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As a Colorado Native, Ben gained an appreciation for fly fishing at an early age. After graduating from Brown University, Ben first stepped in the industry as a professional fly fishing guide in the Vail Valley. Shortly thereafter Ben started his career with Fishpond. Initially, he started out assisting his current business partner, John Le Coq, with design and business development. In 2012, the Kurtz family joined Fishpond with Ben as the President. He has been an integral part of the company earning its certification as a B Corporation and, among other positive business practices, making good on their commitment to move all of their products over to recycled materials, developing a material called Cyclepond. Ben chairs the AFFTA Grant Committee which oversees the Fisheries Fund.