Getting to Know Christian Bryan…
“Learn to fight the right battles, support the teams you service and grow the folks who work for you.”
Christian Bryan, Vice President of Real-Estate and Facilities, is responsible for IAC's Real-Estate activities including development, lease transaction, construction and facilities. Christian was recruited from the hospitality industry where for the past 10 years he held various senior positions for hotel companies, such as Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Marriott Hotels and Resorts, Independent Boutique Hotels as well as participated in the re-opening of the Carlton on Madison Avenue in New York.
IAC’s real estate portfolio encompasses over 1.5 million square feet globally. This includes IAC’s Frank Gehry-designed headquarters in Manhattan; a project Christian managed in the final stages of interior construction. Christian is also the former Co-Chair of the Young Leaders committee of the CoreNet Global New York City Chapter.
Christian attended Johnson & Wales University located in Providence, RI in pursuit of a career in the culinary arts industry where he wanted to be a chef. After his first year at Johnson & Wwales, he transferred into Restaurant Management and then again to SEE (Sports Facilities/Entertainment/Exhibition) Management. After six years in school, he needed a break and accepted a job in Hawaii at a large 1,300-room capacity hotel. From there, he traveled to Sweden for a year and then to NYC to work in hotel operations. Christian had the opportunity to work for large chain operators such as Starwood in the W Hotel division and some boutique hotels undergoing major renovations. Christian was then recruited out of the hotel industry to work for IAC’s new headquarters (HQ) project, in a facility management capacity. He was responsible for all building operations, the mailroom, reception, Food & Beverage services and engineering. The goal was to make the building operate for employees and not be just a place for them to sit and work.
Christian’s many successes at IAC include: closing out a multi-million dollar construction project for the IAC headquarters in 2008, numerous outfit projects for new locations across the United States, IAC headquarters to be the first building in NYC’s Sandy devastated Zone A to be granted re-occupancy by the NYC Department of Buildings and to be fully operational by Christmas Eve of the same year. Upcoming activities include a four-year entitlement and development project for one of the owned buildings in LA, which will be equipped with an exterior plaza, a seven- story green wall and a new restaurant.
What is your favorite anecdote/greatest success story?
“The Hurricane Sandy Recovery effort was a really bad time in NYC. Many individuals in the FM profession spent countless hours away from their families, many sleepless days and nights, working tirelessly to help through the recovery; it truly brought out the best in everyone involved. Synonymous with the stories you hear when someone can lift a car to save a person-this is what the IAC team endured in the aftermath of the storm. This camaraderie also helped us achieve what we did in record time.”
Interviewed by Sonya Verny of IA Interior Architects, IFMA NYC Secretary.