With over 35 years of experience, Kenneth Benbow has served corporations such as Apple Computer, Antares Alliance Group (an EDS company), and Articulate Systems. When Apple Computer (First Generation) took notice of Benbow’s talent, he was quickly moved from his sales role in Texas. He became National Sales Director for Corporate HQ in Cupertino, CA, and managed and developed sales programs for the entire Dealer Channel. He was responsible for growing Apple’s largest account from $100 million in sales to $210 million in fifteen months.
As an entrepreneur, he became CEO of Centaurus Marketing, Inc. in Dallas, TX, a service company that provided inbound and outbound teleservices for business clients. When the teleservices industry changed, he sold it and became President of American International Grain AIG, a company that exported U.S. agricultural products to Egypt. From contacts from AIG, he joined for Alliance Capital. He turned to investment banking working on ventures from $1 million to $300 million.
Most recently, he founded AllStar Materials, LLC, a rock and gravel quarry on his 1000acre ranch in South Texas. Looking to develop hemp for his property, he became highly involved in the Texas hemp market. As he was introduced to Sid Miller, Texas Agriculture Commissioner, he realized that a SaaS company was desperately needed to stabilize the market. After accepting the offer from Hempliance to become CEO, he has recently committed to moving to Austin, TX to run the company.
His domestic and international background brings a variety of expertise of cutting edge, high tech companies, and marketing to commodity businesses. Benbow's acumen of assembling and directing the right mix of people, financing and materials to implement strategies is imperative in the fast-moving hemp market. As CEO, Benbow generates empowering leadership solutions for Hempliance and their clients