Ben Paoletti has joined The Real Estate Group as a broker for the Julie Davis Team. He most recently worked as a program coordinator for Downtown Springfield, Inc.

“Being a part of a community development organization, I saw the value in land development and planning,” said Paoletti. “I wanted to dive deeper into that, getting to know different kinds of properties and neighborhoods.”

For now, Paoletti says he will focus on residential real estate while he builds his network, but he hopes to eventually work in commercial real estate as well. “I don’t want it to seem like I left downtown. I want to look into buying buildings downtown and working with downtown property owners, I still believe there is prime real estate there,” he said. “I think there’s a lot of potential in Springfield.”

Paoletti graduated in May 2020 from the University of Illinois Springfield and served as the Student Government Association President. He completed an internship as a grant writer with the Downtown Heritage Foundation and also worked as a government affairs intern for Illinois Policy Institute.