Benton grew up in Hong Kong and moved to the Bay Area to start his high school years. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Architecture, worked as an architectural designer for a couple of years, and learned that his interest lies in the engineering aspect of the design process. Benton joined Yu Strandberg Engineering in 2007 and became a licensed engineer in 2010.
Benton lives in Castro Valley with his girlfriend and her young son. Benton is a big kid himself who enjoys watching cartoons and collecting anything with pandas. He likes to run, drive his little stick-shift, and draw.