Meet the 205: Sheila Benson

Benson has always had the drive and vision to identify business opportunities. Founding her first business at 24, Benson successfully sold that company, as well as two other title insurance companies she founded. In the process, she saw a chance to help clients do background screening of potential employees. ESS offers background screening, drug testing, electronic I-9 delivery, and security and investigative services. She was named the Birmingham Business Journal’s 2014 CEO of the Year.

Alma Mater: The University of Georgia

Beverage of Choice: Tito’s Vodka, soda, and a splash of cranberry

On my Bucket List: Spend the months of June and July in Tuscany and see The Kentucky Derby

Toughest Challenge: The next one

Dessert: Anything caramel