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Business Observer Friday, Oct. 26, 2018 1 year ago

Ryan Benson, 37

Co-owner, A. Vernon Allen Builder
by: Andrew Warfield Lee-Collier Editor

Ryan Benson goes about achieving his goals quickly.

Joining A. Vernon Allen Builder in 2008, he acquired the Naples custom homebuilder, established in 1951, along with partner Andy Bringardner four years ago. And only five years after becoming involved with the Collier Building Industry Association he became the organization’s president — six months earlier than scheduled following the midterm resignation of his predecessor.

The 37-year-old is also the father of two sets of twins, ages 3 years and 6 months.

“I always wanted four children in the shortest span possible,” Benson says.

Mission accomplished.

His company builds exclusively in the tony 34102 ZIP code, and within that ZIP code it is the largest homebuilder in Port Royal, where homes are priced not only in the millions, but the tens of millions. When Benson and Bringardner acquired the company, Benson says it was an $11 million business. It’s roughly a $25 million company today, with its best year, $32 million in sales, in 2017.

“We have 40% of the market there and Port Royal represents 90% of our business,” says Benson. “We have nine homes under construction in Port Royal now in various stages.”

Beyond his company and his duties with the CBIA, which includes chairing its Government Affairs Committee, Benson is a delegate on the boards of the Florida Home Builders Association and the National Association of Home Builders for 2018; is past president of the Naples Gulfshore Sunset Rotary; vice chairman of the Boys and Girls Club of Collier County; and is a trustee for the Canterbury School. He was a 2017 finalist for the National Association of Home Builders Young Professionals’ Award.


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