Ben Lopez is a Senior Associate at Mercato where he marries his interest in entrepreneurship and finance to his love of learning. During his professional career Ben has gone from scientist—reverse-engineering brand products for generic development at Allergan Pharmaceuticals—to CEO to investor. He founded both Neighbor Boys and Outbdcars.com, served as the Chair of the Lassonde New Venture Development, and immediately prior to Mercato, worked as a private equity Senior Investment Analyst at Utah Retirement Systems.
Ben earned his M.B.A. from the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah, and his B.S. in chemistry from the University of Utah. As a senior associate, he currently observes the boards Kuali and ObservePoint, and invests in the Mountain West.