He has worked extensively with solar, wind and bio fuels and has completed several large solar facility installations prior to joining Enable. Through years of work on complex projects, Ben has gained extensive experience in the unique tax ramifications of real estate, construction and renewable energy. As a board member of a renewable energy company, Ben’s expertise in the industry has been highly regarded.
In 1980, when the air traffic controllers went on strike, Ben retrained himself as a real estate specialist with an emphasis in manufacturing and infrastructure. He did a significant amount of research on electrical generation and distribution infrastructure in the Sacramento area and on construction and building systems. He invented several building systems which dramatically improved profitability for companies such as Sutter Home winery. In addition to Sutter Home, Ben built facilities for companies such as Toyota, Siemens, Mazda, Google, Sun Microsystems, Bank of America, Eaton and others. In his career, he has built almost one billion dollars worth of projects of all types.
Ben has taught numerous classes and lectured in facilities design for organizations such as the Warehousing Education and Research Council and the Society of Industrial Real Estate. He has significant experience in green energy and construction. He owned his own construction company for many years and was on the board of a renewable energy construction company. He has worked extensively with solar, wind and bio fuels and has completed several large solar facility installations prior to joining Enable. He also has experience in the unique tax ramifications of real estate, construction and renewable energy.
Ben received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the Air Force Academy and a Masters from the University of Pittsburgh, both on full scholarships. During his schooling he also was an intern in the White House. He served as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force and Air Force Reserve for over twenty years, retiring in 1993 after serving in Desert Storm. He has been married to Gail for forty years and has two grown boys.