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BRANDEN BESTGEN

FOUNDER | CEO

OUR TEAM

We're focused on one thing. We want to create wealth and pour it back into our community. We understand that if you want to make an impact in your neighbor's life you invest in them first.

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KODY BYBEE

CFO

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MICHAEL HEITSMAN

CDO

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CHRIS ERICKSON

VP of INVESTORS

76

Employees

$12 Million

Assets Under Management

Branden Bestgen

Founder, Chief Executive Officer

Branden is an entrepreneur, financial wiz, real estate investor, and current CEO and Founder of the Best GEN family of companies; which he founded in 2017 and envisioned being the Best GENeration in the industry. Since starting his first business in 1997, Branden has set a standard of excellence and been an active participant in the acquisition, development, and construction of millions of dollars of real estate and business ventures, across a wide range of industries. Transactions including mergers, acquisitions, and divestures, becoming a self-made millionaire by the time he was 30. 

 

From humble beginnings growing up in Sturgis, South Dakota, where he learned the value of hard work, determination, and calloused hands in the construction and development world alongside his father, he was able to hone those skills into a growing enterprise. While his visionary leadership and strong construction and business management experience have taken him far, he continues to share a strong bond with the community that raised him. Branden has selflessly given back his whole adult life by volunteering and serving on his local city council, several local advisory boards, as well as serving in law enforcement for 16 years, and as the Assistant Chief of Police in Sturgis, SD for six years. When Branden isn’t visioning or volunteering, he enjoys traveling, camping, hiking, and mountain biking with his family. 

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Kody Bybee

Chief Financial Officer

Kody focuses on financial modeling, strategic and financial planning and analysis at Best GEN. He holds degrees in Management and Finance and is especially fond of working with numbers and spreadsheets. 

Through his 20 years of business management and finance experience in the for-profit and non-profit worlds, what stands out is his demonstrated ability to guide and complete large complex construction projects on time and under budget. What brings him the most satisfaction is building excellent teams that drive results.

Kody's goal at Best GEN is not only to be the best in the industry, but to build the best company culture, where employees experience their best job ever, where they do meaningful work, are respected, and truly feel part of the family. When he's not running numbers, he's running races and half-marathons with his lovely wife throughout the U.S.

 

Michael Heitsman

Chief Development Officer

Michael is an accomplished architect with a vast amount of experience as a leader, innovator and technical expert, and founder/principal of his own design firm, Pure Design. Michael holds a Master of Architecture Degree from Kansas State University and was honored with the prestigious 99K House Competition Finalist award and most recently the 2020 Steel Competition Finalist Award.

In his 14 years of experience he has been responsible for architectural design, detailing, development, master planning, project management and strategy. He is skilled at solving complex problems with innovative solutions and the ability to lead projects through all phases of design.

His work on modular, hospitality, and multi-family projects reflects his guiding principle -- to design environments that enrich communities and set the the highest of standards for experiencing architecture, an architecture of substance thoughtfully tailored to the needs and aspirations of each client. He approaches each project as a unique opportunity to listen and learn by working closely with each person involved, no matter their status on the project. He intuitively understands how people use spaces and how those spaces influence the ways people behave and interact: vertical and horizontal circulation, movement of goods and services, and space requirements for various operational uses. In addition, his expertise in codes and regulations leads to practical strategies that assure regulatory compliance while producing creative solutions to client challenges. The result of which are sensible and successful design solutions that are of lasting value to his clients. When Michael isn't creating designs, he's spending time with his family and cheering on the Chiefs, his hometown and favorite football team.

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Chris Erickson

VP of Investors

Chris focuses himself on growing deep ties to the community and people he is involved with. Earning a BA in Communication from South Dakota State University, he split his time between his career in sales and passion in non-profit. After receiving his MA in Organizational Leadership, Chris left the sales field and dove head first into his love of non-profit. In his five years of non-profit work, Chris helped launch two new organizational locations, and develop complete leadership teams for both.

Now, Chris is once again combining his passions for sales and community investment as our VP of Investors. His expertise in communication and relationship building guarantee that our partners understand nd believe in the projects we take on, and the people we align with.

 
 

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