The Board of Directors of the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) announces the appointment of Laura Simon as Executive Director as of October 1, 2015. Ms. Simon has held the position of Association Director since 2010 where she has successfully led the organization through rebranding efforts, while creating award-winning marketing campaigns and events that drive positive economic growth throughout the Downtown community. “Laura knows and has a passion for Delray Beach since she was born and raised here. I am excited about working with her, as she will bring new ideas and direction for the DDA .from her years of experience at Office Depot Corporate as well as working as the Associate Director of the DDA for the last 5 years,” said Mark Denkler, Board President, Delray Beach DDA. Laura Simon, a native of Delray Beach, has more than 22 years of experience in the corporate sector and hospitality industry, including event marketing and management positions with Office Depot, Inc., The Breakers Palm Beach, and other luxury resort properties. Ms. Simon has a Bachelor of Science degree in Tourism Management from Clemson University, and is a Member, Board of Governors, Delray Beach Historical Society; President, Atlantic Community High School PTSA Organization; Member, International Downtown Association; and Member, RHI (Responsible Hospitality Institute). For more information please call 561.243.1077 or visit downtowndelraybeach.com.