Ben currently leads the Central Life Science Region for SVB (which spans from Cleveland west to Denver, and from Winnipeg south to Oklahoma City), and spend most of his time providing value to life science companies using SVB's broad array of commercial banking services, with a distinct specialization in providing growth capital to clinical and commercial development stage Life Science companies.
Ben joined SVB in 2007 to lead the technology and life science effort in the State of Minnesota, and began focusing exclusively upon life science companies in 2010. Prior to joining SVB, he spent 11 years in various roles in both commercial and private banking at US Bank and Wells Fargo, respectively.
Ben received his undergraduate degree from the University of Saint Thomas in 1996, with majors in International Business, Finance, and Spanish. In 2000 he earned an MBA from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management, with emphasis upon Finance, Strategic Management, and Entrepreneurship.
Ben is originally from the Twin Cities area, and maintains an active lifestyle with his wife & three boys, which includes such things as going to the cabin, traveling, participating in a multitude of sporting activities (particularly ice hockey), hunting and fishing, and playing with the dog. Ben is deeply involved in coaching youth hockey, and actively participates in Habitat for Humanity, among other areas of commuinity involvement.