Mr. Benson has been a director of the Science Center since 2014. He currently serves as President & CEO of Big Edge Advisors, LLC, a firm focused on IT strategy and digital transformation. Prior to that, Mr. Benson served as Managing Director and Chief Information Officer for PFM, which includes PFM Asset Management LLC, Public Financial Management, Inc. and PFM Financial Advisors LLC.
Mr. Benson has worked in the IT field for more than 25 years. Prior to joining PFM, he spent six years in the Global Technology Services division for State Street Corporation, where he served as Vice President. In that role, he managed a full-service IT organization, which served the mutual fund accounting and administration services organization, supporting over $250 billion in assets under management for BlackRock. Prior to joining State Street, Mr. Benson spent six years in management consulting at Deloitte, rising to the level of Senior Manager. While at Deloitte, he worked with clients in the Public Sector, Financial Services, Healthcare, and Manufacturing industries, providing systems integration, project and program management, strategy, and business process reengineering services.
Mr. Benson was raised in an urban community in Queens, NY. He was an entrepreneur early in his career, founding an industrial work clothing company that served midsize to large businesses throughout New York City. For several years, Mr. Benson provided entrepreneurship training and mentoring to youth in the central New Jersey region. Mr. Benson does public speaking based on a youth-oriented model he developed entitled “Seeds and Seasons,” which is designed to provide youth with a practical framework for achieving success.
He serves on the Board of Managers of The Philadelphia Foundation, and received the 2011 Philadelphia Business Journal Minority Business Leader Award.
Mr. Benson received a B.B.A. from Baruch College and an M.B.A. from the NYU Stern School of Business.