Benjamin currently serves as Private Equity Controller for Och-Ziff Capital Management. Och-Ziff is one of the largest alternative asset managers in the world with approximately $38 billion in assets under management as of November 2013. He is a Grant Thornton trained CPA with an MBA from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.
After completing his CPA requirements Benjamin joined Design Within Reach in 2000 as a catalog retailer of designer furnishings with $2 million in sales. Strong cash flows and over 50 store openings led to a successful 2004 IPO and 2005 secondary offering. During this transformation, Benjamin was Director of Finance and Principal Accounting Officer.
He later joined Columbus Nova as Assistant Controller during which time the investment management firm’s assets under management grew from less than $500 million to over $2.5 billion before joining Macquarie as a Vice President within the Macquarie Infrastructure & Real Assets (MIRA) division. Benjamin was quickly promoted to Senior Vice President heading the MIRA Americas Finance team and was responsible for the financial operations of over $10 billion of assets under management across several private equity and real estate funds in the US, Canada and Mexico.
Benjamin grew up in the Santa Cruz mountains and lived in San Francisco during and after obtaining his Bachelors of Science in Accounting at Golden Gate University. He moved to New York City in 2005.