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Benchworks President Melissa Johnston Named Treasurer for Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) Mid-Atlantic Chapter

The HBA strives to further the advancement and impact of women in the business of healthcare.

CHESTERTOWN, MD, 5/24/2017Benchworks announced that its president, Melissa Johnston, was recently selected as treasurer for the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA). Nominated by chapter president Donna Grande, the term runs through 2018.

The HBA Mid-Atlantic chapter board meets in person once each quarter and holds monthly conference calls. In addition, the organization hosts a variety of meetings throughout the year in various locations. As treasurer, Melissa will be responsible for financial statements and reporting as well as high-level review and analysis for the HBA Board of Directors.


Benchworks Supports Smithsonian “The Way We Worked” Exhibit at Sumner Hall in Chestertown, Maryland

The exhibit is part of Museums on Main Street, which is open to the public through May 20.

CHESTERTOWN, MD, 4/9/2017 – The Smithsonian is coming to Chestertown, Maryland! The traveling exhibit called “The Way We Worked” will be displayed at Sumner Hall through May 20. To help promote the event, Benchworks provided strategic marketing consulting and graphic design services. Finished pieces for the promotion include the logo, advertisements, rack cards, brochures, and digital designs for use on the website and social media.

Sumner Hall was selected by Maryland Humanities as one of five host sites for its “The Way We Worked” exhibit, which is part of the Museum on Main Street project. The exhibition pays tribute to the people whose contributions made a difference in their communities.


Melissa Johnston of Benchworks Speaks at Marketing Roundtable

The event was offered by the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia.

PHILADEPHIA, PA, 3/28/2017Benchworks announced that its president, Melissa Johnston spoke at a Marketing Roundtable on March 22 in Philadelphia. The event was offered by the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia and hosted by WHYY.

The Marketing Roundtable featured breakout groups and interaction with speakers who are leaders in their industries. Topics included digital marketing trends, leveraging social media, public relations and brand development. In addition to Melissa Johnston, speakers from [2 one 5] Creative, Finch Brands, The Union Marketing Group, and ChatterBlast Media discussed how to build successful marketing campaigns.

Melissa Johnston noted that this interactive roundtable was beneficial to participants as they were able to get valuable insights on several topics within a short period of time. “It was an honor to be included in this group of accomplished marketers. I enjoyed meeting a wide variety of marketing and communication professionals and furthering the conversation around CRM and marketing automation.”


Thad Bench of Benchworks to Participate in 8th Annual Life Science Chief Executive Officer Forum

The biotechnology industry forum takes place March 23-24 in San Diego, California.

CHESTERTOWN, MD, 03/21/2017Benchworks CEO Thad L. Bench Sr. will participate in the 8th Annual Life Science Chief Executive Officer Forum on March 23–24 in San Diego. The event is a gathering of executive leadership from companies in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device and diagnostic industries.

Benchworks Vice President Christian Meyer will also participate in the forum. Participants will discuss the future of the life science industry and current challenges organizations face. The event is designed for education, engagement and knowledge sharing. A live polling feature will enable the audience to actively participate.

Thad Bench will interview the Founder, President & CEO of ARMO Biosciences, Peter Van Vlasselaer, PhD. The conversation will focus on Vlasselaer’s entrepreneurial experience and the need for leadership excellence in the biotech industry and will be conducted in front of an audience of attendees.


Benchworks Names Jake King as Creative Director

King will supervise creative services throughout the entire agency.

CHESTERTOWN, MD, 01/26/2017Benchworks is pleased to announce the recent hire of Jake King. He joins the company as Vice President, Group Creative Director. In this role, King will lead the company’s creative team, develop concept strategies and oversee creative execution for integrated marketing campaigns.

Prior to joining Benchworks, King was Creative Director at CorasCloud and Associate Creative Director at Wunderman DC. He has experience as the creative leader on a variety of accounts including Pfizer and Merck. At Benchworks, King will oversee the creative efforts in the Chestertown and Philadelphia locations.

