Our Team

Howard C. Benson
Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Executive Managers

As chief executive officer of NCDS, Howard’s role is to assure that "team NCDS" provides excellent service to every client. He leads a 50-person group of highly motivated fundraising and community development professionals working with some of the nation’s most respected non-profit organizations. Before founding NCDS...

Tom DiFiore
President

Executive Managers

Since joining NCDS in 1995, Tom DiFiore has directed campaigns as an on-site campaign director, supervised campaigns and directors as vice president of project operations and support, and helped develop new clients and markets as a senior officer. Because of his “up-close and personal” experience...

Trygve Vigmostad
Economic Strategy Center

Executive Managers

Trygve (“Trygg”) Vigmostad brings NCDS clients broad experience raising funds and success with development programs in both the public and private sectors. As Director of the Economic Strategy Center, Trygve uses local and national data sources and economic modeling to develop persuasive, compelling rational for public...

Phil Phillips, CEcD/PhD
Chief Economic Development Strategist

Executive Managers

Phil Phillips is an experienced economic development professional and strategic planner with a diverse background in economic development, technology transfer and corporate site selection. He has managed hundreds of projects including corporate site selections, community and state development strategies and business retention and expansion projects. While...

Deborah Hoyt
Chief Financial Officer

Finance

Deb Hoyt has been working for NCDS and serving its clients since 1993. She directs the financial and administrative departments of the firm. With over 30 years of business management, human resource, accounting and financial analysis experience in various industries, she is especially adept at...

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"On behalf of the officers and directors of the Economic Development Alliance, I want to thank you and your staff for the great job NCDS did in helping restructure the Alliance, and for successful management of the fundraising campaign that fully funded our five-year action plan. The NCDS process and format delivered exactly what you said it would do when you met with Alliance members over eighteen months ago. The NCDS process engaged top regional private and public sector leaders and attracted financial support from large and small companies and communities throughout the region."

Brian Ferguson, Chairman & CEO (Retired) • Eastman Chemical Company

National Community Development Services, Inc.
6300 Powers Ferry Road, Suite 600-165
Atlanta, GA  30339
Phone: (404) 231-0730
info@ncdsinc.net