About Us

Convene designs and services premium places to work, meet, and host inspiring events. Through strategic partnerships with prominent commercial landlords, Convene operates a network of hospitality-driven locations in Class A office buildings across major U.S. cities, with plans to expand globally. Convene has raised $260M in equity funding to date, and has been named one of America’s 100 Most Promising Companies by Forbes and a Best Workplace by both Inc. and Fortune Magazine.

Our Founders

Ryan Simonetti

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Ryan has been recognized for his transformative achievements on Real Estate Forum’s 50 Under 40 list and Inc. Magazine’s “30 Under 30,” a list of America’s Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs. He was also named “Top Entrepreneur” by Crain’s New York, and was a finalist in Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year® New York Awards. With Ryan at the helm, Convene has been named one of America’s 100 Most Promising Companies by Forbes and a Best Workplace by both Inc. and Fortune Magazine. Before co-founding Convene, Ryan was a vice president at Gramercy Capital Corp., where he was in charge of the restructuring of a billion-dollar loan portfolio, including $600 million of real estate and hospitality investments.

Chris Kelly

Co-Founder & Vice Chairman

Chris has been recognized as an active and innovative thought leader and compelling industry spokesperson on various topics including the future of the workplace, workplace culture, and the intersection of real estate and technology. Chris has been individually recognized as CoreNet Global’s 2018 Young Leader of the Year, CoreNet NYC’s 2017 Service Provider of the Year, on Real Estate Forum’s 50 Under 40 List, as an EY Entrepreneur of the Year Semi-Finalist. He is also the only person to be named to Inc. Magazine’s 30 Under 30 list twice.Before co-founding Convene, Chris started evoJets, a private jet charter company.

Recent Accolades

Convene Great Place to Work

#11 Best Workplace in New York

“One of America’s 100 Most Promising Companies”

“One of America’s fastest growing Companies”

Crain’s Fastest Growing Company

LinkedIn Top Companies | Startups

Best Places to Work in the Meetings Industry

Investors & Partners