Our Team

  • John Benefield

    John Benefield has been a partner of Argenta Partners since 1991. John has over 25 years of experience structuring and managing equity investments and is involved in investment origination, execution and management. John serves as a director for all portfolio companies.

    Prior to joining Argenta, John was responsible for developing, implementing and managing mezzanine and equity investments for Signal Capital Corporation. During his tenure at Signal, he also led a group that managed a large portfolio of distressed senior, mezzanine and equity investments.

    John earned a degree in economics at Columbia University.

  • Harry Lynch

    Harry Lynch is the founding partner of Argenta Partners, which was established in 1989. He is involved in all aspects of the firm's investment strategies and operational activities and serves as a director of its portfolio companies.

    Prior to founding Argenta Partners, Harry was responsible for the real estate development business of Lynch Properties Company, which developed commercial and residential properties in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. Earlier he served as a Vice President in the private equity investment business of Laird and Co. in New York City and served as Chairman of selected client companies. Prior to that, he served as an Assistant Professor on the faculty at the Harvard Business School.

    Harry is a director of the J. F Maddox Foundation, a private charitable foundation in New Mexico. He earned a degree in electrical engineering at Rice University, an MBA at Stanford University and a DBA at Harvard University.

  • Michael Prentiss

    Michael Prentiss is a Vice President at Argenta Partners. He is responsible for deal sourcing, due diligence, monitoring portfolio investments and other transaction-related issues.

    Prior to joining Argenta Partners, Michael worked for Jones Lang Lasalle in Buenos Aires, Argentina where he focused on their capital markets business throughout Latin America. Prior to that, Michael worked for Columbus Merchant Bank, a boutique Mergers & Acquisitions advisory firm based in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    Michael received his B.A. in history from the University of Virginia and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

  • Wendy Benson

    Wendy Benson serves as the Controller of Argenta Partners. For over 20 years, Wendy has led the firm's accounting, due diligence and analytical efforts. Wendy has extensive GAAP and Tax accounting experience and she serves as a tremendous resource for the accounting management of our portfolio companies.