Ben has been in the commercial real estate business for over 16 years. He is well versed in complex transactions and specializes in working with developers and investors. Ben has extensive experience in construction, zoning and land use issues, historic tax credits, project finance, state and local economic development incentives, commercial investments, strategic planning, and marketing.
Ben is also the founder and managing partner of Federated Historic Holdings, a New Orleans based real estate development company that has completed over $50 million in commercial and mixed use development and investment project.
He started out his real estate career in 2005 working for the development firm Leeds Holdings Southeast where he performed market analysis, land acquisitions, assessment of project feasibility, as well as solved initial land development issues. He later worked at Corporate Realty where he worked closely with clients looking for investment and development opportunities in and around New Orleans and furthered his experience in putting together development and investment deals.
Throughout his career, Ben has also started several entrepreneurial ventures. In 2006, he co-founded the fishing apparel brand Old Harbor Outfitters (OHO), which manufactured and sold its products through hundreds of dealers and big box retailers across the country and around the world. His roles included CFO, COO, and Director of Online Marketing. Ben played an integral role in opening the company’s first two destination retail stores in Martha’s Vineyard and Block Island. Old Harbor Outfitters was sold in 2012. After OHO, Ben started a mobile based polling business Pollbob, where he served as CEO. Over the course of 12 months, he grew the registered user base to over 300,000 and then sold the company to Seattle based market research firm QuestionPro.
Ben received his bachelors degree in Real Estate from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia.