Ben is an industrial designer with many years of professional experience. He recently left his position of lead designer with the custom luxury lighting firm Crenshaw Lighting to pursue an MS Arch degree with Virginia Tech, focusing on product design. Ben received his professional degree of Bachelor of Industrial Design from Auburn University in 2003. 

He is also a hobbyist bonsai artist and is the creator of Appalachian Bonsai. Feel free to Like, Share, and Subscribe his Appalachian Bonsai YouTube channel, Instagram, or website!

He and his wife, Julie, live in Christiansburg, VA, USA, with their many animals. Most notably are the dogs, Taboo and Rocky. There are also the two cats, Mocha and Boxcar. And lastly, is the oscar fish, aptly named Oscar.