Benjamin Garber is a graduate of the MBA program at Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business concentrating in marketing and operations. He holds a B.S. in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Vermont where he also studied Community Development and Applied Economics. Mr. Garber is an associate at the Pittsburgh based private equity and venture capital firm Grouse Ridge Capital. Mr. Garber has been an amateur investor for over 10 years with a focus in commodities, energy, and heavy industry with a preference for value stocks. He was born and raised in Pittsburgh and is a die-hard Steelers and Pitt basketball fan. Mr. Garber is a regular correspondent on innovations in management, technology, and finance with a focus on venture investment. You can read his articles at www.BenjaminJGarber.com or follow him on Google+ or on Twitter @bjgarber.