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Employee Spotlight

Ben Shuberg

Regional Director

Ben Shuberg

Ben Shuberg joined Crossroads nearly a year ago. As the Regional Director, Shuberg is responsible for overseeing programming and administrative services for the northwestern Iowa service area for Crossroads. Ben was able to take a brief break from his hectic life as a father of four to tell us more about himself.

What is the best part about your job?

The learning environment that I get to be a part of.  I feel like everyday I’m learning something new from a coworker or client which is very fulfilling.

What is it about our mission that inspires you? 

I am very humbled sometimes by the amount of trust that is placed in our hands that can greatly shape an individual’s life. I feel blessed to be given these opportunities to impact someone so profoundly that it does truly empower them. I know we all have examples of this, but sometimes we need to pause and realize the great work we do.

Do you have a unique talent or ability?

I’ve been told by several people that my laugh carries quite well throughout a building. I’m not sure if this would be considered a talent, but it’s sure fun sometimes!

Best advice you ever received and from who? 

Life is short so count your blessings every day and tell your loved ones that you love them, everyday!

Weirdest/most unique job you have ever had? 

My first career was working as a licensed funeral director. My wife and I lived above a funeral home for 5 years while I worked there. I arranged funerals with families, embalmed bodies, and even dug holes in the cemetery for urns when needed. I haven’t slept the same since!

Would you whether be invisible or fly. Why?
Definitely fly. I’ve always loved the idea of flying. In my younger years I started taking flying lessons, but then children started coming along and my free time became less and less! I’ll pick it back up sometime!

What do you like to do in your spare time? 

Enjoy the outdoors with my wife and kids! We love to get out and walk, hike, get out our old canoe, and fish!

Your most favorite quote: 

“Opportunity looks a lot like hard work.”- Ashton Kutcher