ABOUT SUPERIOR BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
Superior Business Management, Inc. is a boutique business management firm based in Atlanta, GA. SBM has put together resources and solutions to create tremendous value for each and every client we represent. We fill the role of Personal CFO for our clients and offer concierge-style services to meet and exceed specific needs and requests. SBM has innovative solutions to advise and consult individuals, families, athletes, entertainers, writers, actors, entrepreneurs and business owners.
Based on trust, respectability, and track record, SBM has assembled a network of strategic partners and alliances that work very closely with our clients in certain areas. Those services cover such industries as: investment management, tax and auditing services, insurance services, real estate needs, legal representation, and many more. We are not sports agents, investment managers, or insurance agents. We are business managers who help our clients with personal and business requests and responsibilities on a daily basis.
The company name, Superior, originated from Kris’s everlasting affection towards his birthplace in Superior, Wisconsin. Even though he didn’t live there long, life in the small town was still full of great memories of his grandparents, his large extended family, many whom still live there, and the numerous sunny (and snowy) days on the beaches of Lake Superior. Visiting Superior nowadays with his family brings a much-needed calmness and relaxation to a world which is always moving and changing. We try to pass on those feelings to our clients each day by the way we approach them with confidence and reassurance.
In addition to the personal significance of the twin-port city, the name Superior, itself, is synonymous with quality and prestige – both attributes we strive for on a daily basis as a team and company. We want our clients to have a feeling of calmness and relaxation when they know we are working for them day in and day out. We also want them to be proud of being a Superior client and have the confidence their work is being handled at the highest quality possible. Hence, the name Superior!
PEACE OF MIND
Our mission at Superior Business Management is to offer customized business management services, as well as lifestyle and financial management services and solutions. These comprehensive services were chosen to address the most time consuming and complex financial responsibilities a client might encounter in his or her daily life. We provide these services for a diverse clientele, which are looking for professional assistance with their short and long-term financial needs and requests. Many successful people that achieve a high-level of success don’t have the time, energy, or extensive knowledge, to effectively manage their own personal financial situation.
Not everyone went to school to become a financial expert or accountant. Because of this, certain people are susceptible to being taken advantage of by bad business associates, making poor personal/business decisions, or the mismanagement of money and savings. We effectively bridge those gaps, essentially doing what needs to be done to make sure each client’s best interests are protected with transparent, quality, professional work. SBM clients can continue to perform at a high level in his or her chosen field and have a peace of mind things are getting done.
It is our goal to make our clients financial well-being a positive and rewarding experience – for a lifetime. At SBM, we want to alleviate all the financial burdens and responsibilities put upon a client so they are not as physically and emotionally distracted. By doing so, our clients are able to dedicate more time and energy towards their chosen profession they excel at. We understand time is a rare commodity for the type of clients we work with. We strive to free up our clients time by surrounding them with a high quality, well-respected team of representation and services providers. The ultimate goal is to achieve an overall successful financial life plan, so we can “lighten the load” and every client can perform above their expectations.
Kris Benson (Founder & CEO)
On January 7, 2014 Kris opened Superior Business Management, a full-service family office based out of Atlanta, Georgia. Kris brings an invaluable perspective to the industry, in that he was a business management client himself for 15 years – giving him a great understanding of his clients unique lifestyles and priorities.
Prior to opening SBM, in 2011, Kris became the Managing Director of a high-profile business management firm in New York City. During his tenure, Kris’s responsibilities included business development, client management and relations, and day-to-day financial and lifestyle management of his client base.
Before his second career took shape, Kris was best known for his career on the baseball field. He won many awards while pitching at Clemson University. He was awarded College Baseball’s Player of the Year, ACC Male Athlete of the Year, and the Dick Howser Trophy for his performance, character, leadership, and courage. Soon after leaving Clemson, he donned the red, white and blue, and represented Team USA in the 1996 Olympics in his hometown of Atlanta, GA – winning bronze.
Kris was the number one overall pick in the 1996 Major League Baseball amateur draft. He made his major league debut on April 9, 1999. Kris went on to spend 13 professional seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Mets, Baltimore Orioles, Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers and Arizona Diamondbacks.
