Who We Are

We believe in continuous improvement and innovation as we achieve new goals together. At Benchmark, you can be part of a team that thrives on solving problems and delivering great products to be the partner of choice for our customers. We celebrate diversity and inclusion within a company comprised of unique individuals who make us better every day. We understand that diverse viewpoints foster innovation and result in better decision-making, so we listen, improve, and excel.

Are you ready to take the next step in joining our team? Learn more about the people who make us who we are.

Our People

Discover what it’s like to make a difference at Benchmark.

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Deon Holley

Helpdesk Admin III

Mary Hintze

Mechanical Engineer II

Ken Jefferies

EHS Manager

Leah Tatum

Global Account Executive

Elizabeth Magana

Regional HR Manager

Dereje Mamo

Machine Operator

Deon Holley

Helpdesk Admin III

Arizona Operations

“Benchmark is a great place to work because there is a lot of freedom to learn and make mistakes, then work through them in order to figure out what you’re good at. They offer opportunities to move into different roles if people are interested, as well. I was able to move from one area to another, and I wouldn’t have that opportunity elsewhere.”

I spent my first ten years working for Benchmark within operations; my role was to help get manufacturing parts inspected. While I was in that job, I learned a lot about other areas within the company, including data analytics, so I became really interested in IT. I wanted to bring a different perspective to the IT side of the house since Benchmark had a really talented team and I wanted to be part of it. So, I decided to return to school to get a degree to move into IT at the same company, where I now help internal users at the IT help desk. My team works hard, and sometimes long hours to make sure we get the job done, but we’re willing to do that to make sure everything continues to run smoothly.

The best thing about a career at Benchmark is that it’s full of opportunities: you’re always learning here. You have the ability to further your career and develop yourself, and you never do the same thing every day. I like those daily challenges, even though it’s difficult sometimes, because it’s always something new. I’m able to grow professionally by working closely with mentors and fellow coworkers. I wouldn’t be where I am today without others around me helping me become better. I sought out this position because they say if you find something you love, you don’t feel like you’re working. That’s true for me: I love working with computers–I have six of my own–and I get paid to have fun doing something I enjoy.

I’ve been at the company for a while, so I’ve seen a lot of changes. Benchmark has grown due to combining a hodgepodge of companies and cultures, and now it’s really merging into one Benchmark with one corporate culture, and they’ve done a great job on that journey to unity. They’ve focused on standardizing processes, looking at problems and solutions from a data perspective, and leveraging the right tools to making long-term decisions because they’re always looking at the bigger picture to improve the success of the company, which helps everyone individually to improve. Overall, I am able to have a space to voice my opinion and speak without being judged. They always hear me out, and I always feel supported, not restricted.

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Mary Hintze

Mechanical Engineer II

Arizona Operations - Phoenix

“At Benchmark Lark Technology, I’ve experienced a horizontal leadership structure where I feel comfortable approaching anyone for advice and know that my voice is valued by those around me. Currently, manufacturing and engineering is still a very male-dominated industry, so I would love to see more women in a role like mine. I am grateful that my direct team here is diverse, and I love how Benchmark is becoming more cognizant of the need for diversity, and purposefully implementing changes to improve it within the company.”

As a mechanical engineer at the Benchmark Lark facility, I help design housings for electronic circuit boards for customer products. My team helps with overall materials selection, creation of 3D models, utilizing CAD tools for thermal and structural simulations, while collaborating with electrical, RF, and PCB layout engineers to deliver a quality design fit to our customers’ requirements. We then proceed to work with the manufacturing and testing engineers to transition from design to prototype, and finally production. One of the benefits of working within Benchmark is the vast variety of skills, experience and tools there are across the company to learn from and use to fulfill so many different needs of our customers. Rather than hiring a whole team or outsourcing to multiple service providers, customers can utilize the Benchmark Lark Technology design house for electrical, RF, and mechanical design, PCB fabrication, SMT, micro-e, testing and more all under the same roof as an extension of their internal team. We get to partner directly with customers for consistent feedback throughout the project, while also pulling the knowledge and feedback from all those different facets to create a cohesive design within one company – we’re a true one-stop shop.

