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From Wall Street to Main Street, our team includes entrepreneurial business executives with extensive experience  in a variety of industries such as:

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Our Team

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Robert Smith


Hi everyone. I’m Robert the founder of this company. Over the past 15 years, Benchmark has developed and nurtured relationships with industry and banking partners to remain at the forefront of commerce and payment processing. Our vast knowledge of the industry, combined with our successful team and commitment to service excellence, have strengthened our reputation as visionaries in merchant services.  At Benchmark, our primary focus is to deliver reliable and secure payment solutions to help businesses succeed in an increasingly complex global marketplace. Our secondary focus is to set new standards in convenience, reliability and innovation by quickly adapting to changes in the payment ecosystem.

Michele Pasquarella

Chief Operating Officer


Hi. I am Michele and I oversee all aspects of day-to-day administrative and operational functions of Benchmark. In an industry where clients expect impeccable service, my point of differentiation is my hands-on approach and personal attention to the unique needs of every account - regardless of industry or size of business.  My responsibilities include, but are not limited to, application intake, underwriting, risk management, customer service, and deployment.  I am credited with building team morale, maintaining a positive work environment, all while being Benchmark's biggest cheerleader.


Liva Brong

Chief Financial Officer

I've worked in the finance sector for over 2 decades, steadily working my way up from Accounts Receivable to Controller. I ensure Benchmarks finances are in line and make sure our vendors and sales reps get paid on time. 

Ray Thomas

Deployment Manager


I'm Ray, the Deployment Manager here at Benchmark. Once your merchant account is approved, I will have your terminal or gateway deployed in a timely manner. If you experience any terminal or gateway problems, I am your man to take care of it.


Steven Cron

Executive Vice President

With over 15 years of industry experience, knowledge and relationships, I can effectively address any processing challenge – including high risk merchant processing, global payment processing, fraud protection, and chargeback mitigation – so you will be well poised to succeed in your industry. At Benchmark, we stay relevant and competitive to ensure you maximize revenue and acceptance along the way efficiently and securely. I utilize the latest payment processing strategies, technology solutions, and compliance support, so that I can offer you better hardware, improved software, seamless integration, competitive rates and multiple service options.

Mark B. Freeman

Executive Vice President


Hey! I'm Mark. I joined Benchmark in 2011 to help expand digital payment offerings to the finance and insurance benefits industries. If you are in one of those industries and want to save money on your credit card processing, I'm your guy!


Steve Ball

Northeast Sales Director

With over 15 years of credit card processing experience, I am well poised to effectively address all aspects of your electronic payment processing needs in today’s marketplace – no matter how simple or complex. I put a strong focus on developing long term, value added relationships with my clients that are driven by my core values of integrity, transparency and responsiveness. I have helped countless medical offices process credit card payments securely, while offering the lowest rates. Let me help you maximize revenue with efficient payment solutions.

Michael Della Terza

V.P. Business Development


After helping several small businesses obtain unsecured working capital in the heart of the '08 recession, I've continued helping small business, but in a different way. Since then, I've assisted many business owners with their credit card/merchant services needs. This ranges from setting up a business to take credit card payments for the first time to finding ways to maximize the lowest possible rates.

Donna Korren

Director of Business Development


Hi everyone! I've helped hundreds of companies to increase their profits. My prestigious clients include many national retailers and corporations. I have expertise in all areas of payment processing including online, retail and b2b. In 2020, I launched Change, a woman owned payment processing company, in partnership with Benchmark. As its president, I am one of the few women in leadership positions in the payments industry.

Dave Jensen

National Sales Director


Hi, I'm the Dave everyone is referring to in the testimonials. When you switch to processing with Benchmark, I'm there for your business from start to finish. Anytime you have questions, I'm there for you too!


Loren Shuman

Director of Sales

I'm Loren, working out of beautiful Delray Beach in Florida. I specialize in helping your small business save money on credit card processing. From sales to strategic planning to new business development, I know how small businesses think.

Scott Tanker

Merchant Services Consultant


I've been involved in the merchant services industry for almost 15 years now. My forte is responsiveness and integrity. My mission is to  make my clients business easier when using any type of merchant service payment process. Credit cards, Checks, ACH transfers, ATM machines, E- Commerce Solutions, Zero Pay Solutions, Point of Sale Systems and more!


Bruce Silverman

Creator of Opportunities

I'm passionate about bringing business solutions to clients. Every business and industry is unique and I take the time to get to know my clients, their businesses and their needs to ensure the greatest opportunities for growth and revenue development. I call it a "concierge approach" to credit card processing.

Barry Levine

Managing Director


It has been 11 years since I joined Benchmark and the merchant processing world. I have seen seismic changes in the payment processing space in that time.  My values and dedication to my merchants has always remained the same, always putting their needs and their service requests first. Benchmark is a boutique company and the best way to distinguish ourselves from our competition is with our exemplary customer service. 


Max Cron

Marketing Strategist

I am a marketing expert with experience in all facets of digital marketing. I have experience in strategic planning, branding, website building, SEO, paid advertising, funnel conversion, e-commerce and more.

Benchmark Payment Networks provides electronic payments to merchants in all 50 states and in many countries. We offer a comprehensive suite of products and services. We uniquely tailor our credit card processing programs for the special business needs of financial institutions, independent sales organizations, and agents, as well as for referral and reseller partners.

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