Our History

Family. Friends. Community.

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 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 6 branches expanding from East Texas to the Park Cities.  He also opened a title company, Benchmark Title Services, in 1998 to provide one-stop shopping for customers.

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 an effort to further meet their customer’s needs, Benchmark Bank, opened branches on McKinney Avenue in Uptown Dallas and on Lamar in Austin, Texas in 2012.  In 2013, a second branch was opened in Austin on W. 35th Street.

Today, in addition to the retail bank branches, the Benchmark family includes Benchmark Title, Benchmark Bank/Affiliated Mortgage Company-Home Loan Division and Affiliated Mortgage Company (AMC).

Benchmark Title has offices in our Plano and Park Cities branches as well as an office in Uptown Dallas. Benchmark Title closes commercial and residential transactions all over North America with over 20 employees, six closing teams, three title attorneys and its own examination department.  For more information on Benchmark Title, please click here.

Benchmark‚Äôs retail mortgage platform has Texas loan offices in Plano, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio and The Woodlands as well Columbus, Ohio.  AMC, the correspondent lending platform, is based in Monroe, Louisiana and is a top 35 lender in the United States doing almost 3 billion in total volume last year.  In addition to our Retail and Correspondent divisions, we recently added a Mini Correspondent/Wholesale division located in Houston, TX.

All of the Benchmark companies share the same core value that the customer is our top priority.