Our Story

we are benetrends

Focused On Your Funding Needs — Nothing Else

 

Benetrends Financial offers you the experience, knowledge, and guidance you need to put your trust in us—so you can stop asking, “is it the right time to buy a business” and start believing “how soon can I start?”

From our own humble beginnings in 1983 by Leonard Fischer, one of the nation’s leading ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act) attorneys, Benetrends Financial has grown to help thousands of others see the same success. Since blazing the trail for 401(k)/IRA retirement funding with our innovative Rainmaker Plan®, we’ve helped entrepreneurs maximize the benefits of their retirement plans with the most compliant and efficient setup for building optimal wealth as a small business owner.

While funding partners are around every corner, we believe in being there for every part of your business ownership journey—from gaining funds and opening doors to overcoming challenges and experiencing the true benefits that all happen after funding is in place. And that’s where our 35+ years of acquired expertise is invaluable to entrepreneurs and future owners.

A dedicated team of over 100 experts, offering a wide array of funding vehicles and solutions for entrepreneurs. “What hasn’t changed after all these years is Benetrends’ passionate obligation to ensure the continued viability of retirement funding in America and our complete dedication to our clients.”

core values & culture

Working With Benetrends

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Founded With a Purpose

Our company provides long-term small business lending solutions that fund the dreams of entrepreneurs. We’re happy to help you start up, and we stick around!

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Suite of Innovative Funding Options

A true pioneer in the lending industry, Benetrends blazed a trail for 401(k)/IRA retirement funding, but we can also help you with loans for women, minorities, and more.
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Complimentary Consultations

We’re ready to jump in when you are! Get started at no risk without hesitation to determine your business goals, financing options, and more with a funding consult.
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35 Years Of Industry Expertise

Benetrends was founded in 1983 by Leonard Fischer, a leading ERISA attorney—the original architect of penalty-free 401(k) business financing.
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A Long-Term Partnership

So much can happen after you secure funds. That’s why we partner with you for as long as you need us. From retirement planning to strategic growth, we’re here every step.
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Endless Support & Resources

Once your funding is secure, our partnership to grow your wealth and achieve success truly begins. We stand behind you and offer financial resources to continue your success.
Our Pledge to You

Building Sustainable Funding Solutions

Our Small Business Lending Group Is Passionate About Helping You Realize Your Dreams

Our mission is to make every Benetrends client our champion. For over 35 years, our Rainmaker Plan® has been tested and proven to work, providing a means for more than 17,000 entrepreneurs to achieve their dreams of business ownership, creating both jobs and prosperity. We are so confident in the Rainmaker Plan design that we stand fully behind our work, backing every client with our Rainmaker Guarantee.

Our Executive Team

Len & Cheryl Fischer

Founder & Chairman of the Board, Vice 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 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.

Founder & Chairman Of The Board, Vice Chairman of the Board

Len & Cheryl Fischer

Rocco Fiorentino, CFE

Vice Chairman & CEO

With more than 35 years in the franchise industry, Rocco serves on the Executive Board of Advisors for The Multi-Unit Franchise Conference, the Titus Center for Franchising at Atlantic University & Locate AI., a real estate technology firm based in San Francisco. He is a frequent speaker, moderator, author and past Board member/Committee Chair for the IFA. He holds a master’s degree in management with an emphasis in leadership 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.

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Rocco Fiorentino, CFE

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.

Chief Development Officer

Eric Schechterman, CFE

Neal Ehrlich

Chief Compliance Officer

 As Benetrends’ Chief Compliance Officer, Neal has over 42 years of experience in the retirement plan industry. He has been an Enrolled Actuary since 1984.  Neal has been a lecturer for many organizations focusing on all aspects of qualified retirement plans, particularly related to Rollover as Business Start-ups (“ROBS”). Neal has spent time on Capitol Hill discussing ROBS Plans with members of Congress and their respective staffs.  He also has participated in many meetings with the Departments of Treasury and Labor to make certain that the ROBS industry is meeting each agencies compliance expectations.

Chief Compliance Officer

Neal Ehrlich

Bhavin Contractor

IT Manager

With more than 20 years of experience,, Bhavin holds master’s degree in engineering & various other academic/professional certifications. With strong knowledge of a unique combination of technology, engineering expertise, and distinct business understanding, Bhavin has been trusted to lead technology strategy, high-velocity projects, and digital transformations with results-based vision, balanced risk, and focused execution.  Bhavin is recognized as a creative strategist and reliable solutions builder. Bhavin is building monumental transformations to drive technology-enabled innovation for Benetrends staff and customers.

