Benjamin M. Levy, B.B.A.'04

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Haworth College of Business - Outstanding Young Alumni Award 2012

Benjamin Levy graduated with his B.B.A. in 2004 with a major in computer information systems. However, before he started as a WMU student himself, he was long familiar with WMU from growing up in the Kalamazoo area. He fondly remembers trips to the college of business computer lab when his father Leonard Levy was pursuing his MBA.

Being around computers was a natural fit for Levy. Then, during his senior year at WMU, there was a moment of serendipity. His iPod broke, and he was hard-pressed to find a service to affordably repair it. That is when he and temporary roommate on the couch, Aaron Vronko, B.B.A.’06, decided to tear the device apart to see if they could fix it themselves. Their inquisitiveness paid off as they managed to repair the unit. They recognized a niche and began repairing three to five devices per week, which snowballed to repairing 20 to 25 devices per week. They soon converted the second bedroom of Ben's apartment into a work area, and the rest is history.

Today, Rapid Repair, the company that started as a way to make extra money for Levy and Vronko, is considered one of the top independent iPod repair facilities in the U.S., and Levy serves as president and CEO of this growing business that recently opened a new store in Portland, Ore.

Regularly realizing over $2.5 million in sales annually and employing 12 staff members, the business is thriving.