BentonWebs was founded by Todd and Christine Benton, a husband and wife team that offers high-quality website design, graphic design, search engine optimization (SEO), search engine marketing (SEM), social media strategy and implementation and video production services. We’ve added Christine’s niece, Rachel, Andrea Thill and our son Aiden to our team too. Each of us has unique skills which complement those of the other. We love what we do, and we feel it shows.
Learn more about us and our respective talents below.
Todd has more than 20 years of marketing, public relations, and media experience and a history of obtaining media coverage for clients on CNN, CBS, ABC and in publications such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times,and Business 2.0.
In the area of website design, Todd launched his first client website in 1997 for renowned acrylic furniture designer Charles Hollis Jones. Since then, he and his team have developed nearly a hundred websites for authors, artists, consultants, teachers, entrepreneurs and small businesses. His natural instinct for visual design was cultivated by working with his father, a four-time academy award nominated set decorator for feature films.
Todd holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in communications from San Francisco State University.
Christine is an Executive Vice President and Managing Director at BCW Global. She is a strong strategist, writer and senior counselor, having worked with and led high-impact account teams for challenger brands as well as more established Fortune 500 firms growing and defending market share.
She has more than 15 years in the field, specializing in enterprise and consumer technology, banking and financial services, the public sector and retail, partnering with brands such as Accenture, Alcatel, Baidu, Flex, Logitech, Microsoft, T-Mobile, UC Berkeley and Zebra Technologies, among others.
Specializing in messaging, writing and executive positioning, Christine has written high-profile executive bylines – in outlets such as CNN.com, Fast Company, TechCrunch and the World Economic Forum – as well as executive speeches for keynotes at CES, MIT and NAWBO.
Christine frequently trains and develops writers in the communications field, most recently teaching Writing Workshops for PR News. She is also a trainer within the firm and leads customized writing workshops for clients.
Prior to PR, Christine spent nearly eight years as a journalist, at a public policy think tank in Washington, D.C. and later for a 1 million+ subscriber consumer tech magazine in New York. She graduated cum laude from UCLA with a BA in English, studied Literature at the University of Kent at Canterbury and completed coursework on the Political Press Secretary at Georgetown University.
Rachel is a website designer with a background in photography. Since she was a child, Rachel has been interested in art and design, often doodling in the margins of her notebook, spending hours drawing the layout of her dream home, or frequenting the outdoors to photograph the scenery surrounding her.
Her years of focus on visual composition gained her exposure in her school’s award winning student newspaper, and offer insight into functional and pleasing design. She believes design shouldn’t just be about aesthetics, but should function easily for every user. Rachel began working in the field of website design in 2016, alongside Todd. Rachel has a bachelor’s degree in Cinema and Photography with a concentration in Still Photography from Ithaca College.
Andrea has a wide variety of experience in marketing – from website design to email marketing. She also loves graphic design and is skilled with Adobe Illustrator. In addition to her work with BentonWebs managing a newsletter and search engine optimization for a key client, Andrea also volunteers as the Website and Social Media Manager at CGA Mudslingers a Gymkhana Club in Bonsall, CA and with Wild Wonders where she creates and sends out email marketing campaigns and creates banners, posters, and other digital media for web-pages, emails, and social media.
Andrea graduated 2016 from CalState University San Marcos with a B.S. in Business with an emphasis in Marketing Management. She was on the Dean’s List every semester and was awarded Marketing Student of the year 2015-2016.
Aiden has always had an affinity for and aptitude with computers and technology, having built his first computer at 11 years old. In the area of website design and development, he is completely self-taught. Over the years, he developed his skills by creating websites and web pages for school projects using platforms such as Adobe Spark and WordPress.
Most recently, he received the dual enrollment graphic design certificate from Palomar college in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. In these projects, he was assessed on five criteria: oral communication, written communication, content knowledge and thinking, collaboration, and agency – which includes developing a growth mindset and taking ownership over learning. He continues to earn high marks in all these areas and we are pleased to have him as the newest member of our team.