Ben VandenWymelenberg

Ben VW, founder of WOODCHUCK USA, on Bringing Manufacturing back to America, and People back to Nature


Ben is an entrepreneur, designer, speaker, and extreme adventure enthusiast.

Ben is dedicated to bringing jobs back to America through creating brands that source USA-made products, and understand the long term economic benefits to re-building the American economy.

Ben is the Founder and CEO of WOODCHUCK, a USA made brand he took from concept to Big Box retail shelves in one year. This international brand has gained attention from sources such as the; Business Upstart Journal, LA Times, and the Wall Street Journal. WOODCHUCK USA plants a tree for every product they sell, and is on track to have planted over half a million trees by 2017.

He is the Co-Founder of NORTH Co-working. A Co-working facility in Minneapolis which supports and promotes entrepreneurs throughout the midwest.

Ben is also the Founder of WORKBENCH STUDIOS, an agency specializing in building USA Made Brands that are e-commerce based. Clients range from startup to big box and mass market.

He speaks at events such as the National CEO conference on topics in Manufacturing, Entrepreneurship, Green Design and was one of this years "40 under 40” entrepreneurs, Minnesota Cup- General Division Winners, MN’s REAL POWER 50, and also "32 under 32” by the MN Ad Federation.

If you’re looking to go fly planes, jump off cliffs, race motorcycles, camp, and then talk business strategy; this is your guy.


Teaser 1: On How to Make an Impact in the World


Teaser 2: On why mentorship is crucial to individual and business success.‬