In his tenth year with Penrose, Ben points to his role in bringing the team through the 2008-2009 financial crisis, and ending up stronger because of it, as a professional high point.
Famously late, Ben has the self-awareness and wit to claim that his personal mantra is, ‘Try not to be late’. Reflecting on this intrinsic irony, Ben has a personal Plan B, which drives his approach to business:
“Relax, look around and make a call”
…Well, if it works for the Navy Seals…
Not many people know about Ben’s self-proclaimed ‘obsession’ with Thomas Jefferson. He even named his son Hank Thomas Rosenthal. When you know Ben, it’s reasonable to suggest that his close affinity with Jefferson may well be that they’re both successful polymaths with a strong desire to do good for others.