Leadership Team

The leadership team at PLACE has a track record of success in real estate and technology

Ben Kinney

Co-Founder

Ben Kinney is a businessman, real estate agent, and best-selling author who co-founded PLACE in 2020 with Chris Suarez. Prior to launching PLACE, Ben founded the Ben Kinney Companies, which include a diverse group of real estate software, coaching, and training companies, plus mortgage, title, escrow, and multiple real estate brokerage locations throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. Three of his companies were recently ranked in the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in America, and he has personally trained over 100,000 business owners via conferences, classes, and webinars. In total, Ben leads more than 1,500 agents and 100+ tech company employees.

Chris Suarez

Co-Founder

Chris Suarez is the co-founder of PLACE, a full-service real estate and technology platform that partners with the top 1% of agents and teams by helping expand their profitability, value proposition to the consumer, and grow their unique local brand, all without having to leave the brokerage where they are currently affiliated. Chris also owns and operates six real estate brokerages in the United States and is credited with expanding residential real estate brokerages in Costa Rica. Prior to PLACE, Chris founded and served as the CEO of Xperience Real Estate. Chris is passionate about coaching and speaking and leads a number of coaching and consulting programs. Chris’ personal mission is to build experiential lives through real estate, and he lives this mission through travel and by creating lifetime experiences with his wife and two daughters.

Chris Stuart

President

Chris Stuart is PLACE’s first president. He joined PLACE from Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, where he served as President and CEO of the global real estate franchise network.

Chris brings to PLACE an impressive track record of rapidly scaling real estate brokerages and franchises while driving consumer brand and experience. During his time in the role, BHHS grew from 32,000 to over 50,000 real estate professionals around the globe, and he oversaw the expansion of the brand globally into markets throughout Western Europe, the Middle East, Asia, the Caribbean, Canada, and Mexico. 

Ross Clawson

Finance

Katie Benson

Growth

Holly Priestner

Talent

Jillene Snell

Operations

David Wiggs

Technology

John Powers

Productivity

Jarad Hull

Product

Josiah Ubben

Design

Bob Stewart

Technology Implementation

Marley Jackman

Agent Launch

Mikey Farinha

Marketing

Bryce Waldron

Virtual Assistants

Vija Williams

Industry

Bob Schmitt

Engineering

Roberto Moreno

Artificial Intelligence

Matt Messmer

MLS Data

Mike Maddox

Search Engineering

Grant Gould

Digital Advertising

Spencer Biddle

Finance

Savannah Dowe

Support

Amy Gerrish

Data

Shaun Farr

Revenue

Tim Ensley

Sales

McLane Smith

IDX Websites

Shane Craven

Billing

Julia Brim

Accounting

Adelina Rotar

Growth

Tamara Lamore

Growth

Ellen Curtis

Partnerships

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