Thad Bench

CEO


Thad Bench

  •  A seasoned executive with extensive experience in marketing, brand positioning, and product launch management.
  •  Former business owner of manufacturing and distribution operations and of a commercial real estate company.
  •  Held senior corporate marketing positions with St. Louis-based Huttig Building Products and with Jeld-Wen, Inc., one of the country's largest forest product companies.
  •  Has served on numerous nonprofit boards and is a founding member of the National Sailing Hall of Fame in Annapolis, Maryland.
  •  Graduated from Elmira College in 1984.
  •  Enjoys sailboat racing, running, and working on his farm.

Renée Bench

Chairwoman


Renée Bench

  •  Held leadership positions in environmental consulting firms in Washington, DC and Annapolis, Maryland.
  •  Former general manager of The Avendt Group, a consulting firm in in Annapolis, prior to running Harding Lawson and Associates in Arlington, Virginia.
  •  Serves on several local non-profit boards, including the Kent Association of Riding Therapy and the Chester River Association.
  •  Began her career working in cancer research at the Hershey Medical Center.
  •  Holds a master’s degree in environmental management from Duke University and bachelor’s degrees in biology and English from Kenyon College.

Melissa Johnston

President


Melissa Johnston

  •  A highly experienced executive with an extensive history in marketing, brand promotion and product launches.
  •  Received the PM360 ELITE Award in May 2015.
  •  Elected president of Benchworks in 2014.
  •  Promoted to senior vice president, helping grow Benchworks from 4 to 20 employees in 2008.
  •  Completed the University of Delaware's Project Management Certificate program in 2004.
  •  Graduated magna cum laude in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in both business and economics from Washington College. Inducted into Sigma Beta Delta, the national honor society in business, and won the business award for Best Senior Capstone.
  •  Enjoys boating on the Sassafras River, and watching Porsche Club races.

Emil Andrusko

Senior Vice President


Emil Andrusko

  •  Responsible for overseeing strategy, planning, and market development for Benchworks Licensed Products.
  •  Core capabilities include brand planning, forecasting, market development, product development, and advocacy development leadership.
  •  Brings 30 years of sales and marketing leadership experience in numerous therapeutic categories with companies including Wyeth and Pfizer.
  •  Highly experienced working in therapeutic categories including contraception, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, hemophilia A & B, MS, rare diseases, endocrine care and inflammation.
  •  Holds a BS in pharmacy from St. John’s University and is a licensed pharmacist in New Jersey.
  •  Avid golfer who also enjoys fishing, traveling, and spending time at the beach.

Brenda Vujanic

Executive Vice President, Pharmaceutical


Brenda Vujanic

  •  Proven ability to strategize on brand initiatives; manage simultaneous projects within projected timelines and budgets; and serve as a responsive, solution-oriented partner.
  •  Has an extensive career in the healthcare industry, working in public relations for Lourdes Health System/Trinity Health; sales and marketing for Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield; and managing large marketing initiatives for pharmaceutical clients such as Roche, Shire, and Noven.
  •  Graduated with honors from Salisbury University, earning a BA in communication arts.
  •  Avid outdoor enthusiast: golfing, hiking, and spending time on the water.

Amanda Biggart

VP of Finance and Administration
& General Manager


Amanda Biggart

  •  Drives key process improvements to support Benchworks’ continuing growth.
  •  Heavily experienced in corporate accounting, tax preparation, human resources, and IT management.
  •  Earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Frostburg State University with concentrations in accounting and actuarial science. Earned an MBA in accounting in 2008.
  •  Former key player on the Frostburg varsity lacrosse team.
  •  Enjoys coaching lacrosse; playing with Cam, her black lab; and boating.

