GreenPearl was founded by three entrepreneurs: Ryan Slack, Mark Schacknies, and Nima Negahban, who each brought a different strength to the problem of helping executives connect better to facilitate deals and make things happen.
Ryan Slack is a successful entrepreneur and marketer who co-founded PropertyShark and led it for its first 4 years of business as the CEO, before its eventual sale to Yardi. Today, he runs GreenPearl as its CEO. Mark is a successful real estate developer who currently leads the team at Walnut Street Development and is on the board of GreenPearl. Nima Negahban is an extremely bright technologist who has been responsible for all of the online platforms upon which GreenPearl’s various sites run. Nima currently is working on a new big data analytic platform and is on the board of GreenPearl.
GreenPearl’s CEO, Ryan Slack, has been awarded a number of distinctions by the real estate and business press, including 40-under-40 Rising Star by Crain’s New York Business, and named one of the Most Influential New Yorkers by New York Magazine alongside Donald Trump and Louise Sunshine. Ryan is one of the “grandfathers” of New York real estate technology and regularly advises and invests in firms in the space.
“GreenPearl” itself refers to the ultra-rare pearls that are a type of black pearl. These pearls are among the most valuable natural pearls on the market, and they are a metaphor for the rare but valuable people you meet through GreenPearl’s face-to-face conferences. Our goal is to increase the likelihood of meeting your own GreenPearl through curation of high-value thought leadership events working with top brands.
In recent years, GreenPearl has expanded its strategy in two ways, one by working almost entirely with industry partners who bring powerful resources of brand, expertise, audience and industry leader network to bear on each hand-craft event. Further, GreenPearl is branching out beyond real estate to include retail and finance industries, with its eyes upon additional industries in the future.