Ben Blanquera is husband, dad, thought leader, entrepreneur, geek, and unabashed advocate for technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. Ben is vice president for the Columbus Collaboratory, 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.
Prior to joining the Columbus Collaboratory in 2015, Ben held numerous senior leadership roles, including 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 led have gained numerous industry recognitions, such as Computerworld’s 100 Best Places to Work in IT, InformationWeek 500 and TechColumbus Innovation Awards. Additionally, Ben was named by Computerworld to its Premiere100 list of top IT leaders nationwide in 2011.
Ben holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Rutgers University as well as a Masters in Organizational Development from Bowling Green State University. Ben is also PMP and six-sigma certified. As a community leader, Ben cofounded TechLife Columbus and is the curator of Columbus Startup Digest.