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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“As the smaller chamber operating in the shadow of a larger, very aggressive one nearby, the North Myrtle Beach Chamber committed to take its game to the next level.  You and the NCDS team not only drove the creation of a bold new multi-year strategy, you generated buy in and a huge boost in revenue.  A great side benefit of launching and funding a new initiative was NCDS’ identification and engagement of a cadre of new leaders who had never really participated, much less invested at significant levels.  Your methodology works, and your experience in hundreds of other communities paid off for us in a major way.  So much so, we plan to kick off the next multi-year campaign this year.   In my book, NCDS remains the ‘gold standard’ for community development fundraising.”

Marc Jordan, CCE, President & CEO • North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce Convention & Visitors Bureau

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