March 7, 2022

67 Ben Richter on navigating the complexities of a blended family

67 Ben Richter on navigating the complexities of a blended family

Ben Richter is a father of seven from two marriages who has learned to navigate the complexities of blending different family cultures with multiple children of different ages.

In this session, we discuss various valuable principles of fatherhood and how he implemented “checkmark” systems from a relatively young age to teach children to consciously reflect on their behavior in a tangible and quantifiable way.

Ben is truly inspirational in terms of his outlook on life and what he has achieved as a father and businessman and I thoroughly enjoyed our session together!


“The best advice I can give myself as a dad is to believe in your impossibles.” Ben Richter on DADicated

Ben Richter is an amazing man, dad and entrepreneur. He is a father of seven from two marriages who has learned to navigate the complexities of blending different family cultures with multiple children of different ages.

Ben has built one of the premier airport logistics companies and has managed to develop effective habits for balancing his work and family life. He emphasizes the importance of being fully present for your children by minimizing phone and work time when you’re together.

In this session, we discuss various valuable principles of fatherhood. Ben shares how he implemented “checkmark” systems from a relatively young age to teach children to consciously reflect on their behavior in a tangible and quantifiable way.

He explains how building positive communicative habits into our own and in our children’s everyday lives yield extraordinary results - and that difficulties are inevitable, but learning how to respond to them is what really counts.

Ben is truly inspirational in terms of his outlook on life and what he has achieved as a father and businessman and I thoroughly enjoyed our session together!

The most powerful takeaways for me as a dad were:

- Teaching children to exercise gratitude is a powerful way to influence their ability to respond to and to evaluate their daily lives.

- Focusing on incremental improvement on your performance as a parent is hugely rewarding, rather than focusing on missteps or regretting mistakes. Immediately focus on being the best version of yourself as soon as you walk in the door to be with your children.

- Daily and weekly recaps with a quantifiable checkmark system can engrain lasting positive behaviors in children.

I was on the fence about checkmarks for a long time but have to say that Ben’s perspectives made a lot of sense to me and have implemented a few of his ideas at home. So far this works really well.

If you find these concepts interesting I recommend you read “The Entitlement Trap: How to Rescue Your Child with a New Family System of Choosing, Earning, and Ownership” by Linda Eyre and Richard Eyre. It goes well together with this podcast and the concepts described are complementary and valuable.

Thanks for listening, I hope you’ll enjoy this session!

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Ben Richter

Benjamin is the Founder and CEO of Bradford Airport Logistics (BAL) and Bradford
Swissport Logistics (BSL). Bradford is both the U.S. and global leader in Secure
Airport Terminal Logistics. The Company has earned a reputation for innovation
and operational excellence. At the center of Company’s offering is its proprietary
world-class, in-house developed, logistics technology infrastructure - Airport
Material Intelligence System (AMISTM).

Under Benjamin’s leadership, over the past 19+ years Bradford has almost
singularly carved-out and pioneered the U.S. domestic market space associated
with airport terminal Centralized Receiving and Distribution Centers (CRDC). Since
2012, BAL has operated the largest and most sophisticated CRDC in the world at
London Heathrow. The Company has embarked on developing a global market
niche for airport CRDC operations. BAL currently possesses more CRDC expertise,
provides more comprehensive CRDC services, has been awarded more CRDC
contracts, and offers more value-add benefits to airport communities than any
other logistics/security organization in the world.

Ben is an active member of a dynamic global entrepreneurial and professional
organization, Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and the Entrepreneurs
Organization (EO). Ben has served on the Airports Council International (ACI) with
active participation on Public Safety & Security Committee as well as the AAAE
Innovation Forum as a Judge for the industry’s annual Shark Tank. Ben was the 2019
Regional Award winner for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Ben has further held numerous leadership positions involving non-profit
organizations within the state of Texas, such as a board member of the Texas
Center for the Missing and currently serves in an advisory role heading the
Leadership Development Institute on behalf of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office
(largest law enforcement agency in Texas and 3rd largest Sheriff’s department in
the U.S.).

Ben has a Master of Science - Industrial Engineering (Engineering Management
Program) from the University of Houston, Bachelor of Science - Mechanical
Engineering & Bachelor of Arts - Business Administration from Bucknell University
and has completed the Intellectual Property Law curriculum at the University of
Houston Law School.

Furthermore, Benjamin has a diverse and formal background in advanced systems,
re-engineering, and technology expertise including leading-edge computer systems
development, and deployment and IT/ERP/Engineering project management. His
resume of consulting experience includes work with CSI Systems and IBM
Government Systems. Ben’s early professional career as a Project Leader for the
deployment of Enterprise Resource Planning systems for mid-size manufacturing
and distribution organizations provided the platform of knowledge he has
leveraged in his entrepreneurial endeavors.