Benchworks President Melissa Johnston commented on the position saying, “I am very excited to have Jake join the Benchworks team. His role as Creative Director is a central role in the organization and I am looking forward to collaborating with him. Jake will be responsible for developing and implementing the vision for all of the agency’s creative projects. I am confident that he will provide insightful strategic guidance for our clients and the agency. His extensive and wide-ranging experience will be extremely beneficial as he strives to create marketing campaigns that will inspire the target audience and deliver results.”


Benchworks Marks 25 Years of Excellence in Life Science Marketing

Benchworks is a marketing firm which serves the life science industry and is headquartered in Chestertown, Maryland.

CHESTERTOWN, MD, 11/9/2016 – This year marks 25 years in business for Benchworks, a rapidly growing privately held business dedicated to serving the life science industry. Benchworks’ operating units include a multi-location advertising agency with expertise in DTC/HCP campaign development; a wholesale DEA inspected pharmaceutical drug distribution business licensed to handle drug schedules II-V, including cold chain assets with facilities in Maryland, Kentucky and Florida; and lastly, a consulting business that works with life science and medical device companies on commercialization planning. The Benchworks family of companies has a particularly strong level of expertise in product launch management and product lifecycle optimization.

Benchworks began serving a national audience in 2001, eventually earning long-term strategic assignments with pharmaceutical clients such as Pfizer, Shire, Otsuka and Teva. Currently Benchworks does business with over 25 life science and medical device companies in North America.

“I am pleased to say that after decades of hard work, we have evolved Benchworks into a full-service strategic agency capable of handling AOR assignments,” said CEO Thad L. Bench Sr. “The acquisition of Safe Chain Solutions, our pharmaceutical drug distribution business, allows us to provide our life science clients with a robust platform to help them achieve their commercial goals.”


Benchworks Holds Agency LRB Grand Opening

Agency LRB is a division of Benchworks located in the Fishtown area of Philadelphia.

CHESTERTOWN, MD, 11/3/2016Benchworks, a comprehensive marketing services agency, held a grand opening at its newest division, Agency LRB on October 20. The well-attended event took place at the Agency LRB offices in the trendy Fishtown area of Philadelphia. Benchworks recently secured this additional 2,000 square feet of space due to the agency’s expansion.

The name of the new division reflects the initials of Benchworks CEO Thad Bench’s father, Leigh R. Bench. LRB firmly believed in the value of a strong work ethic, the importance of character and a commitment to the highest standards of corporate relationships.

When asked about the event, Thad Bench said, “Agency LRB is the latest addition to the Benchworks’ family of businesses. The Philadelphia location is ideal for reaching our growing client roster. Plus, it gives us access to exceptional creative talent, which produces marketing solutions for our clients that get results. The agency name honors my father’s legacy and I know he would be proud of what our team has accomplished.”


Benchworks Named to Inc. Magazine’s 35th Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

For the second time, Benchworks appears on the Inc. 5000 list

CHESTERTOWN, MD, 8/23/2016Inc. magazine recently ranked Benchworks, a comprehensive marketing services agency, No. 1005 on its 35th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the fastest-growing privately held companies in America. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the U.S. economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses.

The 2016 Inc. 5000, unveiled online at, is the most competitive crop in the list’s history. The average company on the list achieved a mind-boggling three-year growth of 433%. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue is $200 billion, and the companies on the list collectively generated 640,000 jobs over the past three years, or about 8% of all jobs created in the entire economy during that period. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at


Amanda Mills a Finalist for MM&M Young Marketer of the Year

CHESTERTOWN, MD, 8/9/2016Amanda Mills, senior project manager for Benchworks’ Pfizer team, was recently chosen as a finalist for the Young Marketer of the Year Award. The award is given each year to a person who has been in the industry for three years or less, and who has “excelled in their role for any healthcare industry organization or marketing agency.”

