Seaver College | 2006
Co-Founder, Digital Health Strategies
As co-founder of Digital Health Strategies, Ben Texter has been building better digital relationships between patients, physicians, employers, and donors. He has also spent time educating healthcare CEOs and senior-level executives on the emerging world of digital healthcare.
What does being an honoree of the Outstanding Alumni in Healthcare campaign mean to you?
It's such a privilege to be honored since Pepperdine has so many gifted and talented
alumni. I'm grateful to be part of an alumni community that shares both a drive for
personal excellence as well as a shared sense of purpose to help others. Ultimately,
healthcare is about helping people live their best lives so they can do the things
they love by taking care of their health.
Describe your road to success.
Success is a journey, not a destination. And, like many others, my professional journey
has been a bumpy one. I didn't start my career in digital health. I actually started
my career working for a startup that imported electric cars from China. We were the
first company to import a street-legal Chinese vehicle that was allowed on US roads.
It was a wild ride (pun intended). While that path didn't ultimately pan out for me,
I learned that I love working in complex, highly-regulated industries. It keeps my
mind stimulated. And I learned to love risk taking and embraced my own entrepreneurial
spirit during my days working at the electric car company. Resilience and optimism
are critical traits for navigating the bumpy road to success.
Who has helped you achieve success in your career?
My mom and dad have been so supportive of all of the risks I've taken. And they always
have my back. My uncle was also an inspiration for me. He started one of the largest
publicly-traded hospital corporations in America without a college degree. He's had
a big impact on my life.
Describe a lesson you've learned from a challenging time in your career or life.
While my dad was dying, I learned that humor can get me through the toughest and most
challenging times. I now use humor intentionally to get me through hard times both
professionally and personally. I have a really dark sense of humor, so I'll leave
out any jokes that come to mind.
How do you prepare for a busy day?
I usually make a to-do list for the next day the night before, and deliberately schedule
my working time around my meetings when I can't be disturbed. I also exercise most
days and I eat a very consistently healthy diet. I know, boring! But it's actually
important to preserving both my health and sanity.
"Healthcare is about helping people live their best lives so they can do the things they love by taking care of their health."
Ben Texter ('06)
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