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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“NCDS has been our fundraising firm of choice since they first helped us devise the Forward Sioux Falls operating model in 1987, and raised $1.8 million to implement it.  Not only is the firm exceptionally skilled at raising money, they also understand the importance of generating buy-in and sustained commitment.  NCDS has helped us exceed goal in seven campaigns, the latest of which has a $15.5 million target, and when the current campaign is completed, NCDS will have helped us raise $53 million to fund our initiatives.  Our top community leaders expect the best from our organization, and the exceptional team at NCDS always works hard to help us exceed those expectations.” 

Evan Nolte, President & CEO • Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce

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