Meet the Team

Rex Benfield

Executive Vice President

Rex Benfield is the Executive Vice President of Paladin Business Consultants, LLC. With a distinguished track record spanning over 20 years in the IT field and 14 years as a thriving small business owner, Benfield has a strong commitment to the advancement of the IT community. He thrives on learning about your business and making recommendations to improve your processes using technology. 

He holds a Masters’ degree in Management from Western Governors University, coupled with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Ethics from John Wesley University.  Additionally, he holds certifications from CompTia, Cisco, Sonicwall, Vmware, and Microsoft. 

Benfield has served on the Advisory Board of Catawba Valley Community College where he also served as an instructor, teaching courses focused on cybersecurity and networking.  In his spare time, Benfield serves as Scout Master for Troop 327 and Girls Troop 1327.  As an Eagle Scout himself, Benfield enjoys instilling the values of leadership and outdoor appreciation in the next generation.  He enjoys hiking and backpacking with his daughter, Bella.

Herbert W. Whitesell


Herb Whitesell is the Managing Partner of Davidson, Holland, Whitesell & Co., PLLC. He obtained his bachelors degree in Accountancy from Wake Forest University. In addition to his management responsibilities of DHW, he assists businesses in optimizing cash flows and profits. He also advises clients regarding the proper selection and use of technology.

Due in part to his extensive background in healthcare, manufacturing, technology, and cost accounting, Mr. Whitesell helps businesses locate their less profitable cost centers and product lines. Once the problems are identified, he recommends a plan of action to improve profits with better information systems and real-time feedback.

Mr. Whitesell is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants. He is a past- chairman and past-treasurer of the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce. He is past treasurer of the Catawba County Science Center.

In 2000, Mr. Whitesell was recognized as the Catawba County Small Business Person of the Year, awarded by the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce. He earned this prestigious award due to his innovativeness and successes in helping to make DHW one of the premier CPA firms in Catawba County and in North Carolina.


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