Michelle Pournelle Appointed General Manager of Benchmark

Apr 04, 2022

STATHAM, Ga., April 14, 2022 – Benchmark, a leader in automated product distribution and packaging solutions, recently announced Michelle Pournelle has been named as the company’s new General Manager. Reporting to Greg Jacob, Senior Vice President – Material Handling of ProMach, she will lead the company’s business operations and provide strategic development for ProMach’s Benchmark, Kleenline, and Southern product brands.

Michelle earned her B.A. in Economics and Master of Accountancy from Auburn University and brings over 15 years of accounting and finance, forecasting, purchasing, and strategic planning experience, specifically in customized capital equipment manufacturing, and has led Benchmark’s operating and fiscal operations as Controller since 2020.

“Since joining the company, Michelle has demonstrated exceptional skills in developing, implementing, and executing the strategic plan for our facility and ensuring that revenue, profit, and business goals are achieved. Her tenure in accounting combined with her entrepreneurial skillset is the perfect combination for Benchmark as we continue offering superior custom solutions to our customers. ” -Mike Rupert

Since founding Benchmark in 2001, Mike Rupert and Vince Tamborello have successfully grown and nurtured Benchmark, developing a strong reputation in the North American Bakery and Food Packaging sector. While this is a time of important transformation for Benchmark, Mr. Rupert and Mr. Tamborello look forward to continuing as an integral part of the business, particularly within the Engineering and Sales operations.

“We’re fortunate to have a leader of Michelle’s caliber and experience to assume responsibilities for Benchmark. She has been an integral part of our success and is the ideal choice to continue the strong record of growth, customer satisfaction, and product innovation.” -Vince Tamborello

Mike Rupert, Vince Tamborello, and Greg Jacob will work closely with Michelle to ensure a smooth and systematic transition. Trevor Derby, ProMach’s Finance Manager, will step in as interim Controller of Benchmark.

“I am excited to continue working with our team as we offer superior custom solutions to our customers and ensure Benchmark continues building and expanding its strong industry leadership position as the leading supplier of packaging automation” said Michelle.

To learn more about Benchmark, visit our website at www.benchmarkautomation.net

About Southern

Southern simplifies pouch packaging with durable, versatile, and flexible horizontal form fill & seal (HFFS) systems for the food and non-food industries. Whether its powders, liquids, tablets or towelettes, Southern has over 30 years of experience in creating high-performing rollstock pouch packaging systems that increase productivity and decrease downtime. Southern is a product brand of ProMach, a global leader in packaging line solutions. As part of the ProMach Flexibles & Trays business line, Southern helps our packaging customers protect their reputation and grow the trust of their consumers. ProMach is performance, and the proof is in every package. Learn more about Southern at www.SouthernPackaging.com and more about ProMach at www.ProMachBuilt.com.

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