Published Aug 02, 2020 by Julia McGowen
Ed Ryland, CCIM, MCR, is the President & CEO of ARVO Realty Advisors, a full-service commercial real estate firm based in Houston.
Ryland started his company from a box filled with ideas on of index cards. Today, his business is global, representing corporate, governmental, and small business clients in the buying, selling or leasing of office, retail, industrial land properties.
In addition to running his company with offices in Houston and New York, Ryland has established himself as a leading voice in the minority business community and mentor to many minority business executives.
He was the first African American in the Houston region to obtain the CCIM (certified commercial investment member) designation, which is often referred to as the PhD of commercial real estate within the industry.
While spending his career in a predominately white industry, Ryland has experienced the challenges that minority-owned entrepreneurs face first-hand. He's traveled the country to ask CEOs one question, “What do you think it takes to build a successful minority-owned company?”
On this edition of Small Biz Insider, Ryland discusses challenges minority business-owners face and strategies for growing a successful small business.
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