What are your goals in your role at your company?
I want to continue building long-lasting relationships that help me better serve current and future clients. Des Moines has a great business community, and aligning yourself with the right people makes all the difference. I am fortunate to work with people who feel the same way.

What are your goals for your community involvement?
My parents ingrained in me a duty to give back. Youth Emergency Services and Shelter is a place I have and will continue to spend more time supporting and volunteering in the coming years. I tend to gravitate towards nonprofits that serve underprivileged people in our community.

What’s your biggest passion, and why?
I believe strongly in creating an even playing field. Communities are stronger when everyone has an opportunity to be successful, and the idea that your future is based on the socioeconomic class you were born into does not sit well with me. I will continue to spend time and energy on these causes.

What is it that drives you?
After high school I enrolled to attend the University of Northern Iowa in the fall. That summer I worked for a local masonry company working long hours and making decent money. I remember someone saying, “Looks like we’ll have another educated construction worker.” That stuck with me. After drifting through high school, I decided at that moment I would take my education seriously. Had I not, my life would be much different today.

What are your future aspirations?
I am fortunate to work with a very experienced team on a variety of projects. I now have a better appreciation for what goes into developing real estate, and the challenge of that is appealing to me.

Four reasons he’s a Forty: 

1. Ben serves as the co-chair for the Urban Land Institute’s Young Leader Group.
2. He has been involved as a volunteer and fundraiser for Youth Emergency Services and Shelter for a number of years.
3. He is a member of the Big Ten networking group that focuses on philanthropy and relationship building.
4. He has helped Knapp Properties’ third-party brokerage business grow.