NEW YORK, Aug. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Convene (www.convene.com), a progressive developer and operator of hospitality-infused environments for the modern workplace, has appointed Matthew Legge to the newly created position of vice president, Real Estate and Acquisitions.
Mr. Legge will oversee all real estate activities including property development, joint ventures and acquisitions. He will direct Convene's national and international expansion efforts together with Convene's principals and support the company's capital raising activities.
"Matt's broad experience in the commercial real estate industry – especially property development – will be invaluable in the implementation of our growth plan," said Ryan Simonetti, chief executive officer and co-founder of Convene. "We look forward to leveraging Matt's diverse entrepreneurial skill set as we work towards doubling our footprint over the next 18 months."
Prior to joining Convene, Mr. Legge served as general counsel and managed development and investment matters for a Canadian family office focused on real estate investment and development in Canada and Europe. He played an integral role in the firm's development of mixed-use real estate projects throughout Western Canada and managed legal and business matters for its portfolio of operating companies.
Mr. Legge joined Convene with the intention of not only growing its presence, but also helping to distinguish Convene as a leader in the evolution of real estate.
"I genuinely believe that what we're doing will have a transformational impact on how people think about and use real estate. Our ambitions are not small ones, and we believe that we are uniquely positioned to do something truly meaningful that will bring hospitality and real estate together in a way that they never have before," said Mr. Legge.
Mr. Legge has a Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate from the University of Manitoba in Canada. He also holds a master's degree in real estate from Cornell University. While at Cornell, he served as the president of the Cornell Associate Real Estate Council and the executive editor of the Cornell Real Estate Case Study Series.
He is an active member of several real estate industry groups including the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Cornell Real Estate Council.
Mr. Legge currently resides in New York City. A native of Canada, Mr. Legge enjoys traveling internationally and is active in sailing, tennis and hiking.
Convene (www.convene.com) is a progressive developer and operator of hospitality-infused environments for the modern workplace. The company operates the nation's fastest growing full-service executive conference center network with on-site services including culinary, technology and hospitality staffing. Convene partners with real estate developers, companies and institutions to enhance the quality of commercial office buildings through a broad suite of building amenities and services. Founded in 2009 and headquartered in New York, Convene was named by Forbes as one of America's 100 Most Promising Companies in 2014 and by Inc. as one of America's fastest growing companies.
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