Ben Blanquera is husband, dad, thought leader, entrepreneur, geek, wanna be jock and unabashed advocate for Columbus technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
Ben is VP Delivery and Experience for the Columbus Collaboratory. Columbus Collaboratory is an ecosystem of founding member companies and strategic partners focused on rapid innovation that deliver business impact in the areas of advanced analytics and cyber security.
Senior leadership roles previously held by Ben include VP of Growth Hacking for Pillar Technology, VP of IS for Progressive Medical, Director of the Columbus Technology Council, and Director at Owens Corning. Ben is a frequent conference speaker on a wide range of topics including project management, enterprise agile, entrepreneurship and lean startup. Teams that Ben has lead have won numerous industry recognitions such as: Computerworld 100 Best Places To Work, InformationWeek 500, TechColumbus Innovation Awards. Additionally Ben has been named by Computer World to its Premiere100 list of top IT leaders nationwide.
As a community leader Ben founded TechLife Columbus, and is the curator of the Columbus Startup Digest. Ben resides in Dublin with his wife Sandy and his 4 daughters.