Katrina Evacuee and the Company that Supported Him Take Top Honors at PharmaTimes US Researcher Competition

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Benchmark Research associate site manager and clinical research coordinator, Lamar Box, won the highly competitive Clinical Research Coordinator category at the 2011 PharmaTimes US Clinical Researcher of the Year competition.

Initially when my name was called as the winner, I was stunned--I didn't expect to win.

Benchmark Research associate site manager and clinical research coordinator, Lamar Box, won the highly competitive Clinical Research Coordinator category at the 2011 PharmaTimes US Clinical Researcher of the Year competition. Box, who was one of six Benchmark employees to make the shortlist of just 10 competitors, endured the grueling assessment process to come out on top.

Lamar began his career as a research clinical coordinator with Benchmark Research at their New Orleans site on June 30, 2005; Hurricane Katrina hit two days shy of his 2-month anniversary. Having evacuated to his hometown in Mississippi and knowing that his home in New Orleans had been flooded, he had begun looking for a job and residence in Mississippi when he received a call from Mark Lacy, President and CEO of Benchmark Research. Mark offered to relocate him and his partner, as well as his fellow co-workers and their families to live and work at the company’s research sites in Texas. Each employee was assured they could return to New Orleans when the site was reopened. Mr. Box accepted the offer and decided to make his relocation to Austin permanent after learning that Hurricane Rita had finalized the destruction of his home in New Orleans.

In addition to Lamar winning the Clinical Research Coordinator top spot, Benchmark Research also won the second place position in the Team Competition. The team members had to work together to navigate an FDA 483 in the appropriate manner. “We are so proud of Lamar and all the Benchmark Research employees who took the time to enter this wonderful competition,” said Mark Lacy. “The camaraderie and teamwork shown during the event is something we have tried to instill in our employees and I am so delighted that they had the opportunity to share in this together.” Lamar had this to say, "Initially when my name was called as the winner, I was stunned--I didn't expect to win. Then once I realized I really had won, I was overwhelmed. Finally, I was left with a feeling of validation in my knowledge of research. Being a part of the Benchmark Family has been a truly great experience. When I came to work for Benchmark, I had been in the medical field for more than 16 years and I was (and still am) pleased to know that there remains a company in the field of medicine where the most important thing is the people--both the patients and the employees. "

Judging the competition were more than 25 high-level members of some of the most prestigious pharmaceutical companies and CROs. The daylong event culminated in a black tie awards ceremony on Thursday, April 7th.

For more information about the PharmaTimes US Clinical Researcher of the Year competition visit http://www.usclinicalresearcher.com. For more information about Benchmark Research please visit our website or contact Andrew Kimball directly at (469) 854-0294 or andrewkimball(at)benchmarkresearch(dot)net.

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