You are cordially invited to join us for a DEC Premier Event

Memorial Tournament Hospitality House on the 18th Hole

Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 11:00 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Featuring Ben Blanquera as he discusses Collaboration

Vice President, Delivery and Experience at the Columbus Collaboratory

Join Ben as he discusses how collaboration is an ever-growing and important vehicle for empowering the amazing growth Columbus is currently experiencing.  He will focus on some of the many types of collaboration that we are seeing among thought leaders and catalysts in Columbus today: supporting the success of startups in entrepreneur centers, working towards the greater good through social entrepreneurship, large companies working side-by-side towards common goals, and communities helping one another. The end goal would be to understand how collaboration is our home town’s effective growth tool and how we can each be part of this dynamic movement.


This invitation-only event is our way of thanking you for your valued partnership as a DEC community member. Prior to and following our program, which begins at 11:30 a.m., you’re welcome to take in the practice round on the championship course as professional golfers gear up for the start of the Memorial Tournament. There are a limited number of passes available (at no charge), however, you must reserve your pass ahead of time. For day passes, sponsorship opportunities and Thursday-Sunday Tournament packages, please contact Chaz Freutel at

Guests will enjoy a catered event, including food and both non and alcoholic beverages, while observing the displays of our co-sponsors, networking and wandering out onto the open yard of the 18th green. 


8 a.m. – Shuttle commences for our sponsors and holders of golf passes

7:30 a.m. – Nationwide Invitational at the Memorial – Official Pro-Am

11:30 a.m. – DEC Premier Event featuring Ben Blanquera (lunch included)

3 p.m. – Ceremony for Memorial Honoree Johnny Miller (Driving Range)

4:30 p.m. – Jack Nicklaus Golf Clinic  (Driving Range)

6:30 p.m. – Last shuttle 
Parking – Shuttles: 
Vita Fitness Corazon


Transportation Vans leave from: 7155 Corazon Drive, Dublin, Ohio 43016

– From I-270, take exit 17B toward Marysville

– Go 2.4 miles, exit at Post Road (Plain City exit)

– Turn right at bottom of ramp onto Post Road

– Go Approx. 100 yds. – Turn left onto Hyland-Croy Road

– Go 1.5 mile and turn right on Corazon Drive

– Turn right into Corazon parking lot

– Shuttles run continuously



5/3 Bank, Buffalo Wild Wings, Sequent, Plante Moran, Carlile Patchen & Murphy,  

Oakland Nursery Interiorscapes, People’s Bank, Social Boomerang, Get-U-Connected,  TechLife Columbus, Carfagnini Catering,

City of Dublin, Metro Data Center, Rev1 Ventures, Net Advertising, Merrill Lynch – The Simonton-Hanosek-Mangum Team


About Ben Blanquera

Ben Blanquera is husband, dad, thought leader, entrepreneur, geek, wanna-be-jock and unabashed advocate for technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

Ben is VP of Delivery and Experience for the Columbus Collaboratory. Columbus Collaboratory is an ecosystem of founding member companies and strategic partners focused on rapid innovation that deliver business impact in the areas of advanced analytics and cyber security.

Senior leadership roles previously held by Ben include VP of Growth Hacking for Pillar Technology, VP of IS for Progressive Medical, Director of the Columbus Technology Council, and Director at Owens Corning.

Ben is a frequent conference speaker on a wide range of topics including project management, enterprise agile, entrepreneurship and lean startup. Teams that Ben has lead have won numerous industry recognitions such as: Computerworld 100 Best Places To Work, InformationWeek 500, and TechColumbus Innovation Awards. Additionally Ben has been named by Computer World to its Premiere100 list of top IT leaders nationwide.

As a community leader Ben founded TechLife Columbus, and is the curator of the Columbus Startup Digest. Ben resides in Dublin with his wife Sandy, where they raised their 4 daughters.