#HomeGrownStories – Ben Spinks
Ben Spinks is the Hospital Administrator at Tipp City Veterinary Hospital (TCVH) where he has worked since 2004. Outside of his role at TCVH, Ben helps other veterinary hospitals and small businesses run more efficiently through Branchworth Consulting. Away from work, he enjoys traveling, reading, cycling, and spending time with family and friends. Ben is a 2004 graduate of Miami University (B.Phil.) and 2014 graduate of Wright State University (MBA). He lives in Tipp City with his dogs, Claire and Finn, and cat, Oscar. Ben was recently interviewed for our #HomeGrownStories campaign.
On living in Miami County:
I’ve lived in Tipp City since 2005. Although I lived in Vandalia, my family attended Ginghamsburg Church and I graduated from Troy Christian High School in 2000. Outside of my high school years at Troy Christian, my fondest memories of coming of age in Miami County are centered around Boy Scout Troop 413. To this day I’ve maintained close friendships with many of the scouts and leaders that I met through the troop. It was a great way to grow up!
What he loves most about Miami County:
Ultimately, I love the people. Miami County embodies all of the best aspects of Midwest friendliness and hospitality. From the people I work with at TCVH to random strangers that you meet around town, 99% are genuinely good people.
His Tipp City dining recommendations:
I normally recommend visitors try out Coldwater Cafe, Harrison’s Restaurant, and Sam & Ethel’s. To be clear, there are a lot of great places to eat at in Tipp City, but those three are my go-to recommendations – (mainly because those are the restaurants I frequent most often). All three have unique atmospheres, serve great food, and offer friendly service.
His favorite dishes to enjoy in Tipp City:
I usually order meals on autopilot. I like to try new things while I’m traveling, but when I’m home, I almost always order the same meals. At Coldwater, if I’m there for lunch, I almost always opt for the quiche, unless it’s asparagus. For dinner, I usually lean toward one of their specials or the Ostrich steak. At Harrison’s, I order the Black and Blue Salmon Salad, although a wrap or two sometimes sneaks into the rotation. At Sam and Ethel’s, I’m ordering breakfast – no matter the time of day.
What makes dining in Tipp City great?
More than anything, for such a small community, I’ve always been impressed with the variety and quality of non-chain restaurants that call Tipp City home. From award winning BBQ and the numerous local bars and coffee shops, to the creative dishes and charming locations available in historic downtown – Tipp City has more than its fair share of great dining options!
How Miami County is different from places he has visited:
It’s home. I love to travel and have fortunately had the opportunity to visit a lot of interesting places over the years. As I wrap up each trip, though, I always look forward to coming home. Miami County has a lot to offer. I love that we experience four seasons and have plenty of variety in the weather throughout the year. We have some great historic downtown areas and plenty of community events. There are lots of beautiful parks and easy access to an ever-expanding network of bike trails.
At Tipp City Veterinary Hospital, as we’ve expanded our employee recruiting efforts beyond county and state, I’ve often found myself stressing that prospective employees really need to come visit Miami County in person to “get it”. On paper, we’ve found most applicants aren’t interested in moving to Dayton, Ohio. It doesn’t seem to be a location that people have always dreamed of moving to. That said, once people see Miami County in person, they realize how much it has to offer. It’s a great place to put down roots. It’s a great place for growing families. It’s a great place to call home.
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