Hosts: Mike Ogle and Rodney Apple
In This Episode:
We talk with Ben Cook, Managing Director of Reliability and Maintenance Engineering at the commercial real estate company CBRE. Ben shares his career journey through companies such as Apple, Home Depot, and Kimberly Clark. Ben shared his thoughts on the value of doing analytical work as part of your career, making sure you understand the real problem prior to finding solutions, learning how to lead rather than dictate solutions, how to build alliances, and knowing what is in a solution for all stakeholders. He also discusses his days working for startups, lessons learned about developing critical soft skills, learning how to negotiate, and understanding finance as a way to advance. He sees far more need for holistic thinking, teamwork, data skills, transparency, and the ability to make decisions faster to meet quickly changing customer needs. Plus, Ben shares his passion for developing talent.
Ben Cook’s Bio:
Ben Cook is Managing Director, Reliability and Maintenance Engineering (RME), Amazon Account at CBRE. He is a hands-on, people-focused leader and board member with senior leadership roles at six Fortune 150 companies including Apple, The Home Depot, Kimberly-Clark, and three startup ventures. He has over 20 years of leadership experience with a focus on leading startups, driving turnaround efforts, and investing in global expansion. His passion is shaping strong values based cultures where high-performing teams master change and execute the vision for the next phase of the company’s life. Ben is also a US Army Special Operations veteran and is an avid outdoorsman and adventurer.
Ben is an avid learner who holds a BS in International Business from Auburn University, an MBA with a focus on Supply Chain Management from the University of Tennessee, and multiple leadership and coaching certifications from The Wharton School, Harvard Business School and the Center for Creative Leadership.