Every project has a story beyond the structure

At Ryan Companies, we believe the value of the buildings we design, develop, finance, manage and construct is about more than dollars and cents – it’s also about the value they bring to the people who use them and the communities that surround them. That’s why we focus first on the “why” so we can give life to your vision and achieve the best possible outcome. 

As a national leader in commercial real estate services, we know that our customers are as unique as their projects. That’s why, day after day, we’re driven to uncover their stories. To be inspired by what inspires them. To bring the right people to the table so we can collaborate on a deeper, more engaging level. 

 

Together, we build something far more profound than the physical presence of a building. We build the backdrops to life’s stories.

At Ryan, our values – Safety, Integrity, Respect, Stewardship, Family, Excellence and Fun – define our culture and they shape and ignite the people who join our team.  They are more than words in a mission statement, they are the inspiration that guides our decisions and shapes our belief that we offer something no one else can. In the end, your building is better, your experience working with us more enjoyable, your community more vibrant and your project site safer – all because we embrace our values each day.

What We Do

From commercial real estate project conception to completion and beyond, we put our hearts into creating spaces that bring your story to life.

Our History

1930s

James Henry Ryan starts Ryan Lumber and Coal with his son, Francis (Fran). The duo quickly added construction to their offerings, and this expansion was the very start of the company’s design-build approach.

1940s

Russell (Russ), Fran’s brother, joins the company. As their dad eases out of the business, Fran and Russ buy him out, paying him off in monthly installments.

1950s

Building on their experience with National Foods grocery, Ryan grows its reputation as a development and leaseback pioneer in the Midwest, forging relationships with grocers like Applebaum’s, Byerly’s, Kroger, Piggly Wiggly, Fairway, Rainbow, Red Owl and SUPERVALU. 

1960s

Ryan brother Edward (Ed) joins the business, forming a three-way partnership with Russ and Fran. Ed is credited with leading the company’s expansion to the Twin Cities. Jim Ryan (Russ’s son) and Tim Gray join the company.

1970s

Ryan adds architecture and property management to its growing list of services. The company completes its first speculative development project, One Corporate Center, cementing its commitment by moving its corporate headquarters into the space.

1980s

The company completes its first high-end office development in downtown Minneapolis, International Centre.

1990s

Jim Ryan becomes CEO, Tim Gray becomes CFO and Pat Ryan (son of James Henry’s fourth son, John) becomes president. Ryan begins its national expansion, opening regional offices in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Phoenix, Arizona. Capital Markets services are added.

2000s

The company changes its name to Ryan Companies US, Inc. Additional offices are opened in Chicago, Illinois; Des Moines, Iowa; Tampa, Florida; and San Diego, California.

2010s

Ryan opens offices in Austin, Texas; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Seattle, Washington. Jeff Smith, Brian Murray and Mike McElroy become partial owners of the company, along with Pat Ryan, Tim Gray and the Jim Ryan family.

BUILD YOUR STORY WITH US

Ryan’s story was built on a foundation of integrity, honesty, and community. And a belief that we offer something nobody else can. By creating a place for our employees to grow and thrive, we also create a culture where people share in each other’s successes – and where they create new stories of success for our customers and our communities.

With a culture built around family and trusting relationships, the company has an exceptional energy. Ryan is extremely dedicated to the community, and has a great reputation, but above all things, Ryan has a genuine regard for their people.

Madison Swanson, Senior Job Cost Accountant

Meet Our Leadership

Ryan has been operating since 1938 and has grown as a company with a belief that we are all part of the same family. Ours is a story shaped by a commitment to our employees, customers, communities and partners. The Ryan leadership team is dedicated to honoring our legacy while laying the path to a successful future.

 

 

Board of DirectorsExecutive Leadership

PRAISE FOR RYAN COMPANIES

  • Great finish by Ryan, three weeks ahead of schedule!

    Charles Wells, Vice President of Development, Seefried Industrial Properties
  • Ryan has built a killer facility. It embodies our GoDaddy spirit, which is energetic, innovative and passionate…it’s just a great place to get work done.

    Blake Irving, CEO, GoDaddy
  • I’ve served community institutions for nearly 40 years and I’ve never experienced a miracle of such proportions as the Midtown Exchange.

    Dick Pettengill, President and CEO, Allina Hospitals and Clinics
  • You have been exceptional to work with – it’s great to have built a partnership with your strong team. Ryan has set the bar!

    Ray Montalvo, Senior Director, Shutterfly, Inc.

Marina Heights Transforms Tempe Lake

Ryan led the transformative development and construction of the 2 Million SF regional headquarters for State Farm.  See how it came to life in this time lapse video.