Founder of Bench

About Josh

Josh is a coach and family business advisor, helping individuals, entrepreneurs, families, and boards of directors maximize potential. Josh is dually accredited as a Hogan-Certified coach and a Gallup-Certified Strengths coach. Josh’s background as an entrepreneur, advisor, corporate board member, and third-generation family business owner gives him a range of perspectives to draw from when advising clients. Josh gained insight into multi-generational family businesses from his own family’s business, Sargento Food, Inc., where he now sits on the board of directors. Josh’s background is leveraged by individuals looking for personal growth, families-in-business that recognize the need for transition, and families looking to establish family offices and foundations.

Prior to starting Bench, Josh launched several food & beverage companies, developed a successful private credit fund, and served as a Manager at Deloitte Consulting where he focused on mergers & acquisitions as well as co-designing Deloitte Consulting’s global talent operations.

Josh earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and his MBA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Josh returned to Notre Dame following his MBA to study philosophy and theology in the seminary with the intent of becoming a Catholic priest. Josh and his wife, Meredith have two young children, Henry and Juliette, and live in Charlottesville, VA. Josh splits his time between Charlottesville, Washington, D.C., and the Midwest.

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“Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and the thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself.”
~ Edmund Lee

Advisor to Bench

Michael DeSantis is a senior-level executive business advisor and coach, having advised Board Chairs, Entrepreneurs, CEOs, C-level executives, and Managing Directors on achieving high-level strategic and professional impact while confronting pain points and obstacles along the way.

Michael has been an integral part of business launches and exits, CEO and C-level executive onboarding, career growth trajectories, and highly successful career transitions. Michael spent 30+ years as a lawyer, corporate executive, and Board member. During this time, he served as a general counsel and strategic advisor to several large businesses and a public company board.

Advisor to Bench

Dean R. Fowler, Ph.D. is recognized as one of the world’s leading family business advisors. He developed his consulting practice by providing integrated services focusing on the “soft side of hard issues” by working collaboratively with other professionals. He drew upon his broad range of multidisciplinary expertise as both a clinically trained therapist and experienced strategic business consultant. Now semi-retired, he facilitates his Forums for Family Business which are roundtable peer groups for family members in family business.

While Dean focuses on the Forums for Family Business in metro-Milwaukee, his firm, Dean Fowler Consulting, LLC works collaboratively with Dr. Robert Young, Psy.D. and Bill Edstrom.

The Family Firm Institute awarded him the prestigious “Award for Interdisciplinary Achievement”. He is Fellow Emeritus at the Purposeful Planning Institute based in Denver, Colorado, and a past member of the Milwaukee Estate Planners Forum.

He is author of three books: Love, Power and Money, Family Business Matters, and Proactive Family Business Successors all available at