The American Concrete Institute is pleased to announce that Lauren Mentz, ACI’s Director of Event Services, has been recognized as one of the “Rising Leaders for 2017” by the Michigan Society of Association Executives (MSAE), at their annual convention, June 10-12 in Lansing, Michigan. Winners were chosen by the impact they've made on their community and industry, as well as how they've exhibited motivation, forward thinking, and leadership.

Lauren Mentz received her Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Grand Valley State University, and obtained her Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation through the Events Industry Council. This designation is recognized globally as the badge of excellence in the meetings, conventions, and event industry. Through the Events Industry Council, Lauren is part of the unique community that represents every sector of the events industry and promotes industry standards, practices, and ethics.

At ACI, Lauren directs the successful development, organization, and execution of 100+ meetings, conferences, workshops, and special events for the institute, including The Concrete Convention and Exposition with nearly 2,200 registrants. Lauren also works with volunteers, committee members, chapter representatives, and fellow staff on meeting strategy and architecture. Additionally, Lauren leads the Event Services team, where she mentors, guides, and empowers, six high performing meeting professionals. Lauren has been employed with ACI since 2007.  

 “Lauren has proven herself as an effective and creative leader in the complex and event-driven environment here at ACI,” says John C. Glumb, ACI Senior Managing Director, Operations. “We value her thoughtful and pragmatic advice as we move forward with new and renewed event activities.”