During his one-year teaching career, Ben took a group of students on a spring break skiing and outdoor adventure to Colorado and knew immediately that he was going to pursue a career combining travel and nature. Not given to working for others (his experience with the headmaster of the prep school was a disaster, for him and for the headmaster both), in 1984 Ben decided to pursue his dreams independently. He managed to save $600 driving a garbage truck at a New Jersey amusement park and invested that undersized savings to produce a small brochure advertising student skiing and adventure trips, doing the typing (on an antiquated standard typewriter) and photocopying himself. It wasn't long before the International Fund for Animal Welfare put out a feeler to find a young and ambitious adventure travel company to help them develop a seal-watching tourism industry to replace the baby harp seal hunt in eastern Canada. Ben jumped on board, and the fledgling company found its focus on travel as a means for conserving nature and wildlife.
While Ben was living on the floor of his brother's apartment in New York City and stealing his brother's change for subway fare to get to work, there was no company more ambitious than Natural Habitat Adventures, which, at the time, consisted of Ben alone. In the 35 years since, Ben has grown Nat Hab to become a global leader in nature travel, offering life-enhancing adventures to the world's most wondrous wild places. He himself has journeyed to dozens of countries in search of spectacular nature experiences…and a good time, whenever possible. Aside from heading a meaningful company that provides “The World’s Greatest Nature Expeditions," Ben's professional ambition is to utilize adventure travel to build support for the fight against climate change. When he's not working, Ben plays and coaches soccer, rides his mountain bike, skis, drinks beer, smokes Cuban cigars, and enjoys time with his family.