Ben was born and raised in Fairbanks. He received a BBA in Business Administration and a BBA in Economics from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Ben is an SBS Retirement Consultants, LLC owner and is the investment manager for the University of Alaska Alumni Association. Ben joined the Greater Fairbanks Community Hospital Foundation Full Board of Trustees in 2010. He is passionate about working with kids as a hockey coach. He and his wife, Karma, enjoy spending time with family and friends. Ben also enjoys traveling, skiing, swimming, running, and biking.