Benjamin H. Rove was born into a blue-collar family in Wyandotte, MI in February of 1953. Due to his father, Mitchell Rove, losing his job at a Ford Motor Company assembly plant in 1969, the Roves faced financial hardship that suddenly placed the family on the brink of losing their home. Young Benjamin was forced to drop out of high school in order to help his family. His income from working as mechanic helped save his family's home, but also cost Benjamin his aspirations of attending college.
When Mitchell was rehired at Ford, Benjamin was finally able to attend college in 1975. During his time in college, Benjamin saw a disconnect between the school curriculum and what he had experienced on the job. Benjamin obtained a business degree at Wayne State University and went off to start his own business. A few years later, he met Stacy C. Lacier and Noah W. Piton, and in 1989, they formed Rove, Lacier & Piton. The rest, as they say, is history.
Even after success, Benjamin is proud of his humble beginnings. When sending his own children to college, Benjamin wanted to ensure that his children did not have to sacrifice their education due to financial reasons. In order to help other families, Benjamin chose to start a Service Learning Initiative with local colleges. Beside providing private scholarships for students facing financial hardships, the Initiative allows Rove, Lacier & Piton to collaborate with local college to eliminate the disconnect Benjamin experienced between career and coursework as a college student. Since its inception the Service Learning Initiative has helped hundreds of students gain valuable business experience while still in college, helping to bridge the gap between college life and the real world.