The General Land Office manages millions of acres of Texas land, generates revenue for our school kids, oversees benefits for our veteran heroes, and protects and preserves the Shrine of Texas Liberty: the Alamo. Ben’s life and business experience make him the most qualified Texan to lead the storied General Land Office, the oldest agency in the state of Texas.
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Ben grew up in Round Rock with deep Texas values: hard work, family, a great education, and a passion for helping others. His parents always put others first. His father Richard was a community college administrator and his mother Kathy was a social worker. He has an older sister, Rosie.
Ben graduated from Round Rock’s Westwood High School in 1997 and studied Education at Texas A&M University (Class of 2001). His passion for service led him to enroll in the Corps of Cadets where students chose him to serve as both Freshman Class President and Student Body Vice President. While at A&M, he met and married his wife, Kristi Bult, from Como, Texas. The Armentas have been married for 21 years.
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From the small town to the big city, Ben and Kristi moved to Houston. Ben finished his studies at the University of Houston-Downtown and became a teacher in Spring, focusing on middle school special education. A work opportunity for Kristi led the Armentas to Cincinnati, Ohio, where from 2003-2006, Ben worked in health care non-profit management, gaining valuable experience in managing large-scale operations with diverse teams and skillsets.
After returning to Houston in 2006, Ben began his extensive career in business consulting and strategy with Accenture, a $43-billion enterprise that’s ranked on the Fortune 500. Ben led complex transformations within the oil and gas industry across North America. He advised some of the largest companies in the world on efficiency and effective management, reducing waste, and realizing untapped value for their employees and customers. Recognized as a strong business leader, in 2015 Ben accepted a position as Houston Managing Principal for Credera, a leading innovation firm.
Ben’s experience in business and in oil and gas makes him the ideal Land Commissioner. The General Land Office itself is run like a mid-sized business. The GLO generates billions of dollars for public education across the Lone Star State. It’s in charge of over 13 million acres of Texas public land. It also manages the Alamo on behalf of the people of Texas. Ben’s vision for the Alamo is simple: Preserve and restore the Alamo to tell the Texas story clearly, fearlessly, and boldly.
In 2017, Ben formed Stalwart Consulting. He grew Stalwart into a broad-reaching consulting firm, helping mission-minded nonprofits and emerging growth businesses realize their full potential. Ben now turns toward public service as an opportunity to give back.
Ben recently served as Board Trustee for Houston Region Business Coalition (HRBC), advising on public policy issues for the greater Houston area. He also currently serves on the Business Advisory Council for the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation.
Did you know that the Texas General Land Office runs the Alamo?
Democrats want to teach our children that the Texas Revolution and the Battle of the Alamo was about protecting the slave trade. This is a lie. Ben will fight to ensure the true history of the Alamo is preserved for future Texans.
Critical Race Theory
Did you know that the Texas General Land Office plays a key role in funding public education?
Ben will use his position to ensure Critical Race Theory will be banned from our schools. CRT is the Democrats’ racist attempt to divide Americans based solely on the color of our skin. Ben believes this indoctrination must end.
Did you know that COVID has killed twice the number of veterans in our state homes compared to other retirement facilities? The Texas General Land Office runs 10 veterans retirement homes across the state. Ben will use his health care industry experience to ensure that our veterans receive the honor and care they deserve.
Did you know that Texas is one of the most disaster-prone areas in the world?
On average our coast is hit by a hurricane every 5 to 8 years. The Texas General Land Office plays a critical role in helping Texans get back on their feet following federally declared disasters. Ben’s business expertise uniquely qualifies him to manage this complicated responsibility.
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Ben and Kristi now reside in Katy, Texas, and attend St. Faustina Catholic Church. They have two children: Lilly, who is in 8th grade and Jack, who is in 7th grade. Both love sports, music, and theater. The Armenta family also includes their dogs: Penny and Holly.
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