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


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.

Ryan Lumber and Coal


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.

National Food Stores


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. 

Russ and Fran Ryan - Historical Photo


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.

Historical Photo - Ryan team 1960


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.

One Corporate Center


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

Jim Ryan Signing Beam


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.

Pat Ryan, Tim Gray, Jim Ryan


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.

Jim Ryan - Developer of the year


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.

Ryan Truck in Parade


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.

Employee Testimonial

I chose Ryan because I wanted to join a company that not only produces high-quality designs, but also embraces the technological advances in the industry.

Marissa Geiser, Designer

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

Focus on Stewardship - 2019 Ryan Foundation Annual Report

Last year we collectively donated time, talent and treasure to 385 diverse charitable organizations. Please read how our team members volunteered their time and raised funds bringing our core value of Stewardship to life every day!

What our customers are saying

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

    Charles Wells, Vice President of Development, Seefried Industrial Properties, an Amazon Partner
  • 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 Town Lake

Ryan led the transformative development and construction of the 2 Million SF regional headquarters for a Fortune 100 company. See how it came to life in this time lapse video. 

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