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Ben Griffin

Entrepreneur • Advisor Baltimore, Maryland Area, US

Managing Director, CEOIQ. Previously Group Chair, Vistage International.

Managing Director, CEOIQ. Previously Group Chair, Vistage International.

19 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing
I have an idea I'm commited to
I don’t have much time for the next several months

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Fundraising
  • • Marketing

Involved In


CEOIQ Peer Advisory Groups


Chief Visionary & Cheerleader CEOIQ January 2002 - present
Group Chair International CEO Advisory Organization January 2000 - October 2013
Managing Director PerformanceCatalyst January 1999 - August 2010
President & CEO Avemco Insurance Company 1997 - 1999
President & CEO American Business Insurors May 1994 - July 1997
Senior Vice President USF&G Insurance Company 1992 - 1994
Vice President Great American Insurance January 1990 - November 1992
Executive Vice President Transport Insurance Company August 1986 - January 1990
President & CEO Quinox Corporation 1974 - 1986
Product Manager Progressive Insurance 1971 - 1974
Venture Development Manger International Paper 1969 - 1971


Rollins College - Crummer Graduate School of Business Business and Economics 1967 - 1969
Winter Park High School 1960 - 1964

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Business Development
  • • Engineering
Markets of Interest
  • • 3D Printing
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Financial Services
  • • Social Impact
  • • Video
  • • Media
  • • Music
  • • Healthcare
  • • Wellness
  • • Virtual and Online Leadership Development

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Executive coaching • Online communities • Strategy • Leadership Development • Strategy Development

Key Accomplishments

Successful transitions and reinventions at pivotal points in my life prove that what doe not kill you makes you stronger...even when it does not look like it at the time. My mantra is to live CCIR...Current, Connected, Relevant, and Involved.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

Combination of vision..ability to connect the dots differently...and practical experience...I believe in being Current, Connected, Involved, Relevant (CCIR(

