Originally from Wales (U.K) Ben was lured out to the U.S. by the mountains and the skiing. He began his resort industry career as a ski instructor and trainer, chasing winters between the northern and southern hemispheres. He holds a PSIA Alpine Full Certification and served on the Northwest Technical Team.
Ben transitioned into resort leadership in 2008 at Sierra-at-Tahoe and then Stevens Pass and Vail Resorts. As a Director of Resort Services Ben grew into an influential senior leadership figure at the resort and industry level. His broad scope has included responsibility for ski and snowboard school, guest services, rental and retail, capital projects, leadership training, and elements of both winter and summer mountain operations. He has collaborated at a strategic level with some of the thought-leaders in the ski industry including PSIA, SNOW Partners, and the National Ski Areas Association, serving on the NSSA Growth Committee.
In 2021 Ben took a break from operations to complete a certification in Full Stack Web Development to broaden his technical skillset. This combined with his resort operational expertise and experience as a leader, facilitator, and educator has propelled him into the consulting space with Select Contracts as someone uniquely able to offer value at all stages of a project, from ideation to execution.
Through Select Contracts, he is working with some of the largest ski resort companies in North America on 4-season resort planning and project management.
In his spare time, you will find Ben playing soccer or tinkering with his acoustic guitar, his wooden house, or some coding project.