Though raised in North Florida, Ben moved back to Gainesville and joined the Focus Real Estate Group team in November 2006 after moving from the South Florida area where he had been living the past 6 years. While there he was recognized as the Keyes Company Realtors "Rookie of the Year" and later served as Assistant Manger for Keyes/Boynton Beach and as Sales Manager for Coldwell Banker/Boca Raton Central & Beach offices and it's nearly 300 agents. Currently Ben specializes primarily in residential sales and is the exclusive listing/sales agent for Magnolia Homes Inc, Gainesville's only full time concrete block home builder. As well as being a Certified Negotiation Specialist and Certified Home Marketing Specialist, Ben has served on the Realtor Image Committee and volunteered countless hours to Habitat for Humanity and "Student of the Week" recognition programs. As a member of the United States Air Force for six years, Ben served at the United States Air Force Academy and in Europe receiving two Air Force Commendations as well as numerous other awards. In 2014, Ben was recognized by the Gainesville Police Department and received their "Police Service Award" for his contributions to Law Enforcement. Most recently Ben was appointed to the Board of Directors for Alachua Habitat for Humanity . He looks forward to using his real estate connections and experience to promote a renewed partnership with the local Realtor association and local business partners to raise money and awareness of Habitat's ongoing mission and the expansion of their new home builds, renovations and critical home repairs program. Ben has two incredible teenage children in Brandon and Lauren. Brandon is a U.S. rated fencer who also plays the violin and is heavily involved with his school's NJROTC program. Lauren plays competitive travel soccer for the Gainesville Soccer Alliance is getting ready to join her brother at Gainesville High School. The family are also active members of North Central Baptist Church in Gainesville.