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Our Leadership Team

Ben VW

BENJAMIN JO VANDENWYMELENBERG

Chairman & Founder
A high energy, self-made serial entrepreneur, Ben VandenWymelenberg knows that there’s an entrepreneur inside of each of us, and believes that ‘Knowing Your Why’ is the first step to revealing the entrepreneurial mindset. As he has connected with leaders and founders around the world, he has realized one staggering truth: that if we actually all implemented our ideas and unleashed the entrepreneur inside of all of us, we would solve many of the world’s perceived problems. He speaks on graduating mindsets in order to break down barriers of entry, dives into the significance of triple bottom line & being a socially responsible business and explains the importance of consciously choosing your inner circle to propel your goals forward. Appealing to those starting a business as well as those in corporate positions, Ben is dedicated to helping everyone build confidence around the talents & intelligence they possess. Marrying passion with practicality, Ben brings his experiences to life to explain that the world’s problems do not have time for you to wait on your ideas. Ben founded WOODCHUCK USA as an undergraduate senior at the University of Minnesota and is the true visionary behind the company. Ben graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2012 with a degree in Architecture and Landscape Architecture. He grew up on a small farm in Wisconsin and learned the importance of strong morals, hard work, and a deep love for nature, which he infuses into everything the company does today. Ben was named “40 Under 40” by the Minneapolis/ St. Paul Business Journal, “Power 50” by Minnesota Business Magazine, and “32 Under 32” by the Minnesota Ad Federation.
 

Jacob Richmann

JACOB RICHMANN

President
Jacob Richmann joined Woodchuck USA in 2019 as President overseeing production, sales, marketing, operations and the four pillars of revenue which included B2B, wholesale retail, commerce, interiors channels. A natural born visionary and leader Jacob’s degree in Marketing Communications and Business, with studies in metals and craftsmanship, has positioned him for success in manufacturing and distribution where he has launched and grown some of the top brands in the US & Internationally. Prior to joining Woodchuck USA, Jacob held Executive leadership positions with Jostens, Waxing Poetic, Chamilia and Silverado managing all sales and marketing functions of the businesses. He has a wealth of knowledge in wholesale and branding that has developed a unique talent of knowing how to grow companies to the next level. Jacob’s education, coupled with his experience, have helped him develop a valuable skill set that will help Woodchuck continue to build on their successful foundation and reach new heights. Jacob’s focus is centered on developing and securing stability in all parts of the business, with a passion for premium products, customer service, relationships, and company growth. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family, friends. An avid basketball player, athlete and artist, Jacob strives to stay grounded and always maintain a positive outlook that embraces life.
John Guenveur

JOHN GUENVEUR

Director of Strategic Accounts & Co-Founder
John graduated with a double-major in Finance and Supply Chain Operations Management from the UMN Carlson School of Management, earning a 3.82 grade point average. After starting his career in Corporate Finance, John joined WOODCHUCK to oversee the back-end of the business for the first three years. In January 2017 he took over the Sales function and has led the company to profitable growth. John was honored as a 2019 Finalist for the Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” award, was named Minnesota Business Magazine’s “35 and Under”, and also led the company’s efforts to win the MN Cup and earn recognition as the Chamber of Commerce’s “Breakout Business of the Year”.