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About Benchmark


Benchmark Consulting is the leading search firm dedicated to serving the wine community.

Our clients add competitive value to their organizations by retaining us to locate, attract and screen the best talent. We have the unique ability to draw strong, qualified candidates from within the wine community. This enables us to significantly improve our client organizations' abilities to respond to the challenges of the marketplace.


Dawn Bardessono, Managing Partner

Dawn  Bardessono co-founded Benchmark Consulting in 1995, aspiring to combine her passion for the wine business with her expertise in attracting high-quality talent.

Dawn oversees and takes the lead on all senior-level searches at Benchmark Consulting, utilizing her wine industry experience in the and keen understanding of clients' needs to create lasting relationships.


Kent L. Byrne, Senior Client Development Manager

Kent is the newly appointed Senior Client Development Manager. Kent brings an extensive background of experience and knowledge of the wine industry and the individual needs of varying wine industry businesses.

Kent has gained a wide range of experience for over a decade in Direct to Consumer sales and hospitality while demonstrating strategic insight and drive in wine business operations.

Kent’s passion for building relationships and teams that enhance the value of businesses has lead him to be an extremely effective resource in strategic planning of brand development and management.


If you are interested in hiring Benchmark to assist you with next search, please feel free to call our offices at 707-933-1500 or email us directly at to discuss your organization's needs.

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