Meet the 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.

Michael Prentiss

Michael Prentiss is a Partner at Argenta Partners. He is responsible for deal sourcing, investment due diligence, portfolio management and investor relations. Michael serves as a director for Coffin Turbo Pump, Vertrauen Chemie Solutions, and Heritage Health Solutions.

Prior to joining Argenta Partners, Michael worked in M&A advisory 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.

Chris Gladden

Chris is an Associate at Argenta Partners. Chris is responsible for identifying and evaluating new investment opportunities, transactional due diligence, and assisting in portfolio management.

Prior to joining Argenta, Chris spent three years interning with two different private equity firms in the Dallas area, Lantern Asset Management and glendonTodd Capital.

Chris received a B.B.A. in finance with a specialization in alternative asset management, as well as a bachelor’s degree in economics from Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business.

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.