Joe Ryan founded Oppidan Investment Company in May 1991 and serves as its president. In his two decades leading Oppidan, the company has developed over $1.5 billion in property for more than 35 retailers. Past and current industry-leading retailers such as Cub Foods, Carl’s Jr., Camping World, Coborn’s, Econofoods, Goodwill, Orchard Supply, Verizon Wireless, and Gander Mountain. In total, he has completed more than 300 projects in 26 states with space in excess of 9 million square feet.
Prior to starting Oppidan, Mr. Ryan was a shareholding partner of REI, Limited and directed the operation of the Richard Ellis, Inc. office in Minneapolis. Richard Ellis, based in London, England, is one of the world’s largest international real estate corporations and offers a range of advisory services to an international client base. In his role he supervised investment, asset, valuation and consulting management activities.
For six years prior to joining Richard Ellis, Mr. Ryan served as Vice President - Asset Management of St. Paul Properties, Inc., the wholly owned real estate investment subsidiary of the St. Paul Companies, Inc. He was responsible for office, industrial, retail and apartment properties throughout the United States valued at nearly $300 million.
Mr. Ryan is a graduate of the Unversity of St. Thomas where he received both a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Business Finance.
Chief Operating Officer
Mike Ayres joined Oppidan Investment Company in March 1999 as the Chief Operating Officer. He is responsible for the overall operations of the company and several of its key development partnerships.
In 2011, Mike moved to Oppidan’s recently opened office in San Jose, California where he is currently working with Orchard Supply Hardware and helping them redevelop and expand through the coming years.
Mike began his career working for IBM, spending five years in sales and marketing management. He left IBM to join Comdisco and assumed various roles in Sales, Marketing, and Business Development. While at Comdisco, he developed a PC trade center and drove definition and implementation of Comdisco’s leading edge asset management software.
In 1992, he joined GE Capital Leasing as a Regional Sales Manager. He directed a sales force for GE Computer Leasing, earning top producer honors. Mr. Ayres left GE Capital Leasing to join Netforce MTI as Executive Vice President of Sales and Business Development. In December 1995, Comdisco acquired NetforceMTI and renamed the company Comdisco Network Services. After the acquisition, he remained with Comdisco Network Services as Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing until early 1997.
Paul Tucci joined Oppidan Investment Company in December 1997 as Vice President of Development. In this role, Mr. Tucci has responsibility for all aspects of the Development process, including Site Selection, Site Acquisition, Governmental Entitlements, Tenant Lease negotiation and coordination and professional service provider coordination, all done in an efficient manner to provide timely turnover to the client.
Prior to joining Oppidan, Inc., Mr. Tucci served as Director of Asset Management for Madison Marquette Realty Services. Mr. Tucci was responsible for the property acquisition, financing, redevelopment, leasing, management and asset management related to those properties owned by the firm’s clients. This entailed 20 properties in excess of 4 million square feet in three separate portfolios.
Mr. Tucci had been with Madison Marquette and its predecessor companies for the past 12 years. Mr. Tucci started as a property accountant and advanced into property management with responsibility for the management of a 1.1 million square foot regional center, prior to becoming the Director of Asset Management.
Prior to being employed by Madison Marquette, Mr. Tucci was the controller of a small company in St. Paul, MN.
Mr. Tucci has obtained his BSB in Accounting from the University of Minnesota and received his Master Degree in Finance from the University of St. Thomas. He is a member of the Minnesota Shopping Center Association and a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Jay Moore joined Oppidan Investment Company in 2001. Jay has developed several single tenant and multiple tenant retail developments with Oppidan. Some of the tenants Jay has developed for include: Gander Mountain, Northern Tool & Equipment, Camping World, Walgreens, Caribou Coffee, Movie Gallery, and Dairy Queen.
In addition, Jay is responsible for all aspects of leasing at Oppidan, which include procuring tenants, marketing the shopping centers and new developments, and negotiating leases. Jay has acquired a broad range of real estate experience with Oppidan including land acquisition, land disposition, shopping center development, entitlements, and construction management.
Prior to joining Oppidan, Jay was the Director of Sales for Athletica, Inc. from 1993-2000. Athletica is the world's largest manufacturer of dasher boards for ice hockey, in-line hockey and indoor soccer.
Jay holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance/Marketing from the University of Denver. He is a member of the Minnesota Shopping Center Association and a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.
In Jay’s spare time he enjoys fishing, hunting, playing hockey and golf