The Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame was established by the Shenehon Center for Real Estate at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business to honor leaders in the local real estate community. As we begin taking nominations for the 2011 Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame, we wanted to introduce you to the esteemed group of current Minnesota Hall of Fame members. Meet Jim Ryan, 2010 Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame Inductee.
Jim Ryan (1942-2009)
Mr. James R. Ryan helped transform his family’s Minnesota-based construction business into one of the nation’s leading real estate design-build development firms. His first job was in the eighth grade working in his grandfather’s lumberyard, and he never worked anywhere other than Ryan Companies. He became a project manager for the company in 1965 and, nearly 25 years later, he took over as CEO in 1989.