VP of Product & Technology Operations
Ben's title doesn’t convey his career-long passion and what he’s helping Embodee excel at: creating virtual product experiences. That passion was evident fresh out of the University of Kansas. After earning a B.A. in business and computer science, he moved to New York to work for noted magazine publisher CondeNast. He helped the company develop innovative online: style.com, epicurious.com, and brides.com.
While Ben’s work on brides.com was professionally rewarding, personally it was a life changer: he met and later married a young woman who was also working at the company, Michaele.
A self-described Midwestern guy with Midwestern sensibilities and work ethic, Ben joined the Embodee team after a decade with RG/A, an international agency known for its innovation in technology, design, and marketing.
For seven of his 10 years with R/GA, Ben was a developer and technical lead for the Nike account. His projects included the company’s flagship ecommerce site, NikeStore, the mobile version of NikeiD, and NikeTeamSports. These sites enable consumers to customize athletic footwear and team uniforms in real time. He was also a developer and architect of Nike+, the online community for runners and other athletes that was ahead of it’s time and helped kick off the IoT (Internet of Things) movement.
For Embodee, Ben works with existing and new customers in implementing our technology to best meet their needs and works closely with CEO André Wolper in defining the company’s long-term product roadmap.
Ben is based in Kansas City, Kansas, where he and Michaele are raising two young sons. In his meager spare time, he likes to run, cook, and prove that “I still have a little bit of basketball in me.”