Ben Francois

Ben Francois


Ben Francois is a Principal at BanyanGlobal, specializing in family business ownership strategy.

Immediately prior to Banyan, Ben was a Partner at Carmelina Capital Partners, a private equity firm that provides capital and board-level guidance to family-owned and entrepreneur-led businesses.

Previously, he was President of Canterbury Consulting, an $18 billion investment advisory firm where he helped non-profits and family offices design and implement sophisticated financial plans and multi-asset class investment portfolios.

Earlier in his career, Ben was an investment professional for a single family office sourcing and executing direct debt and equity investments. This experience with his wife’s family and their family business unlocked his interest in advising family enterprises across generations. Since that early exposure, he has spent his career working with families as they make important decisions about their shared assets.

Ben received a BA in Biological Sciences from the University of Southern California and an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Ben lives in Newport Beach, California, with his wife and their three children. When he’s not working, you can find Ben coaching sports, reading books, or traveling with his family.