Our History

   
From the Beginning:
     2004:
    
    
Ken Anderson, our founder, was a freshman at Hawkinsville High School, the same year, he was working to build a future
         in technology.  While there, he met Charles Spires, the Information Technology instructor at Hawkinsville High, who Ken posed the
         question about starting a computer repair business in his town of Hawkinsville.

         After Ken found that it would be a viable idea, and to have a summer job, he took the idea and created TechSTAR.  In August of
         2004, Ken had repaired more than 300 computers and started building a business in Middle Georgia.



     In the Utility Room:

     2005-2006:
    
    
Ken Anderson, our founder, was a freshman at Hawkinsville High School, the same year, he was working to build a future
         in technology.  While there, he met Charles Spires, the Information Technology instructor at Hawkinsville High, who Ken posed the
         question about starting a computer repair business in his town of Hawkinsville.

         After Ken found that it would be a viable idea, and to have a summer job, he took the idea and created TechSTAR.  In August of
         2004, Ken had repaired more than 300 computers and started building a business in Middle Georgia.

     2007:
    
    
Business became very strong for TechSTAR in 2005, Kenneth, by this time had begun thinking of more ways to make his business
         idea more successful. 

         In May of 2006, TechSTAR found itself fixing and building computers for customers in the backyard of Kenneth's moms house
         in Hawkinsville, Georgia now known now as the "Benchmark Shed".

         There countless hours were spend researching, planning, and developing everything from software to hardware. 

      

     The Benchmark Name:

  
     2008:
    
    
2008 was a pivital year for TechSTAR, they started developing a computer brand under the PowerSTAR moniker, which sold
         almost 50 units in the first week.  TechSTAR started providing software services as well as computer consulting to the Midstate
         area, and moved its new headquarters to the Allen and Associates Building in Hawkinsville, where Kenneth was introduced
         to Greg Allen, the General Manager of Allen and Associates
.
        
         After forming a partnership with Greg and his business, TechSTAR continued to grow until July of 2008, where after being
         known as TechSTAR since 2004, the company was renamed to Benchmark. 

         Since people have always asked, "Why did you name the company Benchmark?"; the reply is if you define Benchmark,
         you will see that it is both a noun and verb, and in our case, both, Benchmark is a company that stands against others
         for quality, accuracy, and assurance.  We also like to be a pillar, a standard that others are checked by, because at Benchmark
         we are always building greater. 



    In the Utility Room:

       2005-2006:
    
    
Ken Anderson, our founder, was a freshman at Hawkinsville High School, the same year, he was working to build a future
         in technology.  While there, he met Charles Spires, the Information Technology instructor at Hawkinsville High, who Ken posed the
         question about starting a computer repair business in his town of Hawkinsville.

         After Ken found that it would be a viable idea, and to have a summer job, he took the idea and created TechSTAR.  In August of
         2004, Ken had repaired more than 300 computers and started building a business in Middle Georgia.

 2005-2006:
    
    
Ken Anderson, our founder, was a freshman at Hawkinsville High School, the same year, he was working to build a future
         in technology.  While there, he met Charles Spires, the Information Technology instructor at Hawkinsville High, who Ken posed the
         question about starting a computer repair business in his town of Hawkinsville.

         After Ken found that it would be a viable idea, and to have a summer job, he took the idea and created TechSTAR.  In August of
         2004, Ken had repaired more than 300 computers and started building a business in Middle Georgia.

 2005-2006:
    
    
Ken Anderson, our founder, was a freshman at Hawkinsville High School, the same year, he was working to build a future
         in technology.  While there, he met Charles Spires, the Information Technology instructor at Hawkinsville High, who Ken posed the
         question about starting a computer repair business in his town of Hawkinsville.

         After Ken found that it would be a viable idea, and to have a summer job, he took the idea and created TechSTAR.  In August of
         2004, Ken had repaired more than 300 computers and started building a business in Middle Georgia.