Although raised in North Florida, Ben moved back to Gainesville (having previously lived here in the mid 90’s) and joined the Focus Real Estate Group team in 2006, after working six years as a Realtor® in the South Florida area.
While there, Ben was recognized as the Keyes Company Realtors “Rookie of the Year.” and later served as assistant manager for the Keyes Boynton Beach office, and as sales manager for the Coldwell Banker Boca Raton Central & Beach offices and their combined 300 agents.
After these successes with the “big box” firms, Ben chose to work with Focus Real Estate Group so he could continue to provide all the bells and whistles of the national brands— along with the personal service commonly associated and expected with smaller boutique firms. Ben specializes primarily in residential sales, campus housing, and multi-family/investment properties as well as property management within Gainesville.
As well as being a Certified Negotiation Specialist and Certified Home Marketing Specialist, Ben most recently received his newest designation as a Military Relocation Professional. Over the years, Ben has served on the Realtor Image Committee and volunteered countless hours to Habitat for Humanity and “Student of the Week” recognition programs.
Earlier in life, Ben served as a member of the US Air Force for six years, with tours in Europe as well as the United State Air Force Academy, receiving two Air Force Commendation medals as well as numerous other achievement awards and recognition. In 2014, Ben was appointed to the Board of Directors for Alachua Habitat for Humanity. In this position, Ben has been able to leverage his real estate influence and experience to promote a renewed partnership with the local Realtor association and local business partners to raise money, resources and awareness of Habitat’s ongoing mission and the expansion of its New Home Builds, Critical Home Repairs, and Brush of Kindness programs.
Ben is married to his wife Kimberly and they share four incredible children in Zack, Brandon, Lauren, and Kiersten.