59: Pegasystems VP of Real Estate & Facilities, Dan Ryan

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Dan Ryan is the VP of Real Estate and Facilities at Pegasystems, a leading enterprise software company. He has over 13 years of experience in the industry and has played a key role in the company's growth and development. Dan is known for his leadership style, which emphasizes transparency, accountability, and giving people opportunities to grow within the organization.

In this conversation, Rens Hayes interviews Dan Ryan, the VP of Real Estate and Facilities at Pegasystems. They discuss the unique approach Pegasystems takes in the real estate industry, focusing on enterprise software and integrating AI and automation. Dan shares the demands and needs of the company from a real estate perspective, including the challenges of adapting to changing work environments. They also explore some of the notable real estate developments at Pegasystems, including the move to Waltham and the design of the new office space. In this part of the conversation, Dan Ryan discusses the creation of an ideal workspace, managing office space during relocation, leadership lessons from his time in the Boy Scouts, transitioning to real estate and facilities, moving from startups to large corporations, lessons in real estate and leadership, and his recommended podcast on climate change and sustainability. In this conversation, Dan Ryan discusses the importance of fact-checking and being cautious of disinformation on climate change. He emphasizes the need to verify information from reliable sources and not rely solely on biased media. Additionally, the conversation highlights the leadership style of Dan Ryan, focusing on transparency, accountability, and investing in people.

Key Takeaways:

  • Pegasystems focuses on solving complex problems for Fortune 500 companies through their enterprise software.
  • The company has experienced significant growth and has had to adapt to changing demands and workspace needs.
  • The Waltham office project was a major undertaking that involved reimagining the office space and creating a more collaborative and flexible environment.
  • Dan Ryan believes in giving people opportunities to grow and develop within the company, which has contributed to high employee retention.
  • Building strong relationships and fostering a culture of accountability are key to success in real estate and facilities management.

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