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Ryan Aasheim

Business Development Manager

(701) 499-6994

Ryan Aasheim is an associate at Praxis Strategy Group where he oversees the activities of the Red River Valley Research Corridor, a non-profit regional technology-based economic development initiative, and the Red River Corridor Fund, a $3.4 Million debt and equity fund focused on regional small business growth.

Through his work with the Research Corridor, Ryan directs efforts to catalyze and promote science, technology, training and engineering initiatives that support new economic opportunities in the Upper Great Plains region. The Research Corridor works with universities, businesses and other partners to foster new science and technology-based development and implement outreach activities that raise the visibility of the region nationally and globally. Ryan has supported and more recently served as the lead in organizing more than 25 industry specific Action Summits, including Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), Life Sciences, Small Business and Precision Agriculture. 

Ryan has served as a contributing author on the Enterprising States Report since 2012. Enterprising States is a U.S. Chamber of Commerce study which analyzes and profiles economic development efforts in all fifty states, now in its fourth year of production.



Mark Huston

Fund Manager

(515) 249‐7525

Mark Huston began his association with Development Capital Networks in April 2013.  Prior to joining DCN, Mark was the Portfolio Manager for the Iowa Fund of Funds with Cimarron Capital Partners.   Prior to that assignment, Mark was the Managing Director of Cimarron Business Capital.  CBC is a $50 million fund that finances growing companies in Oklahoma and is capitalized in partnership with OG&E, the state’s largest utility.

From 1983 to 2004, Mark was the Manager of Business Finance at the Oregon Economic Development Department. Mark's responsibility included managing State of Oregon programs delivering revenue bonds, loans, guaranties, and credit enhancement. Under his management, thousands of Oregon companies were provided with over $1 billion of financing.

Mark is a Director and former President of the National Council of Development Finance Agencies. He received a Masters of Public Administration degree from Arizona State University and a Bachelors of Science degree in Economics from the University of Idaho. Mark makes his home in Portland, Oregon.