Ben is the guy on your road whom everyone depends on. He and his tractor are there to pull the log out of your driveway after a windstorm, and he always remembers to ask about your parent who is recovering from surgery. Ben is also a man who knows how to get things done. He is a family man who represents commitment, integrity, and accountability. His word is as good as his handshake.
A Rural Community Upbringing
Ben grew up in a small community in eastern North Carolina and he knows what it means to be a good neighbor. His dad was a Mail Carrier and his mom owned a Dance School. His grandfather was a Deputy Sheriff shot and killed in the line of duty. Ben grew up barning tobacco and working at the local gas station. As a young man seeking to make his own way, he patched together grants, loans and part-time jobs to pay his way through college at UNC- Chapel Hill and graduated as a Physical Therapist. His career in health care was grounded in several small community hospitals where he was promoted to the Director of Rehabilitation. During the later years of his career, he served as the Executive Director of the state’s PT Licensure Board, administering the state laws that protect the health and safety of the patients served by over 13,000 physical therapists and physical therapist assistants in North Carolina.
A Life of Leadership and Advocacy
Over the years, Ben also accepted many volunteer leadership roles in physical therapy professional associations and was elected for two three-year terms as the President of the 75,000 member American Physical Therapy Association. From these experiences he learned the power of legislative advocacy and the importance of involvement in the political process. He understands how the system works and how to make things happen. But he never forgets his roots and the values of his rural upbringing.
In anticipation of retirement, Ben and his wife settled in Ashe County. Over time, they were able to reclaim a small farm that had been divided among nine heirs. They grow blueberries, raspberries, raise bees and sometimes chickens, and have a small stand of timber. They have created a rural homestead where their children and grandchildren can visit. Ben has immersed himself in local community life as Manager of the Watauga County Farmers’ Market for two years and then was elected President of the Ashe County Farmers Market where he and his wife continue to sell produce from their farm. Both markets are integral components of our expanding regional food system.
“It takes guts, will, and social commitment to have the courage to run. Your attitude of helping others and your reasonableness in debate to ideas of others makes you what our society needs.”
—Robert G. Johnson, registered as Unaffiliated
Recognition as a Public Servant
The recognitions and awards Ben has received over the years speak to the man that he is and the esteem in which he is held by others. Below are some highlights of these recognitions.
Honored as the recipient of “The Order of the Long Leaf Pine” by Governor Patrick McCrory for significant contributions to the state and his community through exemplary services and exceptional accomplishments.
Honored by the North Carolina Physical Therapy Scholarship and Loan Fund by establishing a scholarship in his honor.
The Division of Physical Therapy at the The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill co-named a student award for advocacy and service in honor of he and his wife, the “Darlene Sekerak and Ben Massey Student Service Award”.
Honored by the North Carolina Physical Therapy’s (NCPTA) by establishing an award, “Ben F. Massey, Jr. Public Service Award”.
Selected to Lead two delegations of physical therapists from across the United States as part of the “People-to-People Ambassador Program”, one to China and another to Russia and Poland.
Ben has been the recipient of the:
Honorary Doctorate — Rocky Mountain University of the Health Professions
American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Lucy Blair Service Award.
APTA’s Federal Legislative Leadership Award.
APTA’s Marilyn Moffat Leadership Award.
APTA’s Health Policy & Administration Section’s R. Charles Harker, Esq. Policy Maker Award.
John McM. Mennell Service Award presented by the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT).
APTA Sports Section President’s Award.
NCPTA’s Olive Wortman Service Award.
Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy’s Outstanding Service Award.
UNC’s Division of Physical Therapy Charles P. Schuch Award for Excellence in Physical Therapy Administration.
Margaret L. Moore Distinguished Alumni Award.
“It’s no surprise to you to know that we probably fall in different places on some of the issues and challenges that face our state and nation. But I am absolutely committed to see people of Character and Integrity like you in the state and national legislatures.”
Wadsworth Duane (Skip) Roy, III, Registered Republican
“I believe we need individuals like you who will bring to our government an open mind and the ability to seek reasonable outcomes.”
Robert Bartlett, Registered Republican
“It takes guts, will and social commitment to have the courage to run. Your attitude of helping others, and your reasonableness in debate to ideas of others makes you what our society needs.”
Robert G. Johnson - Registered as Unaffiliated
Also endorsed by Mrs. Phyllis Goss, wife of former State Senator Steve Goss from Jefferson, who served in the NC Senate, 2007 – 2010
“I can tell you with all sincerity, that I have always seen you as a member of the North Carolina General Assembly. You have an extraordinary intuition for the legislative process, as well as the innate skill for blending the toughness of negotiation with the art of compromise.”
Randall C. Stewart, Former Member of the NC House of Representatives and Registered Democrat
"I am most happy to endorse Ben Massey for NC House Representative in the 93rd District. Ben cares about people and knows the issues that impact the lives of hard-working people in the 93rd House District—Affordable healthcare, Quality education for all, Clean air and water, Creating economic growth, and Assisting farmers. He has my enthusiastic support."
Ray Russell, the NC House, 2019 -2020
"Congrats for making the decision to run for NC district 93! Wow. And Thank You God! No one is more suitable & qualified than you, my Gentle Ben. Our country needs your knowledge & service, so much more than ever before. Good Timing, Good Man! Thanks with my Heartfelt Gratitude."
Also endorsed by Representative Cullie Tarlton from Blowing Rock, who served in the NC House, 2007 – 2010
Proudly endorsed by Progressive Turnout Project, the largest voter contact organization in the country, specifically dedicated to mobilizing the Democratic Party and defending democracy.
The National Association of Social Workers North Carolina Chapter (NASW-NC) Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE) committee would like to offer our endorsement of your campaign for the upcoming 2022 General Election for House District 93.
"I know Ben Massey from our years as physical therapists. He possesses tremendous leadership ability with success serving on both national and state organizations. Ben has integrity and the desire to serve. Our mountain counties will do well having a people-caring person like Ben representing them."