As Executive Vice President of Lifestyle Communities, Ben provides strategic vision in the selection of new projects that best align with the objectives, expertise and future goals of the company while directing development, design, and construction activities across the company’s expanding portfolio.
With more than 15 years of industry experience in the Twin Cities and Des Moines markets respectively, Ben brings a unique perspective to the company's pursuit of new opportunities. His experience includes 12 years in various leadership positions within the public sector as a City Planner, Community Development Director and Economic Development Manager. Ben leverages his talents in land use planning, urban design, redevelopment, municipal entitlements, zoning code creation and economic development, enabling him to navigate complex land acquisitions, development agreements and irregular entitlement processes.
Ben received a B.A. degree from Iowa State University in Community and Regional Planning. He also holds certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners and is a member of the American Planning Association. He has received certification in Technology of Facilitation (ToP) and Dale Carnegie Foundational Management; is a Class of 2013 graduate of the Waukee (IA) Leadership Institute and is an Eagle Scout.
A native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa Ben takes advantage of his limited free time to catch a Cyclone game, a craft beer, or a random open house excursion with his wife Cass as they indulge in their shared love of real estate. Most often, time spent out of the office is chasing after their energetic toddler Gwen who loves babies, playgrounds, animals and practicing being a “big girl.”