PE-backed Openforce hires CEO

Phoenix, Arizona-based Openforce, which provides a platform for onboarding, settlement and risk management solutions for the transportation and on-demand economy, has named Ryan Kelly as CEO. Previously, Kelly was president of LawLogix. Openforce is a portfolio company of Riverside Partners.



Openforce®, provider of the most widely adopted platform for onboarding, settlement, compliance management and risk mitigation solutions for independent contractor workforces, today announced the appointment of Ryan Kelly as CEO. Kelly replaces Drake Pruitt who recently departed the company to pursue other interests.

“Openforce is the undisputed leader in 1099 contractor workforce management and its software solutions are fundamentally changing how companies onboard, manage, and mitigate risk for independent contractors,” said Ryan Kelly, CEO of Openforce. “I am excited to join the talented team at Openforce and to leverage our technology leadership and legacy of deeply understanding how to address our customers’ pain points as we continue to grow Openforce. I share Openforce’s values of delivering superior product and service as well as the priority on customer support excellence.”

As CEO, Kelly will lead Openforce in its mission to improve compliance and administration of independent contracting by reducing the time, risk, and costs associated with contractor onboarding, active compliance management, proper insurance coverages, and settlement processing, for companies in transportation industries such as courier, last mile and long-haul trucking, as well as field services and other industries with flexible, contingent and/or highly regulated workforces.

Kelly brings over 20 years of software, transportation and legal experience to Openforce. Prior to Openforce, Kelly was most recently President of LawLogix, a leading provider of I-9, E-Verify Compliance and Immigration Case Management software and services. Kelly has also held key executive roles in sales, marketing, business development and product management at leading software firms such as AppointmentPlus, Axosoft and Bizanytime. Kelly is a former practicing attorney with deep roots in the transportation sector, having served as legal counsel and board member of the Arizona Trucking Association, as well as being actively involved in the Transportation Lawyers Association and the Association for Transportation Law, Logistics and Policy.

“We are thrilled to have Ryan leading the Openforce team as we continue to invest behind the business to bring our customers and prospects the best technology and customer service in the industry,” said Steven F. Kaplan, General Partner at Riverside Partners and Chairman of Openforce’s Board of Directors. “As a skilled software executive who began his career as a transportation attorney, Ryan brings the right skillset to successfully lead Openforce in its next phase of growth.”

About Openforce
Openforce® is the leader in technology-driven services that reduce operating costs and mitigate compliance risk for companies using independent contractors. Openforce frees contracting companies from the burden of onboarding, contracting, and settlement processing while helping contractors build their business. Our cloud-based applications help businesses achieve more sustainable, profitable growth by removing financial, operational, and compliance barriers to getting business done. Openforce is a portfolio company of Boston-based private equity firm Riverside Partners. Learn more at