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Steve Benjamin

  • CFO, Benjamin Group/BSMG Worldwide
  • male
  • Caucasian
  • 1957 (Age: 63 years old)
  • Steve Benjamin - Interview - Benjamin Group
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Biography

Since graduating from college, Steve Banjamin has had three careers and is now inventing his fourth. From 1982 to 1988 he worked in the Air Freight industry, as Vice President Strategic Planning for Burlington Air Express. The best part of that job was designing a hub and spoke system, and buying the cargo airplanes needed to support that system. Much of that original design is still in place including several of the airplanes Steve purchased more than 15 years ago. In 1988 Steve and his wife, Sheri, started The Benjamin Group Inc., a public relations agency working with high technology companies. Initially the company started in Silicon Valley, but eventually spread to Orange County, San Francisco and Portland, Oregon as well. By the time the firm was sold in July 1999 it employed 115 people. Steve moved out of the company in July 2002 after the purchase agreement was complete. Steve's wife still remains with purchasing company (Weber Shandwick) as the head of their technology practice. In 1992, concurrent with being CFO of Benjamin Group, Steve got into the Customer Loyalty consulting business in partnership with Burke Inc., a Cincinnati-based market research firm. Steve was able to develop and manage significant relationships with key high tech companies like Sun Microsystems and Applied Materials. Starting in July 2002 Steve decided he wanted to work less and spend more time with his children (Megan 14.5 and Cody 12.5). He's been busy doing the things most dads wish they could do but often don't have time for. In addition to spending time with his kids, Steve is a trustee for Hillbrook School (a k through 8 school), and is helping the school raise $6.0 million to rebuild the campus. Steve Benjamin holds a Bachelors and Masters of Engineering as well as an MBA from Cornell University.

Another huge motivator for us was our child (at the time one child, we have two now). When I worked in a big corporation, and because I'd gotten promoted quickly, my peers, the other VPs were all in their late 30s and 40s. When I was at the office till 9:00 or 10:00 at night, which I thought w...(Full transcript available to logged in subscribers.).

