It’s no secret we are a small consulting firm. However, one of our more unusual attributes is that we can quickly grow to accommodate the needs of our clients by enlisting the help of our partners. Over the years, Benton Consulting has worked closely with some of the finest consultants, both from the payments industry and from traditional business consulting. Many are former colleagues from Benton International/Perot Systems, as well as colleagues from other client organizations and projects.

The experience level of our partners in unrivaled. Each partner is a highly experienced, senior consultant or consultancy – no kids right out of their MBA candidacy.

We work with C-level executives, thought leaders, technology architects, and senior technologists. Browse through some of our partners to get a sense of how we can ramp up to meet your needs.

Dorado Industries

Dorado Industries is keenly focused on the global payments system. Its years of experience enable Dorado to provide its clients with insightful guidance, advisory services, and hands-on pragmatic solutions to real-time challenges in the banking and payments industries.

Led by John MacAllister, the former president of Benton International, his no-nonsense approach to cost-effective consulting sets the tone for his solution-oriented advisory services.


Central is a design firm comprised of designers, journalists, architects, ethnographers, MBAs, and brand strategists. Central works with its clients to develop targeted solutions in systems design, organizational change, product design, and brand design, and uses the methods, media, and people that are right for the job.

Central is led by Damien Newman, who has spent nearly 20 years working on brand strategy, organizational transformation and design thinking for leading firms such as IDEO, frog design and Studio Archetype. He has helped numerous organizations define brand strategies and transform themselves to adapt new business behaviors.

Avenue B Consulting

Avenue B Consulting, Inc is a management consulting firm focusing on payment systems products, services and technologies. The company offers a variety of services tailored to the payment system environment including business and strategic planning, new product development, product market validation, business and IT assessments and competitive analysis.

Maria Arminio, President and CEO of Avenue B Consulting, has consulted in the following areas: credit and POS debit programs, ATM networks, payment switching software applications, prepaid and smart cards, online banking and bill presentment, expedited payments, mobile banking and mobile payments, remote deposit capture, retail operations, risk management, electronic benefits transfer and e-commerce solutions.

Clearkey Consulting

Clearkey Consulting is dedicated to bringing lasting value to our clients through real world technical know-how and expertise. Clearkey’s depth and breadth of practical knowledge and hands-on experience is unsurpassed in the industry. Our team is comprised of experts in their fields who share a common philosophy of providing real value to our clients.

Clearkey is led by Paul Reimer, who specializes in payments systems design and development, transaction processing technologies, and project management. He has extensive experience in credit and debit card processing systems, and in developing product requirements and implementing electronic payments technology products for credit and debit cards, check authorization, money order, EBT, and ACH systems.

Tipperary Partners

Tipperary Partners is a boutique technology strategy and advisory firm focused on delivering technology strategies designed to deliver improved operational efficiency, profitability enhancements, and enhanced customer service. In addition to our technology strategy practice, we also work with corporations and financial investors engaged in acquisitions investments to perform the technology due diligence prior to the transaction close.

Tipperary Partners is led by Richard Brennan and James Lubinski, both executive technologists with the ability to drive enterprise-wide business initiatives for global industry powerhouses and translate complex technology plans into simple business strategies.


4thQtr is the vehicle by which we get to partner with Jack Benton. Currently, Mr. Benton is sits on and advises a number of boards, and has an active international consulting practice. He is focused on strategic and tactical business planning using a “consulting lite” methodology developed for a public company.

It is from Mr. Benton’s experience that the 11 Questions Strategic Planning Approach was born.  He first thought and write about it in the mid-2000’s, and has been perfecting it ever since.

Previously, Mr. Benton was the the Chairman of TNS, President of eFunds International, Deputy Head of the Financial Services Industry Group for Perot Systems Corporation, and founder and long-time CEO of Benton International. Jack is a recognized pioneer in the EFT space. In November 2003, he was the recipient of EFTA’s prestigious Robert A. Mooney Award for Lifetime Achievement for his outstanding contributions to the payments industry.