Lunch with a Leader – Ben Bucher

Not long ago, Jere emailed this…

Have you ever met someone that just made you feel better immediately?  My time with Ben Bucher from Allstate did just that.   Ben and I met at Klemm’s for breakfast, and he is one of the most encouraging men I have met since moving back to Fort Wayne.

Ben has leadership written all over him.  His strong desire for mentorship runs deep in his veins.  He shared with me that when he worked in Ohio, he was a part of a great mentoring program through his work there.  I can easily see where Ben would be a great mentor and even looking to be mentored as well.  He is still new to the Fort Wayne area and is building his network which is why First Friday’s has been an important monthly event for him.

Ben had so many questions about First Friday’s but also gave many great ideas and suggestions moving forward.  I look forward to getting to know Ben more and getting him more involved with our First Friday’s events.  

If you are looking for a great connection reach out to Ben on LinkedIn or come see him at a First Friday’s event in the future.  Here is Ben’s LinkedIn profile page:


Register Today for November’s Event

First Fridays happens again on November 2 on the campus of Indiana Wesleyan University, Fort Wayne campus.  We are excited to hear from Matt Konkler as he talks about leadership, stress, and preparedness.  To register for this free event, click on the image below:


November 2 First Fridays – Leadership Under Stress

Leaders face stress all the time. How do you navigate through difficult times?

Come hear Matt Konkler share his insights in his years of service with the Defense Department. Matt has directly served President George W. Bush, Secretaries Rumsfeld and Gates, and Vice President Pence.

Click on the image above to register today.

Job Hunters

Are you or someone you know looking for a new career? Do you know a young person seeking an internship?

There is a great resource right here in NE Indiana. It is brought to you by the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership.

Click on this link to start your search today:

November 2 Registration is Open!

Registration for the next First Friday his is now open. You can follow this link to reserve your spot now. Consider inviting a friend/colleague next month. Especially if they have served in the military.

Free Registration for November 2

Matt has served some of the highest officials in our nation and will be sharing what he has learned about leadership, stress, and preparation. Matt lives here in NE Indiana, and this will be a unique perspective or all of us to hear.

Your Feedback is Needed!

Next month will be the 1 year anniversary of the 1st First Friday leadership forum. Details on that event will be posted here soon.

feedbackWe would like your feedback.  Using the comment section on this site, please share 1-word responses as to how you would describe First Fridays Fort Wayne.  You can share as many as you wish.

Thank you for your encouragement, support, and participation in this venture.  We look forward to serving the leaders of NE Indiana in the months to come.