Convene is honored to announce that our co-founder and president, Chris Kelly, has been recognized by CoreNet NYC as the 2017 Service Provider of the Year!
CoreNet is the leading global association for corporate real estate professionals. It serves the interests of commercial real estate executives around the world through a variety of publications, research, conferences, local chapters and networking groups.
Chris joined CoreNet NYC in 2009 when he co-founded Convene with his friend and business partner Ryan Simonetti. Since then, the duo have been focused on rolling out a hospitality-driven workplace model in New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington, D.C., with Los Angeles and Chicago locations coming soon.
“Pushing the envelope in the real estate industry is certainly not easy,” said Chris. “CoreNet has welcomed and supported Convene since the beginning, and helped shrink the otherwise daunting idea of building a business that would ultimately serve the Fortune 500. We are so grateful for CoreNet’s partnership and guidance over the past eight years.”
The next chapter of the company introduces the launch of Convene Services, partnering with commercial landlords and enterprise companies to provide hotel-like services, physical amenities, and user-friendly technology to meet the new needs of enterprise tenants and their employees. The company is already working with some of the world’s largest landlords, including Brookfield Property Partners and Blackstone, as well as enterprise companies like Condé Nast to develop and operate workplace amenities and flexible space solutions within premiere office properties around the country like One World Trade Center and Park Ave Tower in NYC.
On behalf of the entire Convene team, we would like to extend our immense appreciation to the judging committee at CoreNet as well as the NYC real estate community, who have supported us and guided us from day one. It’s an incredible honor for Chris to be recognized as Service Provider of the Year, especially amongst the “who’s who” of industry game-changers that were nominated this year: Ted Moudis of Ted Moudis Associates and Scott Panzer of JLL!
Let us all continue to raise the bar for this amazing industry!