IT Manager

Bhavin Contractor

Joseph Kim

Senior Compliance Officer

Joseph Kim has over 30 years of experience in accounting and tax services and is a CPA (certified public accountant) and MST (Master of Science in Taxation. He is a member of American Society of Pension and Professional & Actuaries.  He received his Bachelor of Accounting degree from Temple University and Master of Science in Taxation from Drexel University.

Senior Compliance Officer

Joseph Kim

Ali Kraus

VP of Marketing

Ali is an experienced marketing and events professional in the franchise industry. She brings marketing experience to Benetrends from the franchisor and digital advertising side of the industry. She is skilled in franchise development marketing, digital marketing strategy, brand awareness, social media marketing, public relations, and event planning. She is an active member of the IFA’s Women in Franchising Committee and the Women’s Franchise Network and has been named a Young One to Watch by 1851 Magazine and a Top Franchise Influencer.

VP of Marketing

Ali Kraus

George Smith

VP of Operations

George has 25 years of retirement experience which covers TPA, bundled and software space.  George is a member of, as well as credentialed by the American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries, National Institute of Pension Administrators and International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and holds his ERPA designation with the IRS.  His experiences leading retirement teams, industry knowledge and his ability to communicate with our customers will help our customers when they transition from new business to operations.  George holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. 

VP of Operations

George Smith

Reg Byrd

President SBA & Bank Financing

For almost 30 years, Reg has been assisting entrepreneurs in all aspects of business development with a focus on financing, business planning, and budgeting. The scope of his work ranges from mom-and-pop brick and mortar independent businesses to Fortune 500 hotel development projects, acquisitions, and dispositions. Securing debt being his forte, Reg and his team have been successful in placing over two-billion dollars in debt; vis-à-vis relationships with traditional lenders using SBA products, commercial lending, and leasing. Within the franchise community, Mr. Byrd is known as the “master” when it comes to SBA financing, consulting entrepreneurs, and securing financing for projects in varying stages.

President SBA & Bank Financing

Reg Byrd

Lynn Walker

Director of Operations

Lynn Walker brings 22 years of experience working in the retirement space and is a member as well as credentialed by the American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries.  Lynn understands the spirit of entrepreneurship as she too was a business owner.  Lynn holds a bachelor’s degree in Business with concentration in accounting. 

Director of Operations

Lynn Walker

Charles Brodany

Client Services Supervisor 

Charles oversees the Onboarding experience of all new clients.  He brings 16 years of experience in retirement plan administration, including daily operation, plan design, and compliance.  He is committed to developing others to provide exceptional, quality service.  With strengths in creativity, problem solving, and relationship management, Charles assists clients in accomplishing their goals.  Charles has over 15 years of leadership experience working in Christian Churches focusing on staff development, organizational assessment, and strategic planning.

Client Services Supervisor 

Charles Brodany
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Expert Team, Dedicated to Helping Entrepreneurs

 

We love to help entrepreneurs live their dreams and succeed in business ownership. This is where our 35+ years of expertise is invaluable. We’ve grown to include a dedicated team of over 80 experts, offering a wide array of funding vehicles and solutions for entrepreneurs. What hasn’t changed after all these years is our passionate obligation to ensure the continued viability of retirement funding in America – and our complete dedication to our clients. We’re here with you for as long as you need us, even well after funding has been secured.

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Transforming The World of Small Business Loans

Benetrends’ Rainmaker Plan® was designed to help potential entrepreneurs maximize the benefits of their retirement plans by allowing them to fund a business without taking out a loan – and it has worked for over 17,000 small business owners since its inception. Today, more than 10% of all franchises, as well as numerous start-ups and existing businesses, are now financed utilizing the 401(k) business funding solution pioneered by Benetrends.

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Working With an Industry Pioneer

Other IRA/401(k) rollover business funding plan companies have sprung up in the past 35 years since we pioneered the concept. However, none of them have the same depth and breadth of expertise as Benetrends. The entire Benetrends team is dedicated solely to retirement planning and plan services, offering the best guidance during the initial process, providing ongoing services and ensuring continued compliance with tax laws as your business moves forward.

