Member Spotlight

Member Profile: David Ben-Israel

To promote new connections in business and at events, NAIOP DC|MD’s Membership Committee is pleased to introduce a new feature in Developments and on Members Profiles.  Hansel Phelps’ David Ben-Israel, LEED® AP BD+C is our inaugural profilee.

Mr. Ben Israel is an estimator with Hansel-Phelps, working on projects from 30 million to half a billion dollars.  Originally from San Francisco, he moved to the area last year with his wife.  He holds a B.A. in Finance and an M.B.A. and is on the Chapter’s Membership Committee.  Here are part of his responses to our questionnaire:

Q:  How long have you been in Real Estate / Construction, and what drew you?
A:  I have been involved in real estate and construction for the last 4-5 years.  After completing my MBA, I was first exposed to the industry while working as management consultant for a private equity investor in the specialized logistics industry.  I became fascinated by the process of construction project management and decided to transition my career directly into construction management.     

Q:  Why and when did you join NAIOP?
A:  I first heard about NAIOP while performing research on private development trends in the Mid-Atlantic region.   After attending a couple of events I realized that NAIOP was the perfect association to get involved in, as it brought together my career interests in private development, finance and construction.     

Q:  Describe your responsibilities in your current position
A:  I am an estimator for the Mid-Atlantic regional district office at Hensel Phelps Construction Company, an employee-owned company with a 75-year history of achieving performance for clients and employees.  In my current role, I work on the procurement of projects ranging from $30m to $500m.  My responsibilities include cost estimating, subcontractor relationships and negotiations, project risk analysis, bid strategy analysis, scope analysis, scope purchasing, quantity takeoffs, and self-work estimates.  

Q:  What is your favorite area cultural site?
A:  As a child I used to love visiting the national mall and all the museums.  In the last year I have been spending a large amount of time exploring the Shenandoah Valley and I have been amazed by the national parks within a 1-3 hour drive of downtown DC.  

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