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Q & A With New Board Member Ben Rubin


We are pleased to welcome Ben Rubin to our Village Board, effective May 1. Ben joins returning board members Stephen Cook and Robert Fontaine, and we’re excited to see the energy and ideas he will bring to our community.

What is your history with Columbia and more specifically, with Harper’s Choice?

I was born less than a mile from Kahler Hall. My first memories are from a townhouse on Rock Coast Rd. I grew up in Running Brook, moved away for University twice, chased my girlfriend (now wife) to Brazil, and returned home to settle down and plant roots of my own.

Why did you want to serve on the Harper’s Choice Board?

I have always believed strongly in local government and this is my opportunity to get involved. Harper’s Choice is specifically important to me because it is the community in which I will grow into as I have recently bought a townhouse there.

What is your professional background?

Professionally, I have a degree in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh, an Associates Degree from the Culinary Institute of America, and have worked in hospitality in some form or another my entire adult life. I currently work for an up-and-coming caterer in Gaithersburg.

Anything else that you would like to add?

I am thrilled to be participating on the board and within Harper’s Choice. From what I have experienced so far, it is a wonderfully warm, passionate and inviting group, whose knowledge of the community is perfectly supplemented by their desire to help maintain what has made Harper’s Choice so special.

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