Experience, Expertise, & Outstanding Listening Skills
Years of experience tell only a small part of the Benchmark story. Each member of our team of professionals takes immense pride in his or her work, believing in continuous improvement and continuing education. We share a passion for getting to know each and every client, and ensuring that we exceed all of their expectations while staying within their budget. This unique blend of expertise, dedication and enthusiasm has set the standard in the Southwest Florida building industry, enabling us to provide you with “the best of Benchmark.”
Meet Our Team
Mark Anderson President
Mark Anderson founded Benchmark in 1984. Benchmark was formed as a “niche” general contracting firm to handle a variety general contracting functions to include residential remodeling, new home construction, commercial remodeling, new commercial construction, and small multi-family construction. In the last twenty-five years, Benchmark has completed over one thousand residential and commercial projects of all sizes throughout Lee County. Over the years, the staff at Benchmark has developed a wealth of knowledge in such areas as local permitting procedures and processes, flood plain construction, windstorm protection and the use and implementation of sustainable and green technologies. Having very little employee turnover, Benchmark enjoys the advantage of maintaining a strong, efficient, and well-rounded staff. Most employees have been with Benchmark for extended periods of service, the average employment term of its ten employees being just over thirteen years. In addition to working with their typical high end residential and commercial clientele, Benchmark has worked over the years on many public and institutional projects such as a 14 unit below market housing project for Community Housing Resources on Sanibel Island and the Ronald McDonald House at Health Park. Mark Anderson, the Owner of Benchmark, has been actively involved in numerous local charities and philanthropic organizations during his entire professional career.
“What inspires us
is satisfied clients and a good building is a job well done. There are few things as important as the home or a place of business. Completion of those objectives are not only satisfying, but also creates a culture and legacy which we can all be professionally and personally pleased with.”
Art Shuller Vice President
Art Schuller has been employed at Benchmark since 1993 as Project Manager and Vice-President. He has been working in the construction field since 1964. He is a licensed as a class “A” General Contractor by the State of Florida. He has served as both superintendent and project manager for numerous residential and commercial projects, such as the Sanibel-Captiva Community Bank, the Performing Arts Center at Bishop Verot High School, the Gymnasium at St. Michael’s School, the Ronald McDonald House at Health Park, Zion Lutheran Church, and many other projects.
Jeff Good Vice President
Jeff Good, project manager for Benchmark, has worked for Benchmark since 1993. He has been a licensed building contractor in the state of Florida since 1979. He has been involved with the construction of hundreds homes on Sanibel, Captiva and various locations in Lee and Collier counties since 1979. He has served on the board of directors for Community Housing Resources on Sanibel Island, the board of directors for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society, the Board of Directors for the Ebenezer Christian Academy, and HTAP (Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships, Inc.). As a LEED AP, Jeff and Benchmark completed one of the first LEED certified commercial projects in Lee County, the First Community Bank at the Forum.
“My goal and
greatest pleasure in this business is to develop and maintain excellent relationships with my clients as well as those involved with building our projects.”
Aaron Kirkman Superintendent
As the firm’s Superintendent, Aaron has been with Benchmark for more than 15 years. Originally hired as a carpentry subcontractor, it didn’t take long for Aaron to become a full-time member of the Benchmark team. His extensive hands-on experience in custom home building and remodeling has been invaluable on many projects, and his artistry with all facets of carpentry, from framing to fine finish work, is extraordinary.
Leo Windler Comptroller
With a bachelor’s in accounting and finance, and more than 20 years of construction accounting experience, Leo manages all of Benchmark’s accounting activities. He ensures the accurate and timely processing of account payables and account receivables, as well as job costing and reporting. He is also responsible for the company’s payroll and associated tax returns. As office manager, Leo provides excellent support for the other staff members, assisting with a diverse range of tasks to make their jobs easier.
Josephine Manos Project Administrator
On most days, Jo is the first person one sees when visiting Benchmark’s offices, offering each guest her warm welcome. Since 2006, Jo’s responsibilities include: setting up and maintaining electronic and physical files for each client; working with project managers to maintain complete and accurate records for multiple projects; assisting with distribution of bid invitations and constructions drawings; maintaining subcontractors’ insurance files; and assisting with day-to-day clerical support.