Ben joined Catapult Advisors in 2014 to lead the firm’s Smart Data initiative. A career research analyst, Ben was previously Research Manager of The 451 Group’s M&A KnowledgeBase division. He started at The 451 as a Research Associate, covering M&A transactions, valuations and trends throughout the enterprise software market.

Before The 451, Ben was an Industry Analyst at boutique research firm NPRG in Chicago. At NPRG, he covered telecommunications competitive strategy and technology trends and created market sizing forecasts for several telecom sectors.

A Midwest native, Ben currently lives in San Francisco and received his BA in Political Science from Loyola University Chicago. Outside the office, he can be found rock climbing or occasionally rowing with the Embarcadero Rowing Club.

What’s on my phone: Spotify, Sprig, Lyft, LinkedIn

Bookmarked websites: The New York Times, Facebook, LifeHacker

Teams I follow: Chicago Bears, Chicago Cubs

Favorite vacation: Grand Canyon, rim-to-rim