- M.S.I.E., 1973
- B.S.I.E., 1971
Ben was born and raised in Bluefield, West Virginia and earned a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from West Virginia University. After graduation, he joined the Procter & Gamble Company in Cincinnati in 1972. He held various positions in the Southeast US including the management of packaging operations for Duncan Hines, Crisco and Pringles. He was the manager of a regional Customer Service Center and at retirement, was the Quality Assurance Manager for North America Marketing Development locations. After 34 years of service, he retired in 2006.
He has served as a volunteer ‘Archaeology Interpreter’ at Historic Jamestown for more than 11 years. He joined the Board of Directors of the Colonial Capital Branch of Preservation Virginia in 2012. When the Colonial Capital Branch was forced to dissolve, he helped develop/create the Tidewater Virginia Historical Society in July, 2013. He continues as a member of the Board of Directors.
He recently completed serving his third year as President of the Stonehouse Homeowners Association and two terms as a member of the Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Advisory Committee for the West Virginia University Department of Industrial Engineering.
He enjoys and plays golf as much as possible and has had the privilege of playing in Scotland and Ireland several times.
Ben and his wife of 52 years have lived in Eastern Virginia since 2007 to be near their daughter and grandchildren. They have traveled to many interesting and exciting locations in the world.