Born and raised in Gastonia, Lauren holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and gained solid experience as an intern at the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA) which provided her with an enthusiastic pursuit of a career in meeting and event planning.
Before joining Gastonia Conference Center, Lauren worked closely with local and regional real estate agencies to negotiate appropriate acreage for the five-acre, 150,000-square-
“We are thrilled”, said Julius, “that Lauren is part of our team of dedicated professionals at Gastonia Conference Center, and that her enthusiasm and commitment will continue to serve the community she loves.” Julius continued, “Lauren is an independent and creative professional who has shown great potential since she joined us. She is dedicated to making every event productive and successful.”
As Sales Manager, Lauren will assume the responsibility for prospecting and solicitation of new business by working closely with metro-Charlotte area and well as in the broader North Carolina and South Carolina markets. She will also focus on the city of Gastonia and Gaston County markets. Lauren will be the primary contact for attracting and booking civic, not-for-profit, local corporate, association and education-based business into the Conference Center.
An active member of the Gastonia community, Lauren serves on the Board of Directors for PWA Professional Women's Association (PWA), received Provisional of the Year award (2011) from the Junior League, is an active member of the Community Research Committee, and volunteers at The Battered Women's Shelter of Gaston County. Lauren is also a member of Girls on the Run of Gaston County, a character-development program for 3rd-8th grade girls.
Lauren and husband are both long-time residents of Gastonia along with their extended families. They are active in the community and committed to local high school sports and share an enthusiasm for hiking and running with their two dogs.
Gastonia Conference Center
As the cornerstone of the downtown revitalization project, Gastonia Conference Center complements the existing local architecture and includes extensive environmental and sustainability programs. With 5,000 square feet of flexible space, the ballroom accommodates over 300 people for banquet seating, or over 400 people for auditorium-style seating. The facility features state-of-the-
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