A well-rounded PR pro with marketing experience, graphic design skills and agency chops to boot? We thought that was a tall order — until meeting Ben. While his height would most likely allow him to walk-on for the 76ers, it was academics that brought him to the City of Brotherly Love. After completing his graduate degree in Professional & Business Communication at La Salle University, Ben brought with him years of valuable experience in the field, or, should we say park. Before trading in the views of West Virginia’s rolling mountains for the iconic Philadelphia skyline, he spent five seasons with the National Park Service along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park and Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, where he led the charge on community relations, social media and digital content marketing. That just scratches the surface of Ben’s versatility, which is nothing ‘short’ of impressive.
City of Birth: Hedgesville, WV
Current Residence: Chestnut Hill, PA
Education: M.A. Professional & Business Communication from La Salle University and B.A. Communications/Public Relations from University of Charleston, West Virginia
Favorite Junk Food: Homemade cookies!
Totally Grossed Out By: Beans
Proudest Professional Moment: Securing a PEOPLE.com placement for the National Association of Landscape Professionals – and yes, the same readers of celeb entertainment news also need to learn about lawn care.
Pets: Brewsky, the most lovable cocker spaniel ever
Runs On: Peanut butter (lots and lots of peanut butter)
Pet Peeve: When people post unedited screenshots
Dream Dinner Date: Katie Couric
When I’m Not at Vault, You Can Find Me: Outside! On the tennis courts, relaxing poolside, exploring our National Parks or on local running/biking trails.
Biggest Phobia: Running out of peanut butter
Little Known Trivia Fact: I’m 6’7’’ — so don’t be surprised when you meet me.
Starbucks Order: No, thank you. Coffee stunts your growth.
Most Wanted Client: The U.S. Open Tennis Championships
What I Wanted to Be When I Grew Up: A veterinarian, teacher and journalist
My Spirit Animal: Giraffe
Favorite Bumper Sticker: My dog is smarter than your honors student!