Ben Pidgeon became VisionTech’s first executive director in 2016 and now leads a highly engaged network of angel investors, an ever expanding investment portfolio and increasingly strong national presence in early-stage investing. In 2020, Ben orchestrated a move to bi-monthly virtual pitch events, replacing in-person investor events due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Swift action kept the deals flowing and members investing, the makings of a record year for VisionTech with six new portfolio companies and three exits. Ben focuses his time on recruiting qualified investors, screening investment opportunities, hosting pitch events, and overseeing the group’s stringent due diligence process.
Prior to joining VisionTech, Ben spent 15 years in the banking industry. He served as vice president and private banker at Stock Yards Bank and Trust in Indianapolis. He also worked with MainSource Bank and M&I Bank/BMO Financial, both in Indianapolis; Bank One in Greenwood, Indiana; and Oak Street Mortgage in Carmel, Indiana. He is the former president and current board member of the Venture Club of Indiana. He also has served as president and treasurer of the Institute of Management Accountants, Indianapolis Chapter A native of West Lafayette, Indiana, Ben earned a B.S. in economics from Purdue University and an MBA from the IU Kelley School of Business.