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Ryan Chaffin

Entrepreneur in Residence


Professional Background

Ryan recently stepped away from a career in Finance in NYC to focus on family, health, entrepreneurship, and giving back.  Prior to spending four years on Wall Street, he started a bamboo watch company while a Senior at BYU-Hawaii, raising over $100,000 using crowdfunding.  Ryan earned his Bachelors of Science from BYU-Hawaii in Business Management, with an emphasis in Finance.  Additionally, he earned a Minor in Economics, completed an Entrepreneurship Certificate from the Willes Center, and served as the President of the BYU-Hawaii student chapter of the BYU Management Society.  He currently serves an Adjunct Faculty at BYU-Hawaii and an Entrepreneur in Residence for the Willes Center, teaching classes on financial statement analysis, marketing and leadership.

Academic Interests

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Economics
  • Marketing


  • BA - BYU-Hawaii - Business Management, Finance with a minor in Economics

Favorite Quote

“Hard choices, easy life. Easy choices, hard life.”
Jerzy Gregorek
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