Ben is proud to say that Portland has always been his home. He has been involved in the real estate business most of his life, working closely with his family and the company his parents started in their basement — Willamette Realty Group.
After graduating from Parkrose High School in 1992, Ben received a Track & Field scholarship to the University of Oregon where he studied Sociology and History. While at the University of Oregon, Ben was 6-time PAC-10 finalist, 2-time All-PAC-10 Team, PAC-10 Runner-up, qualified for the NCAA Championships and provisionally qualified for the US Olympic Trials in his specialty, the 1,500 meter run. Ben Later ran professionally and was mentored by legendary coaches Bill Dellinger, Dick Brown and Alberto Salazar.
Throughout Ben’s running career, he always found time to mentor others who were chasing their own running goals.
In 1999, Ben founded the RunFaster Foundation, an organization devoted to introducing youth to running and the sport of Track & Field. After a series of successful clinics, Portland Parks & Recreation partnered with RunFaster to facilitate its youth Track & Field program and Portland’s All-Comers Track & Field meets.
Over the years, the RunFaster Foundation achieved the following;
* On-line winter and summer training programs were administered to over 1,250 middle & high school aged athletes throughout North America.
* On-line 5K, 10K, Half-Marathon & Marathon training programs were administered to over 750 adults in 31 states & seven countries around the world.
* Ben started the NW Distance Camp, a 5-day camp held at Mt. Hood Meadows that was attended by 500 middle & high school athletes ages 12-18; Low-income families were able to send their children to camp free of charge. If the student maintained an acceptable GPA, the student received training and racing shoes for both the cross country and track seasons. Running Legends Pat Tyson, Melody Fairchild & John Gillespie all served as camp advisers.
* Ben took his mentorship in to the Oregon State Penitentiary to run with the inmates of the Oregon State Penitentiary Running Club, a club started by the late Steve Prefontatine in the early 1970's. Ben received 'Runner of The Year' for his involvement and support of the club. It was - and remains - the only time an outsider received the award.
Many local, regional and national media outlets call on Ben and his wife Heidi when they are doing a story on the Portland Real Estate Market. In the past several years, Ben & Heidi have been quoted in the following publications: The Oregonian, Portland Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Seattle Times, New York Times, New York Magazine, New York Post as well as the Portland, Seattle and Phoenix Business Journals.
Ben has also been featured on TV with interviews on HGTV’s ‘House Hunters’ & ‘What You Get For the Money’, FOX 12’s ‘Good Day Oregon’ and KGW’s ‘Your Money, Your Business.’
Additionally, Ben & Heidi’s Pearl District condo was featured on an episode of HGTV’s House Hunter’s.
In 2017, Willamette Realty Group joined NextHome, the fastest growing Real Estate franchise in history.