Ben Loyola was born in Havana, Cuba and was only two years old when his family fled Communist Cuba to find freedom in America.
Ben decided to give back to the country that gave him everything and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1983. After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy, Ben went to flight school and subsequently became a Bombardier Navigator for the A-6E Intruder. Ben participated in successful Gulf of Sidra Libyan combat operations and was awarded the Air Medal with Combat Valor for his actions which eliminated Libyan gunboat threats to the Carrier Task Force. Ben also participated in the mission that captured the terrorists who hijacked the cruise ship Achille Lauro. As a Navy Reservist, Ben has served as Commanding Officer Naval Forces South and deployed his unit to locations in the Caribbean and South America. After 30 years of service to his country, Ben retired as a Captain in the U.S. Navy.
Ben Loyola founded Loyola Enterprises Inc. in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Through hard work and entrepreneurship, Loyola Enterprises is providing the warfighter state-of-the-art Simulation, Cyber Security, Information Technology and Knowledge Management for training, analysis and operations. Loyola simulation and gaming support is helping the warfighter fight smarter and come home safe.
Ben and his wife, Gretchen, live in Virginia Beach with their two daughters. Gretchen is an accomplished violinist who was a member of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra prior to attending Eastern Virginia Medical School where she graduated with a Masters of Physician Assistant. Ben and his family are members of Saint John the Apostle Catholic Church in Virginia Beach.
Ben has been an active community leader since the 1980s and has served in many leadership roles including Vice Chairman, Commonwealth of Virginia Public School Authority; Commissioner, City of Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission and Board Member of the Virginia Ballet.