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BRANDEN BESTGEN

FOUNDER 

OUR TEAM

We focus 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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MICHAEL HEITSMAN

Pres. of Development

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JEFF CARSRUD

VP of Investor Relations

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Days to Stack A 4 Story Building

$28 Million

Assets Under Management

Branden Bestgen

Founder

Branden is an entrepreneur, financial wiz, real estate investor, 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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Michael Heitsman

President of Development

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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7

Days to Stack A 4 Story Building

$28 Million

Assets Under Management

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Jeff Carsrud

VP of Investor Relations

Jeff is a successful Salesman, President and Owner with over thirty years in the construction industry.  Starting in his hometown of Gillette Wyoming in 1996, Jeff began his career as the Outside Industrial Salesman for Winsupply of Gillette.  Jeff took that experience and opened a new Winsupply location in Rapid City, SD.  From 1996 to 2019 Jeff grew his operation to a staff of eleven while grossing 4.5 million dollars annually.  
   Along the way, Jeff dove head first into investing in his surrounding community. Since 2002, he has been heavily involved with Elevate Rapid City helping guide the city through one of its most prosperous decades in history.  Jeff has also chaired numerous committees within the Black Hills including acting as chairman of the Ellsworth Task Force and a director of Elevate RC Chamber of Commerce Advisory Board of Directors.  In addition to these roles Jeff remains involved in the local Young Life Ministries as well as serving at his local church. 
   Jeff’s tenacity comes from his drive to achieve any goal he sets, finding the most joy in empowering those around him to achieve their own goals. Considering himself a servant to the community, Jeff desires personal and professional growth from whatever challenge he takes on. In his free time, Jeff enjoys spending time outdoors in any capacity, with his wife and two children.