Ryan Kerrigan

Managing Director and Head of Real Estate Advisory

Ryan Kerrigan is Managing Director of Kerrigan Advisors, where he oversees the firm’s strategic consulting and real estate advisory practice in addition to leading buy/sell transactions. Kerrigan Advisors’ strategic consulting services works with growing dealership groups to ensure their acquisition strategy is accretive to their business. In this capacity, he leads the development of long-term plans and acquisition criteria development. Kerrigan also leads the firm’s real estate advisory practice, which focuses on investing in automotive-related real estate.


Prior to joining Kerrigan Advisors, Ryan had a multi-decade career serving as CEO in the construction, engineering and environmental sectors. Earlier in his career, Ryan served as Managing Director at Serent Capital, a San Francisco-based private equity fund investing in middle market companies nationwide and as General Manager of his family’s auto dealership. He began his career as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he advised Fortune 500 companies on growth strategies, organizational issues, pricing and business valuation.

In addition to transaction work, Ryan is frequently called upon to speak at multiple leading auto retail conferences and events, including AIADA, NADA, NAMAD, Automotive Leadership Roundtable, American Financial Services Association, Wells Fargo Dealer Services, AutoCPA, and numerous auto dealer association meetings. He is also the lead author of The Kerrigan Index, a proprietary index to Kerrigan Advisors which tracks the seven publicly traded auto retailers.

Ryan earned his MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and a Master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a BBA in Finance, where he serves on the Advisory Board of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs. Ryan lives in Incline Village, Nevada with his wife and business partner, Erin Kerrigan, and their three children. He is active in Young President’s Organization,  Chief Executive Organization (CEO) and served as Chairman of the global YPO Automotive Network.

About Kerrigan Advisors

Kerrigan Advisors is the premier sell-side advisor and thought partner to auto dealers nationwide. The firm advises the industry's leading dealership groups, enhancing value through the lifecycle of growing, operating and, when the time is right, selling their businesses. Kerrigan Advisors has represented some of auto retail's largest transactions and advised more of the largest dealership groups in the US than any other buy/sell firm in the industry. Led by a team of veteran industry experts with backgrounds in investment banking, private equity, accounting, finance and real estate, the firm does not take listings, rather they develop a customized approach for each client to achieve their personal and financial goals. In addition to Kerrigan Advisors' sell-side advisory and capital raising services, the firm also provides a suite of consulting services including growth strategy, market valuation assessments, capital allocation, transactional due diligence, open point proposals, operational improvement and real estate due diligence.

Kerrigan Advisors monitors conditions in the buy/sell market and publishes an in-depth analysis each quarter in The Blue Sky Report®, which includes Kerrigan Advisors' signature blue sky charts, multiples, and analysis for each franchise in the luxury and non-luxury segments. To download a preview of the report, click here. The firm also releases monthly The Kerrigan Index™ composed of the seven publicly traded auto retail companies with operations focused on the US market. The Kerrigan Auto Retail Index is designed to track dealership valuation trends, while also providing key insights into factors influencing auto retail. To access The Kerrigan Index™, click here. To read the 2023 Kerrigan OEM Survey, click here. Kerrigan Advisors also is the co-author of NADA's Guide to Buying and Selling a Dealership.

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