Benjamin Hanks is no stranger to staying busy.
In addition to his day job at Owen Security, Hanks serves as the chairman of the ambassador program at the Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce. When he’s not working or helping other businesses succeed, he values the time he spends with his wife and two daughters.
Hanks says meeting new people is the best way to do business. If he couldn’t, he might not do business at all.
Get to know Benjamin Hanks.
Name: Benjamin Hanks
Occupation: Outside Sales Representative
Family: Wife and two daughters
Education: BA degree in Near Eastern Studies from Brigham Young University
How long have you been involved in the Cartersville-Bartow County community?
A: We have been in the community for about eight years but I have only been “active” for about two.
What do you do in your role as chairman of the ambassador program at the Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce, and what is the most rewarding aspect of that work?
A: I work with my co-chair at the chamber to improve and facilitate the program. The ambassadors are the outreach arm of the chamber. We reach out to the chamber members to help them get the most out of their membership and help them in their businesses in any way we can. The most rewarding thing about the position is both working with the great people at the chamber as well as seeing members thrive through their chamber membership.
How do you balance your role at Owen Security with your additional community involvement?
A: I see my involvement in the community as an integral part of my job. Networking, in the 21st century definition of the term, is one of the main ways I grow my business. By meeting new people and finding out how I can help them, [that] eventually translates into business. That is a fun and rewarding way to do business. In fact, if I couldn’t do business this way, I probably wouldn’t do business at all.
If you had a dream job, what would it be?
A: I would be a missionary in some far off exotic country.
What is your greatest achievement?
A: My marriage to Athena Hanks and the two wonderful daughters we have together.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
A: That I grew up in an LDS [The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints] family and served a mission in the Philippines. I now attend a local Catholic church.
Do you have a personal motto?
A: “The unexamined life is not worth living.” — Socrates
If you were to write your autobiography or memoirs, what would the title be?
A: I would hope it would say something like, “The Life of Benjamin Hanks, a Journey into Life in Christ.” I hope that people will remember me primarily as someone who, though in a halting and stumbling way, lived a life of transformation into a true image bearer of Christ. That I would be someone who lived a life of service to others.