Ben is a small business owner, active member of the Nashville community, and attends Bethel World Outreach Church. He wants to represent the 53rd District in the Tennessee State House of Representatives because he believes that Nashville can be the best place to live and do business in the country. Ben is currently CEO and co-founder of NAI Nashville, a premier commercial real estate firm. He is a member of the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors, Nashville Chamber of Commerce, Brentwood Cool Springs Chamber of Commerce, Williamson County Area Realtors, and the Rotary Club of Brentwood.
Prior to founding NAI, Ben had extensive experience in public service. In his early career, Ben worked for an Arkansas Congressman in Washington, D.C. as a legislative correspondent and helped to run a successful Lt. Governor campaign in Austin, Texas. In Austin, Ben also had the opportunity to work in public education as a teacher and coach at Stony Point High School. In 2004, he accepted an offer from the Bush-Cheney campaign to serve in Washington, D.C., as Political Coordinator for the Southwestern States. Following Bush’s election, Ben was appointed by the President to be a policy analyst for the Office of National Drug Control Policy, where he worked on state and local policy related to marijuana and methamphetamine.
Raised in southern Arkansas, Ben is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas. He and his wife Elizabeth live in South Nashville and have one son, Jackson and a little girl on the way any day now. The couple actively volunteers and fundraises for many nonprofits, including the Ordinary Hero Foundation, Youth Life Learning Centers and Mercy Ministries.