30 in Their Thirties: Ryan Hoyle // 38

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Vice President Business Development and Talent Acquisition, GalaxE.Solutions, Detroit
Employees: 2,000 Revenue: NA Education: Rutgers University

Ryan Hoyle arrived in Detroit from New Jersey in 2010 to address one of GalaxE.Solutions’ greatest challenges: cultivating the company’s market competitiveness while realizing a vision of Detroit as an international hub for IT.  As vice president of business development and talent acquisition, Hoyle oversees a team of 60 recruiters and dozens of support staffers from the company’s software development center in downtown Detroit.

“Unemployment is so low in IT, there aren’t enough resources to take on all the job openings,” he says. The company has partnerships with organizations like Quicken Loans, Marketing Associates, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and others to train the next generation of IT workers through a program called Experience IT. “It’s a good example of how we are turning it up as it relates to training … and how it relates to how we’re able to have an impact on people’s lives. Most of these students are new to IT, and they’re coming out of this program with careers.” He says students must understand the industry has evolved. “Technology doesn’t work in a bubble; it’s not the old-school IT team working in a basement creating reports or spreadsheets. It is used to solve complex business problems, so it’s not good enough to know technology; you have to understand the business, as well.”

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