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Video 1 of 70 Steve Benjamin Discusses Process of Selling His PR Company, Benjamin Group
  • Steve Benjamin - Interview - Benjamin Group and Cancer Survival
  • 9/29/2005
  • Steve Benjamin
  • 4 min. 20 sec.
Video 2 of 70 Steve Benjamin Discusses Negotiation Process and Sharing Information on Sale of Company to Employees
  • Steve Benjamin - Interview - Benjamin Group and Cancer Survival
  • 9/29/2005
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  • 3 min. 1 sec.
Video 3 of 70 Steve Benjamin States Employees Were Nervous After Sale of Company
  • Steve Benjamin - Interview - Benjamin Group and Cancer Survival
  • 9/29/2005
  • Steve Benjamin
  • 3 min. 25 sec.
Video 4 of 70 Steve Benjamin Shares Thoughts on Well Communicated and Aggressive Bonus Plan
  • Steve Benjamin - Interview - Benjamin Group and Cancer Survival
  • 9/29/2005
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Video 5 of 70 Steve Benjamin States Acquisition of Benjamin Group Was A Textbook Merger
  • Steve Benjamin - Interview - Benjamin Group and Cancer Survival
  • 9/29/2005
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  • 3 min. 26 sec.
Video 6 of 70 Steve Benjamin Describes Situation When Merged Company Began To Fall Apart
  • Steve Benjamin - Interview - Benjamin Group and Cancer Survival
  • 9/29/2005
  • Steve Benjamin
  • 4 min. 46 sec.
Video 7 of 70 Steve Benjamin Discusses Negotiation Process During Sale of Company
  • Steve Benjamin - Interview - Benjamin Group and Cancer Survival
  • 9/29/2005
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  • 5 min. 44 sec.
Video 8 of 70 Steve Benjamin States When Working With Spouse, You Must Come In As Equals
  • Steve Benjamin - Interview - Benjamin Group and Cancer Survival
  • 9/29/2005
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  • 4 min. 37 sec.
Video 9 of 70 Steve Benjamin States Importance of Having Clear Division of Responsibilities When Working With Spouse
  • Steve Benjamin - Interview - Benjamin Group and Cancer Survival
  • 9/29/2005
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Video 10 of 70 Steve Benjamin Shares Thoughts on Valuing Time and Using Resources To Gain Time
  • Steve Benjamin - Interview - Benjamin Group and Cancer Survival
  • 9/29/2005
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Video 11 of 70 Steve Benjamin Shares Example of Valuing Time
  • Steve Benjamin - Interview - Benjamin Group and Cancer Survival
  • 9/29/2005
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Video 12 of 70 Steve Benjamin Discusses Business of Surveying and Determination of Customer Loyalty
  • Steve Benjamin - Interview - Benjamin Group and Cancer Survival
  • 9/29/2005
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  • 4 min. 32 sec.
Video 13 of 70 Steve Benjamin Discusses Decision to Enter Market Research Arena
  • Steve Benjamin - Interview - Benjamin Group and Cancer Survival
  • 9/29/2005
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Video 14 of 70 Steve Benjamin Discusses Disappointment With Survey Quality
  • Steve Benjamin - Interview - Benjamin Group and Cancer Survival
  • 9/29/2005
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Video 15 of 70 Steve Benjamin Shares Personal Story Regarding Discovery of His Colon Cancer
  • Steve Benjamin - Interview - Benjamin Group and Cancer Survival
  • 9/29/2005
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  • 2 min. 24 sec.
Video 16 of 70 Steve Benjamin States Health Problems Can Be Appraoched In Same Manner As Business Problems
  • Steve Benjamin - Interview - Benjamin Group and Cancer Survival
  • 9/29/2005
  • Steve Benjamin
  • 1 min. 59 sec.
Video 17 of 70 Steve Benjamin Shares Grim Reality of Cancer Treatments
  • Steve Benjamin - Interview - Benjamin Group and Cancer Survival
  • 9/29/2005
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  • 1 min. 32 sec.
Video 18 of 70 Steve Benjamin Discusses Decision To Continue With Family Vacations During Cancer Treatment and Advantages of Teaching Hospitals
  • Steve Benjamin - Interview - Benjamin Group and Cancer Survival
  • 9/29/2005
  • Steve Benjamin
  • 1 min. 44 sec.
Video 19 of 70 Steve Benjamin States Surgeon Has Become A Close Friend
  • Steve Benjamin - Interview - Benjamin Group and Cancer Survival
  • 9/29/2005
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Video 20 of 70 Steve Benjamin States Whether A Business Issue Or A Health Issues, It Is Important To Treat People Well
  • Steve Benjamin - Interview - Benjamin Group and Cancer Survival
  • 9/29/2005
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  • 1 min. 10 sec.
Video 21 of 70 Steve Benjamin States There Is More To Life Than Your Business
  • Steve Benjamin - Interview - Benjamin Group and Cancer Survival
  • 9/29/2005
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Video 22 of 70 Steve Benjamin States Strong Family and Entrepreneurial Thinking Helped Him To Beat Colon Cancer
  • Steve Benjamin - Interview - Benjamin Group and Cancer Survival
  • 9/29/05
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  • 2 min. 48 sec.
Video 23 of 70 Steve Benjamin Shares Thoughts on The Will To Live
  • Steve Benjamin - Interview - Benjamin Group and Cancer Survival
  • 9/29/2005
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  • 1 min. 34 sec.
