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MSB Mourns Passing of Founder and CEO Michael S. Benbow

April 13, 2021

METAIRIE, LA – (April 13, 2021) – The Executive Management Team of M S Benbow & Associates (MSB) announced the passing of founder and CEO Michael S. Benbow on Monday afternoon. He was 79.

Mr. Benbow founded the Metairie-based company 43 years ago with a small team of engineers focused on serving the burgeoning Gulf South Oil & Gas industry. Over four decades, he expanded MSB into a multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy that reaches across a diverse range of industries throughout the United States. Today, MSB has more than 100 employees and offices in Metairie, Mandeville, Houston and Dallas.

MSB Founder and CEO Michael S. Benbow
MSB Founder and CEO Michael S. Benbow

In addition to his business acumen, Mr. Benbow was an inspiring mentor to his staff as well as a benefactor for many STEM educational programs in the community. Over the years, he was an enthusiastic supporter of the University of New Orleans and UNO College of Engineering and was honored to serve as a board member and past chairman for the Greater New Orleans Science and Engineering Fair.

“Mike was a supportive and generous employer and a tireless champion of his profession and MSB’s success,” said MSB President Leo L. Holzenthal, Jr., P.E. “Mike set the example that drove the culture of the company, valuing strong relationships as a core principle of our work and continuously finding new and innovative ways to benefit our customers.”

Under Mr. Benbow’s leadership, MSB has worked on important local infrastructure projects across a multitude of vertical markets including Oil & Gas, Chemical Manufacturing, Public Safety, Healthcare, Government, and Sports & Entertainment venues.

Mr. Benbow was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering Degree from the University of New Orleans. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University and was a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association. He also was registered as a Professional Electrical and Mechanical Engineer in Louisiana and Mississippi, as well as a Professional Control Systems Engineer in California.

The MSB Family is deeply grateful for the opportunities Mr. Benbow provided and will continue to honor his vision and memory in all of their efforts.