Phillip Cantrell (Benchmark Realty LLC)

7127 Crossroads Blvd.

Suite 102

Brentwood , TN 37027

Principal Broker for Tennessee & Kentucky

Get to know Phillip Cantrell


Born and raised in Nashville, Phillip Cantrell graduated from the University of Tennessee in the early ‘80's, then followed in his father and grandfather's footsteps by embarking on a career path in the commercial printing industry.  That career would take him on a 20 year journey.  Starting out in sales and working his way up the ladder of some of the largest companies in the area, Phillip spent the last 6 years of his printing career as the general manager of one of the largest companies in the area.  During that tenure he was responsible for building the team that helped the company experience unprecedented growth by increasing sales six fold, along with accompanying increases in market share and profitability.

Simultaneous to his printing career, Phillip began investing in residential rehab properties.  Beginning this venture by moving his family into the properties he purchased and doing much of the work himself, he then progressed to spinning off the investing activities into a separate company, with full time tradesmen and staff.  Within a year, it became obvious that a career path decision needed to be made.  Either sell the rehab company and continue in commercial printing or move full time into the real estate industry.  Given his love for real estate, the choice was obvious, and the 20 year printing career came to an end.

Once the decision was made to become a full time Realtor® and investor, it was a natural evolution of this "new" career to set his sights on obtaining a broker license and eventually opening his own company.  As with most activities in Phillip's life, it's 110% effort or nothing...and failure is never an option!  That first year as a full time agent, his sales exceeded $4.8million and continued to climb from there, with personal production exceeding $23,000,000 in 2006. 

Along the way Phillip, in conjunction with partners, opened a real estate company in west Nashville, quickly growing it into a 100+ agent firm before converting to a national franchise brand.  Choosing not to participate in ownership of a franchised office, he allowed his partners to buy him out and Phillip focused his career on personal production.  Doing so quickly catapulted him into the top 1% of Realtors® in the area and earned him numerous sales awards. 

A very strong believer in continuing education, Phillip has earned the Education Achievement award for the past two years from the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors® and possesses the GRI (Graduate, Realtor® Institute) designation, the e-PRO designation and is currently a candidate for the CRB (Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager) designation from NAR.

Phillip Cantrell's Blog Posts


Benchmark Realty specializes in premier properties throughout the Middle Tennessee area.  With the heart of the operation located in the Cool Springs area of Brentwood, we have agents from Clarksville to Lewisburg, and from Mt.Juliet to Dickson.  Offering a variety of specialties, our agents can handle everything from multi-million dollar homes to foreclosures and REO's.  We also have agents with expertise in the commercial arena as well.

Call us!