Video 24 of 70 Steve Benjamin States Importance of Appreciating Life
  • Steve Benjamin - Interview - Benjamin Group and Cancer Survival
  • 9/29/2005
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  • 1 min. 47 sec.
Video 25 of 70 Steve Benjamin States Best Part of Being an Entrepreneur Is Controlling Your Own Destiny
  • Steve Benjamin - Interview - Benjamin Group and Cancer Survival
  • 9/29/2005
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  • 0 min. 34 sec.
Video 26 of 70 Steve Benjamin Discusses Early Years and Personal Life
  • Steve Benjamin - Interview - Benjamin Group
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  • 1 min. 11 sec.
Video 27 of 70 Steve Benjamin Discusses Startup Risk
  • Steve Benjamin - Interview - Benjamin Group
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  • 2 min. 42 sec.
Video 28 of 70 Steve Benjamin Discusses Transition to Becoming an Entrepreneur
  • Steve Benjamin - Interview - Benjamin Group
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  • 1 min. 27 sec.
Video 29 of 70 Steve Benjamin Describes Critical Roadblock with Cargo Startup
  • Steve Benjamin - Interview - Benjamin Group
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Video 30 of 70 Steve Benjamin States Importance of Putting Family First
  • Steve Benjamin - Interview - Benjamin Group
  • 01-01-00
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Video 31 of 70 Steve Benjamin Discusses Personal Background, Education and Citizenship
  • Steve Benjamin - Interview - Benjamin Group
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Video 32 of 70 Steve Benjamin Discusses Creating the Term Sheet for the Purchase
  • Steve Benjamin - Interview - Benjamin Group
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  • Steve Benjamin
  • 1 min. 34 sec.
Video 33 of 70 Steve Benjamin Builds Critical Mass at Benjamin Group
  • Steve Benjamin - Interview - Benjamin Group
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Video 34 of 70 Steve Benjamin Discusses Having an Idea and Creating a Business
  • Steve Benjamin - Interview - Benjamin Group
  • 01-01-00
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  • 1 min. 45 sec.
Video 35 of 70 Steve Benjamin Discusses Benefits of Purchase by Firm with Larger Presence
  • Steve Benjamin - Interview - Benjamin Group
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Video 36 of 70 Steve Benjamin Discusses Feeling Professionally Trapped
  • Steve Benjamin - Interview - Benjamin Group
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  • 1 min. 16 sec.
Video 37 of 70 Steve Benjamin Discusses Transition After Acquisition
  • Steve Benjamin - Interview - Benjamin Group
  • 01-01-00
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  • 1 min. 7 sec.
Video 38 of 70 Steve Benjamin Establishes Core Competence in High Tech PR
  • Steve Benjamin - Interview - Benjamin Group
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  • 3 min. 20 sec.
Video 39 of 70 Steve Benjamin Analyzes Potential Buyers of the Business
  • Steve Benjamin - Interview - Benjamin Group
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Video 40 of 70 Steve Benjamin Discusses Final Negotiations and Cashing Out of the Company
  • Steve Benjamin - Interview - Benjamin Group
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Video 41 of 70 Steve Benjamin Shares Background Experience at Burlington Air Express
  • Steve Benjamin - Interview - Benjamin Group
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  • 1 min. 41 sec.
Video 42 of 70 Steve Benjamin Discusses Work and Family
  • Steve Benjamin - Interview - Benjamin Group
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Video 43 of 70 Steve Benjamin Shares Thoughts on His Children - What They Learned and What They Will Inherit
  • Steve Benjamin - Interview - Benjamin Group
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  • 1 min. 19 sec.
Video 44 of 70 Steve Benjamin Discusses Early Strategy for Benjamin Group
  • Steve Benjamin - Interview - Benjamin Group
  • 01-01-00
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  • 1 min. 37 sec.
Video 45 of 70 Steve Benjamin Discusses Risk and Making Choices
  • Steve Benjamin - Interview - Benjamin Group
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  • 1 min. 40 sec.
Video 46 of 70 Steve Benjamin Suggests Being True to Yourself
  • Steve Benjamin - Interview - Benjamin Group
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  • 1 min. 7 sec.
Video 47 of 70 Steve Benjamin Discusses Risk Aversion and Personal Life
  • Steve Benjamin - Interview - Benjamin Group
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  • 2 min. 16 sec.
Video 48 of 70 Steve Benjamin Discusses Reliance on Numbers and Not a Formal Business Plan
  • Steve Benjamin - Interview - Benjamin Group
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  • 1 min. 59 sec.
Video 49 of 70 Steve Benjamin Discusses Delivery of Acquisition News to the Employees
  • Steve Benjamin - Interview - Benjamin Group
  • 01-01-00
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  • 1 min. 25 sec.
Video 50 of 70 Steve Benjamin Discusses Personal Role After the Acquisition
  • Steve Benjamin - Interview - Benjamin Group
  • 01-01-00
  • Steve Benjamin
  • 4 min. 44 sec.

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