While with the Pittsburgh Pirates Kris received the Roberto Clemente Award, the Thurman Munson Award, as well as the Joan Payson Humanitarian Award for continual community and overall philanthropic work while as a member of the New York Mets. In 2001 Benson’s Battalion was founded in the wake of 9/11 and help raise emergency funds for victims and their communities.
Kris is the oldest of four siblings and is the father to three wonderful children PJ, Haylee, and Devin.
Tony Smalls, CPA, CGMA (COO and Managing Director)
Anthony (Tony) Smalls, III, joined Superior in early-2016 as Managing Director. Tony began his professional accounting career in the Atlanta office of Deloitte & Touche LLP. During his six years at Deloitte, he served clients in the Audit practice and worked as a Senior Consultant in the Management Solutions & Services practice. Tony has over 23 years of accounting, finance, tax strategy, financial planning and analysis, financial reporting, and contract/deal negotiation experience.
Since 2000, Tony has gained extensive expertise serving in Business Operations Manager, Business Manager, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Executive Officer roles for business entities, from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies, and high net-worth individuals in sports and entertainment industry. His experience includes seeking, structuring, negotiating, and evaluating investment opportunities and joint venture deals. He has also worked with due diligence legal teams on prospective company investments which include Television Production, Medical Practices, Live Tours, Real Estate Development, Construction, Restaurant Holdings, and Not-for-Profits. Tony’s previous roles also included creating and managing wealth strategies, managing and leading the personal and business interest of individuals in the sports, fashion, music, and film industries.
Tony is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), a summa cum laude graduate of Morehouse College earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting, a member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He has written questions for the national CPA exam. Tony serves on the Board of Directors for Youth V.I.B.E., Inc., which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and mentoring youth and preparing high school students to be successful leaders in business and industry.
Tony resides in Lake Spivey, GA with his wife and two sons.
Ken Lopez, CPA (Account Manager)
Ken Lopez has been in public accounting since 1975. He has also served as a business manager, CFO, and executive director for medium to large size radiology groups. Besides assisting in the day-to-day affairs and data entry process, Ken brings decades of experience in tax planning and strategizing. His very detailed approach to numbers and reporting are extremely beneficial to our clients, and allow an up-to-date all-access view of every account he works on.
In addition, Ken is a musician, and has written, produced, and recorded original music with a rock band.
Ken currently resides in Longview, WA and is a tremendous asset for our west coast clients and work efficiency.
Henny Chen (Account Supervisor)
Henny Chen works out of Superior’s Atlanta-based office. Prior to joining the SBM team, Henny worked with a music entertainment business management firm as the Senior Accountant, and training incoming staff. Working there for five years, she accumulated invaluable knowledge about the “uniqueness” of each individual client’s lifestyle and needs.
Henny believes a strong education is the foundation to wise choices. She graduated from Pensacola Christian College in 2006 with a B.S. in Accounting. She then earned her Master of Accountancy in 2009 from Alabama State University. Because Henny is passionate in assisting her clients to reach their financial goal, she is also currently pursuing her CFP® certification. Her “outside the box” thinking, and very detailed approach, are extremely valuable to ourclients. Henny’s primary responsibility is preparing and analyzing financial statements and budgets, and recommending a multitude of solutions to her Superior clients.
Reggie Brayon (Account Executive)
Reggie Brayon began his professional career managing Fortune 1000 accounts for communications and technology firms, including 15 years with AT&T. He transitioned from the corporate environment to the entertainment sector and has a vast array of experience including producing international tours, managing all aspects of musical and theatrical productions, tour and production accounting, and promoting local events in Atlanta at venues such as the Georgia Dome and Phillips Arena.
Reggie now serves as a Superior Account Executive who is focused on transitioning new clients into our system, as well as analyzing their current processes and procedures and making recommendations for moving forward more effectively and efficiently. He graduated from the University of Memphis with a degree in Accounting and is a Quickbooks Pro Advisor.
He currently lives in Lithonia, GA and is the father of two young men, Corey and Emmit. Emmit proudly serves our country in the U.S. Army.