Executive Bios

Benjamin Kaiser, Principal

Ben Kaiser is a registered architect and general contractor (all structures) in Portland, Oregon, and has developed more than 300 units of residential condominiums as well as modernized and seismically upgraded more than 200,000 square feet of commercial warehouses. His two firms, PATH Architecture and Kaiser Group Inc., design and construct schools, restaurants, commercial/retail space and single-family homes throughout Oregon. Both PATH and Kaiser Group have received numerous awards from the American Institute of Architects and governmental entities for projects completed. Both firms stress the importance of sustainability in every project that is worked on. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design. Mr. Kaiser currently sits on the Portland Design Commission which is tasked with overseeing the myriad of zoning, design, and planning issues within the City of Portland.

Paul Conway, Principal

Paul Conway is a former co-owner of Fasteners for Retail Inc., a family business started by his father and sold in 2000, with $45 million in sales and 125 employees. After that he was Development Director for Our Family Services, a Tucson-based social services agency, and a teacher and soccer coach in Tucson schools. He is currently vice chairman of the board of Emerge! The Center Against Domestic Abuse (Tucson), the largest domestic abuse-prevention agency in Southern Arizona. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Studies from Allegheny College.

Scott Noble, Project Manager

Scott Noble has successfully managed more than 1.5 million square feet of renovation and new construction. He has staked his reputation on tenaciously seeing projects through the complicated and challenging construction process. There is no detail too small to capture his attention – he is readily available and responsive to the design and construction team members. His most recent major project was a seismic retrofit and modernization of a K-8 school in Portland; the hallmark of this project was very close coordination and scheduling with the school, as the work was done during the school year while classes were in session. He holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management from California Polytechnic State University.

Lisa Ankney, Market Research Analyst

Lisa Ankney is a former paralegal, organization and litigation manager, political strategist, educator and philanthropist. She also has experience in development, event-management and marketing in the public, private and educational sectors. As an advocate for Displaced Katrina Families, she directed community and corporate-sponsored assistance as well as coordinated key external constituencies to expand student and family-based resources. Serving in the public, private and non-profit sectors, Ankney has strived for governmental and community-based change. Her passion for children combined with more than 20 years of experience in legal and academic research resulted in a natural transition into her role at CoreFirst. Given the effects of population growth and disaster on society, she is now focusing her efforts on research and grant acquisition to plan ahead rather than recover. Ankney has a BA from the University of Arizona in political systems, law and society as well as a minor in Spanish. She also has a Master’s in secondary education with concentrations in political science, government, sociocultural studies and an ESL endorsement with ongoing PhD studies.