I actually got started here as an intern while I was in college, and I was hired to stay on part time through my senior year until I graduated. When I got an offer for full-time employment, I accepted because I wanted to see the growth for myself. When I originally started here, I was one of 26 employees, and now we have over 200 people employed in the facility! I’ve also had the opportunity to grow here personally and professionally. In my engineering team, we like to refer to ourselves as the ‘Swiss army knives’ because we’ve been able to take on multiple roles. I have had the opportunity to wear many different hats, from creating designs from scratch, to designing experiments, to functioning partially as a project manager, to being a technical liaison for customers. At Benchmark, we work with so many different industries and products, so you’re constantly updating your knowledge and skills, whether it’s in telecom, medical, aerospace, military, or more. We work across all industries and areas, and it’s rewarding because you learn a lot quickly and become very versatile in your work.

I’ve recently been given more responsibility in regards to design work as I continue to see more products come full circle and note how end users interact with projects. I can utilize that knowledge to design something and be able to give more feedback throughout the process, which makes my work meaningful. I’ve been able to work on a solution that can be used to help people in third-world countries or remote areas with limited access to medical devices, items that will one day be in a satellite up in space and even products used by individuals on a regular day-to-day basis. Every day I feel challenged, but that’s how I know I am succeeding as an engineer because I’m always learning something completely new to me. I love that I get to see projects go from an idea to a finished product, which a lot of engineers don’t get to experience. I’m able to see designs that started in my head get transferred to reality and come to life.

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Ken Jefferies

EHS Manager

Arizona Operations - Phoenix

“The production team is like a symphony where everyone plays their own instrument, so we each have our own role and expertise to make a beautiful sound. I help everyone come together safely so that they can do their job well, feel good about it, and enjoy it.”

As an Environmental, Health, and Safety manager, I work to ensure standards in environmental health and safety, including hazardous waste, hygiene, training, occupational safety, cleanup for emergency response, and other areas. I’m responsible for helping others have a safe and effective day at work by putting systems into place to improve the quality of the work environment; I want people to be able to do their job consistently and not worry about their health while doing it. Since I get to see and work with everyone in the plant, I’m able to get to know them individually, learn their stories, and understand what motivates them. In turn, they trust me with their lives and livelihoods.

Benchmark allows me to have autonomy in what I’m able to do and in my responsibility for others. When I started here a couple of years ago, I was able to begin with a blank slate and put systems in place to meet good standards, grow processes, and build something that works to improve the quality of the environment for everyone. Every challenge is unique, and we work together to solve them. It’s always good to be part of a company that’s growing and has an eye toward growth.

If you want to be successful here, engage with the people around you. Think about your ideal career path and speak up about what you’d like to do so that we can support you in that. We want to continue to develop people and put good processes in place so that you never lose that sharp edge and continue to learn and grow. Be confident that you’ve been hired for a reason, and you can make Benchmark a better place because we’re all working together with an innovative, improvement mindset. It’s funny: everywhere else I worked, they always told me to set benchmarks and meet them, but now I get to do that every day with a company by that very name. We keep setting the Benchmark and moving it to improve it.

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Leah Tatum

Global Account Executive

Headquarters Operations - GHQ, Tempe, Arizona

“The senior leadership team really cares about us as employees. During my medical diagnosis, I was able to take the time I needed, I was able to be flexible, and they were supportive. They really care about you as a person, and you matter.”

I manage customer accounts who make medical devices and walk alongside them as they grow and develop new products. During my time here, I’ve grown in new areas and have found that you need to have a flexible mindset, always be ready to be challenged, and take initiative–and you’ll get rewarded for what you do. You’re going to be involved in amazing technology and projects with the best coworkers you’ve ever had, and there will always be people to help you grow. If you’re interested in a new area of expertise, speak up and they will tailor to your strengths and interests; that’s really something that sets Benchmark apart.

Speaking of a support system, last year I was diagnosed with cancer, and I was supported through it all by my team and the leadership team. The most impactful part of it is that I was being treated using the exact equipment that my customers make. I got to see firsthand that the products I work on with customers were literally saving my life. For example, my treatment included medical diagnostic and imaging equipment, IV equipment and infusion systems, and pharmaceuticals, which are all products that Benchmark customers have developed in the medical field that we’ve helped come to fruition. Thankfully, because of all that, I’m okay now. We’ve also helped customers develop new products like ventilators to meet demands in hospitals during the pandemic, and it was hard work, but it made a difference. It’s really incredible to see that my work matters, and it helps people.

