Benjamin F. Traxel, AIA

Benjamin F. Traxel, AIA

Architecture, Development

traxel@susanag13.sg-host.com

Ben is a founder of Tenmile Companies and the managing partner. His desire to create long lasting built environments that enhance communities lead him to the field of architecture.  Before branching into development, Ben owned and ran a successful architecture firm for 17 years.  His experience as a registered architect, working with designers, contractors, and financiers positioned him well to evolve his business into a model beyond what architects traditionally follow.  Having designed and managed the construction of hundreds of facilities in the areas of education, finance, retail, industrial, and residential gave him the background to take the next step, that of creating and owning his own projects.  Ben stays involved in his community by serving on boards for historic preservation, banking, and other local philanthropies.  He completed his education at Southwest Missouri State in 1992 and Kansas State in 1997.  During his spare time, he stays active with his wife of 26 years and three sons and enjoys playing golf and spending time at his well-hidden cabin in the Ozarks.  Ben feels that surrounding himself with a great team of professionals is the most important route to a successful venture.

Ben Traxel

Ben Traxel

Ben graduated from Southwest Missouri State University in 1992 with a degree in Communications and Kansas State University in 1997 with Architecture degree. While still in school, he completed an internship with St. Louis Design Alliance in University City, MO in 1996 and returned to the same firm upon graduation. In 2002 Ben passed his Architecture Licensing exam and became a Registered Architect. Having an NAAB accredited degree and having his NCARB Certificate he is eligible for licensure in most states and currently is licensed in Missouri, Kentucky, Illinois, and Florida. In 2003 Ben relocated to Poplar Bluff, MO and opened Dille Traxel Architecture with a business partner. In 2020 Ben left this company with two others and started Tenmile Studio. His career has allowed him to design several hundred new buildings, building additions, and master plans including those for Three Rivers College and Northwest Florida State College. He has performed design services for banks, schools, athletic arenas, FEMA work, civic, industrial, retail, residential, and many other building types. Ben has been the president of Poplar Bluff Industries, has sat on several non-profit boards, and continues to be a member of the advisory board for Commerce Bank in Cape Girardeau. Ben and his wife Madawn have been married 25 years and have three boys. Sam attends Belmont University in Nashville, TN, Hank is a student at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK, and Beau is enrolled at Notre Dame Reginal High School in Cape Girardeau.