Benjamin B. Cummings
Ben Cummings is a founder and Senior Advisor of Birch Capital LLC. Mr. Cummings advises on all real estate-related legal matters, as well as investment project identification and evaluation. He also oversees all economic studies to determine compliance with the USCIS unemployment rate and job creation criteria for our EB-5 projects.
Mr. Cummings is also a Principal of BirchLEAF Global, LLC and Managing Member of the BirchLEAF Miami 31, LLC Regional Center. The Regional Center has completed a $20 million EB-5 loan participation in a 252,000 square foot building at the University of Miami Life Science & Technology Park in Miami, Florida.
From 2002-2011, Ben Cummings was a principal of Millennium Retail Partners, LLC, a real estate consulting firm with offices in Atlanta, Georgia, Boca Raton, Florida and Richmond, Virginia. Millennium provided real estate advisory and transactional services to retailers and developers.
From 1988 until 2001, Mr. Cummings was Vice President for Real Estate for Circuit City Stores, Inc., in charge of all of the company’s real estate requirements during its years of rapid growth as a national electronics retail chain. He also served as Vice President of Real Estate for CarMax Auto Superstores, Inc., the country’s leading used car retailer and a former Circuit City affiliate, from its founding in 1993 until 2001. He participated in nearly $2 billion of sale-leaseback and similar financing transactions for Circuit City and Carmax. He was the Owner’s Representative for development of CarMax’s 130-acre home office campus in Richmond, Virginia, a LEED Silver-certified project.
Mr. Cummings is a New Jersey native and is a graduate of Washington & Lee University, Lexington, Virginia with B.A. and J.D. degrees. He has been a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and served as its Virginia State Director from 1993 to 1995. Mr. Cummings is a member of the Virginia State Bar and was a member of the National Real Estate Advisory Council of The Trust for Public Land (TPL) and served as Chair of TPL’s Chesapeake Region Advisory Council.