Ben SullivanDirector of Communications
What I do here:
I create and manage the production of the media and the videos on the Knowledge Center.
Why I love my job:
I enjoy using media to communicate ideas and information in compelling ways that make us think about things in different ways than we’re used to and maybe even feel inspired and encouraged.
I started off my professional career in AV production. I served as the Media Director at a large church in Denver. From there, I went on to WorldVenture, an international mission agency based in Littleton, CO. I was a project manager in Marketing Communications, and I produced a weekly radio show and helped produce a documentary in Uganda, Africa. Later, I went back to my roots as the Director of Communications for the Sanctuary Downtown. There I was in charge of the web presence, designing and developing several websites. I also built and maintained a multi-camera video system as well as a complex AVL system retrofitted into a 1800’s church in the Highlands neighborhood of Denver. We produced and published a weekly video and podcast. After that, I decided to try my hand in the corporate world working as a Digital Marketing Specialist for ION Geophysical, a seismic technology company based in Houston. I was involved in numerous projects and initiatives including web design and development, app development for mobile devices, video production, including a quarterly town hall presentation hosted on the company-wide Sharepoint platform. I handled email campaigns, surveys, and developed the bulk of the motion graphics for the trade show displays. After that, I founded a non-profit video production company called Novel Motion Pictures. With Novel, we produce films to advance worthy causes. So far we have produced nearly a dozen short films working with foundations and charities all over the country. I started working with First Ascent in November of 2015, and I’m thrilled to be involved in a company that values integrity, honesty, fairness and is committed to doing things right in the financial services industry. I’m especially excited to be producing the Investor Education Video Series designed to empower people like me to become better investors.
B.A. in English, Summa Cum Laude, Colorado Mesa University, 2005
Where I come from:
I was born in Nebraska and moved to western Colorado in high school. I’ve been in Denver since 2007.
A little personal:
I share my life with two boys, the best wife ever, and a pretty good dog named Roger. I enjoy watching good movies and TV shows—anything with good writing and good characters. I like trying to write my own stories and making my own films. I like music and good food—oh, and I like Christmas, too.