Eddy Benoit Jr. is the President and CEO of The Benoit Group, which is comprised of a commercial development group and a real estate consulting firm. With nearly two decades of experience in the commercial development industry totaling over $1.8 billion in project value, he currently focuses on the firm’s business diversification and geographical expansion. Benoit’s strategic plan consists of leveraging the company’s core expertise through its vertical integration, providing turnkey real estate solutions in the market place. The Benoit Group’s platform involves low risk development pursuits and real estate advisory services, positioning the firm to succeed through various real estate cycles.
Benoit is engaged in the operation of the development group which focuses on the sustainability and development of Mixed-Income Family, Independent Senior, Workforce, and HUD-subsidized Affordable housing. It also targets Higher Education student housing development opportunities within major university systems and historically black colleges and universities. Additionally, he is very active in the business development of the consulting group, growing its footprint within the US and abroad.
Prior to establishing The Benoit Group, Mr. Benoit served as President of Ambling Development Partners. Benoit was responsible for the company’s strategic direction, as well as, growth and expansion into new markets throughout the country. In addition to overseeing the development operations for Ambling Development Partners, he focused on structuring public and private joint-venture partnerships, raised private investment capital, secured competitive financing programs with key lender relationships, managed overall company financial risks, and monitored the disposition strategy for all major projects.
In 2007, Benoit also founded Ambling International Consulting which focused on offering real estate advisory and program management services to foreign governments within the Caribbean and Africa, while working closely with their Cabinet ministries.
Earlier in his career, as Vice President, Benoit managed the multi-family division for Regent Partners, where he was responsible for the development and asset management of both the conventional and HUD financed residential portfolio. Benoit has a long history of leadership in various real estate developments where he managed the joint-venture structure of mixed-use, retail, office and hospitality projects. While at Regent, Benoit was also instrumental in the success of the Military Housing Privatization Group. Over a three year period, this group was awarded four U.S. Army installations for the privatization of on-base housing projects located at Ft. Carson, Ft. Eustis, Ft. Story and Ft. Monroe for over $500 Million in project value.
Benoit has also worked in various project management capacities on the construction management of several stand alone high-rise office and medical buildings for Skanska USA, one of the largest general contractors in the country. During his tenure at Skanska, Benoit worked on a total project portfolio value of $200 Million.
Education/Affiliations: Benoit’s educational background includes a Master of Science in Construction Management from Southern Polytechnic State University with a concentration in Real Estate, and a Bachelor of Science in Building Construction from the University of Florida. Benoit has also earned his CCIM designation.
He is an active board member of the University of Florida’s Masters of Science in Real Estate program, as well as, an active member of several other professional associations including NH&RA, NAHB, ULI and NAIOP.