Our Team

Joe Cordaro

Joe Cordaro


Joe has a deep understanding of the Des Moines Real Estate market. He has owns and manages nearly 500,000 square feet of commercial real estate in Iowa – most in the Des Moines. Joe previously worked for the US Department of State, Principal Financial Group, Wells Fargo, and The Members Group. He holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Accounting from Drake University and a post-graduate diploma in strategy from the Navy War College.

Brian Johnson

Legal Affairs & Operations

Brian is tasked with overseeing Benchmark’s legal affairs and general operations. Prior to joining Benchmark, Brian worked in the Los Angeles area as an attorney, and previously spent seven years working for the U.S. Department of State. He brings a wealth of knowledge and wide-ranging background to the organization. He is a licensed attorney and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Juris Doctor degree, both from Gonzaga University.