CEO & Founder
CMO & Biz Dev Director
Leaning on countless customer management and leadership experiences, his ability to motivate and inspire both individuals and organizations is unsurpassed. Ben spent over 25 years as a manager, director, and consultant in the IT industry. In his IT career Ben has worked at IBM, Word Perfect, Novell, Attachmate, and Microsoft. His experience is grounded from attending Eastern Montana College and Brigham Young University on multiple music performance and education scholarships.
Ben was born in Montana but has lived in the Seattle area for the past 23 years. Interestingly, beyond his passion for IT, his pursuit of music has directed him to another outlet by performing in the Seattle Ensign Symphony and Chorus. He has combined his IT career experience with his passion for music to create powerful and immersive learning events.
Dr. Mark Veljkov joined SkillUp after retiring as the Director of Computers and Technology programs at Bellevue College, Continuing Education. Mark has worked in the higher education industry for over 30 years working with traditional public and private colleges and universities along with Career Colleges and related technology companies such as Blackboard and Microsoft. Prior to coming to SkillUp he was a higher education consultant with the Gilfus Education Group, the Executive Director of Learning for City University, Dean of Distance Learning at Skagit Valley College and the Director of Technology for the Woodring College of Education at Western Washington University. In addition to his higher education experience, Mark has over 30 years of experience in the Imagineering and management of learning innovations.
“It was great to have Skill-Up Technologies as our online customer success partner for the Microsoft MOOC courses and edX program. When I was at Microsoft, I engaged them from the early stage of the program and they worked like a true partner in helping us think through our learning support services for online students, and then supported us with different models of execution that worked extremely well for us.”
“Skill-Up Technologies are masters of modern, online learning content. We are thrilled to partner with them to build rich online content that drives digital transformation agenda for enterprises. They continuously prove to us their focus on quality design… they totally get how to build modern, video-based, interactive content that leverages collaborative methodologies for a globally spread audience. We are also impressed with their use of analytics to track learner behavior. I would happily recommend them any day”