Join us in welcoming CARW’s newest member, Brent Benjamin with First Bank Financial Centre.
Q: What do you enjoy the most about commercial real estate?
A: The markets for commercial real estate are always changing. I learn new things everyday which keeps things interesting and enjoyable.
Q: What is the best piece of advice you have received?
A: Read it. I’m not sure this is the best piece of advice I’ve ever received, but it is probably the best in terms of my vocation. I’m always amazed at how much paper crosses my desk. It is important for me in my profession to read and understand all the terms of a deal.
Q: What is your favorite quote?
A: “So you’re telling me there’s a chance?” – Lloyd Christmas. It is from one of my favorite movies growing up and reminds me of trying to get my first job after graduating from UW in December 2008.
Q: Where did you grow up?
A: Green Bay, Titletown, USA
Q: What was cool when you were growing up but isn’t cool now?
A: Cordless phones, AIM, downloading 1 song on Napster in less than 24 hours, Dumb and Dumber movie quotes, the list goes on.
Q: What’s your favorite place to travel to?
A: I love to travel and my answer is to a place I have not yet been. Otherwise, the Greek islands I visited on my honeymoon is my favorite place so far.
Q: What do you hope to get out of your membership with CARW?
A: I hope membership will allow me to meet the players involved in the local commercial real estate market (grow my network) and become a resource for other members for any financing related questions that I may be able to assist with. I have extensive experience working with owner-occupied real estate financing utilizing SBA loan programs which allow for high leverage and/or long-term fixed rate financing for a variety of commercial property types.