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Never let reality get in the way of a perfectly good theory.

- Bill Jetzer

Who is Benjamin Barlow?

I am Benjamin Barlow, a multi-faceted Business Analyst living in Madison, Wisconsin. I have a wide variety of skills and hobbies that range from photography to web development. The favorite pastime has been (and probably always will be) theatre. For the four (and a half) years I spent studying Mathematics at UW-Platteville, I participated in 20 productions. Almost one production every 80 days for 54 straight months.

After graduating in December 2010, I moved out to Washington, DC to look for a career and to spend time with my two older sisters. It didn’t take too long to be offered a position as a Quality Assurance Analyst, but it did take them a month after the offer to let me know that they eliminated the need for the position. With not enjoying the concrete jungle of the east coast metropolis, I started to apply for jobs back in Wisconsin.

Shortly after that, I was offered and accepted a Business Analyst position with Logistics Health Inc. (LHI) in La Crosse. It was an amazing opportunity and a terrific learning experience. Before this, I had been very intimidated by software development. My dad, a developer, did nothing to help this as he talked very abstractly about technology and how software works. After a few weeks at LHI however, I started to embrace a fascination in coding. I learned HTML/CSS/SQL/JavaScript while in La Crosse. This website was coded from the ground up given a boilerplate CSS file and stripped down WordPress php files. It is one of my favorite accomplishments.

I moved to Madison in April 2013 and have fallen in love with the city. There is no better city in my mind! The sophisticated culture in such a small footprint is by far the most appealing aspect. And in mid-summer 2014, I accepted a position as a Business Analyst with SVA Consulting. I could not have possibly hoped for a better opportunity in an industry that suits me so very well.