2490 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
Mark Benson, President-Honolulu Ford
Topic: National-Local automobile industry and future EV movement
BIO: A Midwestern "PK" Mark Benson never dreamed he would one day be living in paradise. Mark was born and raised in Illinois by his father Paul, a Lutheran Minister, and his mother Terry, an oncology nurse. Mark became active in Boy Scouts, obtaining the rank of Eagle, (just like his son) and worked on local farms. He then ventured over the state line to attend Iowa State University, receiving a degree in Agricultural Business. After graduation Mark was recruited by American Honda Motor Company and relocated to the West Coast eventually owning his first Honda, Mitsubishi & Infiniti dealership in Costa Mesa, CA at the age of 29. While in Southern Cal, he met his lovely wife Mary and welcomed the birth of his son Patrick. An opportunity to become a Ford dealer took Mark and his family to Albany, GA. Ford Motor Company purchased the store for their Dealer Development Program after Mark made the store profitable and oversaw the construction of a new building. This allowed him the freedom to move back to the West Coast (Camas, WA) to consult in economic development and the buying and selling of auto dealerships. An offer to oversee nine car dealerships (Ford, Honda, Toyota and Nissan) had Mark and his family relocating to Kansas City. After suffering through some of the coldest winters in Midwest history, he jumped at the chance to become a partner in Honolulu Ford earlier this year. Mark currently lives in Honolulu with his wife, Mary, and his son, Patrick, who is a freshman at Hawaii Pacific University. He is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow with Rotary International, active on the board for the Boy Scouts of America and is blessed to be a part of New Hope Church.