Benson Riseman is President & CEO of BENSEA Enterprises, LLC; an Entrepreneurial Think Tank and Consultancy established in 2009 to transform ideas into independent, freestanding businesses. BENSEA Enterprises specializes in strategy, branding, marketing, revenue generation and the distribution of supportive business resources to client companies.
Prior to Founding BENSEA Enterprises, Mr. Riseman Co-Founded Green Dot Corporation and served as Executive Vice President of Retail Strategy up until the company went public in 2010. Green Dot is widely recognized as the inventor of the prepaid debit card industry and is the largest provider of reloadable prepaid debit cards and cash reload processing services in the United States.
Prior to Co-Founding The Green Dot Corporation, Mr. Riseman enjoyed a 20 year career in radio broadcasting working in Local, National and Network Managerial/Sales positions for companies including Metro Networks, CBS, Westinghouse, Greater Media, Paxson Broadcasting, Capitol Broadcasting and RKO General. During his broadcasting tenure he worked in the Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Orlando, Chicago, Detroit, Washington, DC and surrounding Mid-Atlantic area markets.
Mr. Riseman currently serves on the Board of Trustees at his alma mater, The University of Tampa, Florida; Board of Directors of The Smith Center For The Performing Arts in Las Vegas, Nevada; Board of Directors of The Riseman Family Theatre in his hometown of Chelsea, Massachusetts; and is Chairman of The Riseman Foundation. In addition, he is an Advisor to the Board of Boys Town, Las Vegas, Nevada and member of the Greater Good Council, Las Vegas and PBS Vegas. He also serves on the Board of Advisors for two business start-ups. Benson was bestowed a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Lowth Entrepreneurship Center at the University of Tampa in 2015.
Mr. Riseman is a graduate of the University of Tampa with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. In addition, Mr. Riseman has completed Executive Management Programs at Harvard University and Kellogg School of Management along with completing the Landmark Education curriculum. Benson grew up in the Boston area graduating from Chelsea High School. He currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada with his wife. He has four adult children, two daughter-in-laws and two grandsons.