Gerald Benson was born in Manchester, England and emigrated to the United States in 1970. Gerald founded the Benatty Corporation, headquartered in Cambridge, Ohio in 1972. The Benatty Corporation was an Oil & Gas producer, drilling more than 450 oil and gas wells throughout Southeastern Ohio. Benatty’s assets were sold to Belden and Blake in 1994. Gerald also founded Mattmark Drilling Company in 1989 as an independent drilling contractor, drilling more than 252 oil and gas wells throughout Southeastern Ohio.