After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis, Ben worked with his brother at their family’s Miami-based waste management and recycling company where he helped build the small business from a six truck operation to a fleet over 20 vehicles before selling to a competitor in 2011. One of Ben’s greatest accomplishments during this time was working with hundreds of South Florida businesses to help them find solutions that made sense to their individual operations.
In 2013, Ben became one of three partners in the Ball & Chain, a historic music venue on Calle Ocho in the heart of Little Havana. Ben helped restore the nearly forgotten gem famous for hosting 20th century jazz greats such as Chet Baker, Count Basie, and Billie Holiday and the venue’s intimate yet sophisticated Pineapple Stage is quickly becoming a fixture for live performances by Miami musicians as well as special guests from around the world. Locals and travelers are always welcome to come enjoy the music and the classic Cuban-inspired cocktails.
Ben currently participates with various charitable and educational organizations in the community and he and his wife, Giovanna, reside in Miami Beach.