2023 Conquering Kili Class
U.S. Army Special Forces Veteran
Ben currently works in the Consulting Human Capital Practice of Deloitte supporting business growth through development of go to market strategies and alliance relationship management. Prior to Deloitte, Ben served as a Green Beret in the U.S. Army Special Forces for 14 years before medically retiring due to injuries sustained in combat. During Ben’s time in Special Operations, he deployed across the Middle East, Europe, and Africa in support of various high risk and politically sensitive peace keeping, training, combat, and intel operations. During that time Ben earned several honors to include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Parachutist Badge, and Saint Philip Neri Award Nomination. Having been selected ahead of his peers to lead Sensitive Activity teams of Special Forces Operational Detachments, Ben takes that unique leadership experience back home to invest in raising his children and empowering local community.
Ben serves multiple nonprofit organizations focused on assisting transitioning veterans and the development of local community. Most notably, Ben supports the Special Operators Transition Foundation through fundraising, speaking engagements, and mentorship to transitioning veterans. Ben also leads his local Montessori’s family teacher organization, coaches youth football, and is working on a team building a new initiative to bridge consulting corporate America leaders together to create more effective veteran recruitment and assimilation processes.
Many find it surprising to learn that in addition to Ben’s passion for raising his two amazing children, he speaks Russian, completed his first private pilot’s solo in 2011, surfed with pros in Morocco, played the Bass Cello in the Alaska State Orchestra, and competed in the Tommy Moe Downhill Ski Racing Invitationals. Next, Ben hopes to support the Chris Long Foundation and Waterboys team in bringing awareness in how we can support clean water equity in places of need through Conquering Kili.
Each new Conquering Kili class accepts the challenge to embark for the summit, a walk that represents the miles that many African women journey on a daily basis to fetch water for their families. While training for the climb, each team member works to raise funds and transform communities through the gift of clean water.