Vince Bennett, Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer of McCormack Baron Salazar, Mr. Bennett oversees all aspects of the development process and manages a multi-disciplinary team of design, construction, legal, finance and management staff. He has particular expertise in public housing transformations (HOPE VI) and large-scale neighborhood master redevelopment efforts. In addition to administering development activity, he supervises redevelopment consulting assignments and supports new business development.

Mr. Bennett’s experience includes structuring and negotiating mixed-finance/mixed-income transactions that include Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) equity, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME, HOPE VI, PHA Capital, foundation, corporate donations, grants, and conventional debt. He facilitates communication with local community organizations and elected officials, neighborhood residents, lenders, foundations, and state, local and federal agencies. Mr. Bennett helped to coordinate the two successful LEED-ND pilot certifications and is currently overseeing three Enterprise Green Communities that are under construction.

Prior to joining the firm in 1993, Mr. Bennett managed commercial and economic development activities for a community development corporation in the City of Pittsburgh. Mr. Bennett is on the Board of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri and a Commissioner of the St. Louis Metropolitan Taxi Commission. Mr. Bennett is a graduate of the University of California in Santa Cruz with degrees in Economics and Psychology, and received his master’s degree in Management and Public Policy with concentrations in Financial Management and Urban Development and Planning at Carnegie Mellon University.