As Benchmark International ventures into another year of service in the US, some employees have been along for the ride. This year marks another milestone for the following individuals. As Benchmark International instills in its team and philosophy that they “leave no stone unturned,” these Benchmark International team members do exactly that. Benchmark International gave each employee a brief interview and found out how they have grown professionally and what they see in store in the coming years. This is what they had to say:
Senior Associate, Emily Cogley, stated “Six years at any firm is a true testament to the strength of the company and loyalty of the employee. I enjoy being a part of a hardworking firm that often handles one of the most important decisions for our sellers in their lifetime.” Ms. Cogley has been a part of Benchmark International in the US since its inception. As such, she has seen the growth of the company and has had the opportunity to grow alongside it. “We opened offices in Austin [Texas] and Nashville [Tennessee] in the last two years. I am looking forward to helping the Tampa-based headquarters grow or helping start another Benchmark office in a new city,” she said.Managing Director, Kendall Stafford, explains that for her, her role really hits home and stays close to heart as she recalls what it was like for her father to go through the sales process with his own business. “I am passionate about helping business owners achieve their goals and Benchmark International allows me to fulfill this passion on a daily basis,” she said. “Every time I see a client struggling with the idea of selling, I see my father going through the process and it also hits close to home. I have been fortunate to be able to help many entrepreneurs exit or grow their companies, take care of their employees, and change their family’s life.”
Stafford also expressed that the opportunities she has been offered in her role at Benchmark International have been life changing for her. “Benchmark International has provided me with opportunities I could have only dreamt of prior to joining the firm,” she said, “I have had the opportunity to successfully lead the company’s largest deals, manage talented teams, and open our Austin, Texas office.”
Sunny Garten is also a Senior Associate, and she expressed her career focus lies in mergers and acquisitions, and she’s happy to be an integral part of the Benchmark International team. “’People with passion can change the world for the better.’ Business investments and M&A have been my career focus since I graduated from college. Since I joined Benchmark [International], I was provided a unique platform with the most advanced technology, market intelligence, and global reach, which has allowed me to keep moving forward in my career,” she explained. She said she is excited to continue providing the best services to the company’s clients and to close more transactions.
Senior Director, Louis Kickhofel, chimed in on his experience as well. “I am very proud of what we have accomplished and what we are poised to achieve. It is no small feat what Steven and Greg [the Chairman and Global CEO], and the entire Benchmark International team, have built. It’s been really fun to be a part of it,” he said.
Managing Director, Nick Perry, stated that his six years at Benchmark International have helped him form relationships that he feels will be lifelong. “It’s been a wild ride full of amazing and unexpected learning experiences and cherished friendships,” he said. Commenting on his professional growth, he stated “it’s quite the transition to go from not being able to match a tie with a dress shirt to being compared to Richard Gere anytime I’m asked about my career path.”
Perry doesn’t know what the future will bring, but he knows he’s along for the ride. “I love Benchmark International. Cut me open and I’d likely bleed purple,” he said. “I came to Benchmark [International] with a Biology degree and started in a generation position. Now, I control the flow of information across the company. I’m not sure anyone could have predicted the path of these last 6 years, and I certainly won’t make any attempt to predict the next.”
As the US offices steam forward, it is employees like these who are the driving force behind this organization. The Benchmark International team is not comprised of a single professional but many professionals who all possess love for their careers and instill leadership and focus in themselves each and every day. To the individuals celebrating their six years anniversaries, Benchmark International would like to say congratulations!
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