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 with executives to instill innovation, bolster performance and provide self-awareness. Inevitably, Mitch gets involved in key leader selection and assessment, technology guidance and removing bottlenecks in processes. He has helped in turnarounds, served boards and held interim executive roles. When hired by venture firms, Mitch serves as mentor and guide to senior leaders.

He spent the majority of his business career launching successful technology ventures. He is Certified in Design Thinking and Executive Coaching. He is a national speaker and published author. 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.