Meet the Deciphered Roanoke Team!

 Deciphered Roanoke

Brandon Ford - CEO

Brandon uses his skills in carpentry and general handywork to implement room designs and build out the puzzles for our escape rooms. After growing up in Martinsville, VA, Brandon graduated from Roanoke College with a degree in Business Administration. From there, he went on to work at English Construction in Lynchburg, VA as an accountant. In his free time, he enjoys riding his motorcycle and working on cars. If stuck on a desert island, Brandon would want food, water, and shelter.

Ben Shaw - President

At Deciphered, Ben’s main role is business development, making sure there are people working to unlock their potential in our great escape rooms. He also oversees financial and administrative duties. An East Lyme, CT native, Ben graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Roanoke College. After graduating, Ben became a Risk Assurance Associate for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Richmond, VA. For fun, he enjoys golfing and riding his motorcycle. If he found himself on a desert island, he would only need a fishing pole, sweet tarts, and a sleeping bag.

Luke Croft - Creative Director

If there’s a puzzle you get hung up on, blame Luke. He designs all of the room themes and puzzles at Deciphered. Luke grew up in Martinsville, VA and went to college at Johnson University where he graduated with a degree in Biblical Studies. After graduating, Luke served as the Worship and Discipleship Minister at Rich Acres Christian Church in his hometown and went on to become a Content Marketing Writer for L&T Co. When he isn’t designing puzzles, Luke enjoys playing video games and keeping up with the NBA. If he were stuck on a desert island, he would want a helicopter, helicopter fuel, and a pilot.

  Sophie Youtz - General Manager   Sophie is the face of Deciphered. In all likelihood, when you call or arrive at our downtown location, she will be the one to greet you. More importantly, she is the backbone of Deciphered. All day-to-day operations run through her — from managing the staff to ensuring you have the best time possible. Sophie graduated from Roanoke College in 2017 with a degree in Biology and Environmental Science, and has worked at Deciphered since June 2017. If she found herself on a desert island, Sophie would want  a satellite phone, umbrella, and a genie inside of a magic lamp. 

Sophie Youtz - General Manager

Sophie is the face of Deciphered. In all likelihood, when you call or arrive at our downtown location, she will be the one to greet you. More importantly, she is the backbone of Deciphered. All day-to-day operations run through her — from managing the staff to ensuring you have the best time possible. Sophie graduated from Roanoke College in 2017 with a degree in Biology and Environmental Science, and has worked at Deciphered since June 2017. If she found herself on a desert island, Sophie would want  a satellite phone, umbrella, and a genie inside of a magic lamp.