Who We Are

DAVID W. SWISHER, CFP ®, President & CEO
Benchmark Capital Group, Ltd.

Providing professional tax and investment advice for more than 15 years, Dave is extremely knowledgeable in the financial arena and stays abreast of current tax developments and investment trends. Beginning his career as a high school economics instructor, Dave possesses a unique quality-—one of being an investment professional who not only is astute, he is extremely approachable and understandable.

While teaching, Dave started working in the financial services industry. He observed first hand the inherit conflict between client needs and sales quotas. He could not reconcile the conflict with his fiduciary duty to his clients, their needs must come before any compensation structure. To avoid the conflict, Dave wanted to be truly independent. This desire drove him to establish Benchmark Capital Group, Ltd. in 1995. He is currently the president and CEO of the business which is based in Galena, Illinois.

Dave received his BA from Eastern Illinois University in History, is a Certified Financial Planner® FINRA-65 uniform investment advisor, tax practitioner, and licensed insurance agent for life, health, long-term care and variable contracts.


RICHARD E. HAHN, Investment Advisor
Benchmark Hahn Advisors

Based in St. Louis, Rich has earned a wealth of well-rounded experience during his twenty plus years in this field. He enjoys the long-term relationships he has developed with his clients. His success may be based on his conservative, careful approach to investing, forecasted by portfolio and risk management modeling, an area of his expertise.

Rich received his initial wealth management training in New York with Thomson McKinnon Securities. He continued his career with Prudential Securities and then Stifel Nicolas. In 1994, he founded Hahn Securities, Inc. which served as an introducing Broker Dealer and Investment Advisory firm. In 2011, Rich began working with Benchmark Capital Group, Ltd., and has since been doing business as Benchmark Hahn Advisors.

Rich received his BA from Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville. He began his career as a high school instructor in speech, English, psychology and mathematics. Rich is a FINRA-65 uniform investment advisor.



LINDA M. ZIARKO, Manager of Client Relations
Benchmark Capital Group, Ltd.

Focused on providing quality customer service, Linda is detail-oriented and answers questions quickly.
Linda is truly an asset to Benchmark Capital Group with her welcoming personality and ability to focus on providing each client with personal attention. Linda’s experience in banking, retail management , customer service, hospitality and event planning is the perfect complement to our group. Her work experience has allowed her to hone her skills which include quick and complete follow up, attention to details, anticipating questions and providing answers. Linda is originally from the Chicago area and relocated to Galena in 2007.
Linda holds an Associated Degree from Triton Community College.


CFP®, Certified Financial PlannerTM, and  are certification marks owned by Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. These marks are awarded to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board's initial and ongoing certification requirements.