Benjamin D. Johnson
Director of Research
Ben Johnson is the SC Department of Commerce Research Director, who manages a team of researchers and analysts that supports the mission of SC Commerce as the leading economic development agency of the state.
An experienced research professional, he brings a wealth of management and research skills to the agency, which will be instrumental in supporting the state's ongoing industry recruitment efforts. Benjamin has served as a senior research analyst for CBRE and as research and client services director at Newmark Grubb Wilson Kibler.
Benjamin holds bachelor's degrees in finance and marketing and a master's degree in business administration with a concentration in international business from the University of South Carolina. He is a graduate of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Columbia program and currently serves on the Eau Claire Development Corporation Board.