Brian Benson

CEO

Rodney Sharples

CXO

Courtney Sumners

COO

Kim Grisvard

Vice President of Business Development

Founder and CEO

Brian Benson

As CEO and Founder of the only fully centralized marketing and single supply company in the multifamily industry, Brian Benson has the vision and inspirational leadership to set new market standards. His commitment to excellence fuels a high-energy culture that is both challenging and fun. Brian founded Benson in 1992 as a small direct mail and print company that quickly and successfully evolved into a full service integrated marketing company. Brian and his team were the first US company to embed cross-media marketing technology into a digital storefront and Benson has been recognized by HP as the first to launch DIY Wall Covering technology in the US. Thriving on innovation and openly embracing change, Brian’s passion and entrepreneurial vision result in a constant desire to discover creative solutions and unmet needs in the marketplace. Leading with confidence, Brian understands that collaboration is essential for success and creates an atmosphere of empowerment that trickles down to everyone in the company. With 24+ years of experience as an entrepreneur, his current responsibilities include:

  • Continually reinforces the essence of Benson: Thinking/Making/Delivering
  • Communicate Benson’s vision to the team
  • Drives partner experiences aimed at “WOW”
  • Develop and monitor strategies to ensure long-term financial viability
  • Develops senior leadership capabilities within the organization
  • Oversees and manages legal and financial compliance
  • Promotes a culture that reflects the organization’s values, encourages excellence and rewards performance
  • Ensures that staff and senior teams have sufficient and up-to-date information on the direction of the company
  • Evaluates Benson’s performance on a regular basis

 

Brian Benson

“If a measurement matters at all, it is because it must have some conceivable effect on decisions and behavior. If we can’t identify a decision that could be affected by a proposed measurement and how it could change those decisions, then the measurement simply has no value”

Douglas W. Hubbard

COO

Courtney Sumners

Courtney joined Benson in 2001 and her responsibilities have grown with the company. As Technology Services Group Lead, she works to grow technological and operation efficiencies throughout the company and introduces new and current clients to products and services as a knowledge leader. As Product Development Team Lead, Courtney pursues new product initiatives and works with vendors to create partnership opportunities. She also plays a key role in Business Development, working with the CEO to lead strategic planning by analyzing client needs, providing solutions and developing implementation plans for the company. Courtney speaks frequently about technology and operational workflows at conferences and events nationwide.

Courtney Sumners

“High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectations”

Jack Kinder

Chief Experience Officer

Rodney Sharples

Rodney joined Benson in 2019 and serves as the Chief Experience Officer.  He is a member of the executive leadership team with an emphasis on overall company initiatives, the client perspective, and business growth strategies.  Rodney’s main responsibility is to create client-centric strategies that drive an exceptional client experience with Benson.  He leads the teams that support the organization’s day-to-day delivery of client solutions, while offering clients and partners a more holistic way to work with Benson’s products and services.  Rodney oversees a team of over 125 associates, in varying departments including Client Services, Production, Design, and Permanent Signage.    

Rodney is an accomplished executive with over 30 years of diverse experience across multiple industries including retail, marketing and branding, big data, software, and technology.  Most recently, he served as COO for Adrenaline Agency and Vice President of Operations and Technology for Max Media.  Earlier in his career, he also held key leadership roles with large companies such as WebMD, The Home Depot, Verint Systems, and RELX Group.  He has a proven track record of building and implementing enterprise strategies and evolving companies to be more measurable, scalable, profitable, and competitive.  

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Vice President- Business Development

Kim Grisvard

Kim joined Benson in January 2020 and serves as Vice President of Business Development. She is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to cultivate and secure long-term relationships within the multifamily market. Kim leads the Business Development and Onboarding teams. 

She brings over 20 years of experience in sales, marketing, and operations serving both the student and multifamily housing sectors. Prior to joining Benson, Kim was the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Greystar Collegiate Housing (formerly EdR), overseeing the company’s national leasing and marketing strategies to enhance occupancy rates for over 50,000 beds at 100+ on and off-campus communities across the country. Earlier in her career, she also held key leadership roles with companies in Multifamily such as ForRent.com, MGI Communities and principal of her own consulting firm. Her expertise lies in creating memorable living experiences with a focus on strengthening reputation and brand positioning.

She is a frequent contributor to various industry publications, national speaker, and serves on a variety of committees and boards for The National Apartment Association, Student Housing Business and NMHC.

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