Bem grew up in Pullman, WA, then moved to Rome, Italy, as an exchange student. Upon returning to the States, he attended college and got a degree in English—pleased by the fact that he could major in his own language. He worked at Nordstrom as a copywriter for five years, then went back to Italy for his MBA in marketing from St. John’s University, Rome campus.
Bem has a strong work ethic, a passion for the ridiculous and an impressive collection of old cereal boxes. He believes himself to be Italian, looks like a well-fed Viking, and is one of the most American guys you’ll ever meet.