Executive Team

Get to know our founders and dedicated executive team, and give our experts the opportunity to help secure your small business funding and earn your trust.

Small Business Funding Expert

Len Fischer

Founder & Chairman Of The Board

Len Fischer has more than 50 years of experience in the field. He is a member of the bar in New York and California, specializing in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). Fischer is an author and speaker who has lectured extensively on small business funding, rollover business funding, ERISA and employee benefits. He holds an undergraduate degree in economics from the Bernard M. Baruch School of Business and Public Administration of The City College. He graduated from Brooklyn Law School, cum laude.

Cheryl Fischer

Vice Chairman Of The Board

Cheryl Fischer brings over 50 years of experience to the Benetrends team. With extensive expertise in the development of organizational structure and team management, she instills the philosophy of outstanding service throughout Benetrends.

Rocco Fiorentino, CFE

Vice Chairman &
Chief Executive Officer

With over 35 years in the franchise industry, Rocco serves on the Board for Titus Center for Franchising (Atlantic University) & Locate.AI (San Francisco). He is a frequent speaker, moderator, author and past Board member/Committee Chair for the IFA and Multi-Unit Franchise Conferences. He holds a master’s degree in management from the Richard D. Irwin Graduate School of the American College, and the distinction of Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) by the Board of Governors of the IFA. Rocco is a member of the Board of Realtors and is a licensed Realtor.

Eric Schechterman, CFE

Chief Development Officer

Eric has been a featured speaker at numerous business and franchise conferences, educating entrepreneurs on successful small business funding strategies. He has written several articles on small business topics for Franchising World Magazine, and he is sought out for his knowledge on a variety of business subjects. Eric holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Rutgers University, as well as a distinction of Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) by the Board of Governors of the IFA.

Neal Ehrlich

Chief Compliance Officer

Neal Ehrlich has over 37 years of experience in Pension and Defined Contribution Plans, and is an Enrolled Actuary and a member of both the Society of Pension Actuaries and the Philadelphia Actuaries Club. Ehrlich has spoken to numerous groups on topics related to qualified retirement plans, including The PENJERDEL Employee Benefits & Compensation Association (PEBA), and a number of chambers of commerce. He received a bachelor’s degree in secondary mathematics education from Temple University.

Joe Bourdow, CFE

Member, Board Of Advisors

Joe Bourdow brings over 40 years of experience in franchising, advertising sales and broadcasting. He led Cox Enterprises subsidiary Valpak Direct Marketing Systems, Inc. as President through 14 years of record growth.  In 2018 he was recogneized as one of SEO Samba's Top 100 Global Franchise Influencers. He is an active board member and advisor for several well known brands, both franchise and suppliers. Joe is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where he earned a B.A. in American History.

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