23 About Me – Say Ciao to Office Manager Laura Benson

23LogoIn our series, “23 About Me” we’ve been enjoying a more in depth look into the people who make up Michael Saunders & Company, from the agents to staff to the leadership team.

This week, we were dying to know more about Venice and Plantation Office Manager, Laura Benson. Sure, we know she’s technologically-savvy, outgoing, and wears great shoes, but what is it that makes her tick? Laura shares with us just that, from a certain love for Italy (coincidentally, known for great shoes) to the person she admires most (one clue – she’s probably on your list too!).

Venice and Plantation Office Manager, Laura Benson

Venice and Plantation Office Manager, Laura Benson


Choose one: mountain hideaway, city penthouse or beach house?
City Penthouse, I have a beach house.
What is your favorite ice cream?
Mocha Chocolate Chip
Favorite cuisine?
Northern Italian
What book are you reading now OR what is the last book you read?
Covert Warriors (A Presidential Agent Novel) by W.E.B. Griffin
Do you have a special talent? 
I can often say the most outrageous things to people and they don’t get offended!
How did you spend your childhood summers? 
On the beach in Wells, Maine with my grandparents
If you could have lunch with someone from history, who would it be? 
Martin Luther King, Jr. – he had a great vision of how people should treat one another
If you could live in any other country for 2 years, where would you go? 
What living person do you most admire? 
Michael Saunders (and I am not trying to earn brownie points).  Look at what she’s done!! She is a wonderful role model and I often try to invoke her way of dealing with difficulties or offering encouragement.
What is your greatest extravagance?
I am currently overindulging my only grandson.
What is your favorite way to exercise?
Pilates and running – just wish I could do more of it.
What is your favorite Broadway musical? 
Other than the Gulf Coast paradise we live in, what is the prettiest place you have been?
Falmouth, Mass on Cape Cod.  I lived there for a few years as a teenager, and when I went back 25 years later I realized I was comparing every place I visit or live to that town and they were always lacking.
What is your dream car?
1972 Corvette Stingray, red convertible, white leather interior
What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday? 
Reading a book outdoors with a refreshing drink being brought to me by someone nice.
What is your favorite TV show? 
Mad Men
What is your biggest goal?
I would like to be able to retire with enough money and years to live in several different places like a big vibrant city, the coast of Italy, and a cabin by a lake somewhere for 5 years each.
What did you want to be when you were little? 
A nurse on a navy ship with my best friend, Colleen
What is your most treasured possession?
Other than my family – a scarab bracelet that belonged to my great grandmother.  She was a wonderful woman and it fills me with memories of her.
  • User Gravatar Lisa Glenn
    May 9th, 2013

    In the words of one of the great women I know ” what a hoot” to read this!! You rock Laura!!!

  • User Gravatar Terri Derr
    May 10th, 2013

    I have always admired Laura’s endless energy because we are kindred spirits in that regard..
    Yes, I have heard her say outrageous things to people that not everyone would try. They love it !
    She also has a great sense of humor, one of the most important gifts in surviving
    in a world of complex relationships!
    Have you ever noticed she does a mean pirouette while delivering presentations??!!

  • User Gravatar Nancy Richardson
    May 13th, 2013

    We have so enjoyed having you in Venice, Laura. Didn’t know about Italy and I lived there for 4 years myself. They had to drag me back. Also have a daughter who was an AF nurse. Still a nurse but in CO Spgs. Looks like we also enjoy similar books. I was afraid when I saw the word “Ciao” before I read this whole article that you were leaving. Of course, “Ciao” can mean several things so I was happy I was wrong. Keep enjoying that Grandson!!

  • User Gravatar Marybeth Tvaroch
    July 4th, 2013

    Wow Laura! We have a lot more in common than I thought. It is fun getting to know someone a bit better. Your are a fantastic trainer and apparently an awesome broker! Good news travels fast!!!

    Read mine. Kathryn Parks is amazing and I do admire Michael too for the same reasons and from where she started to where she is now! I can relate. See you soon.

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