Ryan Hildebrand

Executive Vice President, Chief Innovation Officer at Bankwell

Ryan Hildebranda is Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer of Bankwell Financial Group and its subsidiary, Bankwell. Bankwell recently launched Casca (cascading.ai), an AI-assisted loan origination system that helps lenders originate commercial loans with 90% less manual effort.

Mr. Hildebrand recently served as the Strategic Innovation Officer at Lincoln Savings Bank. He also served as the President of the bank’s financial technology subsidiary, LSBX, which experienced significant deposit and revenue growth under his leadership.

Prior to this role, Ryan was Head of Fintech Banking at Cross River Bank. He also co-founded Seed, the pioneering business neobank, which he later sold to Cross River. Ryan helped lead Simple as Head of Finance and Strategy, where he played a crucial role in the sale of Simple to BBVA.