Hollywood Beach Hotel Purchase

  • When Ben acquired the Hollywood Beach Hotel, the acquisition included 300 acres of land in western Hollywood, which he land banked for future development. His foresight paid off and in 1964, Ben designed and started Phase I of Hillcrest Development, a total of 2,400 condominium units, which was built over the next two decades. They also built the Hillcrest Country Club, a 27-hole championship golf course.
  • Together with George Jenkins, founder of Publix, and Joe Blanton, Executive Vice President of Publix, Ben built Publix-anchored shopping Centers
    • Projects initiated in the 1960s included:
      • Taft Hollywood Shopping Center – Hollywood, FL
      • Young Circle Shopping Center – Hollywood, FL
      • Dunedin Shopping Center – Dunedin, FL
      • Union Central Building – Cincinnati, OH
      • Brooklyn Paramount     Theater    and     Office    Building      – Brooklyn, NY
      • Taft Hotel – New York, NY
      • The Power and Light Building – Kansas City, MO
      • Roosevelt Field – Long Island, NY
      • Governor Morris Hotel – Morristown, NJ
      • Main Post Office – Trenton, NJ
      • Tobin Way – Sherman Oaks, CA

In 1962, Ben’s son, Herbert A. Tobin, joined the company. Under Herbert’s leadership as Chairman and CEO, Herbert benefited from Ben’s in-depth experience in real estate, hotel management, and the construction industry.