In 2013, Emily E. Bennett assumed the role of President and Chairman of the Board upon the death of her husband, Robert, the founder of Bennett Management Corp.
Mrs. Bennett received her bachelor’s degree in education at Bowling Green State University in 1974 and her master’s degree in educational media from The University of Toledo in 1978. She was an elementary schoolteacher for 20 years, retiring in 1995.
Over the years, Mrs. Bennett has been a member of many charitable organizations, particularly those raising funds for cancer aid and research. She was active with the Toledo Zoo and the Toledo Choral Society before moving to Fort Lauderdale with her husband in 1995. In recent years, she served on the Advisory Board for the Historic Church of St. Patrick and volunteered in the church’s Food Pantry.
James (Jimmy) Harmon is Chief Executive Officer of Bennett Management Corp., the parent company for 26 Burger King restaurants in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana, with multiple real estate holdings. Hired in May of 2013, Mr. Harmon brings 28 years of experience in the restaurant industry to Bennett Management Corp.
Previous positions included National Vice President of Operations, Training and Franchising for Einstein Noah Restaurant Group in Denver, Colorado, and Chief Operating Officer for By the Rockies, d/b/a Carl’s Jr. and Hardees. Mr. Harmon also led teams in the Toledo and Kalamazoo areas as Vice President and Franchise Partner for RTM Restaurant Group, which, at the time, operated Arby’s Restaurants.
Jimmy Harmon holds an MBA in management and organization and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado.
When not working, Jimmy enjoys spending time with his two children, Maya and Mateo.
David P. Pruss is Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer for Bennett Management Corp. and its affiliated companies. Mr. Pruss joined the organization in September 2013 with over 20 years of financial and operations management experience in a variety of industries.
Prior to joining Bennett Management Corp., Mr. Pruss was the Chief Financial Officer for Pukka, Inc., a privately held company in the retail industry. Mr. Pruss also spent over 10 years with CMC Group, Inc., in Bowling Green, Ohio, in progressive roles of Controller, Vice President of Finance, Vice President of Finance and Operations, and Director of Manufacturing. Earlier in his career, he worked as Controller for S&R Equipment Company and was a Senior Auditor with the Big 4 accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP.
He is a graduate of Bowling Green State University with a degree in business administration, specializing in accounting and management information systems. Mr. Pruss has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1997.
David and his wife, Michelle, have three daughters and reside in Perrysburg, Ohio. He enjoys coaching his daughters’ sports teams and camping with his family. He also enjoys playing many sports including golf.
Mark E. Peterson is the Vice President of Operations.
Mr. Peterson joined Bennett Management Corp. in 1986, having started his restaurant management career with McDonald’s in 1976. He graduated with honors from Hamburger University in 1983.
Bennett Management Corp. hired him in 1986 as a District Manager. In 2001, he was promoted and relocated to Kalamazoo, Michigan, as Area Supervisor for Bennett Management Corp.’s restaurants in the Kalamazoo and Ft. Wayne markets. In 2013, he was named Director of Operations/Managing Director responsible for the overall operations of the 26 restaurants owned and operated by Bennett Management Corp. He relocated to the Toledo area and reports directly to CEO Jimmy Harmon and President Emily Bennett.
Married for 34 years, Mark and his wife, Angie, have three sons and five grandchildren. He coached football for Arbor Hills Junior High and Sylvania Southview High School, both in the City of Sylvania school system. These days, he enjoys fishing and golf, and is a member of the South Haven Steelheaders Association.
Lindsey Bond is the Senior Director of Recruitment and Training. She joined the Bennett Management Corp. in 2013. She brings over 20 years of restaurant experience in a variety of roles to the organization.
Prior to Bennett Management, Lindsey worked for Dunkin Brands, Inc. the parent company to Dunkin Donuts and Baskin Robbins, Starbucks Coffee and Caribou Coffee in a variety of different roles and positions within those companies.
Ms. Bond received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Northern Iowa. Ms. Bond develops and implements new training programs for our managers, leads and develops executive level corporate retreats, recruits great talent, aids in store training, and works closely with the operation teams to ensure restaurant excellence.
She was named to Who’s Who of American Business Women in 2009, is active with the National Restaurant Association and is a ServSafe proctor.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters and volunteering for the Spina Bifida Association.
Brent Simmons is the Senior Director of Information Technology. He joined in 2015 and brings 8 years of restaurant technology management experience to the Bennett Management Corp. team.
Prior to Bennett Management Corp., Mr. Simmons worked as the Systems Administrator for a mid-size manufacturing and distribution company.
Mr. Simmons is a graduate from the University of Toledo (Go Rockets!) with a Bachelors of Business Administration with focus in Management Information Systems.
In addition to his professional career, Mr. Simmons volunteers at his local church, Holland Free Methodist.
Mr. Simmons enjoys spending time with his wife, Courtney, and his three daughters.
Executive Administrative Assistant
Karen Meek is the Executive Administrative Assistant for Bennett management Corp. Mrs. Meek joined the organization in November 2017 bringing with her 17 years of administrative experience. Prior to joining Bennett Management Corp. Mrs. Meek worked in the franchising industry as an Executive Assistant for two major home service brands. Mrs. Meek’s background has given her experience in handling a wide range of responsibilities including operations, marketing and event planning.
As the Executive Administrative Assistant for Bennett Management Corp. Karen reports directly to the President and CEO and is responsible for all administrative and executive duties.
Mrs. Meek enjoys spending her free time renovating her home, traveling or spending time with her family and friends.