Director of Leadership Development, SkillUp Technologies
Ben has spent over 25 years as a manager, director, and consultant in the IT industry, but his entrance into this industry was a bit unconventional. After attending Brigham Young University and Eastern Montana College on multiple music education and performance scholarships, Ben eventually realized he had a passion for computers and management that outweighed his musical interests. Departing the field of music, Ben spent the next 25 years in his career working at IBM, WordPerfect, Novell, Attachmate, and Microsoft.
Now, leaning on a lifetime of customer management, people management, and executive experiences, Ben focuses on taking the lessons he has learned throughout his career and applying them to the field of leadership development and motivational speaking. His workshops and classes draw on real-life, challenging, and relevant experiences that he incorporates into the learning environment, thereby creating a rich and rewarding experience for the learner. With this approach, he develops powerful learning environments that are engaging and inspiring.
Ben was born in Montana and has lived in the Seattle area for the past 23 years. Beyond his passion for IT and leadership development, his love of music has directed him to another outlet of performing in the Seattle Ensign Symphony and Chorus. With music in his DNA, he frequently weaves musical content and analogies into his workshops, creating powerful and immersive events.