We are featuring Ben Bradshaw for our March Sauder Worship Seating Sales Consultant Profile. Ben is the local consultant for the Texas & Northern Louisiana territory. He has been with the company for 24 years.
Tell us a little about yourself?
I’ve been happily married to my wife, Heidi for 34 years. An educator for more than 30 years, she recently concluded that career to join me part time in my office, and we love working together. Heidi and I raised one daughter, Bethany, who lives in Washington D.C. with her husband Alex. They recently informed us that grandchild #1 is expected this summer! My hobbies include perpetual restoration of our 90 year old house, herding a couple of cats, and raising a few backyard chickens.
What do you enjoy about job as a Sales Consultant?
I love the diversity! Each project is unique, and I get to meet a wide variety of people. One day I’m working with a small rural congregation that needs a few choir chairs, and the next I’m meeting in the offices of an architectural firm developing layouts for a nationally known mega-church. I also enjoy traveling the beautiful state of Texas. From the valley to the panhandle to the piney woods of east Texas, where I make my home. The pandemic has curtailed much of my travel in the last year, and it has made me realize just how much I enjoy actually going out and meeting with folks face to face. I’m ready to get back to that.
I also enjoy working with the great team at Sauder Worship Seating. I feel like part of a family, and I have daily interaction with my project coordinator, my CAD operator, and other folks at Sauder. Together, we provide service and products to our customers that I take great pride in.
Which product is your favorite and why?
It’s hard to choose a favorite. One reason l like working with Sauder is the wide product line we offer. I love the beauty and the tradition of a well-crafted wood pew, and in the right setting, nothing is more appropriate. But it is interesting to see so many contemporary churches removing their old pews and replacing them with our auditorium-style seating. I enjoy demonstrating the unique features of our Clarity and Vista seating and helping churches re-create their worship spaces.