Ben graduated from Newcastle University with a degree in History, knowing that those who do not know history are doomed to ….. something or other.
He then moved on to the free-loving, tree-hugging School Of Oriental and African Studies and managed to leave (alive) with a Masters in International Politics & Diplomacy. He didn’t escape without scars, though, as it was during his time at SOAS that he found a love for specialty coffee. Having been stunned by the number of specialty coffee shops springing up in and around Soho, he decided to ditch his dreams of working, unpaid, for a Non-Governmental Organisation to pursue the green bean….
He then went on to having zero luck in applying for the larger European trade houses. 69 applications later, he decided to export himself to Bulgaria to import robusta and chick peas on behalf of a large commercial roaster. Six months rolling about in garbanzo was quite enough….and he eventually rolled himself into the world of warehousing, assisting Vollers in the complex takeover of a …. very complicated situation [note: this post has been heavily edited for more sensitive readers]
Jamie Marler, the leopard himself, kindly plucked him from the ashes and gave him the illustrious title of Head Tonto of Warehouse Relations.
Oh yeah, Ben also now manages accounts in London, Sweden, Czech Republic, Hungary, and Bulgaria. Guess that Masters in International P&D didn’t extend to Geography, eh?