vcardSteve Cross

3100 West End Ave
Suite 150
Nashville TN 37203

Steve grew up in a small town in North Mississippi. His father was a business owner, which helped him develop a strong work ethic and entrepreneurial drive from a young age through college. In his role at Benchmark International, Steve works to help align business owners’ personal and professional goals and aspirations with ours to deliver a focused M&A process with global reach. He helps our clients understand and maximize the tools and resources delivered in the process which are typically only available to larger organizations. As sell-side M&A advisors, we are 100% focused on maximizing and delivering business owners’ desired outcomes for their companies, employees, families, and legacies. It’s the perfect opportunity for Steve to positively impact the lives of others.


Prior to joining our team, Steve worked in several different roles related to optimizing portfolio company outcomes for private equity. His entire career has been focused around helping businesses improve processes and utilize technology to optimize business outcomes. The last several years, he was part of the ecosystem used by the largest private equity firms in the world to improve the results of their M&A processes, both pre- and post-acquisition. Through this experience, he got to see firsthand the amount of resources applied to ensure success of their investments. He also gained insight into the lack of resources and global market intelligence that many companies bring into what is likely a once-in-a-lifetime liquidation event.


Business Development, Private Equity, Mergers and Acquisitions, Business Strategy, Strategic Planning, Contract Negotiation, Consulting, Sales, Supply Chain, Logistics, Enterprise Software, Procurement and Sourcing Optimization, Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), Human Capital Management, Software as a Service (Saas)




Mississippi State University - Master of Science in Business Information Systems

Mississippi State University - Bachelor of Business Administration


Steve’s father was an entrepreneur, and one of the businesses he owned was a local hardware/building supply retail store that had to compete with big box retailers. His father eventually exited the business, but the process instilled in him the passion to help businesses “do more with less” in order to compete with organizations that had advantages in both resources and economies of scale.


Steve is very involved in his local church, serving in multiple roles, including the finance committee, men’s ministry, youth Sunday school teacher, RA leader, safety team, and golf cart driver. He also serves with the Nashville Rescue Mission, and enjoys fishing and the outdoors, and he especially loves being a dad.