the business and his position as CEO in 2009. The business was then sold to a French lifestyle company and eventually replaced by the Billionaire’s club. While at Club 5 Thousand, Max pushed his product team to deliver industry firsts such as the live feed and social e-commerce.

In 2010, having relocated to Sydney (Australia), Max joined a leading niche publishing & events company as Director of Digital and Social Media, servicing the finance industry, specifically the world’s largest institutional investors, pension funds, and wealth management. Max brought his expertise to drive an increase in readership through the use of data to analyse what was being read and not read, informing journalists and business development staff. Combined with improvements in user experience and new digital channels, this lead to a 200% increase in readership, ad revenue, event attendee satisfaction (use of mobile technology), and created value through new revenue opportunities around subscriptions and video content. His work established a foundation for sold out events and future events growth through expansion.

After two years of pushing and dragging a publishing & events company through digital transition, in 2012 Max joined one of Australia’s leading commercial property groups – a top 30 ASX listed company. As the group’s National Digital Strategy Manager across all asset classes, Max embedded digital thinking into the asset management division. He grew digital marketing capabilities and reach resulting in the most followed shopping centre group in Australia. He designed and implemented a leading data strategy that focused on centralising consumer data from all touch points in order to increase conversion, establishing a data mindset that became the foundation for new revenue opportunities through advertising and future customer engagement success. Max single-handedly conceptualised, designed, and articulated a market leading digital strategy for retail assets and oversaw the first phase of its implementation with the support of business stakeholders, a new digital team reporting to him, and numerous external vendors.

Two years on, Max left to start his own digital strategy and transformation business – StratForce. Within the first 3 months, he signed on major clients such as the IVE Group and The Blackstone Group. CohnReznick soon followed. To this day he continues to lead the firm as CEO & Chief Digital Strategist.

In 2015, Max joined the board of Lifeable – a wearable technology start-up in the digital identification, payment, public transportation, and building access sectors where he broadened his knowledge of technologies that affect the day to day life of consumers globally. In 2017, Lifeable became Sidekick Industries and Max left the business to focus on other board responsibilities.

In 2018, Max joined the board of Space Coffins – a space, finance, and death care industry start-up, aiming to deliver an alternate legacy option to its clients, while participating in space technology funding and space data collection pertinent to the future of mankind.

Now in 2019, Max has relocated to the UK from Australia, where he is expanding Stratforce’s core consulting business and exploring new opportunities for the StratForce group based on AI technologies.

In his spare time, Max enjoys good food, the company of friends, spending time with his wife, three children, and their French bulldog Roxanne.

Max is warm-hearted, upright, easygoing, optimistic, with strong action and executive power. According to his Chinese horoscope, now in his 40s, Max’s career should develop fast and smoothly turning stable in his 50s and he should live a happy life thereafter. His Chinese horoscope also predicts that he was born to be a talented businessman and should be winning the lottery sometime in his 40s… Max looks forward to his horoscope’s predictions coming true.

Max was born in Brussels Belgium.

At the age of 6, he started coding on a Commodore 64 and would continue to code to this day, evolving from Basic to C+ to HTML, CSS, and Javascript.

At the age of 13, he was extremely privileged to be able to attend Gordonstoun School in Scotland as a boarder until graduating 5 years later. There he put to the test the school’s motto ‘Plus est en vous’ (‘more is in you’ than you think) and took part in expeditions to climb the UK’s 3 tallest mountains, sailed the west coast of Scotland, joined the Grampian Fire Service as a volunteer firefighter for 3 years, was named head of his fire watch two terms running, was Captain of External Affairs, boarding House Captain, Colour Bearer (member of student government), and Guardian (School President). It was during his time at Gordonstoun that he was introduced to the internet and built his first website.

At the age of 18, he started reading Business Administration at the International University of Monaco (formerly University of Southern Europe) in Monaco. He majored in Management, Finance, Marketing and Economics. During his time at IUM, he would develop an interest for financial markets which, combined with his passion for technology, would lead to actively trading stocks, options, and managing a portfolio of clients’ investments in technology, such as Google, Corning, Emulex, Brocade, Juniper Networks, Net2Phone, JDS Uniphase.

While at IUM, he started his first business: a web design and development company – Ryerson Website Services – and won annual awards for his work. He started the university’s student newspaper and was its first Chief Editor. He won the student presidency in his second year and led the student association until his graduation in 1999.

Upon graduating, Max closed his website development business and pursued his interest in finance in his first job as Personal Wealth Manager at a boutique firm managing HNWs’ technology investments. He was responsible for managing the funds of 5 clients, investing in technology stocks traded on US markets and hedging equity exposure risk through stock option strategies. He returned 50% growth in capital for his clients annually and increased his contribution to the firm’s net profits by 100%.

