The Inside View interview: Colin Ryan of Colliers International

  • Updated: April 4, 2013 - 9:08 PM

Colin Ryan

 

Senior associate

Colliers International Minneapolis-St. Paul

 

To say that Colin Ryan’s family has deep roots in commercial real estate would be an understatement. His father, Pat Ryan, is CEO of Minneapolis-based Ryan Cos. U.S. Inc., a fourth-generation commercial construction, development and real estate management company. His brother and two cousins also work for the company. His uncle, Joe Ryan, is owner of Minnetonka-based Oppidan Investment Co., and his brother-in-law, Blake Hastings, is the new managing director of CBRE’s Minneapolis office.

Now the 30-year-old Ryan, who joined Colliers International as a broker in 2008, is making a name for himself. He received the “Rising Star” award from the Minnesota Commercial Association of Real Estate for 2012. The award is given annually to a broker with less than five years of industry experience.

Ryan started as a union laborer with Ryan Cos. in 1998, working summers during college. After college, he landed at CB Richard Ellis in Chicago as a researcher supporting top-producing brokers. He returned to the Twin Cities to launch his brokerage career and specializes in tenant representation and office sales in the west metro.

 

Q: Tell me about your early days working at Ryan in the field.

A: Basically, I was a grunt for everybody and anybody there. I was very good with a broom. It was fun to see from the ground up how things were actually built. ... It was a great experience, and I stayed out of trouble from having to be up so early and work so hard.

 

Q: You took a break between college graduation and working at CB Richard Ellis to be a fly-fishing instructor. How was that?

A: It was the best job in the world. I was not ready to jump into a full-time job, so I moved to Colorado and lived in Vail for a year and worked as a fly-fishing guide.

 

Q: How did you launch your brokerage career?

A: It was 2008 when nothing was going well in the real estate world. I called Bill Wardwell, managing director at Welsh Cos. [now Colliers International], where I had interned during college. Bill said, ‘Absolutely. The door’s open for you here.’ A couple weeks later, I moved back and started working here.

 

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