“I Created Bench Builders to Help Companies Solve Their People, Process, and Planning Problems So They Can Grow”

Providing systems, support and guidance so your

company can scale faster & smarter.

Hi, I'm Mike, the founder of Bench Builders. I'm a full-time entrepreneur, podcast host, devoted father, and loving husband. Before launching Bench Builders, I held senior roles in Shaw and Mohawk, both Fortune 500 manufacturing companies.

I've worked with clients around the world as they scaled their companies quickly, building my knowledge of how to create the right recipe for success and learning how to pivot and avoid potential problems.

I hold a B.S., Psychology from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and an M.Ed., Human Resource Development from Vanderbilt University. I am a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and Certified Compensation Professional (CCP). I'm also certified to administer and facilitate DiSC® Profile Workshops and Assessments.


Meet the Bench Builders Team

Rhonda Beard

HR Consultant

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.

Mary Malek

Mary Malek


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).

Clients We've Worked With

Customized Solutions for Growing Companies in 3 Easy Steps

We're going to evaluate the three fundamental areas of your business - people, process, and planning - to make sure that you're set up for the best possible success as you grow your company.

You might be able to solve a lot of these on your own. But when you work with our expert team, you'll get there faster, and with fewer delays.

Schedule My Free Consultation

We’ll talk about your company’s goals and where you would like to see improvement.

Create Your Plan

We will look at all three areas of your business and create a custom plan to make sure that you have the right things in place to support your growth.

Execute The Plan

Bench Builders will support you as you execute the game plan making sure that you can move quickly without delays.

Let's Tackle Your Barriers to Growth

Discover the root causes of your people, process, and planning problems. Once identified, we’ll recommend custom-fit solutions that gets you on the path to scaling fast, smart, and profitably.

Executive Coaching

We work one-on-one with your executive team and teach them to be more strategic, effective, and self-aware as leaders.


We work with your managers to help them learn how to stay compliant, become better communicators and have better management skills.

Strategic Planning

We take a close look at your systems and processes and show you how to increase profits, raise employee morale and increase productivity.


What Clients Are Saying...

As the President of a small business, I reach out to Mike O’Neill and Bench Builders when I need perspective. He and his team has a real knack for understanding what really matters and what drives a business forward. Over the last several years, we have involved the Bench Builders team in our project and strategic planning efforts, as well as their expertise in coaching. Mike and his team spent the time necessary to get to know our business and offer real insight and guidance.

David Aft - President, The Community Foundation of Northwest Georgia

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


Which Of These Blockers Are Keeping Your Company From Growing?

Take this free 5 minute quiz to learn what is your #1 growth blocker, and what do you need to focus on first to grow your manufacturing company... and get customized advice from Mike to help you get prepared to scale.