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Faces of SAL: Ben Rankin

It’s a delight to welcome Ben Rankin to the SAL Board! 

Ben has been an owner and senior manager of industrial recycling and real estate development companies for nearly twenty years, and he’s worked on projects and businesses involving housing affordability, historic preservation, the arts, and beyond throughout his career. (His wife, Margit Rankin, is a former SAL Executive Director!)

We wanted to introduce the SAL community to Ben, so we asked him a few questions below—read on to learn about his notebook habits, what he keeps on his desk, and his favorite book as a child.

When you’re not doing SAL Board things, you can be found . . .

Playing violin at Jazz Night School.

Favorite book as a kid?

Alexander and the Magic Mouse – because Yak; because alligator, misunderstood; because cat, brindle of course.

Before I came to SAL, I . . .

Tilted at paper machines.

What’s on your desk?

An expired passport. A MegaBoom portable speaker. A letter from the Town of Brattleboro about a new neighbor, Subterra Cannabis LLC, who plan a “miscellaneous manufacturing use.”

Favorite book right now?

My little white Moleskine, because it’s where I keep the notes for our Arts! Vector in contrast to my little black Moleskine, where I keep the notes for our Money and Blah Blah… Vector.

We’re so happy you’re part of the SAL team, Ben! Thank you!

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