Vouches Received

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Gair Maxwell
We worked together
Ben is one of those precious few that will voice what he actually thinks, even if it runs contrary to public opinion or what the boardroom s ... entiment might be. He is also a guy who demonstrates over and over again the true entreprenurial values of integrity, building and fostering key relationships and always looking for ways to improve his own skills but also bring value to others. In other words, Ben Griffin embodies what the true spirit of entrepreneurship is all about.
J.O. McFalls
We worked together
Ben has tremendous experience over the years in assisting multiple start-up CEOs. He has probably seen and competently advised his clients ... on virtually all the entrepreneurial best practices depending upon industry segment. And, he also helps avoid the numerous pitfalls that befall leaders of new companies . In summary, he already is a great entrepreneur.
Jenny Morgan
They're my mentor
Ben is a smart and driven individual that does not hesitate to research or look for assistance in areas that he or others he mentors needs h ... elp. He has a great deal of energy and works hard.
Rhett Murphy
We worked together at CEOIQ
I've had the opportunity on many occasions to work alongside Ben in the production of video content intended to help business executives and ... entrepreneurs be better at what they do. This has given me the rare opportunity to be close to Ben in a behind-the-scenes capacity -- seeing first hand the depth and passion of his work. Ben has a tremendous energy -- both on camera and off. Over the years, Ben has become much more than a client to me; Ben is a trusted friend, who makes me want to work as hard for him as he does for our work and his business. Ben is a forward thinker, bringing his years of experience, his passion for exploring the why's and how's, and his drive to see something new gel to bear in everything he does. Ben is a fantastic listener, but, best of all, he is someone that inspires others to listen as well.
Maurice Offit
We worked together
Ben was born to be an entrepreneur. He's smart, analytical, and unafraid to getting involved in new entrepreneurial ventures.
Mark Jankowski
We worked together
I think that the best example of Ben's entrepreneurial effectiveness is his ability to see trends, incorporate them, and reinvent his busine ... sses. He is willing to do the hard work and get his hands dirty so that he can fully understand the process, technology, or methodology from the ground up, and then when he has gained his foundation, he executes relentlessly to make it come to life. His patience and persistence as incredibly strong suits for him and make him a consummate entrepreneur.
John Younker
We worked together  •  Chair, Vistage International, the World's Leading Chief Executive Organization.
Ben is a highly experienced executive leadership coach and trusted advisor to a diverse group of CEO-Entrepreneurs and Key Executives.
Andrew Buerger
They're my mentor  •  Co-Founder, B'more Organic and Founder, Jodi's Climb for Hope.
I benefited from Ben's coach by being fast and lean to market. His strategic advice allowed me to avoid a lot of early pitfalls because I wa ... s focused and aware of things I normally wouldn't have seen myself. Together, we set up a corporate structure, mapped out a go to market strategy, prepared to raise capital, and struck deals with key vendors. I benefited from his years of business and coaching experience because he knew what questions to ask that allowed me to have a successful launch.
Andrew Bartels
They're my friends  •  Partner, PS Advisory LLC. Previously CTO, PSA Insurance & Financial Services.
Ben combines extensive real world business experience with the ability to facilitate strategic thought around business problem solving.
Ned Frey
We worked together  •  Master Chair, CEO Coach, Vistage International and Speaker "On Purpose", Foursight Seminars Inc..
Ben's background, experience and passion uniquely allow him to advise, coach and guide high level executives to perform far beyond their cur ... rent level of capability.
J.O. McFalls
We worked together  •  Principal Owner, McFalls Associates LLC. Previously President, National Security Partners, LLC (NSP). University of Michigan grad.
Ben is probably the most experienced senior advisor that I know, and I've been on the circuit a long time. He knows for-profit small and bi ... g business, not-for-profit organizations, in both private and public sector. I have relied on his expert guidance and counsel for over a decade, and he's the first one I call for advice.
Mike Cottingham
We worked together  •  President/CEO, Rommel Holdings, Inc.. Previously Board Member, Talbot County Public Schools.
I was part of Ben's Vistage group for almost ten years, and I am currently in his CEOIQ group. I value Ben's business experience and mentor ... ing abilities. On occasions too numerous to mention he has counseled me on matters both personal and business related. He has enhanced the quality of my work and life.
Garth Haakenson
We worked together  •  President/CEO, Pacific Mobile Structures.
Ben has been the facilitator for a peer group of family owned companies that I belong to. Our topics have ranged from working through opera ... tional issues to creating meaningful discussions centered around the most important question of all: "what do you want your company to provide for you?" I highly recommend Ben as a meeting facilitator as I have always left our meetings focused and energized to provide strong leadership upon returning to my employees.
jenny morgan
We worked together  •  President and CEO, basys, inc. and Board Director, Mirixa Corporation.
Ben makes you think strategically about your business and assists you in thinking through strategies to grow your business without getting m ... ired in the little things.
David Hofmann
We worked together  •  Chair, Vistage International. Previously President/CEO, UNITEC Distribution Systems.
Recognized by CEOs in Baltimore market as a high performing Vistage Chair who helped them become better leaders with better results
Matthew Neuberger
They're my friends  •  Chairman, Neuberger Ventures and President/CEO, Neuberger & Company, Inc..
Ben is a high integrity adviser that knows how to get results for his clients. He is also well networked with other professionals and is ski ... lled at leveraging the adviser community to assist his clients in accomplishing their objectives. I would highly recommend Ben to any executive interested in improving their results.
John Jamison
We worked together  •  "Lincoln Walks" Project Director., ImagiLearning, Inc. and Associate Faculty, Post University.
Ben understands the 'exec' role, and has a unique ability to see through the fog of a situation and clearly spell-out the risks and opportun ... ities, and describe the options available for how to proceed. He does not 'tell' you what to do, but gives you the insight and the courage to make the informed choices that need to be made, while always looking ahead to what comes next. Ben is like the friendly guy sitting next to you at the bar, listening and giving advice...only in this case, he really does know what he is talking about.
Terry Slinde
We worked together  •  Master Group Chair, CEOdyne Senior Executive Roundtables and Birkman consultant, Birkman International.
Ben has always been a strategic thinker, who has successfully helped me and others to expand our capacity to think strategically. That has m ... ade us better leaders. He is one of the best business advisors I have worked with, along with a true leaders who cultivates leadership in others
Don Schmincke
We worked together  •  Co-Founder, Chief Learning Officer, CreativeIQ and Board Member, Bulkley Capital. Massachusetts Institute of Technology grad.
Very experienced and impactful to numbers of CEOs we've worked with.

Tony Mayo
Top Executive Coach. University of Chicago Booth grad. Founded tech company at age 21, sold at 26. Repeat Tech founder. Sales expert.
Tony is centered, focused and passionate about helping people succeed!

Andrew Buerger
Co-Founder, B'more Organic and Founder, Jodi's Climb for Hope.
Andy Buerger is a passionate, high-energy, mission driven entrepreneur who knows what it means to survive and thrive in any situation. His ... company, B'More Organic is something he conceived, created and brought to reality by directing all that passion and energy into a terrific mission. He's a great example of doing whatever it takes to make it happen as an entrepreneur...from working on the 'plant floor' to making personal deliveries to stores...all while being the visionary and energy source for realizing his dream!

Terry Slinde
We worked together  •  Master Group Chair, CEOdyne Senior Executive Roundtables and Birkman consultant, Birkman International.
Terry Slinde and his CEODyne Peer Advisory Group brings the full weight of his experience on the qualitative 'softer side' plus his growing ... expertise with the quantitative side to each of his Group Members. His skills are formidable...what's even more important is how much he deeply cares about each of his Peer Advisory Group Members. It's something he demonstrates in every meeting, every conversation.

Stephen Lovell
President and CEO, US Valve LLC. Previously President and CEO, GEA PHE Systems North America.

Carol Coughlin
We worked together  •  Founder/Growth Advisor to Entrepreneurs, BottomLine Growth Strategies; Board of Directors- Advisory, Public, Private and Non-profits
Carol is an insightful professional who brings passion and energy to every situation where she's involved. As Chairwoman of a publicly held ... bank board, she's provided leadership and governance discipline that is making a significant continuing contribution to the institution.