vcardTim Lankenau

3100 West End Ave
Suite 150
Nashville TN 37203

Tim was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and spent some time living in Indianapolis before settling back in Fort Wayne. He grew up as a very active athlete and graduated in the top five of his class, inspired greatly by his father’s integrity and success. His father founded and grew his own company, earning patents along the way. In the summers, Tim would travel the Midwest with him, visiting customers and helping to write and fill orders in the warehouse. This was how he first learned how serving customers with integrity and commitment leads to success.

In his role at Benchmark International, Tim helps business owners understand the opportunities that currently exist in the M&A market and develop an appropriate strategy for the next phase of their business. Having successfully developed and implemented growth and transition strategies in several low to middle market privately-owned companies, he has a personal understanding of the owner’s perspective.


Perseverance, Servant Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, Dependability, Interpersonal Skills, Communication Skills,   Business Acumen, Strategy Development and Implementation, Business Development, Coaching and Mentoring, Business Valuation, Business Planning and Modeling, Financial Analysis, Manufacturing Processes




Tim has 35 years of business experience in various roles of increasing responsibility, including 12 years as President/CEO at lower middle-market companies. Six of those 12 years included exposure to the M&A process from the client perspective on both the buy and sell sides.

Before Benchmark International, much of his career was mainly in manufacturing organizations spanning various products, including electronics, electromechanical devices, precision machining, fabrication, and engineering polymers. All of the companies designed, developed, manufactured, and assembled products serving a variety of industries. He started in a financial role with a global Fortune 500 electronics manufacturer. Early in his career, he transitioned to program management, customer-facing roles, and product/business line management. His experience in the “leader’s chair” has provided him with insight into owners’ concerns and challenges.


Indiana University;  Bloomington, Indiana; Kelley School of Business

Major: BS Finance

University of Saint Francis; Fort Wayne, Indiana

Major: MBA Management & Marketing


From his earliest years, business and family have been intertwined for Tim. He understands the emotional, financial, and physical commitment that owners must put into their companies. His background includes a collection of experience and skills to help owners realize the best outcome for their hard work, and Benchmark International provides the resources and environment where he can put them to work for our clients.