Banner Image
Ryan Simonetti headshot
Winner Tag

Location: New York, NY
Founded: 2009
Industry: Real estate


Ryan Simonetti
Co-founder and CEO


In partnership with commercial landlords, Convene leverages its workplace-as-a-service platform to provide on-demand solutions for building tenants and their employees. “One of the biggest challenges we have faced is our team’s bandwidth, and determining how to best prioritize among the increasing number of business opportunities that are being presented to us,” says co-founder and CEO Ryan Simonetti. “Our executive team has started to adjust our departmental roadmaps and assume that we will be growing three times over the next 12 to 24 months, which means that our hiring and onboarding processes … will be critical for us. We are seeing a strong referral pipeline of future talent from our existing employee base, which is really encouraging.”

Quick Tip: “A great leader is self-actualized, has empathy, GRIT, and aims to be 1 percent better every day.” 

In leading Convene, Simonetti has learned the importance of sticking to the company’s mission and values. “As a values-based company, everything we do is centered around what we call GRIT,” he says. “All of our employees, partners and vendors need to encompass this value, as it’s critical to the success of our work together.” GRIT stands for Genuine, Relentless, Integrity and Team player, and the philosophy “helps us execute, grow and innovate with an agile, yet customer-focused, mindset,” says Simonetti.