A serial entrepreneur with a portfolio ardently invested in the confidence and refinement of gentlemen everywhere, Ben Davis is the founder of The Gents Place as well as its online subsidiaries, The Gents Blog, and The Gents Store.
Since attending The University of Texas at Austin’s Red McCombs School of Business and New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business, Ben has earned national recognition in Forbes, GQ, Men’s Health, Esquire, Huffington Post, and the Dallas Business Journal’s “40 Under 40 Awards” for his success in turning the oft-ignored niche of men’s grooming into an expanding commodity.
The primary vehicle fueling Ben’s passion of revolutionizing the men’s grooming industry is The Gents Place, a membership-based men’s grooming and lifestyle club aptly described as ‘country club meets barbershop’ — with a speakeasy feel. The club is differentiated from traditional barbershops by providing ancillary benefits such as a complimentary top shelf full bar, shoe shine services, straight razor shaves, cigar smoking patios, proprietary and niche toiletries, and quarterly members-only networking events, among other premium amenities.
Most importantly, The Gents Place provides a feeling of community and camaraderie with like-minded gentlemen that money simply can’t buy. As one of its first members poignantly noted, “It’s a place where personal relationships are formed and deals are done.” Ben is most excited about the value his business adds to his members’ personal and professional lives and the empowering feeling it provides that goes well beyond the haircut.
Ben started The Gents Place at the end of 2008 in Frisco, Texas during the Great Recession. Nearly seven years later, The Gents Place has locations in multiple states, and Ben is franchising the concept to meet the needs of the underserved market of discerning gentlemen all across the United States. Ben is actively seeking qualified franchisees that are just as passionate as he is in revolutionizing the men’s grooming industry.
What is Ben’s guiding doctrine through all his endeavors? A contagious philosophy that men who look their best do their best and a steadfast devotion to helping them achieve their goals (with the helpful accompaniment, of course, of straight razors, good company, and complimentary whiskey).
Ben was born in Wichita, Kansas, but as the son of military parents, he moved frequently throughout his childhood. He wasn’t born in Texas but got there as fast as he could and currently resides in Dallas with his amazingly supportive wife, Lauren, and three children, Benjamin, Pierce, and Caroline.
You can connect with Ben at: [email protected] facebook.com/benjaminldavis