About Us

Airport marketing reaches local, national, and international audiences unlike any other advertising channel.

Departure Media creates eye-catching display programs that draw the attention of passing travelers, enhancing the overall travel experience while complementing the airport’s unique aesthetics.

Business owners realize that airport marketing directly and immediately impacts community awareness and builds brand recognition. Our team brings over 30 years of industry experience to design strategic campaigns that provide you maximum exposure at a low-cost per thousand.

Departure Media Airport Advertising is the largest Prime ACDBE Advertising Concessionaire in the country; 100% woman-owned company with WMBE, DBE and ACDBE certifications throughout the United States.

Our Mission

To be the airport advertising industry leader by building and maintaining relationships for life.

Our Philosophy

A Departure from the Ordinary.

Departure Media is an innovative organization dedicated to delivering creative, high quality solutions that are unique to each airport and to each advertising campaign; great people committed to building long term partnerships with our clients and communities.

Our mission goes beyond selling advertising space.

Our focus is results driven.

Our experienced team will customize ideas and concepts that significantly increase the return on investment for each advertising customer.

We guarantee individualized service that continues long after a contract has been executed.

Departure Media's Exciting Growth

Leslie Bensen – President / CEO / Founder

Leslie Bensen is the Founder and CEO of Departure Media, Inc. A woman-owned, prime operator that manages advertising concessions for airports throughout the United States. The company has successfully managed creative advertising display programs in airports ranging from a top 25 airport to mid – and small – hub airports. Since the 1990’s, Ms. Bensen has custom designed unique display opportunities to enhance the airport’s aesthetics and the passenger’s experience.

Leslie is a true entrepreneur. In 1996, after years of experience managing advertising concessions for a large national firm, it was time to start a company of her own. “I was creating unique advertising opportunities for airports and noticed most markets were being underserved and lacked a creative approach; both in advertising messages and display opportunities.” Leslie was pleasantly persistent meeting with airport managers in an effort to convince them of her ability to provide better service and increased revenues. “I never doubted for one second that I could fulfill my promise,” she says. “I met with as many airports as I could, just for a chance to launch Departure Media.”

After six years of persistence, Departure Media was awarded its first advertising concession contract.

Success in one airport led to the future growth of the company. Leslie earned a reputation for excellent work that resulted in winning additional airport contracts. Today, Departure Media is known throughout the United States as the largest prime, women-owned airport advertising concessionaire representing programs in ten airports.

Now with more than 23 years of operating a thriving business and overcoming economic challenges, Leslie can look back on the hurdles she faced with a strong sense of purpose. This has been an exciting and motivating ride with extensive travel, hard work and long hours. It is well worth the many accomplishments in a business that Leslie is sincerely passionate about and proud to represent.

In addition to her airport career, she strives to assist small, women and minority owned businesses.

Great Products. Great People. Great Airports