Tessa Benitez


Tessa has over 10 years of experience working in Association and Meeting Management. In 2003 she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Science with a Marketing and Sales specialization from the University of Applied Science (HES) in Amsterdam. During and after her studies, Tessa worked in the hospitality industry where she further developed her organizational and hospitality skills.

In 2008, Tessa joined the Status Plus team in the Netherlands and oversaw many meetings for national and international associations, as well as events commissioned by Dutch government agencies. In 2009, Tessa expanded her focus to include association management, which was a great fit for both Tessa and Status Plus. Over the years, she has developed comprehensive knowledge of association management with a focus on medical non-profit associations, organizational development, financial management, membership management, fundraising strategies, and meeting organization.

In 2013, after moving to the United States, Tessa rose to her current position as COO of Status Plus LLC, and currently lives with her husband and 2 children in the greater Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN area. She is appointed as the Executive Director for the Foundation for International Urogynecological Assistance (FIUGA), the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH), the Scientific Network of Female Sexual Health and Cancer (Scientific Network) and the SMSNA Foundation. She is appointed as Associate Executive Director for the International Urogynecological Association (IUGA) and the Sexual Medicine Society of North America (SMSNA).

Clients value Tessa for her relentless dedication, persistence and eagerness to help them move forward as an organization. Tessa volunteers with Junior Achievement (JA) by teaching a JA program working side-by-side students to help them understand financial concepts, entrepreneurship and careers. She is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives (CESSE) and Association North in Minnesota.

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