3 years later, Max had the opportunity to move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film & television. After attending film school, he worked on numerous major TV shows including The West Wing, Ally McBeal, Angel, Becker, Gilmore Girls, Just Shoot Me, Felicity and started his own production company – Ryerson Productions – advocating for digital filmmaking and digital cinema, mainly directing music videos.

After two and a half years in Los Angeles, Max returned to Monaco. He continued to explore the creation of the International Emerging Talent Film Festival – which he finally launched in 2006, promoting new and emerging filmmakers from around the world and supporting digital cinema. It was the first all-digital cinema-quality film festival in the world.

While back in Monaco, he partnered with a local production company to develop one of the first Out-of-Home Digital signage businesses in Europe – Advanced Media Technologies. He was instrumental in creating the business strategy and overseeing the content’s creative direction across 9 different content themes. Their first clients were McDonald’s franchise owners in Monaco and France.

In 2006 he founded the International Emerging Film Talent Association, which supports filmmakers in developing countries and the governments of these countries through two initiatives supported by developed nations’ film industries, the Cannes Film Market, the United Nations, and other sponsors and supporters. He passed on the association’s presidency in 2007 and would remain a founding board member for the next 11 years.

In 2007, Max joined a small group of entrepreneurs to start a social network for High Net Worth Individuals and Ultra High Net Worth Individuals – Club 5 Thousand – which he led and turned into a lifestyle business with a social network attached. Partnering with luxury brands and services, Max grew the business’ revenue by 500% in its second year. Max left the business and his position as CEO in 2009. The business was then sold to a French lifestyle company and eventually replaced by the Billionaire’s club. While at Club 5 Thousand, Max pushed his product team to deliver industry firsts such as the live feed and social e-commerce.

In 2010, having relocated to Sydney (Australia), Max joined a leading niche publishing & events company as Director of Digital and Social Media, servicing the finance industry, specifically the world’s largest institutional investors, pension funds, and wealth management. Max brought his expertise to drive an increase in readership through the use of data to analyse what was being read and not read, informing journalists and business development staff. Combined with improvements in user experience and new digital channels, this lead to a 200% increase in readership, ad revenue, event attendee satisfaction (use of mobile technology), and created value through new revenue opportunities around subscriptions and video content. His work established a foundation for sold out events and future events growth through expansion.

After two years of pushing and dragging a publishing & events company through digital transition, in 2012 Max joined one of Australia’s leading commercial property groups – a top 30 ASX listed company. As the group’s National Digital Strategy Manager across all asset classes, Max embedded digital thinking into the asset management division. He grew digital marketing capabilities and reach resulting in the most followed shopping centre group in Australia. He designed and implemented a leading data strategy that focused on centralising consumer data from all touch points in order to increase conversion, establishing a data mindset that became the foundation for new revenue opportunities through advertising and future customer engagement success. Max single-handedly conceptualised, designed, and articulated a market leading digital strategy for retail assets and oversaw the first phase of its implementation with the support of business stakeholders, a new digital team reporting to him, and numerous external vendors.

Two years on, Max left to start his own digital strategy and transformation business – StratForce. Within the first 3 months, he signed on major clients such as the IVE Group and The Blackstone Group. CohnReznick soon followed. To this day he continues to lead the firm as CEO & Chief Digital Strategist.

In 2015, Max joined the board of Lifeable – a wearable technology start-up in the digital identification, payment, public transportation, and building access sectors where he broadened his knowledge of technologies that affect the day to day life of consumers globally. In 2017, Lifeable became Sidekick Industries and Max left the business to focus on other board responsibilities.

In 2018, Max joined the board of Space Coffins – a space, finance, and death care industry start-up, aiming to deliver an alternate legacy option to its clients, while participating in space technology funding and space data collection pertinent to the future of mankind.

Now in 2019, Max has relocated to the UK from Australia, where he is expanding Stratforce’s core consulting business and exploring new opportunities for the StratForce group based on AI technologies.

In his spare time, Max enjoys good food, the company of friends, spending time with his wife, three children, and their French bulldog Roxanne.

Max is warm-hearted, upright, easygoing, optimistic, with strong action and executive power. According to his Chinese horoscope, now in his 40s, Max’s career should develop fast and smoothly turning stable in his 50s and he should live a happy life thereafter. His Chinese horoscope also predicts that he was born to be a talented businessman and should be winning the lottery sometime in his 40s… Max looks forward to his horoscope’s predictions coming true.

“Great digital leaders possess traits that are easy to overlook or misunderstand.” – Korn Ferry