National Advisory Council

Mark Bench

Membership Information:

Member Since: 1986

Spouse:

Dorothy N. Bench

Employment:

Company: Bench Consulting LLC, Retired
Location: New York, United States

Biography:

Mark Bench graduated from BYU in 1964 with a BA in English. He served for four years as a trustee of the Village of Scarsdale, New York; of that time he served a year as deputy mayor, a year as police commissioner, a year as fire commissioner; he then was elected mayor and served from 1999 to 2001. (No mayor has ever served more than two years in Scarsdale's non-partisan system since 1911.) He worked for Bonneville International Corporation (broadcasting arm of the Church) for 37 years, as assistant to the president, New York FM sales representative, VP sales in New York, and finally, for 13 years as VP/general manager of Bonneville's New York City FM radio station until it was sold in 1998. Since that time, he's consulted internationally in broadcasting and in the entertainment industry. He served for 7 years as Executive Director of World Press Freedom Committee. After he retired from international consulting, for three years he taught a group of minority 4th graders in an enhanced after-school program. His focus was entrepreneurialism and the stock market, and set up an internet-based radio station for the youths.

He served as bishop of the first singles ward in Manhattan (Manhattan 3rd Ward), stake clerk, stake president, stake public affairs director, sealer in the Manhattan New York Temple, stake patriarch (Spanish and English), and currently as president of the Manhattan New York Temple.