Ben Pankonin

Entrepreneur  |  Founder  |  CEO  |  Innovator

Ben Pankonin is a seasoned entrepreneur, tech innovator, and community leader. A veteran in the financial services, healthcare, and education spaces, Ben is especially knowledgeable about the obstacles and opportunities organizations in these unique industry face when it comes to engaging their communities in an increasingly digital environment. As a thought leader and speaker, Ben draws on decades of experience leading scaled growth as an entrepreneur and business leader, and is particularly adept at navigating the complexities of highly regulated industries. His approach is to challenge teams and leaders to take realistic and actionable next steps toward innovation and growth with the big picture in mind. 

In addition to serving as CEO of Class Intercom, Ben also leads a SaaS company he co-founded in 2011 that today serves over 1,500 financial brands nationwide. Ben studied computer science and business administration at Nebraska Wesleyan University. He remains actively involved in numerous community groups, including serving on several nonprofit boards and within entrepreneurship groups and programs, including the Pipeline Entrepreneurs and the Chamber of Commerce Founders group. 

Speaking Topics & Workshops

Ben has presented on a range of topics at a variety of events hosted by entrepreneurial groups, regional and national trade associations, tech and software accelerators, startup incubators, universities, and more. He typically speaks and workshops on the following topics:

  • Trust as a crucial form of social and economic currency
  • Authentic and effective storytelling from diverse points of view
  • Building, sustaining, and leading a team of content creators

Connect with Ben

Latest Accolades
  • Silicon Prairie Executive of the Year
  • Entrepreneurship Spirit Award, Lincoln Chamber of Commerce
  • Pipeline Entrepreneur Fellow
  • nMotion Startup Accelerator
  • Omaha Startup Week
  • Flyover Fintech
  • Tedx
  • Finalsite University
  • FACTS Elevate
  • Fiserv Forum
  • Content Generation Podcast
  • Content Generation Workshop

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