A vice president on McGuireWoods Consulting’s national infrastructure and economic development team, Benton assists companies in their expansion and development projects. His experience with site selection, incentives negotiation, and public-private partnerships allows him to provide value added services to a range of internal company stakeholders, including finance, operations, real estate, government relations and tax.
Benton has successfully orchestrated inbound projects from countries such as China, Germany, Hungry, Israel, Italy, Switzerland and the UK, among others.
Additionally, he offers a depth of experience analyzing locations for companies across 30+ U.S. states with a focus on achieving secured capital savings, mitigating risk, and reducing initial or reoccurring operational costs on behalf of clients.
Benton also works with private equity investors and portfolio companies to help them understand the implications of state-level economic development policy decisions and market trends for their investment and business decisions.
Prior to joining McGuireWoods Consulting, Benton served as a senior manager at a “Big Four” accounting firm, a licensed real estate broker and a member of a Fortune 500 company’s real estate legal team. He has significant experience working with companies in the chemical, manufacturing, food processing, and fintech sectors in matters pertaining to HQ, back office and facility site selection and incentives negotiations.
Benton’s recent client engagements include advising Fortune 500 utilities on the tax and public relations implications of their generation and HQ/back office footprint. He also has negotiated incentives for over $1B in new utility-scale solar generation.
Benton has been a speaker/presenter for events such as the Southeast Renewables Summit, SelectUSA Summit and AreaDevelopment’s Meet the Consultant, sharing insights on topics such as pitfalls to avoid when entering the U.S. market and creating win-win solutions for companies and economic development agencies alike.