Ben grew up in a care home in Portland, Oregon that was run by his mom. His first job was at a retirement facility as part of the waitstaff. One of his favorite memories about working in the dining room are the stories. Every resident had one, and it was his goal to learn what it was. From people serving in WWII, to the school teachers to the stay-at-home-mom, he took away a lesson from everyone. Ben later graduated from Portland State University as a mechanical engineer.