About Us

Tourmaline Properties, based in San Diego, specializes in building exceptional quality homes in coastal communities. Tourmaline has won numerous design awards, including the 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Icon Awards for custom home design and was a finalist for the National Association of Home Builders’ 2017 nationwide award for best design of a custom home. Tourmaline built the first spec home in San Diego to earn the prestigious LEED certification for sustainable building practices, and was named among the “Best Places to Work in San Diego” in 2017. And Tourmaline won the 2017 Icon award as the Custom Homebuilder of the Year for San Diego.

Ben Ryan, President

Ben Ryan is President of Tourmaline Properties and Tourmaline Construction. A Navy SEAL officer for six years, Ben began his real estate development career at Triple Canopy, a private security firm with extensive operations in Iraq and the Middle East. At Triple Canopy, he planned and developed a large secure housing compound in Baghdad. Ben also has construction experience in Afghanistan.

Prior to Tourmaline, Ben was a Managing Director at Westwind Investors, LP, where he spearheaded the firm’s real estate activities.

Ben also founded Narbrook Development, a Philadelphia-based residential development and construction company specializing in urban infill properties.

Ben has been profiled in the Philadelphia Inquirer and published in the Wall Street Journal. He has also appeared as a television commentator, and been a guest speaker at the Urban Land Institute, NAIOP and Temple University. He is a licensed general contractor and real estate broker, and a 2017 finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Ben earned a BA in Biology from Yale University, where he captained the lightweight crew, and received an MBA from Harvard Business School. He resides in San Diego with his wife and four children.

Jake Hunter, Chief Operating Officer

Jake Hunter is Chief Operating Officer at Tourmaline Properties and Tourmaline Construction and oversees day-to-day operations of the company.

Jake began his career in real estate at Cassidy Turley, a commercial real estate services firm, in their Los Angeles office, before joining the Tourmaline team in San Diego.

Jake was named to the San Diego Daily Transcript’s “40 Under 40” list of top business professionals in San Diego under the age of 40 for 2017.

Jake earned a BA in Political Science from Yale University, where he was a member of the varsity baseball team.

Cyndi Black, Director of Marketing

Cyndi Black is Tourmaline’s Director of Marketing. In addition to its marketing and branding efforts, Cyndi oversees the company’s accounting activities.

Cyndi previously served as Director of Marketing for FitDeck, Inc., a fitness company she co-founded. After eleven years in the fitness industry and a successful sale of the business, Cyndi joined Tourmaline.

Cyndi earned a BA in Russian Language from Yale University where she competed as a member of the varsity women’s swim team. She resides in San Diego with her husband and four sons.