Ryan Afromsky Managing Partner
Ryan Afromsky is Managing Partner for Advanced Green Solutions. While Ryan was in college, he came up with an idea for a grilled cheese concept restaurant. Following his graduation and a few years of working in restaurants led Ryan to a dream turned into reality. What was once a picture of a grilled cheese sandwich in a magazine, soon turned into a restaurant in Culver City, CA called meltDOWN etc. At just 26, Ryan built the restaurant into an overnight success even before the doors opened. The buzz alone garnered media interest and exposure with Ryan appearing in numerous print articles and on TV. meltDOWN etc was a cheese-lovers dream that served the ultimate comfort food. Although the restaurant did not sustain the economic downturn, it proved a valuable learning experience. While reading a number of books to his three-year-old nephew one night, a thought popped into his head, “Why not tell my story to young children?” A few nights later was this ideas was realized when Ryan wrote, “I Have A Restaurant” Based on a day at meltDOWN etc., Ryan incorporated all aspects of his daily life at the restaurant he built and created into the book. Ryan explains an entire day with all of its ups and downs, so children would see that there is more to food appearing in front of their faces magically … but it doesn’t end there. Ryan plans to write more books about professions and jobs so children will get an insight into how the business world works in a fun and informative manner. Ryan teamed up with Emmy® Award winner Ron Noble to illustrate the book and the rest is history. Ryan graduated from the University of Miami (FL) with a dual degree in Marketing and Entrepreneurship.
Michael Gottlieb Managing Partner
Michael Gottlieb is Managing Partner for Advanced Green Solutions. Prior to founding AGS, Michael was a multiple award-winning reporter, editor and columnist for Gannett Corp., Times Mirror, Tribune Corp. and the Daily Journal Corp. Most recently Michael was Editor of the California Real Estate Journal, Executive Editor of eight small business publications located throughout California and an Associate Editor for the Los Angeles Daily Journal, California’s leading daily legal newspaper where he oversaw real estate and biotechnology coverage among other areas. Michael also has been a frequent speaker on real estate matters and he is active in the real estate community, participating in dozens of programs and conferences for many of California top real estate associations and companies as a speaker, moderator, planning committee member and conference chairman, including ACRE, BIA, BISNOW, CCIM, Corenet Global, CREW, Cushman & Wakefield, Deloitte, IFMA, Los Angeles County Bar Association, LACBOR, NAIOP, National Real Estate Investor, ULI, City of Ontario, Kern County Economic Development Corp., Century City Chamber of Commerce, UCLA’s Ziman Center for Real Estate, USC’s Lusk Center for Real Estate and Marshall School of Business among others. He also served on the CREW-LA Advisory Board in 2009 and 2010. Besides running his business, Michael also is writing on real estate matters at Zurich’s Risks Revealed, CBRE’s Speaking of Green, CRE Radio and he is actively involved in the USGBC’s Los Angeles chapter and the San Fernando Valley Green Team while pursuing his LEED credentials. Michael graduated from USC with dual degrees in Comparative Literature and Psychology and he has received continuing education at a number of institutions, including Syracuse University, UCLA Extension and Binghamton University among others.