Staff Directory

Bernie Krzys

Bernard Krzys

CEO & Publisher
Ph: 330-467-7588
bkrzys@benjaminmedia.com

Bernie founded Benjamin Media in 1992 with the launch of Trenchless Technology magazine. He is a Professional Accounting graduate of Kent State University and is a CPA, but his real interest is entrepreneurship — developing and growing businesses. He has received numerous industry awards — most notably he was in the inaugural induction class of the NASTT Hall of Fame — and is a frequent speaker at trenchless events all over the world. Bernie can be seen at many industry events related to trenchless technology, water/wastewater, and oil and gas pipelines. He is a U.S. Army veteran.

Kelly Dadich

Kelly Dadich

Director of Marketing & Associate Publisher
Ph: 330-315-2056
kdadich@benjaminmedia.com

Kelly has been with Benjamin Media since 1996, starting out as a sales representative for Trenchless Technology, a position she held until 2012 when she was promoted as the director of marketing at BMI and later assumed leadership of the company’s conferences division.  She was named Associate Publisher of Trenchless Technology in December 2018. With her 20-plus tenure in the industry, Dadich is no stranger in trenchless circles.  A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Kelly holds a BA in Communications from Otterbein College in Columbus, Ohio.

Jim Rush

Jim Rush

Editor & Publisher
Ph: 330-467-7588
jrush@benjaminmedia.com

Jim has been covering the underground construction market since 1998 for publications including Trenchless Technology, TBM: Tunnel Business Magazine, Utility Contractor and Water Finance & Management. He started his career as a newspaper journalist, working for daily papers in Maryland, North Carolina and Ohio. He is a member of the UCA of SME and serves on the program committee for North American Tunneling Conference. He earned a bachelor of science degree in communication from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.

Sharon Bueno

Sharon Bueno

Managing Editor
Ph: 330-467-7588
sbueno@benjaminmedia.com

Sharon is an American Society of Business Press Editors-recognized writer who came to Benjamin Media in 1998. Prior to joining the Trenchless Technology team, she worked in newspapers for eight years, where she earned several awards for her journalistic work. She’s a graduate of Youngstown State University with a degree in journalism and remains a loyal Penguins’ supporter. Sharon is a lover of Elvis, sugar, Diet Coke and the NY Mets — not necessarily in that order on any given day.

Mike Kezdi

Mike Kezdi

Associate Editor
Ph: 330-467-7588
mkezdi@benjaminmedia.com

Mike joined Benjamin Media in 2013, after a seven-year run as a writer and editor for the Sun News in Cleveland, Ohio. Mike is an American Society of Business Press Editors-recognized writer and he covers a little bit of everything in the trenchless industry and the midstream oil and gas world. He’s always on the lookout for project sites to visit, and opportunities to sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee or a pint of beer with the boots on the ground to discuss the latest industry happenings. When not at work, Mike is spending quality time with his family or trying to find a local car show or race to attend.

Andrew Farr

Andrew Farr

Associate Editor
Ph: 330-467-7588
afarr@benjaminmedia.com

Andrew has been covering the trenchless construction market for more than seven years. He also covers the water utility market as Managing Editor of Water Finance & Management, a sister publication to Trenchless Technology. Andrew has been a regional finalist for the American Society of Business Publication Editors awards. Prior to joining the Trenchless Technology staff, he wrote for a weekly newspaper and graduated from Bowling Green State University. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys playing guitar and has even played in a couple rock bands over the years, including Jammin’4Water at the WEFTEC show.

Ryan Sneltzer

Ryan Sneltzer

Advertising Sales Manager
Ph: 330.315.2114
rsneltzer@benjaminmedia.com

Ryan graduated from Walsh University, in North Canton, OH, with a degree in Corporate Communications. He’s been a member of the BMI staff for 13 years now. Ryan resides in Medina, OH, along with his wife and 2 young children.  In his spare time Ryan enjoys travel, playing guitar, and outdoor activities with his wife and children.

Dan Sisko

Dan Sisko

Advertising Account Manager / Brand Ambassador
Ph: 330-315-2057
dsisko@benjaminmedia.com

Trenchless born and raised might be one of the ways to describe this opportunity presenter. Dan has been involved in Trenchless Technology since 2001 and has been heavily involved in the development and success of the magazine and its annual supplements. Dan has been actively involved with industry associations NASTT and NASSCO for many years. He and his wife, Crystal, have been married for two years and together they have four teenage boys. Dan enjoys playing golf, watching any Fast & Furious movie, and taking walks or enjoying a red wine with his wife.

Hannah Schiffman

Advertising Account Representative
Ph: 330-315-2135
hschiffman@benjaminmedia.com

Hannah joined the Benjamin Media team in 2015 and reps Trenchless Technology, Compact Equipment and Solar Builder. She’s a graduate of the University of Toledo and has more than 10 years of experience in the b2b publishing industry in a variety of roles, including sales, digital advertising, editing and reporting. She resides in Medina, Ohio, with her husband and two kids (one human, one canine).

Maura Bourquin

Maura Bourquin

Advertising Account Representative
Ph: 330-940-2211
mbourquin@benjaminmedia.com

Maura joined Benjamin Media in 2016. She started her career in in the marketing industry seven years ago, and specializes in digital/print advertising tailored to her customer’s needs. Maura graduated from Pennsylvania State University where she earned a degree in communications. Outside of work she likes to go hiking with her husband, travel, cook, and spend time with family and friends.

Cayla Poteete

Cayla Poteete

Audience Development & Sustainability Coordinator
Ph: 330-315-2129
cpoteete@benjaminmedia.com

Cayla has become affectionately known as the “circulation guru” at BMI.  She enjoys getting to know our many subscribers and thinking of new ways to drive audience engagement. With a background in environmental science and public health, Cayla is also dedicated to advancing BMI’s commitment to sustainability and community engagement.  Having lived in several places over the years, she enjoys visiting friends across the country and her family back in Tennessee when she’s not exploring her new home of Cleveland.

Chris Slogar

Chris Slogar

Production Manager
Ph: 330-467-7588
cslogar@benjaminmedia.com

Chris started out with Benjamin Media in 2005 as a graphic designer and was promoted to production manager in 2011. In addition to designing the pages of Trenchless Technology, Chris also designs Benjamin Media’s construction publication for children, Jobsite Juniors. She graduated from Virginia Marti College with a degree in graphic design and applied business. Outside of work Chris likes to paint, read and design her own tattoos.