SHERIDAN — Ptolemy Group founder and CEO Ryan Mulholland has been named the 2012-2013 Sheridan College Distinguished Alum.
Mulholland was chosen for the award by the Sheridan College Alumni Committee for his accomplishments in the Sheridan business community as well as his continued work with Sheridan College.
“I believe Ryan Mulholland’s outstanding achievements and his attitude of giving back to the communities from which he’s benefitted mark him as richly deserving the Sheridan College Distinguished Alumnus recognition for 2012-2013,” said Debi Isakson of Alumni and Community Engagement at Sheridan College.
Mulholland began his career at Sheridan College in 1997 and was a noted member of the college’s Speech and Debate Team. He took top honors at the 1998 Novice National Tournament as the best individual debater.
“I have known and admired Ryan for 16 years, during which time I taught him in several college courses, coached his work with the Speech and Debate Team, and watched him grow from a college freshman to a successful businessman and outstanding community leader,” said Ron Krikac, who nominated Mulholland for the award.
After college, Mulholland worked for the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office, eventually becoming Commander of the Sheriff’s Tactical Team. When he left his position, retiring as a full sergeant, he had received three letters of commendation for his outstanding work, and he had received a plaque from the United States Department of Justice for his investigations of drug cases in Sheridan County.
In 2009 Ryan was elected to the City Council from Ward 1 and served in that capacity through last December. He has been actively involved in promoting economic development and job creation in the city; he has also served on the Travel and Tourism Board, the Recreation District Board, and briefly on the “Forward Sheridan” Board. This spring he began serving on the board of the North Main Association.
Mulholland has continued to volunteer at Sheridan College in various capacities. In 2011, as the alumni representative, he addressed the President’s Partners. On a number of occasions he’s returned to his alma mater to help prepare speakers for various competitions. He’s been a source of information and inspiration to students who have followed him in the school’s tradition of excellence and he has helped prepare Sheridan High School students for national speaking competitions.
Mulholland’s business, Ptolemy Group, is a data processing and security center with the capacity to serve clients globally. The company opened a new 6,000 square foot facility in Sheridan last September and at capacity, it could employ 100 people.
“Being selected as the Sheridan College Distinguished Alum is a humbling honor,” said Mulholland. “My time at Sheridan College is very important to me as it was the primer to what would become my future in this community. From my wife, whom I met my first day at Sheridan College, and my family, to my deep love for and involvement in this community. On a personal level, being selected as Sheridan College’s Distinguished Alum is confirmation that I have had some positive impact. To be certain, Sheridan College has had a significant impact on me.”