Chris Benjamin’s Non-Linear Journey Leads to a Career Filled with Community Impact, S1E13

The President and CEO of Alexander & Baldwin says the real estate company’s priority is focusing on the local market.
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Chris Benjamin’s inner compass of diverse thinking and willingness to hear diverse voices has helped him lead Alexander & Baldwin to becoming 100% Hawai‘i focused.

“I discourage people from being too linear in thinking about their career and feeling that first job out of college has to be the right one.”

Ten years ago, almost two-thirds of A&B’s commercial real estate were spread across the U.S., but now, the company is reinvesting its assets locally.

“As a local player that knows the market well, has a lot of relationships, we were best served and our shareholders were best served if we focused in that local market,” says Benjamin.

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