Ryan Katz

Ryan K

Founding Partner


To help our portfolio companies transform the FinTech and FinServ world, as we reshape and retool alongside with fresh opportunities and new challenges.

“My aspiration is for Route 66 to become a renowned leader in its ability to take young companies to the next level through hard work, operational focus, and the capital required. Resulting in a ‘double’ bottom line, we’ll help new companies succeed while making a positive change in the world.”Ryan


Ryan received a BBA in Finance from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia, where he currently serves on the Board of Trustees. In 1996, he was a founding partner of the FFELP Marketing Group, which helped originate over $1 Billion in Federal student loans to families from 1996 to 1999. Ryan was the founder of Goal Financial and served as the CEO of Goal from 2001-2009. Under his leadership, the company originated and securitized over $9 billion in Federal student loans. In 2010, Ryan led the conversion of Goal Financial into an ESOP, renamed Goal Structured Solutions (GS2), where he continued to serve as the Chairman of the Board until 2014. Goal Structured Solutions (GS2) has re-focused the Goal capital markets and administration business into a platform with over $20B of assets under management. GS2 provides trust administration, servicing, analytics, and underwriting for private and Federal student lending programs.

In 2012, Ryan founded Route 66 Ventures, an investment platform based in Alexandria, VA. Route 66 Ventures provides venture capital, private equity and venture debt to emerging financial services and fintech companies worldwide. Ryan continues to serve as a Board member of GS2, as the Founding Partner of Route 66 Ventures, and as a Board member and advisor to portfolio companies across the Route 66 platform.


  • Mentors and builds companies as General Partner at Route 66
  • Serves as Chairperson at Goal Structured Solutions and The American Home
  • Served as CEO at Goal Financial, originated and funded $9 billion in student loans for capital markets at Goal Financial
  • Increased assets ten-fold in a one-year period at The American Home
  • Co-founded the FFELP Marketing Group, originated over $1 billion of student loans
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  • BBA, Finance, University of Georgia
  • Member YPO/WPO

Unofficial Superpower:

Builder, Connector, Coach


Chemistry is key; knowledge is power, but there’s no substitute for experience.

Executive Assistant: Kate Fasullo

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