Amanda joined the Benchworks team three years ago. In that short time, she has grown into a key member of the marketing team who routinely provides guidance to clients on streamlining and improving project execution. She has developed a strong rapport with her clients by being proactive and attentive to their needs. She excels in her role because she is highly organized and fully understands and appreciates the agency process.

As a result of her hard work, Amanda has been directly responsible for 7 percent growth in agency business with Pfizer. Not only has she has helped Benchworks win more projects with Pfizer, but a greater proportion of these projects are now strategic assignments.

The winner of the Young Marketer of the Year Award will be announced at the MM&M Awards Ceremony to be held at New York City's Cipriani Wall Street on October 6.

Benchworks Receives Industry Accolades

PM360 magazine and Medical Marketing & Media magazine select Benchworks for top honors.

CHESTERTOWN, MD, 8/3/2016Benchworks, a comprehensive marketing services agency, is proud to announce that the company was honored with two prestigious industry awards.

Thad L. Bench, Sr., CEO of Benchworks, was chosen as a 2016 PM360 ELITE 100 winner, and the company was also selected by Medical Marketing & Media (MM&M) magazine as one of the Top 100 Healthcare Agencies in the United States.


Thad L. Bench II Joins Benchworks

Thad Bench II will focus on marketing and business development.

CHESTERTOWN, MD, 4/12/2016In the best tradition of family businesses, Benchworks is pleased to announce that Thad L. Bench II has joined the company that his father Thad L. Bench, Sr., co-founded. Thad II will be responsible for marketing activities for Benchworks and Safe Chain Solutions, a Benchworks company, along with business development initiatives.

“This is a very rewarding development for me, both personally and professionally,” said Benchworks CEO Thad L. Bench, Sr. He added that having his son join the team is a clear message to clients and employees that Benchworks is committed to a long-term strategy for growth and operational excellence.


Safe Chain Solutions Purchases Building, Prepares to Expand

The purchase allows Safe Chain to expand office and warehouse space.

CAMBRIDGE, MD, 02/16/2016Safe Chain Solutions, a Benchworks Company, announced recently that it has purchased the building at 822 Chesapeake Drive in Cambridge, Maryland. The modern, award-winning facility is the site of Safe Chain headquarters. It is located on 6.29 acres in the commercial district and consists of 15,000 square feet of office, distribution and warehouse space.

The purchase of the building is part of the expansion plan for Safe Chain and offers the possibility of building out additional space as necessary. Expected growth in the form of new business will likely result in job creation in the areas of logistics coordinators, accounting, IT and account managers.


Safe Chain Solutions Selected to Represent Maryland at Arab Health Conference in Dubai January 25-28

Safe Chain is one of only seven companies chosen to exhibit within the State of Maryland booth at Arab Health.

CHESTERTOWN, MD, 01/26/2016Safe Chain Solutions, a Benchworks Company, was recently selected to exhibit within the State of Maryland Department of Commerce booth at Arab Health on January 25-28, 2016, at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre. More than 4,000 companies are exhibiting at the conference where more than 130,000 healthcare professionals from 163 countries are expected to attend.

This is the 41ST annual Arab Health show. It has expanded over the years and is now the second largest exhibition and congress in the world. In addition to offering opportunities to build relationships with the healthcare industry, the event showcases progress and achievement in the field of healthcare. The show is ideal for Safe Chain Solutions because the company is a full-service distributor of pharmaceutical products and medical supplies.


Benchworks Launches Agency LRB in Philadelphia

Agency LRB to provide enhanced services to expanding list of clients.

CHESTERTOWN, MD, 12/11/2015Benchworks, one of the fastest growing regional agencies on the East Coast, is pleased to announce the creation of its newest division, Agency LRB, a full-service creative agency. The launch of Agency LRB is the result of Benchworks’ business expansion this past year and expected continued growth in 2016 and beyond.

