225 Keith Street SW, Suite A
Cleveland, TN 37311
Vice President, Convention & Visitors Bureau
Primary Responsibilities at the Chamber:
Creates and implements marketing strategies to promote the region to tourists, works with community organizations to develop tourism products/attractions, works with media to feature local tourism industry to attract visitors and to create positive publicity for the Chamber and community, advocates for tourism issues to state legislators and maintains relationships with the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development
Other Professional/Community Affiliations:
Part-time faculty member, Communication and the Arts, Lee University; Tennessee Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus (past chair); Southeast Tennessee Tourism Association (board member); Tennessee Tourism Roundtable (past board member); Cleveland Media Association; Charleston-Calhoun-Hiwassee Historical Society; Bradley County Historical Society; Southeast Tourism Society; and Travel Industry of America; International Cowpea Festival and Cook-off (committee co-chair); Allied Arts Council; Evening Shade Committee; MainStreet Cleveland (past president, board member)
First Baptist Cleveland (sanctuary choir)
Tourism Marketing Professional (TMP), Southeast Tourism Society; Certified Tennessee Tourism Professional (CTTP), Tennessee Tourism Roundtable; Spotlight Award for Leadership & Management, Tennessee Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus; graduate of Leadership Cleveland
MS degree in communications, public relations emphasis, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
BS degree in communications, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN
Digital & Social Media Specialist, Convention & Visitors Bureau
Mary Tom Jenkins-Cocks has been the Digital and Social Media Communications Manager for the Tourism Development division at the Chamber for the past four years. Mary Tom has also been hired to assist Melissa Woody managing several projects and events for the Tourism division. She has lived in Cleveland for the past 18 years but grew up in neighboring McMinn County in Englewood, TN, and graduated from McMinn Central High School. She holds a degree in elementary education from Tennessee Wesleyan University. In addition to teaching school, she as also worked as an affiliate broker at Coldwell Banker Hamilton & Associates. She is married to Jeff Cocks, and together they own two local businesses, Corporate Network Solutions and MacPC Market. Both of their businesses are Chamber members. Mary Tom and Jeff have been married 26 years and have two sons, Thomas and James. They are members at North Cleveland Church of God. She enjoys spending time with her family at Watts Bar Lake and St. Pete Beach. Her interests include traveling, hiking, photography, water sports, cooking and gardening.
Cleveland State Community College
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Bachelor of Science Degree
Tennessee Wesleyan University
Larissa Coleman joined the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce as the new membership accounts representative in summer 2017. She is responsible for ensuring the continuous and steady growth of the Chamber’s membership in further promoting new member recruitment. Larissa also coordinates the sales and advertising services offered by the Chamber with the continued goal to help grow member business, facilitate member needs and increase the overall value offered to members.
Larissa came to the Chamber with 10 years of experience in sales, business development, public relations and customer service. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. Prior to her position with the Chamber Larissa worked with the American Red Cross Winston Salem Chapter in North Carolina as well as at Unum and Blood Assurance in Chattanooga.
Larissa resides in Cleveland with her husband Jon along with their 8 year old son and 4 year old daughter. She and her family love to spend time together being outdoors and watching sports.