Joe Kannapell, Retired SVP and shareholder, MiTek Industries
I’ve had the distinct privilege to work with Ben Hershey through much of his progression from component business owner/operator to trusted consultant. I’ve directly observed the candid and results-oriented counsel that he has provided top business leaders. And I’ve seen him successfully transcend challenging environments with the highest degree of professionalism and aplomb. Ben Hershey and the 4Ward Solutions Team are far-and-away the top independent component industry resource. You can count on Ben.
Ethan Fernhaber, CEO, VoluMod
4Ward has been a game-changer in the launch of our volumetric modular factory. Their passion, vision, and agility helped to convert a concept into a reality! I am so thankful we decided to engage them in the process.
Steve Shrader, VP Business Development, Hundegger USA
“Ben and I worked together at various times throughout Ben’s impressive career from Alliance TruTrus, where he actually Managed day-to-day business operations, to SBCA and to 4Ward Consulting.
Ben is a fount of information about the latest technology, competitive strategies and creative ways to turn current operations into opportunities. Ben is a talented, hard-working and a joy to collaborate with. He’s a top-notch consultant and a wise businessperson who I’d recommend without hesitation.”
David Phillips, Director of Business Development at Kemin Human Nutrition and Health
“Ben is a trusted advisor with a deep knowledge of the building components industry. Ben can develop a product from concept to launch, evaluate the feasibility, and design and monitor the testing. If he has never worked with a particular product set, he has all the industry contacts to get the answers needed to do the job right the first time. He is also fun to work with, which is an added bonus when you are simply expecting expertise. It is for these reasons that I continue to work with Ben.”
Randy Goruk, 360 Leadership Coach / Speaker
“Over the years, I have come to admire the way Ben has led and managed his business. He consistently demonstrates the highest level of integrity, with attention to technical precision and quality. It’s because of these characteristics that Ben has earned the respect of his team and the industry.
Ben’s leadership is solid … the industry could use more Ben Hershey’s.”
John Chipman Dean-President, Component Runner, LLC – Building Modeling Services
“Ben and I have worked mostly on SBC industry related activities, but I have known Ben for many years. I have come to know and appreciate Ben’s servant leader approach to leadership. In Jim Collin’s book “Good to Great” he talks about Level 5 leaders and I can honestly say that Ben is one.”
Mike Momb, Technical Director at Hansen Pole Buildings, LLC
“I met Ben through our involvement with the Machine Stress Rated Lumber Producers Council (MSRLPC). Ben had the foresight to take a product which was being poorly distributed (glu-laminated columns for post frame buildings) and not readily available in most markets, manufacture them using under utilized species which was readily available near his facility, and manufacture columns.”
Kirk Grundahl, Owner, Qualtim, Inc.
“Ben has been a friend for the last 20 years. He is committed to the improvement of the structural building components industry and the time he devoted to serving as president of SBCA, the industry’s trade association, has been very valuable. He has great experience in all facets of business operations, including operational management, financial management, sales leadership, personnel development, marketing and strategic planning.”