Marty MacKay is President of GEP Destination Management with offices in Atlanta, the Bahamas, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Savannah, South Florida, Utah, and Washington, DC. Marty is responsible for implementing the strategic vision and logistical insight that ensures exceptional customer experiences and award winning service across each destination. With her drive and event experience, Marty has become a recognized figure in the DMC industry and currently sits on the Board of Directors for ADME International, serves on the Global Events Partners Domestic Advisory Board, contributes to the Destination DC Membership Committee, and was awarded the DMCP accreditation. Marty joined GEP in 2001 bringing with her more than ten years of corporate meeting planning experience.
Cynthia Lavery joined Global Events Partners when doors opened in June 2005 and has over ten years experience in the Baltimore Hospitality industry. Her experience began with sales training from one of the largest recognized hotel chains internationally. Her experience includes Destination Management Services, hotel group sales, business travel, and catering sales. She has found a passion in selling the city of Baltimore and creatively brings the great attributes and logistics of Charm City to her client’s programs. Past clients that Cynthia has nurtured strong working relationships with include: Monumental Life, PNC Bank, Experient, Frito-Lay, and Campbell’s to name just a few. Local involvement is crucial in GEP Baltimore’s success and she has an active role within her hotel industry, is a member of local CVB Visit Baltimore s membership committee, and an active member of her local PCMA chapter. Her passion has lead the growth of the city’s leading Baltimore DMC.
Marie Rauschenbach, DMCP has spent the past seven years in the events industry developing her reputation for attention to detail and big-picture, results-oriented planning and execution. Before joining the GEP Washington Team in 2006, Marie worked in social events, growing with a boutique wedding planning company in Charlottesville, VA. Following that valuable introduction to events, Marie spent the next two years working with a D.C. catering company as a Catering Sales and Event Manager. There, she gained valuable knowledge in the art of catering as well as learning the ins and outs of Washington venues. Marie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics from the University of Virginia.
Lauren Beegal, Regional Director of Operations, manages the operations departments for the GEP Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia offices. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Lauren has spent the past 10 years residing and working in Washington, DC. She is a graduate from The George Washington University with her Masters in Tourism Administration, specifically concentrating her studies in event Management and Sport Administration. Upon joining the GEP Team, Lauren was dedicated to designing creative and logistically sound event proposals for the Baltimore and Washington, DC offices. Over the past four years, Lauren has held a range of management positions in the operations and creative services departments. She demonstrates a strong commitment to client services, which has provided tangible results for the company. Her dedication, logistical aptitude, and business expertise has proven to be a valuable asset to the GEP team.
Bret Lehnhof, DMCP, Regional Director of Creative Services, oversees the creative services departments for the GEP Baltimore, GEP Washington and GEP Philly offices. A native of Salt Lake City and a graduate from Brigham Young University, Bret first developed his creative touch by traveling the country with a premier event and decor company. This experience allowed Bret to transition naturally and thrive in the destination management industry. Prior to joining GEP Washington, Bret worked in several management capacities with GEP Utah. Coupling his professional demeanor and imaginative eye, Bret has successfully managed over 100 events and has dedicated himself to exceeding expectations. His strong operational background has prepared him manage the creative services department, where he firmly believes in adding personalized creative touches to each proposal GEP presents.