Matthew hails from the SF Bay Area originally and has made Los Angeles his home for the last 8 years. A mechanical engineering education, partnered with a strong interest in development and construction, has lead to a successful career in sales for many of the largest custom commercial mechanical system manufacturers in the world. Matthew specializes in custom engineered solutions, and has used his talents to assist clients across various industries in the private and public market, including museums, hospitals, creative arts centers, airports, class A office buildings, high rise developments, university campuses, and luxury housing. Matthew has served as the President of ASHRAE in Los Angeles, and most recently served as the Government Advocacy Chair for ASHRAE in Los Angeles. Matthew is an Account Executive for DMG Corporation, recently helping to expand DMG's position in green building design as a Technology Partner for the Los Angeles Better Building Challenge. Matthew has a passion for the creative arts, as both a collector and advocate for the arts in Los Angeles. As the Managing Director of Ryze Creative, Matthew will pair his experience in design and business development, with his passion for the arts, to help create dynamic creative work studio and flex space in urban communities around the country.
Ben Stapleton is an LA native and brings a creative mind and a consultative approach to real estate advisory, with a focus on facilities operations, financial modeling, and site assessment. Ben is an active Board Member for the LA Bioscience Hub, Vice President of Facilities for the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, and maintains his role of Vice President for Jones Lang LaSalle. He is a recipient of Jones Lang LaSalle’s distinctive Da Vinci Award for Innovation and CoStar’s Power Broker designation in the Los Angeles market. Until recently, Ben served as the Managing Director for the LA Better Buildings Challenge, launching the program in 2011 and growing participation to over 55MM square feet of commercial buildings. Ben has been personally involved in launching multiple businesses throughout his career, including the newly opened Barrel Down Beer Hall in Downtown Los Angeles. Ben serves as the founding Operations Director for Ryze Creative, an invaluable member of the Ryze team with expert experience in real estate and entrepreneurship.