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Ben Swartz

Founder and CEO

Ben Swartz

The CEO of Marcel Digital, Ben is known for finding talent and letting it thrive. He sharpened his digital marketing skills at AOL Time Warner during their heyday before launching Marcel Digital on his birthday in 2003. He received his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business to compliment his Marketing degree from The Ohio State University.

Ben is passionate about several organizations including Chicago Lights Internship Program (Marcel has been a participant for over 10 years), JUF (Marketing and Communications Board), and University of Chicago Social Enterprise Executive Coaching. Currently Ben serves as Chairman of the Board of StreetWise, empowering Chicago's homeless population with the dignity of work. 

Ben enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters. If he is not at Marcel or with his family, you can find him cooking, traveling, or practicing Ving Tsun Kung Fu.

Favorite Vacation Spot
Buenos Aires
Favorite Beverage
Favorite TV Show
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Eating Challenge Food
I welcome all challenges
Hidden Talent
Weird Fact
Both second toes point outward
Fun Fact
I know the words to every Frozen song. Actually, that is not fun. It is torture.
Something You Hate
Lazy Thinking
Favorite Pastime
Cigar and whiskey
Favorite Restaurant
Erie Cafe
Favorite Michael McDonald Song
This is what I get for suggesting clever bio questions
First Concert
Michael Jackson
Favorite Nicolas Cage Movie
Leaving Las Vegas
Most Famous Celebrity Met
Billy Corgan