An individual who is passionate to help, teach, and lead others. And maybe one day become President of the United States of America. #AintMostPeople
A good friend of mine said it best, “Benny, you ain’t most people.” I beat to my own drum and I am not afraid to separate myself from the crowd. I am a believer in change because the status quo bores me. I know that the world is constantly changing and time does not stop, so there is no reason to be stubborn about change. Being “normal” is a characteristic I do not endorse because what is normal in a world that is so diverse anyway? My background can be compared to a mutt, a mixed breed. Father, born in America is German/Russian and Jewish. Mother, born in the Philippines is Filipino, Chinese, Malaysian, and Spanish, while being a very religious Christian. The background and culture I was raised in has made me well-rounded, understanding, and appreciative. I enjoy listening and learning, but more importantly I believe that what is gained should always be shared. I do not set limits because why would I want to limit myself from opportunities? I set high goals that are meant to challenge. The greater the challenge means more to be learned, accomplished, gained, and shared. I, Benjamin Zenker from Bensalem, Pennsylvania who currently resides in Washington, D.C. is passionate about helping, teaching, and leading others.
What I AM Up To
I like to keep myself pretty busy, and these are just some of the things I am up to currently. If you want to see what I have done in the past check out my resume! Click here for my resume.
Ain't Most People
CEO and Founder
Life is too short to not take risks that will not only advance yourself, but grow your opportunities to help and better others in their opportunities.
Ain't Most People is a social consulting agency rooted in who I am as an individual. I truly believe my purpose on this earth and my gift is the ability to connect with and help others. So why not start as social driven agency to do just that. Ain't Most People's mission is to foster opportunities for organizations, communities, groups, and individuals that are making a difference.
Know of any organizations, communities, groups, and/or individuals that need help fostering their opportunities? Want to learn more about Ain't Most People? Check out www.aintmostpeople.com.
Asian & Pacific Islander Alumni Network (APIAN)
Co-Chair, Future Alumni Outreach
I am a believer that it is never too late. And it was not too late for me to connect with my cultural roots, while at the same time giving back even further to my alma mater. Thanks to a dear friend, Michelle Le who is one of the founders of APIAN for believing in me and bringing me onboard to be part of the leadership team for APIAN! I will not let her down and will build off the already strong foundation she has created for the organization. I am excited to be serving and volunteering my time with the amazing leadership team to continue fostering community for Asian and Pacific Islanders (APIs) at American University.
In The Moment Photography
Founder and Lead Moment Catcher
As you have read, my cultural background is a mixed bag, but has strong ties to the Philippines, and because of this I cherish that Filipinos live life "in the moment." They take in everything, they enjoy the experience, they make memories.
My filipino background holds strong in the business' obligation to ensure you can live in the moment while also having these moments captured not just in your memories, but in photos.
Let's live life in the moment together!
Check out all the moments captured here: www.inthemomentphotographybybz.com
MOST VALUABLE SKILLS
I consider myself to be a Swiss Army Knife, someone who is versatile and ready to take on whatever challenges may come my way. There are many skills that I am ready to share to add value and make a difference for others, but here are a few of my most valuable skills (MVS)...
I have done a lot of work in my young life so far. My mindset is one of public service, which means I am willing to help whoever is in need at any given moment. The work of a public servant is not always documented, and is done in an altruistic manner. However, there does come times when a public servant has to either tell their story or exhibit examples of their abilities. Here is a brief showcase of my work...
Having individuals by your side through thick and thin who have grown with you is crucial in life. These are some of the individuals who have faith in me, not just for the work I have done to assist them, but more importantly for believing in who I am.
Mr. Zenker was my guiding light into a new world. He has a natural instinct to coach and mentor those around him. He has amazing energy and passion for the work that he does, and puts his heart and soul into everything....
American University Athletics,
Spirit Program Coordinator (Former)
His altruistic and enthusiastic work style has shifted the way we work...In my six years at American, I have never worked with anyone like Ben....
Dr. David Baugh
Centennial School District, Superintendent of Schools
He is hard-working, dependable, and focused on excellence. He possesses excellent communication skills....
Western Michigan University,
Asst. AD, Brand Advancement & Fan Engagement
Ben Zenker is a go-getter and is determined. Nothing stops him....
Ben excels independently or as a good teammate working in a group setting. He also showed no fear or intimidation in taking on leadership roles....
Manhattan Jaspers Women's Basketball, Assistant Coach
The last thing I believe separates Ben from other people I’ve worked with is his forward thinking, openness, and willingness to work with others. I felt he really puts an emphasis on accepting and promoting diversity and providing equal opportunities and fairness for Women’s Athletics....
Diversity and Inclusion Lead - North at Thomson Reuters
Ben demonstrated an abundance of innovation, dedication, and teamwork....If I had the opportunity, I would hire Ben again knowing he would make a positive contribution to my organization and team....
American University Athletics,
Head Cheer Team Coach (Former)
Ben possesses the ultimate “can do” attitude when taking on tasks with
positivity and a smile.... He has
specifically taken time to make sure that all of his peers feel valued and are aware they have something they can offer...
American University Kogod School of Business, Asst. Dir. of Career Professional Development
I have always been amazed by Ben’s consistent willingness to support student groups...Ben has demonstrated the ability to establish and maintain partnerships that are mutually beneficial....
American University Athletics,
Head Coach Women's Lacrosse (Former)
He always went above and beyond to assist the needs of my program. I would consider Ben to be one of the most helpful and proactive people that I have come across in my time here at American....
When a group, cause or idea resonates with him, Ben completely roots himself in it and works tirelessly to make it better....