About Ryker Douglas
Doug Leech and Matt Boggs, innovators and leaders in the behavioral health sector, formed a relationship almost a decade ago. Mr. Leech has developed several successful businesses, including public/private partnerships for property development, and founded Ascension Recovery Services, a national leader in creating comprehensive behavioral health systems. Mr. Boggs has years of experience in for-profit and nonprofit management, with a recent emphasis on state and federal government relations. Together, they created Ryker Douglas, a limited liability holding company with a diverse portfolio of business interests spanning multiple sectors.
Ryker Douglas’ initiative is to facilitate growth within diverse market segments, develop underperforming or vacant assets into revenue generators, facilitate complex transactions with investors, and strategically acquire healthcare-related companies. Some of Ryker Douglas’ recent projects include a $5.5 million Dollar development of a substance use residential treatment center, a $2.1 million outpatient clinical office, and a $3.1 million redevelopment of a medical complex in West Virginia. Over the next two years, Ryker Douglas will assist in the acquisition and development of over $50 million in assets, partnering with kathy ireland® Worldwide and other entrepreneurs.
The tremendous growth of Ascension Recovery Services provides business model solutions for high-quality substance use disorder facilities. This growth inspired Doug and Matt, as they too often watched businesses become singular-focused. They agreed that sharing their breadth of experience could help other enterprises expand their impact by diversifying and leveraging market trends. And thus, Ryker Douglas was formed.
Meet the Team
J. Matt Boggs
Matt Boggs, CEO and co-founder of Ryker Douglas, has worked in various roles throughout the substance use disorder treatment and behavioral health fields.
Before founding Ryker Douglas with Doug Leech, Matt worked in government relations for a global biopharmaceutical company and previously led a large treatment and recovery service provider in West Virginia.
His work in the substance use treatment field has been recognized throughout, including being named one of the “West Virginians of The Year” by the Charleston Gazette and one of WV Executive Magazines “Young Guns” for his volunteerism and work for the betterment of all West Virginians.
Mr. Boggs has spoken on national platforms, educating on the importance of creating a recovery-oriented system of care and has written multiple guest columns for national publications. His passion for developing meaningful, synergistic treatment systems is deeply rooted from his personal experience of finding recovery from substance use.
He has developed multiple capital improvement and acquisition projects totaling over $50 million, including low-income housing, recovery housing, and residential treatment facilities. His vision for Ryker Douglas is to develop sustainable, meaningful projects that improve communities and lives.
Matt currently resides in Pinellas Park, Florida with his wife, Megan, daughter Peyton, and their three dogs.
Douglas M. Leech
Douglas M. Leech has a B.S. degree in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University and worked at Ernst & Young in Pittsburgh before returning to Morgantown, West Virginia and founding Ascension Recovery Services (Ascension RS). Through his struggles with addiction and subsequent recovery, Mr. Leech developed a passion for helping those suffering from the disease of addiction and set out to increase access to substance use disorder (SUD) treatment across West Virginia and the country. Ascension RS is the national leader for developing comprehensive behavioral health systems that provide the highest quality clinical care with a sustainable business model.
Mr. Leech also founded West Virginia Sober Living (WVSL), a self-sustaining 501(c)(3) non-profit, operating recovery residences, job creation and reintegration programming, and a network of peer recovery coaches providing broad community support for SUD throughout West Virginia.
Through Mr. Leech’s work starting Ascension RS and growing it to be a nationally leading organization, he saw an opportunity to help scale and grow businesses across multiple sectors through collaboration and innovative partnerships. There was a big need for a company to help serve as the catalyst for this growth and to be a partner with other exciting and innovative, market disrupting, start-up companies.
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