As the owner and CEO of Benjamin’s Great Cows and Crabs, Benjamin McGehee has become an entrepreneur at the ripe age of just 25 years. The opening of his own restaurant, which just happens to boast his own name, has been a dream since childhood. With a recognizable last name, Benjamin has deep roots in this town as the McGehee’s have been in this area for over 100 years. It is easy to see how he got the yearning to make his own way by deciding to follow in his family’s footsteps and start a venture on his own as his own parents, Randy and Susan McGehee, did with the former Reams Furniture Company. Starting as a dishwasher at a local restaurant at age sixteen, Benjamin began learning the food service industry from the lowest ranks. After training under three different Executive Chefs, he moved up through the cook positions until eventually evolving into Kitchen Manager. Under this title, he obtained the responsibilities of hiring, supervising, waste control, inventory management, ordering and food cost. Benjamin was also able to learn the ” front of the house ” by serving as a waiter and bartender during his five year tenure. After graduating from Jefferson Forest High School in 1995, Benjamin went on to attend Liberty University. In 2000, he graduated from Liberty where he earned a degree in Marketing. Benjamin joined NTS Marketing as Director of Operations after graduation. Although he was successful in his chosen field for over three years, the passion he had for the culinary arts was leading him in a different direction. After much thought and deliberation, Benjamin decided to strike out on his own and open his own restaurant. The opening of Benjamin’s Great Cows and Crabs in October 2002 was truly a labor of love. Many months were put into getting the restaurant into shape, with cleaning, organizing and decorating. With the help of his family, the restaurant began to look like a first class establishment. With a rustic but casual atmosphere, Benjamin has made his place somewhere that would welcome families as well as couples out on the town. Benjamin is truly the epitome of a young entrepreneur who sports the class, knowledge and experience of a gentleman many years his senior. He has proven that dreams do come true in a big way and he has just begun.