Nathan Cryder has a broad range of executive and leadership experience in the business, government, non-profit, and education sectors.

In business, he is a founder or co-founder of several companies including Breakout, the world’s largest escape room company, headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky with over 1,000 employees and 45 locations throughout the U.S. and one in South Africa. Nathan is also the co-founder and former CEO of Sig Luscher Brewery, a Frankfort, Kentucky-based brewery with the tenth oldest legacy of any operational brewery in the U.S. (founded in 1866 and reopened in 2018). 

In the non-profit sector, he was the acting Director of the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation-U.S., founded by 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Kailash Satyarthi, who has dedicated his life to ensuring children’s rights in India and globally since 1981. Nathan continues to serve on a pro-bono basis as an advisor to Mr. Satyarthi and his son, Bhuwan Ribhu, the founder and director of India Child Protection Fund. 

In government, Nathan was Senior Advisor and Policy Director to Edelen Ventures founder, Adam Edelen, when he was the Kentucky State Auditor, and in education, he has taught high school and college courses in economics, history, sociology, psychology, history, web design, graphic design, and video editing.

He has traveled to Cuba on fourteen occasions and is the Co-Chair of EngagCuba’s Kentucky Chapter. Nathan holds dual masters in diplomacy and sociology from the University of Kentucky and a B.A. in sociology from Miami (OH) University. He has a daughter and a son, and enjoys his free time traveling, reading, and writing.


Lexington-based Breakout grew rapidly from a small, family-owned business founded by Senior Partner, Nathan Cryder, and six others in December of 2015, to the world’s largest escape room company with over 1,000 employees just two years later. With 44 locations across the U.S. and one in South Africa, Nathan was a founding board member during Breakout’s most rapid period of growth and was responsible for overseeing the construction phase of new locations. 

Founded by two cousins from Marion County, Cornbread Hemp was the first USDA Certified Organic CBD oil on the market in Kentucky. They came to Edelen Ventures to help them develop strategies for increasing sales and distribution and forging new partnerships that could take them from a small, profitable start-up to one of the leading brands in this emerging, highly-competitive space. Coming off of a successful $107,000 crowdsourcing effort, Cornbread Hemp needed to position themselves for a successful Series A round in order to solidify their position as a trusted brand offering the highest quality, most dependable CBD oil products on the market. 

Cuba Connect

Thanks to an electrical outage at Hartford Airport in Atlanta in 2017, EV’s Managing Director, Nathan Cryder, found himself stuck on a runway in Havana for four hours. Seated next to him was Erin Goodman, a complete stranger who at the time was the Associate Director for Latin American Studies at Harvard. They struck up a conversation in which Erin mentioned that she was hoping to leave Harvard soon to start a tour company focused on connecting American and Cuban women. The only problem–she had no previous business experience. Over the next several months, Nathan walked Erin through the business creation process–from legal filings to branding, website creation to successful launch. Since then, CubaConnect has conducted dozens of tours and connected hundreds of American and Cuban women.