Riley is a Partner at Credera and joined the firm in 2021. He is focused on external market development, new client acquisition, client delivery, and working with the rest of the leadership team in the growth and development of Credera’s Chicago offering.
Prior to joining Credera, Riley co-founded and led the technology and design agency MERGE in 2003, overseeing all aspects of the business as CEO and leading its technology offerings until the successful acquisition of the company in 2017. Following the sale of the company, Riley transitioned to the role of Chief Technology Officer, helping grow the company to a national full-service agency, working at the intersection of creative and technology.
His experiences, expertise and passion all have been spent helping teams maximize how they think about and leverage technology in order to solve a wide variety of modern challenges. He has worked in a multitude of industries, with clients including James Hardie Building Products, Marriott International, Harley-Davidson, Great-West Financial, IU Health, Marco’s Pizza, Keurig Dr Pepper Snapple, to name a few. His leadership style creates a conduit between various stakeholders and team members, helping people align, collaborate, and deliver solutions that enable transformational growth.
Riley graduated from Illinois State University with a B.S. Computer Science & Business Administration. Outside of work, Riley enjoys spending time with his wife Lauren and their two girls, Harper and Chloe. He enjoys outdoor adventures and is an avid CrossFitter, endurance athlete, skier and golfer. He also is known for being a mean mixologist and BBQ smoke-master.