Longwood names Benevento to guest management post


Christopher Benevento

EAST MARLBOROUGH — Longwood Gardens announced the appointment of Christopher Benevento Monday as its new Director of Guest Services and Operations. The appointment was effective Jan. 25.

 “Our search for a Director of Guest Services and Operations has been thorough and focused,” said Longwood Gardens Executive Director Paul B. Redman. “We interviewed many talented professionals. Chris’s varied experience, successful track record, and innovative use of technology to better serve guests made him the perfect choice. We are excited to have Chris lead Longwood’s Guest Services and Operations into the future.”

Benevento has spent a distinguished career in hospitality operations and management having most recently served as Regional Vice President for Savor Food Service/SMG Management where he was directly responsible for operational oversight of 42 stadiums, arenas, convention centers and performing arts venues throughout the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean.  

As Director of Guest Services and Operations, Chris will oversee Longwood’s Ticketing, Guest Services Associates, Security, Gardens Shop, Custodial, Performing Arts, Terrace Restaurant and Special Functions operations.

“I am honored to be chosen to lead the Guest Services and Operations of a world-class organization such as Longwood,” said Benevento. “Longwood is well known for offering its guests a truly extraordinary experience and I look forward to working with its talented staff to further enhance the guest experience at the Gardens.”

Benevento is a native of New York and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Management from Salem University. He resides in Downingtown, PA, with his wife and three children. 

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