VESF Founder and Chairman of the Board – William Morgan “Billy” Benton
Over the past several years, William Morgan “Billy” Benton, a lifelong outdoorsman and avid Virginia historian, has spent countless hours with watermen, biologists, politicians, civic, structural and landscape engineers researching and developing proactive, sustainable solutions to help save the environment he has always held dear – the shorelines and communities of the Chesapeake Bay.
Following in the footsteps of his father, Bill Benton, Billy has helped establish and create methods to effectively restore the habitat in which the oyster, a keystone species, could thrive.
Before he died in 2015, Bill Benton, (Billy’s father) made arrangements with Tolar Nolley, founder of The Oyster Company of Virginia to have his Cremated Ashes incorporated into a ReefTek “The Sentinel”™.
Using his father’s example as a model, Billy has made it his mission to expand and grow the Living Memorial Oyster Reef program; a Permanent Environmental Tribute to Life; For The Life of our Loved Ones and The Life of The Bay
In 2016, Benton organized and founded the Virginia Ecological Solutions Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization urging the general public to contribute to the Chesapeake Bay through more personal, thoughtful and meaningful programs and initiatives.
Billy is the owner of Fox and Hound Reality, a property management company in Aiken South Carolina.
Formerly, Billy was President, Baruch Defense Consulting, Inc. a consulting firm in the business of assisting firms increase their business with the Federal Government. Founded in 1982, the company has represented International Oil Companies and Aerospace Firms. Benton was Publisher from 1982 – 2000 of the Defense Automated Bidders Service, a daily State Of The Art Bidders Service. Benton earned a B.S. in Public and Community Service, from NOVA South Eastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 1977