Ben Valenzuela, Jr. is the President and Managing Partner of Cognicents, LLC.  Cognicents, LLC offers educational workshops and consulting focused on personal finance, small business assistance, and professional development.

Mr. Valenzuela, Jr. previously worked at SIGMA Services, Inc. as the Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and Corporate Secretary for 10 years.  SIGMA Services, Inc. was a minority and woman-owned federal contractor that specialized in commercial and electrical construction, building operations and maintenance, and residential foreclosure management.

Prior to working at SIGMA, Mr. Valenzuela worked at Intel Corporation in Copenhagen (Denmark), San Diego, and Santa Clara as a Program Manager, Manufacturing Engineer, and Facilities Mechanical Engineer, respectively, for 9 years.

Mr. Valenzuela graduated from University of California at Berkeley with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and is a Certified Financial Education Instructor (CFEI) by the National Financial Educators Council.