Solving People, Process, & Planning Problems for Growing Companies

Providing systems, support, and guidance so you can scale faster & smarter.

Meet the Bench Builders Team

We've assembled the best people to offer the help you need to scale faster & smarter as a growing manufacturer.

Mike O'Neill

Mike O'Neill


Mike is a full-time entrepreneur, podcast host, devoted father, and loving husband. Before launching Bench Builders, he held senior roles in Shaw and Mohawk — both Fortune 500 manufacturing companies. He's worked with clients around the world as they scaled their companies quickly, building his knowledge of how to create the right recipe for success and learning how to pivot and avoid potential problems.

Rhonda Beard

Rhonda Beard


Rhonda has spent two decades leading HR teams in small businesses and Fortune 500 companies. She is a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and holds a certification of Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). She can help you build a strong team, improve your leadership skills, and develop new HR compliance policies. No matter the workplace challenge, Rhonda is ready to offer you logical solutions you can implement immediately.

Robert Hughes

Leadership coach

Robert spent nearly 30 years as a leader in the United States Army before shifting gears and becoming an executive leadership coach. Over his career, he's led a broad range of teams and organizations. This experience helped him to understand the challenges that leaders face and the value of executive coaching. Robert received his coaching certification through the Center for Executive Coaching.

Mary Malek

Mary Malek

hr consultant

Mary jumps in and gets hands-on when she needs to, especially when building training programs from the ground up. She has strong graphic skills and the ability to break down complex information into bite-sized chunks for employees. She has had a robust training career and has worked in both leadership and development roles. Mary has a M.Ed. in Human Resources Development and is a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).

Increased Profits

With solutions implemented, you'll see faster growth and higher profits as you scale up.

Improved Morale

Solving the root cause of morale issues will change the workplace culture for the better.

Greater Productivity

Employees who feel valued are more productive and work well as a team to accomplish their goals.



What Clients Are Saying...

Mike is the real deal. He helped me mentally prepare for the difficult conversation I needed to have to sever a business relationship with a long-time contact. I was supported in advance of the conversation as he helped me to consider all the angles, how to avoid burning a bridge, and I felt well prepared to make a graceful exit. On the day it took place, Mike even called to check in on me. We haven’t been working together for very long, yet I already feel completely supported and like I have a coach who has got my back. I’m looking forward to carrying on with his insightful approach to helping me get “unstuck”.


Mike is someone who not only works well with people, he understands organizations. He has a knack for getting to the bottom of things. He can think fast in a crisis and is rarely "rattled" by tension or conflict. In fact, he is at his best in helping to resolve such situations.

Tyler Downing


Mike is a great leader, teacher, student and friend! His leadership skills and ability to adapt to diverse situations have always impressed me. I have always known Mike to attack projects and issues professionally and compassionately, even in tough circumstances.

Randy Waskul


I've never known anyone with such a perfect combination of skill, experience, compassion, and raw talent. If you have the opportunity to work with Bench Builders, you should take it! From the workshop to the day-to-day business troubleshooting, they know how to cut through the chaos and get results.

Christina Hooper


Schedule a FREE Call With Mike

You are one quick call away from having a clear path forward for your business — you owe it to yourself to take the next step and find out if Bench Builders can help your leaders learn to plan ahead and get their teams on board.