Ben is a native born Washingtonian currently living in the beautiful Seattle area. He have been involved in the open source community since 1998 and wrote his first line of code over 14 years ago! His web career has involved working with companies small and large, hyper-local and multi-national.
Ben first encountered WordPress due to laziness. All his work used to be on fully custom solutions for clients and as such he wrote his own blogging software, sort of. It worked well enough to make a post but did not have any features. After a couple years of no progress Ben installed WordPress to handle just the blogging portion of his website. As WordPress progressed it became powerful enough to meet the needs of his more generalized clients and he switched to it full-time and stopped writing custom solutions. After moving to Seattle, Ben found and became involved in the WordPress Meetup group and the rest is history. Being involved in the WordPress community is a rich and fulfilling experience.
In his free time, Ben is the editor of the WordPress.org Plugin Developer Handbook, outdoorsy adventurer, and intrepid sailor. He owns a beautiful 23′ sailboat named zzZippety Doo Dah (Zippey for short) that he takes out for leisurely cruises and island adventures. Ben’s other boat is a 33′ Carver cabin-cruiser that he is currently in the process of turning into a liveaboard. Nothing beats being on the water and letting a boat gently rock you to sleep.