As Portfolio Asset Specialist for The Benoit Group, Lori M. Ward is responsible for all aspects of portfolio management including financial compliance, capital expenditure evaluations, budget reviews and site visits/property inspections. She also ensures that all properties are accurately insured and handles claims, lawsuits and litigation associated with those claims.
Lori has been in the real estate field for approximately 20 years. She started her career with The Landmarks Group which developed Concourse Office Park featuring the popular “king and queen” buildings of Atlanta. After leaving The Landmarks Group, she was employed by Hatfield/Philips which was acquired by LNR Property Corporation out of Miami, FL. She was initially responsible for the Office Management and HR Management responsibilities for the Atlanta office and within a short period of time, was promoted to Risk Manager for LNR.As Risk Manager, she procured and implemented Property and Liability insurance for approximately $2billion of commercial real estate including office, retail, multifamily and hotel. She interfaced with retail and wholesale brokers throughout the U.S. and managed the budgets for all assets. She worked closely with attorneys throughout the country handling lawsuits inclusive of depositions, mediation and trials in an effort to bring all claims and lawsuits to a satisfactory conclusion for LNR. She traveled extensively to train asset management teams and property managers in order to maintain properties in good and safe working conditions.
Lori, an Atlanta native, attended the University of South Carolina and Mercer University. She has also been active in organizations such as the Shepherd Center, Hands on Atlanta and volunteering extensively in her two children’s schools.