  • IN-HOUSE TEAM OF CERTIFIED PROFESSIONALS

    No subcontractors or outsourcing of retirement plan services

  • CUSTOM PLAN DESIGNED FOR YOUR NEEDS

    including 401(k) and profit-sharing options

  • MORE EXPERIENCE THAN ANY OTHER PROVIDER

    a knowledgeable team of experts with the most industry certifications

  • AUDIT SHIELD PROTECTION & IN-HOUSE-ERISA ATTORNEYS

    and assurance in knowing that we’ve NEVER had a plan disqualified!

our mission

We’re A Team That Cares About Giving Back 

We are a compassionate team and strongly believe in growing together as members of the local community, the nation and the world. We are committed to community service and volunteering — with the same passion and drive we have for helping entrepreneurs.

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And Having Fun
While Serving Others 

Philanthropy is anything but boring. Wherever the Benetrends team shows up, there are bound to be smiles and laughter while focusing our attention on the ultimate goal – serving our neighbors.

what we do

Our Community Involvement

You have your choice of companies to aid in your business funding solutions — but few funding groups care about community involvement as much as you do.
Benetrends Financial is a socially responsible enterprise that strongly believes in growing together.

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Initiatives We Truly Care About

There’s more than one way to enjoy helping the community. Benetrends’ past charitable opportunities have ranged from collecting food donations to lending a hand at summer camp.

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Volunteer Days For Staff Members

Introduced by Benetrends President and CEO, Rocco Fiorentino, this initiative was created because he believes in giving back to our communities.

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Year-Round Compassion

Our year-round philanthropic endeavors include serving meals at soup kitchens, gathering school supplies for at-risk youth and stocking food pantries.

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Long-Term Partnerships

Benetrends and its staff members partner with several charities and outreach programs for the long term in an effort to make a real difference in the community.

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Current And Ongoing Community Initiatives 

Benetrends is dedicated to giving back to society and encouraging philanthropic endeavors. Check out some of the worthy causes we support.

Cradles To Crayons

Every year, thousands of volunteers pass through the doors of the Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory warehouse to roll up their sleeves and help disadvantaged children around the Greater Philadelphia region. Together, we sort and package all new and like-new donations into customized KidPacks. KidPacks — each containing a week’s worth of everyday essentials — are distributed by more than 250 social service agencies to low-income and homeless children.

Manna on Main Street

Relying on a core of volunteers, Manna seeks to end hunger in the North Penn region by providing food, fulfilling social service needs and conducting community education through a food pantry and soup kitchen, emergency financial aid, counseling and referrals and community outreach. Volunteers serve 2,000 meals restaurant-style each month to local community members.

Camp Out For Hunger

Benetrends has volunteered at Camp Out For Hunger to help collect food for the local community. Camp Out For Hunger collects non-perishable food items on behalf of Philabundance. Since 1998, WMMR’s Preston & Steve morning show has held an annual Camp Out For Hunger, in which both Preston and Steve “camp out” for one week in November to raise food for Philabundance.

The Little Rock Foundation

To strengthen its commitment to community service and volunteering, Benetrends’ executive team has supported the volunteer efforts at Camp Little Rock, a tri-state area facility day camp for the blind or visually impaired. Together, Benetrends and The Little Rock Foundation are aligned around the commitment to create awareness and support the efforts in expanding education and service to the blind and visually impaired.

Join the Benetrends Team!

Benetrends is looking for motivated people to add to its staff and give to our vision of turning WANTrepreneurs into ENTREPRENEURS.

A Benetrends Financial career offers numerous career and lifestyle advantages, and our benefits program has been specially designed to deliver flexibility, financial security, a meaningful work experience, and a work-life balance.

View our available job postings below and apply to start helping entrepreneurs get the funding they need for their startup and franchise businesses.
 

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IFA’s Chosen Partner for Retirement Funding

As a long-time supporter of franchising, we're proud to be named the preferred vendor and partner for IRA/401(k) rollover financing by the International Franchise Association (IFA). We’re happy to help name brands big and small, as well as hundreds of emerging franchises, build success and growth through our innovative Rainmaker Plans and ROBs funding solutions.

Ready to follow your entrepreneurial dreams with custom funding solutions?