Ryan Companies US, Inc. promotes Mike Ernst to Director of Construction Operations

Fifteen-year Ryan company veteran recently directed Cedar Rapids' flood recovery work.

Mike Ernst, a 15-year employee of Ryan Companies US, Inc., has been promoted to director of construction operations from division manager, a promotion that recognizes his years of construction experience as well as his enterprise systems expertise.

In his new role, Ernst will work in the office of corporate construction to ensure consistency and effectiveness of operations across all of Ryan's regional hubs. This will involve both optimizing systems and processes, implementing initiatives and utilizing the talents of Ryan's people effectively.

"In creating the role of Director of Construction Operations, Mike immediately came to mind," said Pat Ryan, president/CEO. "He led our ERP conversion in 2007/2008, has experience with complex projects and has worked in multiple Ryan regions. Mike has always been willing and highly capable of taking on the next great challenge."

Ernst was a senior project manager on Ryan's Midtown Exchange project in Minneapolis – a mixed-use historic landmark development and one of the largest redevelopments in the state — working closely with its owner/tenants to ensure their needs were met while keeping the project on budget and schedule. Ernst also led the Midwest hub's special projects team, and has most recently been working in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as the lead construction manager/government liaison on the City's flood recovery work.

"I'm excited to be back in Minneapolis and in this new role," said Ernst. "As a part of Ryan's national strategy, sharing of information, talent and resources across our regions is critical, and my responsibility will be to ensure that happens efficiently and effectively, so our experts can execute for our customers at the highest level possible."

Ernst is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited professional and a graduate of Iowa State's construction engineering program. He joined Ryan as a project manager in 1996.

Ryan Companies US, Inc. is a national builder, designer, developer and real estate manager specializing in fully integrated solutions for more than 70 years. With a mission to build lasting relationships, Ryan delivers full-service customized solutions based on industry expertise and total collaboration — pairing customers' expectations with a specialized team of constructors, architects, engineers, developers, property managers and financiers. Ryan serves customers throughout the United States with offices in the Midwest, Southwest, Great Lakes and Southeast regions. Ryan was named the 2007 National Developer of the Year by the National Association of Office and Industrial Properties (NAIOP). For more information, visit