Sally Reed

Vice President, Digital


Sally Reed

  •  Brings over 10 years of interactive pharmaceutical project experience working with clients such as Pfizer, Novartis, Shire, and CSL Behring.
  •  Former senior executive for Cadient Interactive, managing a team of project managers delivering a range of projects from banner ads to fully integrated campaigns.
  •  Projects included a professional portal for all Pfizer brands and an award-winning web 2.0 project for Novartis Vaccines utilizing user-generated content on YouTube.
  •  Started career as TV news producer in Washington, DC, eventually covering the White House during the Bush and Clinton administrations.
  •  Earned a BA in history from the University of Vermont.
  •  Enjoys horseback riding, running, and berry picking.

Charles Boyd

President/Partner


Charles Boyd

  •  Responsible for business development and customer acquisitions at Safe Chain Solutions, a healthcare distribution company, acquired by Benchworks in 2014.
  •  Co-founded Safe Chain Solutions in 2011, quickly building the third-party logistics firm into a thriving business specializing in healthcare distribution.
  •  Began his career with US Express Freight, a worldwide freight systems company headquartered in Landover, MD, where he managed their warehouse and third party logistics expansion division.
  •  Former director of Logistics at a Maryland-based pharmaceutical wholesale distributor where he managed the company’s complex supply chain between 3 national distribution centers and customers throughout the United States.

Patrick Boyd

Managing Partner


Patrick Boyd

  •  Provides business planning, market strategy, and contract negotiation for Safe Chain Solutions.
  •  Has worked in pharmaceutical distribution since 2003.
  •  Before co-founding Safe Chain, he helped grow a Maryland-based pharmaceutical distributor to a company exceeding $35 million in revenue 4 satellite offices and distribution centers.

Ryan McBride

Creative Director


Ryan McBride

  •  A Philadelphia-based creative director, copywriter, and conceptual strategist.
  •  20 years of advertising agency and in-house corporate creative experience.
  •  Has worked on B2C, B2B, direct, interactive, print, POS, collateral, environments, healthcare, financial, electronics, catalog, consumer packaged goods, photo shoots and more.
  •  Lives with his wife and son and enjoys everything and anything outside.

Thad Bench

CEO

  •  A seasoned executive with extensive experience in marketing, brand positioning, and product launch management.
  •  Former business owner in manufacturing and distribution operations and commercial real estate.
  •  Held senior corporate marketing positions with St. Louis-based Huttig Building Products and with Jeld-Wen, Inc., one of the country's largest forest product companies.
  •  Has served on numerous non-profit boards and is a founding member of the National Sailing Hall of Fame in Annapolis Maryland.
  •  Graduated from Elmira College in 1984.
  •  Enjoys sailboat racing, running, and working on his farm.

Renée Bench

Chairwoman

  •  Held leadership positions in environmental consulting firms in Washington, DC and Annapolis, MD.
  •  Former general manager of The Avendt Group, a consulting firm in Annapolis, prior to running Harding Lawson and Associates in Arlington, VA.
  •  Serves on several local non-profit boards, including the Kent Association of Riding Therapy and the Chester River Association.
  •  Began her career working in cancer research at the Hershey Medical Center.
  •  Holds a master’s degree in environmental management from Duke University and bachelor’s degrees in biology and English from Kenyon College.

Melissa Johnston

President

  •  A highly experienced executive with an extensive history in marketing, brand promotion and product launches.
  •  Received the PM360 ELITE Award in May 2015.
  •  Elected president of Benchworks in 2014.
  •  Began her career with Benchworks in 2005 working on Pfizer, Wyeth and Shire as Business Manager.
  •  Promoted to senior vice president, helping grow Benchworks from 4 to 20 employees in 2008.
  •  Completed the University of Delaware's Project Management Certificate program in 2004.
  •  Graduated magna cum laude in 1998 with a bachelor's degree in both business and economics from Washington College. Inducted into Sigma Beta Delta, the national honor society in business, and won the business award for Best Senior Capstone.
  •  Enjoys boating on the Sassafras River, and watching Porsche Club races.

