Construction Built On Core Values

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Ryan Companies, known for its commitment to providing the very best in commercial real estate, has started a new employee resource group.

Dating back to the 1930s, when it was originally founded as Ryan Lumber and Coal, Ryan Companies has a long history of working in construction, design, and development of buildings.

“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,” says Jacob Yates, construction analyst at Ryan Companies. “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, Yates says Ryan Companies knows that its customers are as unique as its 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,” he adds. “Together, we build something far more profound than the physical presence of a building. We build the backdrops to life’s stories.”

The core values of Ryan Companies— safety, integrity, respect, stewardship, family, excellence, and fun—are what define the company’s culture, Yates says. “These 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,” he says. “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.”

From commercial real estate project conception to completion and beyond, Yates says the team at Ryan Companies puts their hearts into creating spaces that bring each client’s story to life.

Ryan Companies’ services include: construction; architecture & engineering; development; real estate management; and capital markets. And it specializes in the following sectors: health care, hospitality,iIndustrial, mixed-Use, multifamily, office, retail, and senior Living.

Ryan Companies currently has fifteen offices across the country in Phoenix, Arizona; Tucson, Arizona; San Diego, California; Tampa, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Des Moines, Iowa; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Rochester, Minnesota; Kansas City, Missouri; Austin, Texas; Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas; and Seattle, Washington.

“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,” Yates adds.

Not only are the customers and communities important to Ryan Companies, but its employees are the backbone of the company, and they are regarded as such through Ryan Companies’ various employee resource groups (ERGs).

“As part of Ryan’s broader diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy, we wanted to create more safe places for our employees to connect and feel part of the Ryan family. So Building Pride joins our previously established Women’s Inclusion Network and other new groups such as Amigos@Ryan for our Latinx employees and BRilliance for our Black employees,” says Bryce Tache, senior director of diversity, equity, and inclusion. “We also have a veterans group forming, and others planned in the coming months. All our ERGs are employee-led and open to all employees.”

The newest ERG, Building Pride, offers employees a safe and welcoming space. However, Tache says it’s much more than that.

“Building Pride is more than a safe space. The vision the group developed is to create a more inclusive work environment through education, communication, and cultural awareness. We believe that attracting, developing and retaining employees that reflect the diversity of our customers is essential to our success,” he says. “Our LGBTQ+ team members are part of the Ryan family, leading by example to promote and improve diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.”

“At Ryan, we celebrate people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions,” Tache says.

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