Leading the Path Toward Real Estate and Financial Success

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Ben Raney, President & CEO
- founded Raney Real Estate, a full-service brokerage, Investment and consulting company in 2008.

For the first 23 years of his career Ben worked in a major Atlanta real estate brokerage company and later was a partner with a leading office developer in Atlanta. Ben held top producer status often and was cited by the Atlanta Board of Realtors as a top-5 producer city-wide. Today he is recognized as a steady market leader with repeated tenant representation and consulting assignments from Atlanta’s most prestigious law firms and largest corporate citizens. Ben also has been Atlanta’s Top 5 land producer and a creative entrepreneur.

Ben acquired an important 5-mile, 65-acre urban abandoned rail property and later provided the City of Atlanta with property now known as the northeast quadrant of the Atlanta Beltline. This was the single largest urban land acquisition in the U.S. that year and was at that time the largest Brownfield project in the United States. Today the Atlanta Beltline is one of Atlanta’s most popular urban attractions. He earned the trust of an impressive client list in the urban markets of Atlanta working as a young broker and his business thrived in a platform with no inbound referral network. He accumulated a wide cross-section of clients with many types of requirements strictly through personal interaction, a lost art in modern brokerage.

Ben is able to keep a real-time pulse on the factors that influence transactions and create opportunities and will not subject his client’s trust to a dependence on outdated and inaccurate subscription-based data services. Ben graduated from Georgia Tech in 1981 and is very active in the community he serves. Among his activities he is a founder & former board member of The Vinings Bank in Atlanta and a board member of GATV (Georgia Advanced Technology Ventures), the technology incubator and angel investment conduit initiative of Georgia Tech created by its President to retain intellectual capital in our city.

Brad Armstrong Executive Vice President

Brad began his real estate career in development and asset management of high-rise and suburban office properties in Dallas and Washington DC. This experience allowed Brad to effectively provide tenant representation services when he joined The Staubach Company in Atlanta. For 25 years, Brad has focused on defining and solving complex real estate problems for large organizations. His expertise is in assembling high performance teams and leading clients through successful projects ranging from campus developments, headquarters relocations, portfolio dispositions and strategic planning. Brad has been long-recognized as a top performer in the industry through many awards including JLL’s prestigious Champion of Excellence award.

Brad’s Experience includes multiple transactions for Aflac, McKinsey & Company, AT&T, Comcast, SunTrust, North Highland, Invesco, Chase Manhattan Bank, Arnall Golden Gregory and others.

Brad’s formal education includes undergraduate education at Georgia Tech and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Currently serving as Chairman of the Planning Board in Highlands, NC, Brad is also Vice-Chairman of the Board of The Bascom Center for the Visual Arts and board member of the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust. He has also served as Senior Warden of The Cathedral of St. Philip and board member of the Capital City Club in Atlanta. He spends his free time fly fishing, traveling and hiking with his wife Lisa and three children.

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Ian Y. Henderson Jr. Senior Vice President

Over the past 27 years, Mr. Henderson has completed many high-profile relocations and lease renewals for a blue-chip list of clients that include major law firms and other professional services firms, financial institutions, utilities, government agencies, non-profits, and multi-national corporations. As a result of his success, he has consistently ranked among Atlanta’s top commercial brokerage professionals by the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors.
Prior to Joining Raney Real Estate Companies, Mr. Henderson worked for Cushman & Wakefield, where he was an Executive Director, as well as JLL, where he was a Senior Managing Director. He has lead teams specializing in strategic occupancy, consulting, negotiation strategy, development, acquisitions and dispositions, build to suits, sale/leasebacks, and financial structuring.
Important clients during his career include a number of high profile law firms, including Alson & Bird, McKenna Long & Aldridge (now Dentons), King & Spalding, Hawkins & Parnell, and Drew Eckl & Farnham, as well as other professional services firms, banks, major utilities, and non-profits, including KPMG, PNC Bank, Newcomb & Boyd, The Federal Reserve Bank, Southern Company, Entergy Corporation, BP, and The Woodruff Foundation.

Mr. Henderson is a graduate of Kenyon College where he majored in English. Personal interests include fishing, politics, and military history. He is also affiliated with, and actively involved, with several local non-profits and charitable foundations, including his own personal foundation which provides assistance to the homeless with basic needs and medical supplies.