Benchmark Export Services was incorporated in April 1986, and has operated continuously since that time. A "closely-held" corporation, which is operated by its principals, whose combined experience in the Freight Forwarding industry is in excess of 100 years. The company is both an IATA approved agent and licensed by the Federal Maritime Commission as FOREIGN FREIGHT FORWARDERS.
With offices and warehouses situated in Essington, Pennsylvania the company offers a full range of forwarding services to the export shipper.The personnel at "Benchmark" pride themselves in providing FAST answers to their customers' questions and rate quotations. Too, they can tailor their services to fit the needs of those firms new to the export marketplace with expert answers and advice with regards to international banking, i.e. letters of credit, cash against documents transactions, etc. Whether by air or ocean, Benchmark Export Services can provide the means to satisfy your international customers' requirements.
Scott Hoffman has been with Benchmark since 1994. He came to Benchmark after almost 20 years in the Food Service Industry, and took on a sales and sales management position. After becoming an officer of the firm ,and with the retirement of Jack Hinkle the founder and former President, Scott was appointed President. He has always been excited to be a part of this company and is looking forward to continuing to work with our excellent staff, quality vendors, and industry partners to serve our clients and assist them as they grow their International business. His wife Cindy and him have been married for 33 years and have 4 children. Scott and his family are active members and involved in their Church, Community ,and local school. Other interests include hiking, canoeing, travel, history and literature.
Mark Osborne has been with Benchmark since 1989. Prior to Benchmark he worked with aeromexico airlines, pandair, dateline fwd services. As an air freight specialist Mark worked with founder and President Jack Hinkle in expanding the business and serving our growing list of clients. Mark has spent 39 years in the Freight Forwarding industry. Mark is Hazmat certified and anlso a perishable product expert.
Michael S. Smith is the Operations Manager with Benchmark Export Services, Inc. In this role, Michael leads a team providing all aspects of Freight Forwarding & Logistics, including Export, Import and all aspects of logistics including Chartering of Aircraft. Michael is Hazardous Material Certified in both modes of Air & Ocean as is all of our team of professionals as well as the TSA Security Coordinator for our company. Michael has been with Benchmark for 8 +years and brings 36 years of experience to Benchmark. He is a Father to 2 Teenagers, Assistant Scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts Of America, also a loyal Eagles fan and is an avid fisherman.
Caitlin Walsh Graduate of Saint Joseph’s University (2008). Prior to joining the Benchmark team, she worked for an international food broker. Caitlin handles the Sales/Marketing and is cross trained in air & ocean export and import services. She enjoys cooking, sports, movies, and spending time with family and friends. Caitlin joined the Benchmark team in 2009.
Lori Bartholomew started her career in 1990 as a bank examiner with the FDIC. She worked various accounting/financial analyst/bookkeeper jobs over the years, finding a perfect fit with Benchmark. She handles both our receivables and payables, as well as all accounting issues. She does this on a part-time basis, allowing her time with her children as well as time to enjoy the sunshine. She has been here since 2007 and plans to be here forever .
Stephanie Martinson joined the Benchmark Team in 2007 as the ocean freight manager with the retirement of Anthony Scoppetta in the same year. She was “hand-picked” by Anthony to take over his position. His confidence is shared by the staff here and our clients. Stephanie had 10 years of direct ocean freight experience prior to joining Benchmark, and also has some prior experience with local air ground handling agents. She works to provide our ocean shipping clients with carrier options, and updated information so our clients have a tailored solution to their ocean shipping needs. Stephanie and her husband Ric currently have three children. Stephanie enjoys time spent with family and friends.
Ed Pickering has joined the Import Department of Benchmark Export Services, Inc in November of 2012 as the Import Manager and Licensed Customs Broker. Ed received his Customhouse Broker License in 1982. He has over 35 years experience as a Customhouse Broker in the Port of Philadelphia. Through the years Ed has gained extensive knowledge and skills through formal education and practical experience in the Customhouse Brokerage and International Shipping industry.
Elinor Scholz has joined Benchmark as an Import Specialist in the newly expanded Import Department. She brings with her twelve years of experience in the Import field. Elinor began her career after graduating Glassboro State College with a BA in Biology. From there she worked ten years as a chemist in the Environmental Testing and Food Quality industries. After taking a break in her career to raise her two daughters Elinor began working in the Import field.