Debra Coudert Sweeney, APR

A public relations, marketing and communications professional for more than 30 years, Debby Sweeney has both strong professional services and corporate experience. Prior to opening her business partnership with Mellanie Bartlett, Debby served the law firm of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed for nearly six years in a leadership PR/marketing and publications editor capacity.

On the corporate front, Debby served as Red Lobster USA/Canada public relations manager garnering a vast amount of top-level experience in her 11 years with the company. In this time-frame she served as media spokeswoman and developed and staged media training for management throughout North America. She also created and executed international community relations projects to generate local visibility and media in markets throughout the U.S. and Canada and often worked closely with prominent names such as Senator John McCain and others who supported her company-wide community service efforts.

Serving as senior director of public relations for The Golf Channel as the entity evolved into a major player in the sports world, Debby spent more than four years generating strong national and international press. This helped to firmly establish the cable network within the business and sports communities with the publicity she initiated in outlets such as USA TODAY, Los Angeles Times, Golf Digest, The Today Show and other major publications across the U.S. and internationally. She worked with more notable names in this role including musician Kenny G, Arnold Palmer and other golf legends, as she presided over media teleconferences and events.

Other marketing positions in Debby's early career included serving Continental Airlines, Sea World of Florida, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels and Florida Power/Progress Energy. A highlight of Debby's community leadership was receipt of Florida Citrus Sports' highest annual recognition: The 1991 Florida Citrus Bowl Howard L. Palmer Award for excellence and long-term significant contribution to the Florida Citrus Sports organization. She is a past president of Florida Public Relations Association, Orlando Area Chapter, past state board member and past chair of the FPRA State Counselors Network for the area chapter. Debby is a graduate of the 1984 Leadership Orlando class and received her B.A. in Journalism/Public Relations from University of Central Florida.