Ben Willingham Jr
Retired Naval Aviator in Jacksonville, Florida
Ben Willingham, Jr., has amassed considerable experience as both a naval aviator and international business leader. After earning his golden wings, Ben Willingham, Jr., reported to the VU-10 Mallards in Cuba. He flew various aircraft, including the Beechcraft SNB, Douglass B-26, and the North American FJ-3M Fury.
He later transitioned to the Naval Reserve, where he continued to fly both jet and propeller aircraft, as he built the foundation of his business career. Mr. Willingham initially gained experience in the merchandising division of global apparel company Genesco, Inc., before accepting the role of vice president with the firm’s newly formed intimate apparel subsidiary in New York. Ben Willingham, Jr., went on to serve as Genesco’s area director for Europe. In this capacity, he established the firm’s European headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, and oversaw the operation of subsidiary companies manufacturing and distributing both ladies’ and men’s apparel and footwear across eight countries.
Following his tenure with Genesco, Ben Willingham, Jr., founded Corim AG to assist European citizens in purchasing property in the United States. Mr. Willingham expanded his venture to include the property management company Corim, Inc., and Corim Agri, Inc., an agricultural real estate firm that grew to include processing facilities in the cotton and peanut industries.
Eventually, Mr. Willingham divested his holdings from the agricultural sector and shifted his focus to commercial real estate in multiple southern US markets. Now retired, he resides in Jacksonville, Florida, where he is actively involved in organizations including the Military Order of the Stars and Bars, the Museum of Southern History and the Association of Naval Aviation.