Rod Bench

Principal, Pillar International Insurance Advisors

Rod Bench was the founder and principal of RA Bench, a highly successful financial services organization in Seattle, and managed the firm prior to its sale to USI Kibble & Prentice in 2010. He previously served as an executive officer of New England Financial and was responsible for the company’s marketing efforts; its individual insurance product development; and the legal, design and administration teams supporting all employee benefit plans. In 2016, he joined the group which acquired the individual life and disability insurance business of USI Kibble & Prentice as an equity principal and serves on the management committee of PILLAR International Insurance Advisors.

Rod acts as a senior advisor to many family owned enterprises regarding their succession planning and wealth management issues both in the U.S. and abroad. He is also a recognized expert on the design, financing, reporting, and integration of all forms of executive fringe benefit plans; and the structuring of investment and insurance arrangements to meet the financial and reporting requirements of these programs for both private and public concerns.

Rod is currently a trustee and chair of the finance committee for Seattle University and has served as a director of a number of industry and charitable organizations. He is a Chartered Life Underwriter and holds advanced designations in Business Tax Planning; Pension Planning and Estate Planning from the American College. Rod and his wife, Mary Jo, reside in Seattle and Napa, CA.