Emil Andrusko

President, Benchworks Licensed Products

  •  Responsible for overseeing strategy, planning, and market development for Benchworks Licensed Products.
  •  Core capabilities include brand planning, forecasting, market development, product development, and advocacy development leadership.
  •  Brings 30 years of sales and marketing leadership experience in numerous therapeutic categories with companies including Wyeth and Pfizer.
  •  Highly experienced working in therapeutic categories including contraception, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, hemophilia A & B, MS, rare diseases, endocrine care and inflammation.
  •  Holds a BS in pharmacy from St. John’s University and is a licensed Pharmacist in New Jersey.
  •  Avid golfer who also enjoys fishing, traveling, and spending time at the beach.

Brenda Vujanic

Executive Vice President, Pharmaceutical

  •  Proven ability to strategize on brand initiatives; manage simultaneous projects within projected timelines and budgets; and serve as a responsive, solution-oriented partner.
  •  Has an extensive career in the healthcare industry, working in public relations for Lourdes Health System/Trinity Health; sales and marketing for Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield; and managing large marketing initiatives for pharmaceutical clients such as Roche, Shire, and Noven.
  •  Graduated with honors from Salisbury University, earning a bachelor's degree in communication arts.
  •  Avid outdoor enthusiast: golfing, hiking, and spending time on the water.

Amanda Biggart

VP of Finance and Administration
& General Manager

  •  Drives key process improvements to support Benchworks’ continuing growth.
  •  Heavily experienced in corporate accounting, tax preparation, human resources, and IT management.
  •  Earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Frostburg State University with concentrations in accounting and actuarial science. Earned an MBA in accounting in 2008.
  •  Former key player on the Frostburg varsity lacrosse team.
  •  Enjoys coaching lacrosse; playing with Cam, her black lab; and boating.

Sally Reed

Digital Director

  •  Brings over 10 years of interactive pharmaceutical project experience working with clients such as Pfizer, Novartis, Shire, and CSL Behring.
  •  Former senior executive for Cadient Interactive, managing a team of project managers delivering a range of projects, from banner ads to fully integrated campaigns.
  •  Projects included a professional portal for all Pfizer brands and an award-winning web 2.0 project for Novartis Vaccines leveraging user-generated content on YouTube.
  •  Started career as TV news producer in Washington, DC, eventually covering the White House during the Bush and Clinton administrations.
  •  Earned a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Vermont.
  •  Enjoys horseback riding, running, and berry picking.

Charles Boyd

President / Partner, Safe Chain Solutions

  •  Responsible for business development and customer acquisitions at Safe Chain Solutions, a healthcare distribution company, acquired by Benchworks in 2014.
  •  Co-founded Safe Chain Solutions in 2011, quickly building the third-party logistics firm into a thriving business specializing in healthcare distribution.
  •  Began his career with US Express Freight, a worldwide freight systems company headquartered in Landover, Maryland, where he managed their warehouse and third party logistics expansion division.
  •  Former director of Logistics at a Maryland-based pharmaceutical wholesale distributor where he managed the company’s complex supply chain between 3 national distribution centers and customers throughout the United States.

Patrick Boyd

Managing Partner, Safe Chain Solutions

  •  Provides business planning, market strategy, and contract negotiation for Safe Chain Solutions.
  •  Has worked in pharmaceutical distribution since 2003.
  •  Before co-founding Safe Chain, he helped grow a Maryland-based pharmaceutical distributor into a company exceeding $35 million in revenue and 4 satellite offices and distribution centers.

Ryan McBride

Creative Director

  •  A Philadelphia-based creative director, copywriter, and conceptual strategist.
  •  20 years of advertising agency and in-house corporate creative experience.
  •  Has worked on B2C, B2B, direct, interactive, print, POS, collateral, environments, healthcare, financial, electronics, catalog, consumer packaged goods, photo shoots, and more.
  •  Lives with his wife and son, and enjoys everything and anything outside.