Daniel J. Ryan is executive vice president – regional market director (San Diego) and strategic operations for Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc.
Alexandria, a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT), is the largest and leading investment-grade REIT focused principally on owning, operating, developing, redeveloping, and acquiring high-quality, sustainable real estate for the broad and diverse life science industry.
Name: Daniel J. Ryan.
Company: Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc.
Titles: Executive Vice President – Regional Market Director & Strategic Operations.
No. of employees: 222.
Year founded: 1994.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in economics, University of
Wisconsin — Madison.
Current residence: La Jolla.
Family: Patricia Ryan, Patrick Ryan, Sean Ryan.
Essential business philosophy: Light the creative fire in others, and let it burn.
Best way to keep a competitive edge: Put yourself in your clients’ shoes and provide a compelling value proposition.
Guiding principles: Collaboration, thorough planning, and enthusiasm.
Yardsticks of success: Giving 100 percent, creating excitement in my teammates, and having a positive durable impact on the built environment.
Goals yet to be achieved: Using the built environment to tackle issues facing society including wellness, productivity, and overall employee happiness.
Best business decision: Encouraging my wife to retire.
Worst business decision: Straying from core competencies.
Toughest business decision: Selling my company, Veralliance Properties Inc., to Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc.
Biggest missed opportunity: Not being more aggressive during the RTC era.
Mentor: Joel Marcus.
Word that describes you: Optimistic.
What you like best about your job: Working with very talented and innovative people.
What you like least about your job: Traveling to locations with less sun than San Diego.
Pet peeves: Negativity, nonstrategic thinking, and laziness.
Most important lesson learned: Embrace the process and not the outcome.
Person most interested in meeting: Winston Churchill.
Three greatest passions: Family, Green Bay Packers, coaching sports.
First choice for a new career: Teacher.
Favorite quote: “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower,” — Steve Jobs.
Most influential book: “Freedom at Midnight,” by Larry Collins and
Favorite restaurant: Herringbone,
Favorite place for business meetings: Alexandria’s Nautilus campus.
Favorite vacation spot: Italy.
Favorite way to spend time: Coaching my sons’ baseball teams.
— Steve Adamek