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Benjamin E. Blank (“Ben”) is the founder of B.E. Blank & Company, a socially responsible investment firm that provides working capital to stakeholder-centric law firms that are values-aligned. Prior to founding B.E. Blank & Company, he was a partner, senior investment team member, and Chief Compliance Officer of Virage Capital Management LP (“Virage”), a hedge fund managing more than $675 million across multiple litigation finance strategies. During his tenure at Virage, Ben became the youngest partner in the firm’s history and led the investment team’s due diligence, valuation, investment analysis, and transaction structuring for more than 170 transactions totaling more than $580 million. Prior to joining Virage, Ben was a member of the private equity investment team at Satori Capital (“Satori”), a multi-strategy investment firm founded on the tenets of sustainability and conscious capitalism that currently manages more than $600 million in AUM. While at Satori, he was responsible for investment sourcing, due diligence, valuation, and monitoring portfolio investments across several industry verticals in addition to serving as Director of Regulatory Compliance for the firm’s private equity and fund of funds strategies.
Following September 11, 2001, Ben volunteered to join the military and served as a Naval Officer for five years before joining Satori Capital. Ben began his naval service onboard USS Mobile Bay, an Aegis guided-missile cruiser deployed to the Western Pacific, where he served as Helicopter Control Officer and a Division Officer that led a 40-person division, the largest onboard, that managed payroll, inventory, food service, retail, finance, and accounting functions. In 2008, when the Pentagon requested volunteers from the Navy to support Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, Ben volunteered to deploy with Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix, which mentored the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police Force. While forward deployed in Afghanistan, Ben was responsible for designing and implementing the force structure and equipment requirements of the second largest task force in Afghanistan, as well as procurement and oversight of more than $1 billion of task force equipment. For his service in Afghanistan as a logistics officer and combat firefighter, Ben was awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the third-highest award bestowed by the Department of Defense.
During college, Ben worked for six months in the Office of the Senior Advisor at the White House, and was sworn into the Navy during a White House ceremony in the Indian Treaty Room. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Naval Graduate award for graduating at the top of his Naval Officers Candidate School class, and holds a B.B.A. in finance, cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame, an M.Sc. in accounting, with merit, from the London School of Economics, and a juris doctor from the SMU Dedman School of Law.