Lauren Benedict joined DMAI in 2007 as Manager of Business Development and Membership. Within business development, she is responsible for DMAI’s corporate partnership programs and sponsorship opportunities. This includes development of new offerings and benefits, design and execution of marketing and promotional campaigns, and securing partners. Lauren also manages all sponsor and exhibitor relations for the annual convention trade show. Within Membership, her work focuses on expansion of DMAI’s Allied Membership program, including direction of benefits and services, recruitment and retention strategies.
Prior to joining DMAI, Lauren was an Account Manager at a Washington, DC based research and consulting firm specializing in the health care industry. She graduated from Wake Forest University's Calloway School of Business in 2004, receiving a B.S. in Business Administration and minor in International Relations. Originally from Southbury, Connecticut, she now lives in northern Virginia.
Get to know Lauren
Hometown: Southbury, CT
First job in the tourism industry: While I was in high school, I worked at the Mayflower Inn in Washington, CT as part of their wait staff, and also delivering room service.
Three things that are always in your suitcase: Gum, running shoes (whether I use them is another question), chargers
Best travel tip: Maximum space saver: pack your clothes into space-saver bags before putting them into your suitcase. You’ll be amazed at how much extra room you have and also how wrinkle-free your clothes are when you unpack!
Aisle or window: Aisle. A. You can get up right when plane reaches the gate. B. There is more room to stretch out your legs into the aisle if you need to. C. I always have to use the bathroom and prefer not to be “that person” who disrupts my row-mates.
Planes, trains or automobiles: I fall asleep in all of them, so any will do. If I had to choose one though, probably planes. When I’m going on a trip, I just want to be there already.
What do you do with your free time: Hang out with family and friends, be active, watch and/or play sports, learn/explore, plan my next trip, pead, paint
Favorite quote: …still thinking about this one.
If you could have a super power, what would it be: Teleportation
Three most commonly used apps on your phone: Pandora, FlipBoard, Facebook