Benton Payne

Benton re-joined 42 Real Estate in 2018 to focus on urban revitalization projects and other non-traditional investments. He also worked at 42 between 2012 and 2016 on the Deep Ellum project where he focused on governmental relations, incentive programs, community outreach, and day-to-day operations.

From 2016-2018 Benton was at the University of Texas to receive his MBA from the McCombs School of Business, concentrating in Real Estate Finance. Before his first stint with 42, he worked in the media industry as an editor and production assistant for various advertising and documentary-style programs. He also was on staff for Mike Rawlings’ first mayoral campaign in 2011. 

Benton is a native Dallasite and an avid proponent of Dallas’ history, culture, and urban future. He received his BA from Vanderbilt University in Film Studies and History in 2010.

Favorite Movies

  • The Godfather
  • The Conformist
  • The Big Lebowski
  • Cool Runnings
  • Bonnie and Clyde

Favorite Books

  • Death and Life of Great American Cities
  • The Power Broker
  • All the Presidents' Men
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Favorite Desert

  • Anything with Arequipe

Favorite Album

  • Cross - Justice
  • Dirty South Dance - A-Trak
  • Willie & The Poor Boys - Credence Clearwater Revival
  • Night Ripper - Girl Talk
  • Origin of Symmetry - Muse

Favorite Sports Team

  • Texas Rangers
  • Vanderbilt Commodores
  • Dallas Mavericks