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 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.

Chris Gladden

Chris joined Argenta part time in Feb 2017 and full time as an analyst in May of 2017. Chris assists in identifying and evaluating new investment opportunities, performing transactional due diligence, and assisting in the management of existing investments.

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 bachelor’s degree in business administration 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.