A family-owned bank proudly serving Texans for almost 60 years.
Established in 1964 in a small East Texas town, Quinlan State Bank was the long-time dream of retired oil man Bruce Clardy. Clardy served as Chairman of the Board of Quinlan State Bank, located near his ranch about 45 miles east of Dallas, until his grandson and current Chairman Michael A. Barnett took over in 1983.
In 1987, Barnett bought a failed bank in the Dallas-area and renamed the institution Benchmark Bank. Barnett grew the bank to include nine branches expanding from East Texas to the Park Cities. He also opened a title company, Benchmark Title Services, in 1998 to more completely serve customer needs.
In 2002, Barnett sold all of the bank branches except one, and Benchmark opened its current headquarters in The Shops at Legacy in Plano. A few years later, a branch in the Park Cities, on the corner of Hillcrest and Lovers Lane in Snider Plaza, was added. In 2012 Benchmark Bank expanded to Austin, opening at the corner of Lamar and MLK and, in 2013, a second branch was opened in Austin on W. 35th Street. Westlake's opening in early 2017 marked the third branch for the Austin area. In order to reach an expanding customer base, Austin's MLK and Lamar branch moved to the Tarrytown area in 2021. Under the guidance of CEO Jonathan Filgo and Bank President Bill Brewer, an additional branch in Dallas opened in the Spring of 2019 at the corner of Preston and Royal in North Dallas. Greater Houston is the newest market for Benchmark Bank with our Houston Woodway branch opening in the Fall of 2019.
Today, in addition to the retail bank branches, the Benchmark family includes Benchmark Title and Benchmark Premium Finance.
Benchmark Title has offices in Uptown Dallas, Plano, the Park Cities, and Austin for closing commercial and residential transactions all over North America with over 50 employees, ten closing teams, five title attorneys and its own examination department. Learn more about Benchmark Title.
Benchmark Premium Finance was launched in 2021 and offers commercial insurance loans that allow clients to make payments on a customized schedule, freeing up capital to invest in areas that better suit their business needs. Benchmark Premium Finance.
All of the Benchmark companies share the same core value that our customer is the top priority.