About Us

Benchmark Contracting Established in 1998

Benchmark Contracting is a dynamic, general contracting firm with expertise in design/build, ground up construction, tenant improvements, and comprehensive rehabilitations/renovations in industrial, residential and commercial construction for both the public and private markets.

Founder and President, Benden Parker

Our History

Our name reflects the principles, practices and values that we employ in every aspect of how we do business. Our “Benchmark”, or standard point of reference for our performance is derived from the values ingrained and the lessons learned by Mr. Benden Parker, our founder, at his Alma mater, The Citadel. A Charleston native, Benden believes honesty and integrity define the ways in which we do business, and exemplify the standards of excellence we strive to maintain. Our performance consistently reflects our vision, mission and values, which we continually measure against our Benchmark.

Our experience began in 1998 and quickly moved into the commercial construction side of business, completing tenant improvements (TI), renovations, new construction and public works projects.

By 2008, Benchmark Contracting, Inc. progressed to Design/Build Construction, including ground up construction, tenant improvement, and renovations. Representative projects during this point in our history included Creech AFB Wing Headquarters, Nellis AFB Child Development Center, Fort Huachuca Fire Rescue Station, and Davis-Monthan AFB Store.

Today, Benchmark Contracting, has a team representing more than 150 years of building experience, as we continue to grow and expand our portfolio of noteworthy projects and take pride in each and every endeavor.

Benchmark Contracting Team Members

Raymond Nelson

Safety Director

Raymond Nelson has worked in Construction/Safety for over 15 years. Born and raised in Charleston, SC. Raymond attended South Carolina State University and has worked as an OSHA Outreach Trainer for 3 years. He is also a Member of the NASP (National Association of Safety Professionals) and IASP (International Association of Safety Professionals).

“Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility”. These words have been a main core value for Raymond and Benchmark Contracting for over 15 years. As the Safety Manager Raymond has been able to work with and through management to ensure compliance with safety and environmental procedures to assist in the achievement of profitability/productivity requirements

Ed Howard

Senior Construction Manager

Ed brings over 30 years of experience in Project/Engineering and Construction Management to our Charleston office. Having managed countless multi-million dollar projects to satisfaction, Ed has perfected the art of communication, project control, budget tracking, coordination and scheduling, quality control, job safety standards, trouble shooting and general project oversight. Serving in the USAF for more than 25 years, Ed was the acting Director of Engineering, Project Engineer, and Testing Manager, for the Air Force performing criteria development, design, design management and reviews among others. Add being a father of seven and we know Ed is the epitome of calm under pressure.

Ed Frasier III

Construction Manager

Edward Frasier has made his career in construction with over 17 years of experience. Ed was born and raised in Charleston, SC and has a BS in Business Administration from The Citadel. Mr. Frasier’s 17-year tenure includes many notable projects for clients like McCarran Airport, Clark County and the Clark County School District, City of Henderson, City of Las Vegas, UNLV and University Medical Center. Ed currently sits on the Planning Commission for Clark County representing District D and remains active in his community.

David Duttry

construction manager

David Duttry joined Benchmark Contracting with more than 25 years of construction and management experience. As a seasoned professional with broad experience in all aspects of the construction industry, David started his career constructing homes and then expanded into the commercial arena. From envision/conceptual design, compliance construction, historical renovations, GSA design and construction, SCIF, medical facilities, dining, hotels and extensive work in the security industry, and all levels of government contracting. Considering himself fortunate to have experienced such diverse professional accomplishments, David and his wife relocated to Charleston in the spring of 2017 from the Washington DC area looking to enjoy Charleston’s Southern life style and friendly atmosphere.

Jenery Guion

Civil Engineer

Jenery Guion has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the Western Institute of Technology and was born and raised in the Philippines. Speaking 3 languages fluently, Jenery has over 30 years of experience Managing, Supervising, and Inspecting Heavy Civil Works, from Airport Runways & Taxiways, Building Improvements, Power & Desalination Plants, Concrete & Steel Bridges, Commercial Buildings and Inter-State Highways, focusing on the Structural and Civil disciplines. Jenery’s projects have ranged from $200 Million to $1.2 Billion in value.

Robert Ryser

Site Construction Manager

Robert Ryser started his career in the steel industry in 1975 and has worked steadily in the construction industry for more than 40 years. With experience in all forms of industrial, commercial and government contracts, Robert brings a wealth of experience to the Benchmark Contracting team. From power plants, ammunitions plants, schools, restaurants and banks, Robert has a comprehensive knowledge of Project Management, Site Supervision, Estimating and Safety Training.

Patricia Estevez

Office Manager

Patricia Estevez joined the team at Benchmark Contracting 3 years ago, bringing with her 23 years of Accounting and Administrative experience combined with 9 years as a Systems Analyst. Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ms. Estevez grew up in Madrid, Spain and is fluent is 2 languages. Serving as the Benchmark Contracting Office Manager, Ms. Estevez handles all bookkeeping, accounts payable/receivable, financial reports including WIP, cash flow, balance sheet, income statement, reconciliation bank statement and job costing. A mind for numbers, and seemingly endless energy, Ms. Estevez also handles payroll, insurance, subcontractor payments, bonds, Bid documents and more.