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Ryan Companies


Ryan builds its culture on trust and vulnerability

Commercial and residential real estate construction

533 South Third Street, Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN 55415


Challenges / Opportunities

How do you reinvigorate a company-wide culture after two years of COVID-isolation with a group of 80 senior leaders?

Recommendations & Implementations

Dean Newlund from Mission Facilitator’s International, the CHRO and CEO from Ryan Companies designed a three day retreat with the company’s top 80 leaders in Phoenix Arizona in November of 2021 with the goal of building trust through vulnerability, discussion, activities and a set of action items to re-ignite the company culture.


Survey results and numerous conversations with several senior leaders reveals the retreat was a huge success. The success of the event led to a strategic planning / team building event for the Ryan Marketing Department and the Ryan Senior Living Team.

Follow Up

MFI helped design and later lead a year-long follow up program that involved small teams from the original 80 meeting virtually every over month to continue working on trust, vulnerability and building the Ryan culture that is focused on support and community involvement.

“The Senior Leadership Team at Ryan Companies needed a firm and an individual that would bring the right combination of leadership, inspiration, advice, and strategic insight. They found the right firm in Mission Facilitators International and the right person in Dean Newlund.

Dean and his team invested up front research on our unique needs and customized a plan and overall approach for several Senior Leadership Team Meetings, along with a small group learning structure to build trust and communication.

As a result of Dean’s work, we created a shared vision and strategic priorities and improved our Senior Leadership Team’s trust and esprit de corps. The experience was well organized, fun, and inspirational.”

– Colin Barr, President, Southern and Western Divisions, Ryan Companies

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