Ben Blanquera

Ben is a nationally recognized IS Leader (ComputerWorld Premiere 100 2011) and is the founder of TechLife Columbus – a “grassroots tribe” building a ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship in Central Ohio. Ben also writes a blog chronicling the Columbus Tech community – www.techlifeohio.com.  and is the curator of the Columbus Startup Digest – www.startupdigest.com . 

In his professional life Ben Blanquera provides strategic transformation consulting.  Prior to his consulting practice Ben was the Vice President of Information Services for Progressive Medical, Inc. In this role Ben was responsible for project/portfolio management, application development and business analysis.  

Born in the Philippines and raised in New Jersey Ben earned a bachelor’s degree  in mechanical engineering from Rutgers University and a Masters in Organizational development from Bowling Green State University. He is also PMP and six sigma certified. 

Ben’s leadership roles span private, public, and nonprofit organizations. Ben has served as Director of the Columbus Technology Council, Engineering Manager for Manville Corporation, Technical Services Manager for Soltech,, Business Engineering Manager for Owens Corning, and Director at Integrex (a business incubator).

He has held adjunct faculty position at Franklin University – MBA program and Keller Graduate School, and is a frequent conference speaker in the areas of leadership, project management, social media, and agile development.  In addition to his work responsibilities Ben has serves on multiple nonprofit boards. 

More info can be found at: http://www.linkedin.com/in/benblanquera

The DNA strands of business are most often embedded in processes related to the bits and bytes contained in our information systems. But I.T. - the department that often has one of the widest fields of view relative to efforts, budgets, changes, and focus - is not strategically leveraged in many organizations, says contributor Ben Blanquera. Here...Full Article »