Ben graduated with honors from Campbell University’s Lundy Fetterman School of Business. The beneficiary of some indelible mentors, Ben believes that great business is the byproduct of a diverse team, singularly envisioned where the total is greater than the sum of the parts. Independent, ambitious, Ben hopes that others see him as a mentor to help foster their merit into creating opportunities.
In his spare time, Ben enjoys the occasional read, sports, snowboarding/wakeboarding and spending time on the farm. He also enjoys having a construction project ongoing at all times.
- Ben credits his grandfather’s influence for his skills as a handyperson/jack-of-all-trades! “Inspiring me to learn how things work.. I’ve wired up buildings, built a sweet (IMHO) outdoor grill three stories up and, plumbed fields for irrigation, and with the farm guys built a 5,000ft2 greenhouse to name a few!”
- Loathed reading going through my ‘schooling years’ and now reads a book or more a month!
- While talented in areas, this bio took him days to construct!
- The business concept of Farmin’ came about while Ben was in college. “Half my classmates and I developed the business plan as a case study for one of our Business Strategy classes. Shout out to Mrs. Johnson! An ‘A-minus‘; come’ on, look at us now!”
What is your favorite Farmin’ product?
Never been one to color in the lines so I’ll pick a couple: muscadine gelato (oh boy, y’all stay tuned!), Prospect Farm’s Sweet Corn, and list wouldn’t be complete without the honey hurricane…
If you were a Super Hero, who would you be? :
Spiderman: His natural curiosity led to the spider bite that unlocked his superpowers! He used those superpowers, yes to avenge the murder of his uncle, but later for the safety/betterment of society.
Solace for when the tractor breaks down…: [Go-To Quotes]:
My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to make them better.
- Steve Jobs
“When the moment comes – when we’re afraid, exhausted, or tempted – what choices do we make? Do we abandon our values? Do we give in? Do we accept average performance because that’s what most everyone else accepts? Do we capitulate to the pressure of the moment? Do we give up on our dreams when we’ve been slammed by brutal facts? In the end, we can only control a tiny sliver of what happens to us; but even so, we are free to choose, free to become great.”
Paraphrased from Great by Choice by Jim Collins
“Anyone can achieve their fullest potential, who we are might be predetermined, but the path we follow us always of our own choosing. We should never allow our fears or the expectations of others set the frontiers of our destiny. Your destiny can’t be changed but it can be challenged. Every man is born as many men and dies as a single one.” - “The Wright Brothers never had a pilot’s license.”
“Never theorize before you have data. Invariably, you end up twisting facts to suit theories instead of theories to suit facts.”
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high - Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt
“Most people are thermometers that record or register the temperature of majority of opinion, not thermostats that transform or regulate the temperature of society. -- We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people."