Ben was born in Missouri raised as a youngster in Frankfurt, Germany and after returning to the US graduated high school in the Ozark mountains in Arkansas. Remembering the Alps of his youth, his passion for the mountains, brought him out west for college at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. This opened doors for him to become a technical rock climber, mountaineer, boater and Alpine/backcountry/Nordic skier. While pursuing his love of the outdoors he met his wife Ariane, a Montana native from Billings. They now have two wonderful children Orrin age 10 and Chloe age 8. While still passionate about the outdoors and adrenaline seeking, Ben is now primarily focused on providing a high level of attention to both buyers and sellers using his 16 years of Big Sky real estate experience.