Benchmark is a place where you can take ownership of your role. It’s a place for independent thinkers and driven people who really want to be leaders. We have a mindset of failure as improvement: you learn from it and move forward. We’re one benchmark, a global organization where we collaborate and support each other. We’re dynamic and flexible, and we’re always learning new things, meeting new people, and strengthening each other.

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Elizabeth Magana

Regional HR Manager

California Operations - Moorpark

“If I could go back to my 20s and start my career over, I would choose a company like Benchmark. It’s about more than just popularity or recognition of working for a big-name company; it’s about the experience you gain from a technology-based company where your work can really mean something. Here, you could work on a project that can actually save lives.”

I manage the HR functions at three locations, including Moorpark, California, and Guadalajara and Tijuana, Mexico, totaling over 2,000 employees. We mostly work on confidential projects in areas like commercial aerospace, government, and defense. That means the projects we complete here are meaningful because they protect lives. I love the work that I do recruiting and supporting employees to help lead them through various situations that arise. Here, my input is always valued and they take my voice into consideration. At Benchmark, people in leadership positions really care; they reach out not because they have to, but because they want you to know that you really matter.

If you’re considering a career at Benchmark, you have the ability to build a career of your dreams while making a difference. Every time I go through a new employee’s orientation, I cover procedures and processes, and I always tell them, ‘Never just stick to your job description.’ Here, you can always learn more about products, customers, and the business itself. In other places, you have to do your job and stick to it. Here, you can partner with other leaders, go to new sites, and learn as much as you want, because we give you the opportunity to touch areas other than your own.

I feel that my background and experience is really valued from a cultural perspective. Our leadership is putting an emphasis on the right areas of company culture in order to continually improve diversity and inclusion. I never feel like I’m a number here; I’m a valuable part of the company. I wake up in the morning ready to help other Benchmark employees because my time here matters, my work matters, and I can add value to the company. Benchmark is a great company to work for, not only because of its competitive salary and benefits, but because you can feel proud to work here. It’s amazing what we do with technology, and Benchmark is where I want to be.

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Dereje Mamo

Machine Operator

Minnesota Operations - Rochester

“It’s all about teamwork. The designers and engineers can create something spectacular, but if the solder joint isn’t up to par, it’s going to fail in the field. The role of machine operator is critical to the final product, and we all appreciate each other and the work that we do. It takes all of us to make it happen.”

I’ve been with Benchmark for 13 years as a machine operator in multiple areas. Now that I’ve been here a while, I am a mentor for new hires coming in, and I can help them with getting certifications as well. I really appreciate that upper management is always helpful in accommodating my needs. I’ve never felt neglected or secluded because of who I am or where I’m from.

A few years ago, my brother became very ill, and my family needed me to help out, so I had to take a lot of time off. I thought I was going to have to take extended leave or even leave the company. Management worked it out with me to work part time and keep my benefits while still being able to care for him until I could come back full time. They chose to help me and work with me–they didn’t have to do that. They understand the importance of family, and they’re good human beings. There’s always someone willing to help you if you do a good job and you need something, and it makes the days go by easy. We also have quarterly bonuses that we share based on the goals the company has set. At my location, we’ve never missed any, and it’s always exciting to have an extra incentive that makes a difference. I work with good team players, and everyone is there with the same goal.

The type of work I do doesn’t require me to invent anything, but to focus on details and instructions of what’s given. I can never assume the product I built a week ago is the same now. I have to keep attention to detail and always focus. In manufacturing, something may look like it’s the same thing, but the engineers may make a change that very morning, and I have to be careful with the instructions I’ve been given to implement the changes that happen. We have machines that do the work, and we load the right programs and technology. The electronic devices are class 3, meaning they have to work all the time during their lifetime. I know what I build makes a difference in people’s lives. I’m proud of that, and it makes me feel good that I’m a part of it.

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