Ryan is the co-founder and CEO of Midnight Auteur, a hotel development, branding and operations hospitality company specializing in design forward, cocktail anchored independent hotels. Here, he leads hotel concepting, development and operations. Created in 2022, Midnight Auteur leverages the experiences of two established groups – Gravitas, the developer and operator of the widely successful Ramble Hotel in Denver, and Gin & Luck, the globally recognized bar and restaurant group, most well-known for the Death & Co brand – to build and operate hotels that immerse guests fully and seamlessly between social spaces and retreat.
As a co-founder of Gravitas Development, a Denver-based real estate company specializing in design-forward, urban infill development, Ryan acquired and led the development of various mixed use development projects, including an office/retail/restaurant shipping container building, which was awarded the Mayor’s Design Award in 2016. The final project executed by Gravitas was The Ramble Hotel, a 50-room boutique hotel with its lobby anchored by Death & Co. Upon opening in 2018, the hotel was named one of the “World’s Top 18 New Hotels” by Architectural Digest and “One of Spring’s Most Exciting Arrivals” by Travel + Leisure.
Ryan received his BA in marketing from Butler University. Ryan currently lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife BrieAnn and their two young children, Lachlan and Ella.