Ben was born and raised in Nome, Alaska. Growing up in Nome meant Ben and brother Russell learned to love and appreciate the great outdoors. Spare moments were filled with flying, fishing, dog mushing, skiing, and snowboarding.
Ben is an Airline Transport rated pilot, as well as a Flight Instructor, and he flies for a living when he’s not guiding fishermen or skiers. He is proficient in fixed wing, rotor wing, ski and float flying, tailwheel and multi engine prop and jet aircraft. He not only has extensive knowledge of the Seward Peninsula from a birds-eye view, but has also traveled much of it in boats and on snowmobiles. Ben worked three summers for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game as a Fisheries Technician, primarily on salmon spawning projects. He is a certified Alaska freshwater fishing guide, first aid responder, rescue diver, and trained in avalanche avoidance and rescue.
Adventurous by nature, he always has to know what’s around the next bend, whether it be a new place to fish or a first descent on skis. Ben enjoys exploring new territory and sharing flying, fishing, skiing, and his Alaskan backyard with others.