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Ben Ritchey, PMP

Principal, Client Service Leader & Project Manager

Ben Ritchey has been on the front lines of transportation research for more than 30 years, focusing on solving operational issues and assessing and implementing new technologies. Currently serving as CDM Smith’s client service leader for the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), Ben boasts extensive project management experience working on large, highly visible Federal Highway Administration and USDOT studies, as well as transportation policy development projects. Some of the projects he is most proud of include two Amtrak studies and two comprehensive truck size and weight studies for the USDOT, as well as the first-ever USDOT Smart City Challenge, for which he helped the city of Columbus define its winning vision and bid.

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Moving freight in cities poses multiple environmental challenges that technology could solve.

Years at CDM Smith
Years in Industry
Completed Projects

Which one of CDM Smith’s core values do you identify with most and why? Initiative. CDM Smith encourages its staff to tackle emerging infrastructure challenges head on. When you add to that the firm’s broad set of technical skills, we’re able to create truly innovative solutions for our clients. That diversity of expertise also opens many opportunities for collaboration. For example, our transportation staff can work closely with our water experts to solve a high-level challenge like infrastructure resiliency.

What inspires you? The advancement we’re seeing in transportation technologies. The adoption and deployment of emerging technologies by public and private sectors will improve mobility, safety and productivity.

What does “listen. think. deliver.” mean to you? When you listen and think, you have the opportunity to deliver a successful outcome to the client. Too often in our business, the first and second steps are overshadowed with too much talking and not enough listening.

What’s your personal motto? Do not be fearful of professional challenges, and use your imagination in developing strategies and solutions.

What are your three non-work passions? Fly fishing, watching college football and visiting national parks.

Why CDM Smith? It’s a company where you can work on interesting, challenging, high-profile projects that have a positive impact on clients and communities. CDM Smith is filled with great people who phave a lot to offer and the depth of resources makes it all the more fun to tackle big, complex challenges.

  

What’s your favorite part of your job? Seeing our teams do excellent work that results in clients coming back to us for help with their next challenge. I love witnessing that positive reinforcement and synergy build with each assignment.


What’s something you enjoy doing on your day off? Going on a hard bike ride with friends in the morning and then puttering around the yard for the rest of the day. I’d cap it off with a great dinner or evening on the beach.

 

What’s something that people might be surprised to know about you? I was once an avid competitive sailor and competed in the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials.

 
Why CDM Smith? It’s a company where you can work on interesting, challenging, high-profile projects that have a positive impact on clients and communities. CDM Smith is filled with great people who phave a lot to offer and the depth of resources makes it all the more fun to tackle big, complex challenges.

  

What’s your favorite part of your job? Seeing our teams do excellent work that results in clients coming back to us for help with their next challenge. I love witnessing that positive reinforcement and synergy build with each assignment.


What’s something you enjoy doing on your day off? Going on a hard bike ride with friends in the morning and then puttering around the yard for the rest of the day. I’d cap it off with a great dinner or evening on the beach.

 

What’s something that people might be surprised to know about you? I was once an avid competitive sailor and competed in the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials.

 
Why CDM Smith? It’s a company where you can work on interesting, challenging, high-profile projects that have a positive impact on clients and communities. CDM Smith is filled with great people who phave a lot to offer and the depth of resources makes it all the more fun to tackle big, complex challenges.

  

What’s your favorite part of your job? Seeing our teams do excellent work that results in clients coming back to us for help with their next challenge. I love witnessing that positive reinforcement and synergy build with each assignment.


What’s something you enjoy doing on your day off? Going on a hard bike ride with friends in the morning and then puttering around the yard for the rest of the day. I’d cap it off with a great dinner or evening on the beach.

 

What’s something that people might be surprised to know about you? I was once an avid competitive sailor and competed in the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials.

 
Why CDM Smith? It’s a company where you can work on interesting, challenging, high-profile projects that have a positive impact on clients and communities. CDM Smith is filled with great people who phave a lot to offer and the depth of resources makes it all the more fun to tackle big, complex challenges.

  

What’s your favorite part of your job? Seeing our teams do excellent work that results in clients coming back to us for help with their next challenge. I love witnessing that positive reinforcement and synergy build with each assignment.


What’s something you enjoy doing on your day off? Going on a hard bike ride with friends in the morning and then puttering around the yard for the rest of the day. I’d cap it off with a great dinner or evening on the beach.

 

What’s something that people might be surprised to know about you? I was once an avid competitive sailor and competed in the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials.

 
Why CDM Smith? It’s a company where you can work on interesting, challenging, high-profile projects that have a positive impact on clients and communities. CDM Smith is filled with great people who phave a lot to offer and the depth of resources makes it all the more fun to tackle big, complex challenges.

  

What’s your favorite part of your job? Seeing our teams do excellent work that results in clients coming back to us for help with their next challenge. I love witnessing that positive reinforcement and synergy build with each assignment.


What’s something you enjoy doing on your day off? Going on a hard bike ride with friends in the morning and then puttering around the yard for the rest of the day. I’d cap it off with a great dinner or evening on the beach.

 

What’s something that people might be surprised to know about you? I was once an avid competitive sailor and competed in the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials.

 
Why CDM Smith? It’s a company where you can work on interesting, challenging, high-profile projects that have a positive impact on clients and communities. CDM Smith is filled with great people who phave a lot to offer and the depth of resources makes it all the more fun to tackle big, complex challenges.

  

What’s your favorite part of your job? Seeing our teams do excellent work that results in clients coming back to us for help with their next challenge. I love witnessing that positive reinforcement and synergy build with each assignment.


What’s something you enjoy doing on your day off? Going on a hard bike ride with friends in the morning and then puttering around the yard for the rest of the day. I’d cap it off with a great dinner or evening on the beach.

 

What’s something that people might be surprised to know about you? I was once an avid competitive sailor and competed in the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials.

 
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Ben was part of the team that helped Columbus, Ohio, craft its winning vision and bid for the first-ever USDOT Smart City Challenge.

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