Bench Strength

It is not about our success. It is about your success. We simply bring our best, into your arena, in order to help you perform at your highest level.

Our clients include startup executives, Fortune 500 leaders and next generation leaders.


Mitch Smith

Mitch Smith, Managing Partner

Mitch Smith works one-on-one with executives desiring to improve both their personal and business performance. He spent the majority of his business career launching four successful technology ventures. He is a national speaker and author of JUNK. Mitch is married with three children and resides in Mt. Pleasant, SC. He is a graduate of The Citadel and served seven years in the SC Army National Guard.

Doug Hooper

Doug Hooper, Managing Partner

Doug Hooper works one-on-one with CEOs, COOs and CFOs, helping ensure the company's financials are in-line for scaling, acquisition or accessing capital. Doug is an experienced COO and CFO. His career encompasses senior operations and finance roles in a wide variety of industries, in the startup to multi-billion dollar corporations as well as turnaround situations. He has served as CFO of Dixie Diamond Mfg., CFO for Summit Systems and Controller and VP of Operations for UCB Pharmaceuticals for 12 years. He is married with two daughters and resides in Atlanta, GA.

Ann Hellow

Ann Hellow, Associate

Ann Hellow works with organizational development leaders in order to improve culture and performance. She aligns people to process. Ann is a talented and seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience at companies that include Fiat Chrysler, EDS, and Hewlett-Packard. Her areas of expertise include: building corporate organizational development, improving organizational culture, restructuring organizations, business transformation, learning organizations, talent development, technology integration, on-boarding strategies, and career pathing. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and a Master’s Certificate in Organizational Development and Management. She holds an MBA from Northwood University - Richard DeVos Graduate School of Management. She resides in Oakland, Michigan.

Michelle Morgan

Michelle Morgan, Associate

Michelle Morgan works with senior sales and marketing leaders in order to improve go-to-market strategies and communications. Michelle in an innovative and strategic marketing and advertising client services professional. In her role as COO for a healthcare sales, marketing and rep education company, she managed and oversaw the delivery of integrated applications in the field. Deliverables ranged from native apps, web-based apps, websites and microsites to eLearning programs and live multi-day training experiences. Michelle holds a BA in Industrial Relations (known today as Management and Society) from the University of NC in Chapel Hill and an MBA from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.