About Ben & Arrion

Our engagement... September 24, 2000
Sedona, Arizona

Arrion was born in Iowa City, Iowa and spent her early years growing up in Des Moines. While in junior high her family moved to Tucson, Arizona. She graduated from Canyon Del Oro High School in 1988. She attended University of Arizona in Tucson and graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration in 1992. After graduation, she moved to Phoenix, Arizona where she started a career in higher education. At the University of Phoenix, she was an Academic Counselor and at Arizona State University she was the Director of Student Services for the Full-Time MBA Program. After six years in Phoenix, she was eager to move toward the mid-west (green trees, green grass, and rolling hills). Arrion is currently the Associate Director of Alumni Relations and Communications for graduate programs at the McCombs School of Business, at The University of Texas at Austin. She's been in Austin since 1998. See update below.
Ben was born in Urbana, Illinois and grew up in Springfield, Illinois. He graduated from Sacred Heart Griffin High School in 1992. He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign and graduated with a BS in Chemical Engineering in 1996. During his college career, he spent time in Minneapolis on internship with 3M and in Cincinnati with Proctor and Gamble. Upon graduation, he moved to Cincinnati and worked on the Cascade product development team for Proctor and Gamble. In 1997, he decided to go back to school and enrolled in the Chemical Engineering program at The University of Texas where he'll graduate with a doctorate degree in the summer of 2001. See update below.

Halloween 1999
Dr. Evil and Mini Me
Ben and Arrion met in the summer of 1999 in a tennis class through the University of Texas at Austin. After meeting to play tennis on a very hot July morning, Ben asked Arrion out to dinner! The rest is history. They enjoy traveling together, going to movies, watching sports, and most recently… planning a wedding, discussing future job opportunities, and researching possible relocation to one of several cities (Ben's had interviews in Dallas, Portland, San Jose, Austin, Vermont, New York, and even some interest from a company in Stockholm, Sweden). Both are very close to their families and have even managed to bring them together for Thanksgiving two years in a row!
Arrion's parents are originally from Coon Rapids, Iowa. Today, they can be found in Emporia, KS where her dad Bill is an Associate Professor at the Emporia State University School of Business and her mom Nancy takes care of the operational side of the family business, Vision to Action (founded by sister Annette Lamb and her husband Larry Johnson.) Arrion has two older sisters; Dr. Annette Lamb, who is an independent educational consultant and publisher; and Allison James, who is a trainer in reservations for American Airlines. Annette travels a great deal and lives in an RV full-time. Allison lives in Tucson, AZ in a normal apartment.
Ben's parents are originally from Wisconsin and Illinois. His dad Andy grew up in Two Rivers, WI and his mom Brenda in Shelbyville, IL. They met while his dad was attending graduate school in Urbana/Champaign. Andy is an environmental engineer and is currently President of Andrews Engineering, a consulting firm headquartered in Springfield. Brenda, is a homemaker and works part-time in a boutique. Ben has a younger sister, Sarah, who is currently a freshman at Sacred Heart Griffin High School.
UPDATE - 1/5/01: Ben recently accepted a position at Texas Instruments in Dallas. He will start sometime in the summer of 2001 after completing his degree in Austin. Arrion recently accepted a position as Associate Director of MBA Admissions at the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas. She will start working in Dallas in mid-January of 2001.



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