Founder & CEO
Ben Bateman, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sportsmen For Warriors, is a Veteran of the United States Army. After graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point, Ben served for eight-and-a-half years as a Commissioned Officer initially as an Infantry Officer, and then after being selected serving as a Special Forces officer, "Green Beret." Ben is married to Cresta, also a West Point graduate and Army Combat Veteran, and they have three beautiful children.
Ben gained extensive leadership and combat experience while serving on combat tours in support of Operation Iraq Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. After deciding to leave the military, Ben faced many of the hardships that most Warriors face after leaving the service experience in trying to gain employment. After eight months of searching, Ben finally landed a job at Goldman Sachs in Salt Lake City, Utah.
While working at Goldman Sachs, Ben realized that the Warrior community needed an organization committed to tackling the problems our Warriors face. Ben left Goldman after a year, and since October 2014 has been working full time to expand the capabilities and capacities of Sportsmen For Warriors. He and his family are fully dedicated to honoring and serving our Warriors.
Ben holds a BS in Economics from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He received the Army's Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal with "Valor" device and the Army Achievement Medal for his service. Ben also earned the Special Forces tab, Ranger tab and Combat Infantryman Badge, along with several other badges, medals, and foreign devices.