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Updated: August 5, 2019 / 2019 40 Under Forty Awards Honorees

Ben Roberts

Photo | J. Fiereck Photography Ben Roberts


Creative Director, Ryan Marketing

Age: 39

No. of years with current company: 7

Town where I live: West Hartford

Town where I work: West Hartford

College: Central Connecticut State University

Highest Degree: Bachelor’s degree in graphic and information design

Who is your favorite Superhero? Ironman

Ben Roberts is the creative director for Ryan Marketing, a fully integrated marketing firm in West Hartford. Roberts graduated from CCSU with a bachelor’s degree in graphic and information design, all while working full time as a business owner and home renovation professional. He quickly hit the ground running in the design world right out of college and worked for two Connecticut marketing agencies before joining Ryan Marketing in 2012.

What’s been your biggest professional accomplishment so far in your career?

As a creative director, I have helped design and develop brands for numerous businesses from small local start-ups to well established, globally recognized companies. I know the importance of having a great marketing team behind your brand, and leading that team is something I am incredibly proud of.

How are you involved in the community?

In 2014 and 2015 I organized a golf tournament for SIDS research. A portion of the funds were donated to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Since then, I’ve shifted my philanthropic efforts to ALS and created a golf tournament called the It’s O’Kay Classic, named after my mother, Kay, who lost her battle with ALS in 2017.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I love to spend time with my wife Megan and our really long dog Gus (Follow him — @GusOnTheGram). I also enjoy playing golf, woodworking, and fixing up houses.

Four reasons why you deserve to be a 40 Under Forty:

• I produce quality creative marketing campaigns for 40-plus clients on a yearly basis.

• I have helped strategically grow Ryan Marketing from four employees to 12.

• I help spearhead golf tournaments to raise funds for causes that mean the world to me and my family.

• My creative work is award winning, including Connecticut Art Directors Club and Davey awards.

Fun Fact

I’m terrified of squirrels and my dog Gus is the longest dog you’ll ever see.

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