Located in Philadelphia’s Fishtown area, Agency LRB enhances Benchworks’ ability to serve an expanding list of national clients, providing them with greater access to the agency’s award-winning, quality services. The location takes full advantage of the depth of creative talent that can be found in one of Philadelphia’s hippest, most artistic neighborhoods.


Benchworks Names Christian Meyer Vice President of Strategic Accounts

Benchworks is a comprehensive marketing services firm.

CHESTERTOWN, MD, 11/3/2015 – As a result of its continued growth, Benchworks recently named Christian Meyer to the position of Vice President of Strategic Accounts. His areas of responsibility include business development in the life sciences space and providing consulting services to brand teams supporting emerging campaigns and product launches.

Chris Meyer has extensive experience in the pharmaceutical industry having guided brands through varying strategies, market dynamics, and operational environments. Prior to joining Benchworks, he was a Product Manager for the Neuroscience Business Unit at Shire Pharmaceuticals. Meyer was responsible for creating and launching a disease state education campaign and partnered with creative and scientific agencies to develop compelling marketing materials.


Safe Chain Solutions Unveils New Website

The new site offers easy access to information about Logistics and Healthcare Solutions.

CAMBRIDGE, MD, 8/27/2015Safe Chain Solutions, a Benchworks Company, announced today that it has launched a new website that offers valuable new features and functionality for customers.

The new website is divided into Logistics Solutions and Healthcare Solutions, both to reflect Safe Chain’s offerings and for easy access to information. Through a new customer login, customers will have the ability to place and track orders, and view real-time inventories. Pharmaceutical customers will also have access to all of their T3 required documentation through Safe Chain’s Track & Trace™ online client portal.


Benchworks Promotes Sally Reed to Vice President

Reed supervises the Benchworks Digital Services team.

CHESTERTOWN, MD, 8/26/2015Benchworks is pleased to announce that Sally Reed has been promoted to the position of Vice President, Digital Services. In this position, Sally will be responsible for supervising all activities of the Digital Services team and working to expand digital offerings for Benchworks clients. This includes website development, videos, email marketing, and interactive banners.


Benchworks Names Vujanic Executive Vice President

Benchworks is a comprehensive marketing services firm.

CHESTERTOWN, MD, 7/23/2015Benchworks is pleased to announce that Brenda Vujanic has been promoted to the position of Executive Vice President. She will be responsible for managing the corporate marketing and communication strategy, providing strategic guidance for key clients, and serving as an experienced resource for Benchworks’ expanding team as the marketing services firm continues to grow.


Benchworks President Melissa Johnston Receives Transformational Leader Award From PM360

CHESTERTOWN, MD, 5/20/2015Benchworks President Melissa Johnston has been presented the Transformational Leader Award in the PM360 ELITE (Exceptional Leaders, Innovators, Transformers and Entrepreneurs) competition. PM360 ELITE recognizes individuals who are the most influential in the healthcare industry and instrumental in achieving results.


Ernst & Young announces Benchworks CEO Thad L. Bench, Sr. is an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2015 Award finalist in the Maryland Region

CHESTERTOWN, MD, 5/7/15 – Ernst & Young (EY) announced that CEO Thad L. Bench, Sr. of Benchworks is a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2015 Award in the Maryland Region. The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Thad Bench was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on Thursday, June 25, 2015, at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront.


Benchworks Names Melissa Johnston as President

CHESTERTOWN, MD, 12/16/2014Benchworks is pleased to announce that Melissa Johnston has been named to the position of President. She will be responsible for all agency functions and executing the company’s vision and strategy, as well as overseeing sales and marketing. Melissa will also support Benchworks’ market development initiatives focusing on the Boston, Washington, DC, and Virginia markets.


Benchworks Appoints Charles Laudadio, MD, MBA As Medical Director

CHESTERTOWN, MD, 10/08/2014Benchworks is pleased to announce that Dr. Charles Laudadio, MD, MBA, has been named to the position of Medical Director. In this position, he will be primarily responsible for consulting on marketing initiatives for clients in the pharmaceutical space.