Leon Ryan, who served in the position of UAB's Associate Athletic Director for Development since November, 2009, became General Manager for Blazer IMG Sports Marketing in March of 2011.
As General Manager, Ryan provides leadership and oversight for the property with emphasis and focus on the advertising sales, sponsorship sales and bottom line profitability of the property.
Ryan joined the UAB Athletics staff in 2009 with twenty-five years of experience in financial planning and wealth management. At UAB, Ryan was responsible for coordinating major gifts and planned giving efforts for athletics. His financial management experience included management positions with Merrill Lynch in Wilmington, Del., and Birmingham. He also was in leadership positions with Morgan Stanley in Birmingham and Atlanta, Ga.
A native of Newark, Del., he was a student-athlete at West Virginia University, having graduated in 1978. He then joined the coaching staff of Marshall University as Assistant Swimming Coach and helped recruit to enable the Thundering Herd to become Southern Conference Champions. He earned a Master in Sport Administration while at Marshall.
PERSONAL: He is married to the former Candy Bearden, a 1983 graduate of the UAB School of Business. She is also a registered nurse and works in Birmingham. They have three children: twin sons Holt and Ash, who play collegiate baseball, and a daughter, Colby, who is a collegiate basketball player.