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Richard  Ryffel

Richard Ryffel

Professor of Practice
Executive Director of Business Leadership


MBA, Finance Questrom School of Business, Boston University
BS, Mechanical Engineering, Tufts Univeristy

Richard Ryffel is the Executive Director of Business Leadership and a Professor of Practice in the Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business at Purdue University.  He is responsible for leading the Professor of Practice faculty and for outreach to the practice community across multiple functions at Daniels.  Prior to joining Daniels, he was a Professor of Finance Practice at Washington University in St. Louis, as well as an adjunct instructor at several universities in the U.S. and Europe.

Professor Ryffel’s professional experience over 35 years was concentrated in public and corporate finance and wealth management.  While in industry, Mr. Ryffel advised colleges and universities, hospitals, cities, states, airports, school districts, and corporations on financings and capital structure, and led hundreds of financings in both the taxable and tax-exempt markets.  As a private wealth and endowment manager, he advised high net worth families and endowed institutions on investment management and financial planning.

He previously worked at A.G. Edwards (now Wells Fargo Advisors), Bank of America, Edward Jones and J.P. Morgan.  He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University and an M.B.A. in Finance from Boston University.

He is the founder of the Daniels / Brookings / UChicago / Brandeis Municipal Finance Research Conference and the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis Wealth and Asset Management Research Conference.

Through his work on several not-for-profit boards over the last 20 years, he has been involved in urban education, low income housing and economic development primarily in St. Louis, Missouri.

Harvard Business Case

  • Lauren Cohen, Richard Ryffel, Grace Headinger, Ruoshi Qi (2023). "Block: Creating an Ecosystem of Ecosystems." Harvard Business Publishing 16. | Related Website |
  • Lauren Cohen, Richard Ryffel, Grace Headinger (2022). "From GOP to NFT: Anthony Scaramucci and the Launch of Flatter NFT." Harvard Business Publishing 17. | Related Website |
  • Peter Boumgarden, Ryan W. Buell, Lamar Pierce, Richard Ryffel (2020). "Union Square Hospitality Group: Hospitality Included." Harvard Business Publishing 21. | Related Website |

Book Chapters

  • Martin J. Luby, Peter Orr, Richard Ryffel (2021). "Direct Versus Indirect Federal Bond Subsidies: New Evidence on Cost of Capital." Public Budgeting & Finance vol. 41 (1), 76-120. | Related Website |
  • Best Bank Accounts for Small Businesses

    Richard Ryffel, Executive Director of Business Leadership & Professor of Practice at Purdue University's Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business, offers his expert opinion on the best bank accounts for small businesses.

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  • Daniels School’s new leadership team in place
    Since being unveiled as Purdue University’s next big move one year ago, the Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business is gaining momentum, evidenced by a $50 million gift from the Lilly Endowment for the school’s new building, a $50 million gift from the Dean and Barbara White Foundation, and recognition as a game-changer in shaping the future of business education.
  • Rich Ryffel
    Daniels School to co-sponsor Washington conference on municipal finance
    Reinforcing its status as a thought leader in the business world, Purdue University’s Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business is combining with three other groups to hold a two-day conference covering research on municipal finance and economic and fiscal issues affecting state and local governments.
  • Ryffel hired to lead Professor of Practice program
    The Daniels School is in the process of identifying exceptional business leaders who can bring their own experiences to students through advising, guest lecturing, mentoring, and sponsoring students’ consulting projects. The school has hired Richard Ryffel as Executive Director of Business Leadership to oversee these activities through a new Office of Business Partnerships.

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