Ben K. Kacyra
Director and President
Mr. Kacyra is a founding director of KFF and currently is leading the Human Energy pilot project in addition to serving as the board’s President. In 2003 Mr. Kacyra co-led the establishment of another KFF pilot project, CyArk, to digitally record, archive and share the world’s most significant cultural heritage sites. CyArk was spun off from KFF in 2008 as an independent nonprofit and Mr. Kacyra acted as its CEO and Chairman through 2016. Mr. Kacyra continues to serve on the CyArk board.
Mr. Kacyra’s business career has included co-founding, with his wife, Barbara, several corporations engaged in diverse businesses including high technology manufacturing and software, and real estate development and asset management. Currently, Mr. Kacyra is a principal in KGI Investments, a corporation engaged in asset management and real estate development with operations in Northern California, Nevada and Hawaii.
As CEO and cofounder of Cyra Technologies, Mr. Kacyra oversaw the development and production of a fully integrated laser 3D imaging, mapping, modeling, and CAD system and holds several patents relating to that development. Cyra was acquired by Leica Geosystems in 2001 and Mr. Kacyra remained on its board of directors through March of 2004.
Prior to Cyra, Mr. Kacyra was CEO of Cygna Corporation, an engineering and construction management firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area which he co-founded in 1973. Under his leadership, Cygna became one of the top 80 engineering companies in the United Sates. In 1989 Cygna’s engineering business was acquired by a major AEC design and construction firm.
Mr. Kacyra’s activities have also included serving on the University of Illinois President’s Council and on the Board of Trustees of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. Mr. Kacyra and his wife have three grown children and four grandchildren.
Mr. Kacyra holds a MS degree in engineering from the University of Illinois.