Terra Firma Co. was founded in 2006 to acquire and develop high-quality real estate assets for its own portfolio, and to provide real estate services for a select group of property owners and investors. Terra Firma has a core expertise in environmentally and contextually sensitive development, including energy-efficient design and construction, adaptive reuse, transit-oriented development, and master-planned conservation communities.
G. Benjamin Ranney - Principal
Mr. Ranney has over 15 years of experience in the fields of real estate development, planning, construction and financing. Prior to founding Terra Firma, Mr. Ranney held the position of Director of Development for Prairie Holdings Corporation, developer of the acclaimed Prairie Crossing conservation community in Grayslake, Illinois. Previously, he worked for Arthur Hill & Co., where he played a key role in the development of Church Street Plaza, a $150 million mixed-use development in downtown Evanston, Illinois and other projects. In the 1990s Mr. Ranney worked with the Shaw Company on the Homan Square and Orchard Park urban redevelopment projects. Mr. Ranney started his real estate career in the construction trades with a firm that specialized in adaptive reuse of salvaged building materials for use in high-end residential and commercial properties.
Mr. Ranney is actively engaged in Chicago's civic community. He is Vice Chair of the Chicago District Council of the Urban Land Institute, and a member of Lambda Alpha International, the honorary society for the advancement of land economics. Mr. Ranney has a strong interest in sustainable agriculture and the development of regional food economies: he is a partner in the Ranney Ranch in Corona, New Mexico and has collaborated on numerous initiatives of the Prairie Crossing Organic Farm in Grayslake, Illinois. He has also served as an advisor to food entrepreneurs, including growers, processors, retailers and restaurateurs. Mr. Ranney also serves on the board of the Friends of Ryerson Woods in Riverwoods, Illinois, where he co-chairs the Building Committee. Mr. Ranney has previously served on the board of the Mies van der Rohe Society at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and was appointed to Chicago's Parks and Open Space Committee by Mayor Richard M. Daley. Mr. Ranney is a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.