Cohen began her sales career in the Branson theater business and managed large festivals and events for this tourist destination. She then joined the team at The Memphis Zoo where she produced special events and managed the sales team and occasionally got the opportunity to hang out with baby goats. After moving
back to her hometown, Cohen joined the Branson CVB
once again, but this time as director of meeting and convention sales.
Cohen recently had a 20-something tell her, “You’ve had the most interesting career,” and she wholeheartedly agrees. Cohen has traveled all over the world and worked with European tour operators, meeting planners, zoo animals, top zoo donors and a huge list of industry colleagues and friends to accomplish many goals throughout her career. She considers these relationships her most treasured accomplishment. She was also excited to earn her CMP designation in 2011.
“Deborah is a talented, resourceful and detail-oriented individual who combines professionalism, creativity and enthusiasm in all projects. She strives for excellence and assists those around her to achieve their goals and reach their potential,” says Shonna Green, vice president of communications and community resources at Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens.
My first job in the hospitality industry was… a candy store salesperson.