Who's Coming

Ryan Simonetti

Ryan is the co-founder and CEO of Convene. Convene is the nation’s fastest-growing network of meeting, event and conference venues, integrating technology, hospitality, culinary, and human-centered design to create a transformative user experience. More than 65 percent of Fortune 100 companies partner with Convene to host meetings and events of all sizes.

Ryan’s unique expertise in real estate acquisitions, development, and structured finance has helped catapult Convene to become a pioneer in the industry. When Ryan co-founded Convene with his business partner and long-time friend Chris Kelly in 2009, they had the intention of disrupting the commercial real estate industry and transforming the workplace experience by capitalizing on converging trends in real estate, technology, and hospitality. Their vision of infusing hotel-style services into commercial office buildings proved to be successful as Convene quickly became the foremost provider of amenities to institutional landlords and their enterprise tenants.

Ryan has been recognized for his transformative achievements in Inc. Magazine’s “30 Under 30,” a list of America’s most promising young entrepreneurs and Meetings and Convention’s “22 Millennials to Watch.” He’s also been a finalist in Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year® 2013 New York, was named “Top Entrepreneur” for 2013 by Crain’s New York, and was a “Top 50 Event Industry Innovator” according to BizBash.

Previously, Ryan served as a vice president at Gramercy Capital Corp. where he oversaw the restructuring of a billion-dollar loan portfolio, including $600 million of hospitality-related real estate investments. Before joining Gramercy, he was a real estate banking analyst within the global real estate group at Lehman Brothers, where he focused on the structuring and securitization of commercial mortgage-backed securities.

A graduate of Villanova University, Ryan is an active supporter of the Urban Land Institute, CoreNet Global, IACC and was selected to be a member of New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s Small Business Working Group. In addition, he is an active venture investor and advisor to several start-up technology companies and their founders. Outside of work, he enjoys golfing, fishing, reading and thinking of the next ‘big idea.’ Ryan and his wife Lisa live in New York with their son Riley.