2022 Rising Star: Ben Johnson


Ben Johnson, CEO and founder of Spruce, is an innovative leader in the lifestyle services space with the goal of positively impacting small businesses and hundreds of thousands of residents across the nation. As the largest provider of lifestyle services to the multifamily industry, Spruce is an industry leader – but it wouldn’t have gotten there without Johnson’s vision to create a company that offers apartment residents freedom from their obligations so that they can pursue their inspiration. Spruce empowers local businesses to build economies of scale in their operations and tech-enables them so they can compete in the modern economy and provides seamless on-demand services for residents — all thanks to Ben’s forward thinking, passion and dedication.

Johnson’s most significant contribution has been propeling Spruce’s growth, while maintaining a commitment to the mission, vision and core values of the organization. Spruce’s mission is to build relationships and technology that empower local businesses to serve its residents. In the past year, Johnson has led Spruce through a period of rapid growth — the business has grown over 400% and serves more than 500,000 apartment homes in 17 markets. 

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Ben Johnson




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