Executive Vice President |

Torian Priestly joins The Benoit Group as a leader with over twenty four years of experience in the development, consulting and construction management of various real estate projects. His experience includes hotels, mixed use condos, multi-family, assisted living, independent senior living, hospitals and elementary schools; as well as, land development, multi-family/independent senior housing, tax credit rehabilitation, mixed use, and public-private partnerships; with housing and development authorities.

As Executive Vice President of Development for The Benoit Group, Mr. Priestly is in charge of day-to-day oversight and management of Development, Development Advisory and Construction Management Operations for TBG.  During his tenure with The Benoit Group, Mr. Priestly has developed over $225 Million in multi-family and senior housing.

Prior to joining The Benoit Group, Mr. Priestly served as Vice President of Development for Ambling Development Partners. In this position, he was responsible for overall development projects throughout the southeast, including the development of 887 units valued at $92 million. He also provides The Benoit Group with expertise in utilizing LIHTC, New Issue Bonds, Tax-Exempt Bonds and HUD221(d)(4) financing.

Mr. Priestly simultaneously served as Vice President for Ambling International, partnering with the Bermudian Government as advisor to the island’s construction, demolition, environmental remediation and hospitality development projects.

As a member of the SunTrust CDC team and Transom Development from 2002 – 2006, Mr. Priestly served as First Vice President working closely with the SunTrust CDC Asset Management team on existing assets as well as developing Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) deals for Transom Development.

Prior leadership positions include the management and development of multi-family projects for Regent Partners, the construction of over 2,500 units totaling $175 million, rehabilitation and asset management of over 800 units throughout the southeast, and the leadership support in the conceptual master plan and rehabilitation plan that was instrumental in J. A. Jones Military Housing Privatization Group’s award of $150 million in U.S. Army Housing Privatization projects.

Mr. Priestly has also worked for one of the largest general contractors in the country, where he served as project manager for several municipal and private developments in Atlanta and Tennessee.



Mr. Priestly, a native of North Carolina, is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University with a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering. He is an active member of the National Low Income Housing Coalition and serves on the Board of Directors for NC A&T State University Real Estate Foundation. Mr. Priestly is also affiliated with the following committees/organizations:

  • Real Estate Investment Advisory Council (REIAC)
  • Illinois Housing Council (IHC)
  • Acquisition Committee Co-Chair for NC A&T Real Estate Foundation
  • Finance Committee Member for NC A&T Real Estate Foundation
  • Audit Committee Member for NC A&T Real Estate Foundation
  • Illinois Housing Council (IHC)
  • Yes! Atlanta (Mentoring Program)
  • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
  • Past Advisory Board of Directors Member for DeKalb County High School of Tech
  • President Aggie Gentz Foundation, Inc. (Non-Profit Philanthropic Organization)
  • 2018 General Coordinator for South Fulton Running Partners (SFRP)