Deana Mitchell, CMP, DMCP, CCSE has over 25 years of experience in the hospitality, event, and destination management industry. After graduating from Louisiana State University with a degree in architecture, Deana began a very successful career in the hospitality field.
While in college, Deana started working in restaurants, working her way up to the management level. The first 10 years of her career were spent in restaurant and banquet management, and then proceeded on to conference, catering, and destination services. In 2005, Deana earned the Certified Meeting Professional designation, and in 2012 earned the Destination Management Certified Professional designation.
Deana has traveled the United States, visiting 49 states (missing Hawaii), and residing in eight different states. Colorado is absolutely her favorite place and she has lived and worked all over the great state!
Deana has realized her dream of living in the mountains and enjoying life every day! Her experience in the different facets of the hospitality world over the years, coupled with her travels and involvement in professional organizations, gives her the ideal experience to do what she loves – creating experiences for groups who want to come visit Colorful Colorado!
Why did you come to Colorado?
The first time I moved here was to attend Colorado State University where I spent my freshman year a long time ago! Since 1999, I have lived in the mountains of Colorado to include: Snowmass Village, Vail, Leadville, Telluride, Aspen and now Winter Park / Denver. I also spend a lot of time in Colorado Springs, and it is one of my favorite places!
What is your favorite place and why?
That is a super hard question for me as I really enjoy the whole state.
I like that the ski towns are tight knit communities and everyone loves the outdoors, which motivates me to get out more! I feel very blessed to have lived in such places.
The cities are equally as wonderful and have everything you could want. Denver is growing like crazy and who can resist the beauty & charm of Colorado Springs!
What do you want our guests to know about your favorite destination that they may not know?
I could write all day on this subject, so I think I will save it for the blog we will be starting in 2017 to showcase all of our destinations that I love so much!
What is your favorite activity in Colorado?
I love to ski even though I didn’t see snow until I was 18 and finally learned when I was 29. I also love rafting, hiking, jeeping and climbing 14-ers! I have worked as a ski instructor and a white water rafting guide.
Why should our clients have their group event in Colorado?
The Colorado Rockies are one of the most beautiful places on earth, the air is clean and the weather is awesome year round. We have lots of sunny days to enjoy the outdoors whether you prefer winter or summer!
Why should they hire Realize Colorado?
We care about you! Our mission is to create an exceptional experience for your attendees and to take the stress from our clients so we can help Realize their Vision.