SUGAR DADDY – Ben grew up an army brat. He was born in Fort Hood, Texas, and competitive team sports were central to his childhood. Eventually his years of dedication to athletics pushed him to a higher echelon – playing defensive back at the University of Tennessee. Although Ben in some ways shares Lombardi’s desire to “leave every fiber of what you have on that field when the game finally ends,” he goes a little easier on his current players as a T-ball volunteer coach and director for Fossil Park Youth Baseball. In contrast to the dynamic Lombardi was able to create as an NFL coach, Ben says, “Put ten 4-to-6-year-olds in a dugout, and it’s more like herding cats.”
Set your jock stereotypes aside, though, because Ben is also a computer geek and a technology freak. According to his wife Sarah, who provides applied behavioral analysis acumen for Cyberlicious, Ben is the genius behind the company (whereas he would argue that it is her).
Why might Sarah think that Ben is so darn… competent (and magical)? Ben’s training helps to explain why Cyberlicious is not just a marketing company but a business intelligence company. He has an electrical and computing engineering technology (ECET) degree, graduating at the top of his class. Ben is not just “book smart” at these topics but has extensive experience in integration, database management, application development, networking, and hardware support.
Beyond his capabilities and accreditations as a technologist, Ben is an accomplished marketer. His aptitude and vision in that latter arena, along with his community focus, are conveyed through his role as a Marketing Executive for the St. Pete Chamber of Commerce.
Also note that Ben is a video game fanatic, adrenaline junkie, and the official Instigator of Adventure (and Sometimes Trouble) for his two awesome kids!
SUGAR MAMA – Sarah is a native Floridian, born and raised in Miami, so let her know if you need someone to show you the ropes. She enjoys salty beach air, a drink with an umbrella in it, hunting for seashells, paddle-boarding, and play dates with moms who like a good glass of wine. Sarah is the unofficial Miami Hurricanes #1 fan. A football enthusiast, she bleeds orange and green during the fall – which does make it difficult for her to give blood. However, there are other ways that she has made an impact. Sarah moved to the Sunset Side of the bridge (St. Pete) from Tampa in 2007. She is an animal lover, an equestrian and dog trainer. The two labs that she “manages” have entered agility, flyball, obedience, and rally competitions.
Sarah’s academic background provides a completely different perspective on how to approach, and carefully target and refine, online business. She holds degrees from two Florida schools, one in Communication Sciences and Disorders (UF, BA) and another in Speech-Language Pathology (USF, MS). According to her husband Ben, who provides technology and business insight for Cyberlicious, Sarah is the genius behind the company (whereas she would argue that it is him).
Why would Ben be so convinced that Sarah is so darn… skilled (and celestial)? Sarah draws a lot of her ideas from her advanced training and experience in applied behavioral analysis. Her specialty is the application of behavioral principles to day-to-day scenarios. She knows how to increase or decrease targeted actions. Hm, can’t imagine how that might be useful…
Sarah is not just a cognitive behavioral analyst and executive but a giver, loving to help others. She has been able to make an impact through her role as a speech-language pathologist (SLP). As a licensed SLP, Sarah worked with medically fragile children and adults. On the business community front, Sarah’s “social-butterfly” personality is perfect for her position as a St. Pete Chamber Awesome Ambassador.
Also note that Sarah is the mother of two sweet and very sassy children. Her personal slogan for that critical Cyberlicious side-project is, “Lord help me!”
CANDY CREATOR – Kent grew up in a couple of those states in the middle that begin and end with vowels. During his 20s, he contracted location ADHD, with interstate moves from Providence to New York to Gainesville to New York to Austin to New York to Indiana to Dallas, before finally landing in St. Pete. Notably Kent stayed here for seven whole years before moving to Austin to Los Angeles to Austin, and finally up to Minneapolis. He now regularly spends time in St. Pete but is Minnesota-based, because he likes breathing on his fingers to avoid frostbite during subzero temperatures.
Raised in a family union between professors and lawyers, Kent has always been drawn to gleaning the truth; but his passion has always been for the arts. He graduated from Brown University with a degree in acting. He was also the editor-in-chief of the school’s humor magazine. Kent went on to become a contributor to The Onion and The New York Times, and co-authored a book for Random House.
Glitz and glamor? Nay. During this time, Kent supplemented his income by working at a temp job in the Empire State Building, at a video store and movie theater, and finally, as a salesperson for St. Pete businesses including Rogers Cleaners and The SSL Store. Eventually he studied for a master’s degree in English Lit from USF St. Pete, left sales, and became a freelance writer – soon forming an alliance with Ben and Sarah.
The value that Kent now has with Cyberlicious is five years of content writing experience, producing blog articles (more than 5000), FAQs, e-books, service pages, and press releases for a broad range of industries.
Kent’s St. Pete community involvement has included volunteering with a homeless charity. He loves spending time with his son.