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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The company completes its first high-end office development in downtown Minneapolis, International Centre.
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.
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.
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’s story was built on the foundation of integrity, honesty, and community. And a belief that we offer something nobody else can. By creating diverse, inclusive and welcoming workplaces where all team members can grow and thrive, we also create a culture where we share in each other’s successes and where we create new stories of success for our customers and communities.
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.
Great finish by Ryan, three weeks ahead of schedule!
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.
I’ve served community institutions for nearly 40 years and I’ve never experienced a miracle of such proportions as the Midtown Exchange.
You have been exceptional to work with – it’s great to have built a partnership with your strong team. Ryan has set the bar!
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.