Ben Hershey is a dynamic executive leader with over 40 years of experience in structural wood/metal manufacturing, green products, and automotive aftermarket distribution. His experience has been in both public and private companies with a regional and national presence.
Ben Hershey is the owner of 4Ward Solutions Group of Companies, including; 4Ward Consulting Group, 4Ward Design & Labor Solutions, Innovative Offsite, and Moducore. Their team of business solution providers and technical designers have more than 250 years of experience in the offsite industry, including structural wood and metal manufacturing, modular/volumetric, lumber, and building material distribution. He has spent most of his career in the offsite industry. Ben’s experience has been in both public and private companies with both regional and national presence as both an owner and operator of numerous companies, including six component/modular and one glu-laminated company.
Since starting 4Ward, he has worked with numerous groups of companies helping them to expand, increase efficiency, start new businesses, and mentor new managers in our industry, among many other activities. In addition, Ben has worked with several investors from inside and outside the building industry to start new companies or to introduce new building products to the market. Much of the exciting work that 4Ward gets to help companies with is using much of the business intelligence they have to advance new technologies and processes that are new to many companies and groups. Their team is at the forefront of new technologies and working with companies to bring new building techniques to market.
Ben has been very involved in various associations, including leadership roles. He served as President of the Structural Building Components Association (WTCA) and as the founding President of the Arizona Industries of the Future. Ben served SBCA during a challenging downturn in the housing market and guided the association through member service reductions while at the same time working to increase the role of the SBC Research Institute. His other leadership roles included committee chairmanships in both associations and the Arizona Governors Forest Health Committee. He currently serves on several Board of Directors and Boards of Trustees.
Ben and his wife, Dianne, live in Stanwood, WA, and are active in their local community. Ben attended Bradley University and Arizona State University. Ben plays the piano in his spare time as he has since he was 6 years old.