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Ron Harriman headshotRon Harriman

Ron Harriman currently serves as President, CEO, and Senior Consultant of Benchmark, Inc. Launching his career in 1984, Ron's extensive experience in the roofing industry has solidified his reputation as a leading expert and trailblazer.

Ron's professional journey began at the DC Taylor Co., where he honed his skills from the ground up. His roles evolved from crewman to national sales manager, showcasing his versatility and deep understanding of the industry. In 1992, a significant career milestone was achieved when Ron joined Benchmark, then known as Taylor Associates. His leadership and vision were instrumental in the acquisition and subsequent rebranding of the company to Benchmark, Inc. in 1994.

Under Ron's direction, Benchmark has grown to provide services to an impressive list of large, multi-national corporations and develop specialized roof management programs tailored to diverse sectors including hospitality, healthcare, manufacturing, and education. His approach emphasizes the lowest Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), incorporating Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) and a strong belief in preventive maintenance and repair programs to extend asset longevity. Ron continues to lead with a focus on creating long-term value and delivering results that clients can trust and rely on.

Ron is committed to technical excellence, client satisfaction, and leadership development within his team. He values creating strong relationships, fostering growth, and learning collectively. His affiliations with IIBEC, SPRI, National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), Roofing Alliance, and Vistage CEO Network further exemplify his dedication to the industry and thirst for knowledge.

Vince Ellison headshotVince Ellison

Vince Ellison, an experienced professional with a background in operational leadership and community service, currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Benchmark, Inc. Vince has a track record of fostering growth, enhancing operational efficiency, and nurturing a culture of teamwork and client-focused service.

Raised in Mount Vernon, Iowa, Vince embarked on his educational journey at Iowa State University, where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Speech Communication and a Master's degree in Industrial Relations. His pursuit of excellence led him to the University of Iowa's Tippie College of Business, where he completed his MBA, establishing a strong foundation for his professional career.

Vince's career is marked by leadership roles highlighting his versatility. Before joining Benchmark, Inc., he made significant contributions as the Iowa Vice President/General Manager at Knutson Construction Services, where he played a pivotal role in overseeing operations and spearheading complex projects. His experience also includes impactful tenures at BerganKDV, where he served as the Chief Operating Officer and later became ICR Market Leader, Bergan Paulsen's Chief Operating Officer, and at Marsh, where he built up his skills in human resources management.

Beyond his professional achievements, Vince is committed to giving back to the community. He has held various volunteer positions, including Chair of the Board of Directors for the Iowa City Area Business Partnership, President of the Hawkeye Area Down Syndrome Association, and Board Member of the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre. His dedication to service underscores his belief in the importance of community engagement and social responsibility.

Vince Ellison's blend of operational expertise, visionary leadership, and community involvement makes him a valuable asset to Benchmark, Inc., as the company continues to grow and excel in the industry.

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