As a Colorado Native, Ben gained an appreciation for fly fishing at an early age. After graduating from Brown University, Ben first stepped in the industry as a professional fly fishing guide in the Vail Valley. Shortly thereafter Ben started his career with Fishpond. Initially, Kurtz started out assisting his current business partner, John Le Coq, with design and business development. In 2012, the Kurtz family joined Fishpond as equal partners with John Le Coq.