Ben Arnold, Ben D. Arnold’s grandfather who he is named after, started the family business in 1907 at the young age of 14. He worked his way from selling candy, cigars and the Wall Street Journal on a ferryboat in Florida to starting a liquor-distribution business in Columbia, SC, right after the end of Prohibition in 1933. Ben’s son, Norman J. Arnold, built the liquor-distribution business into the largest wholesaler in South Carolina before he sold it in 1984 and left the business 10 years later.
Grandson, Ben D. Arnold, jumped onto the entrepreneurial bandwagon while attending the University of Florida. After interning with a Real Estate Developer, Ben decided that was the career for him, and he obtained a degree in finance and real estate. After graduating in1989, Ben worked for a national firm for one year before setting up his own property-tax consulting service in Atlanta. Ben’s business, which he ran out of his apartment and started with a 286 laptop, grew to the point that the company was handling tax appeals on $1 billion in assessed value of commercial and residential real estate throughout the Southeast in 1992 and 1993.
Ben Arnold’s experience proved vital and instrumental in growing the family business. He used his hard-won expertise to buy property, in partnership with his father, Norman. Norman and Ben created the Arnold Family Corp. property-development and management company in 1994, followed by the Arnold Construction Corp. in 1995.