John Otto

Director, Business Development at Ryan LLC

John Otto

John Otto

Director, Business Development at Ryan LLC


Rep. Otto, John
District 18
State Representative John Otto was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in November 2004 and serves the people of Liberty, San Jacinto and Walker counties.

In the 83rd Legislative Session, Representative Otto was appointed to the House Appropriations Committee and served as chair of the Education subcommittee. He was also appointed as one of five conferees to the state budget conference committee for third consecutive time.

Representative Otto also serves as vice chair of the House Committee on Ways and Means, vice chair of the Budget and Revenue Committee for the National Conference of State Legislators and is a member of the Energy Council.

In 2008, Representative Otto chaired the House Select Committee on Property Tax Relief and Appraisal Reform and passed a series of property tax reforms as a result of the work of the committee. Representative Otto's work on property tax and appraisal issues earned him the "Legislative Achievement Award" from the Texas Taxpayers and Research Association. He was also named "One of the 10 Best Legislators in Texas" by Texas Monthly.

Representative Otto has received several distinct accolades for his service in the Texas House. In his first term he was named "Republican Freshman of the Year" by members of the Texas House of Representatives, "2005 Freshman of the Year" by the House Republican Caucus, "Most Valuable Freshman" by Capitol Inside and "Rookie of the Year" by Texas Monthly.

Representative Otto has also received the "Citizen of the Year" award from the Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, “Fighter for Free Enterprise” award from the Texas Association of Business and named to the Texas PTA Legislative Honor Role.

Representative Otto is a businessman, community leader and native of Dayton, Texas. He graduated from Dayton High school in 1966 and received his BBA in accounting at Texas A&M University in May 1970. While at Texas A&M, Representative Otto was a member of the Ross Volunteer Honor Guard, the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band and was head drum major his senior year. Honored as a distinguished military graduate, he received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army and reported to Fort Benjamin Harrison for finance officer training. Representative Otto is a certified public accountant and over his forty year career has worked for audit and tax service firms, owned his own practice and currently is a director of business development for Ryan, a tax consulting firm.

Representative Otto married his high school sweetheart Nancy Whitman in December 1969 and they are the proud parents and grandparents to son Bryan of College Station and son Jason and his wife Brandee who live in Kyle with their three daughters. They are members of First United Methodist Church of Dayton where they sing in the choir.

Representative Otto has an outstanding record of service to his constituents and plays an active role in his local community. John's civic and community activities include:

Dayton City Council, former member
Dayton ISD Board of Trustees, former member
Liberty County Central Appraisal District, former member of board of directors
Dayton Chamber of Commerce, former member of board of directors
HGAC Transportation Policy Council, former Liberty County Representative
Security State Bank, Dayton Branch, advisory director
Texas Aggie Band Association, Past President
Dayton City Library, co-chair of individual fundraising
Dayton Community Development Corporation, former director

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Founder at Ryan LLC

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President-Canadian Operations at Ryan LLC

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Chief Operating Officer at Ryan LLC

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President-European & Asia-Pacific Operations at Ryan LLC

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Director & Principal-Client Services at Ryan LLC

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Principal, International Tax & Practice Leader at Ryan LLC

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President, Ryan International at Ryan LLC

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Managing Director at Onex Partners

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Executive Vice President & Vice Chairman, Emerging Businesses at Ryan LLC

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Director, Business Development at Ryan LLC
B.B.A. in Accounting
Class of 1970

Texas A&M University (A&M or TAMU) is a coeducational public research university located in College Station, Texas, United States. It is the flagship institution of the Texas A&M University System, the fourth-largest university in the United States and the largest university in Texas.Texas A&M's designation as a land, sea, and space grant institution reflects a broad range of research with ongoing projects funded by agencies such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Office of Naval Research. The school ranks in the top 20 American research institutes in terms of funding and has made notable contributions to such fields as animal cloning and petroleum engineering.

Career History
Director, Business Development

Ryan LLC engages in the provision of state, local, federal, and international tax advisory and consulting services on a multi-jurisdictional basis, including audit defence, tax recovery, credits and incentives, tax process improvement and automation, tax appeals, tax compliance, and strategic planning. The firm offers its services to the construction, financial services, food services, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, oil and gas, retail, telecommunications, transportation, and utilities sectors. The company was founded by Chris F. Collis and George Brint Ryan on July 15, 1991 and is headquartered in Dallas, TX.

Representative from the 18th District
2005 - 2017
Council Member
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Member, Board of Directors

Dayton Chamber of Commerce operates as a trade association of businesses, professionals and individuals. The company was founded by John H. Patterson in 1907 and is headquartered in Dayton, OH.

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Executive Commissioner at Texas Health & Human Services Commission

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