Internship leads Florian to position with visitors’ bureau

| June 7, 2018

Kelly Florian, a 2012 graduate of Coshocton High School, is the office/social media manager for the Coshocton Visitors Bureau. Josie Sellers | Beacon

COSHOCTON – When Kelly Florian graduated from Muskingum University in 2016, she wasn’t exactly sure where she was going to go next, but she did have a plan to help her figure out the next step.

“I was going to take a year off and then apply for grad school,” Florian said. “I just wanted a job to make ends meet and since I had family and friends here I applied for an internship at the (Coshocton) visitors’ bureau.”

She had earned her degree in English literature and had hoped to become a professor, but her internship set her on a new career path.

“After interning for a couple of months, I received a job offer for the office manager position which was a wonderful surprise,” she said.

Florian now spends her days promoting Coshocton’s attractions and helping develop thematic trails in Coshocton to draw even more visitors to the county. She manages the CVB’s social media accounts, works on its website and does some writing.

“I love being involved in the county and learning about events that are going on,” she said. “I like meeting new people too. When I was younger I was extremely shy so this job has helped be grow socially.”

She also enjoys the fact that the visitors’ bureau office is located in Roscoe Village.

“As a kid I remember coming to Roscoe and it being like Disney World to me,” Florian said. “I remember walking around and getting giant lollipops. I fell in love with it.”

While she didn’t at first envision herself returning to Coshocton, Florian now sees it as a place full of potential.

“We have a beautifully preserved historic village, lovely park systems, a popular wine trail, lots of unique shopping, dining and lodging locations and the list goes on,” she said. “There are countless opportunities to grow here.”

She also really likes her job.

“Mindy Brems (the CVB executive director) is great to work with and so are our community partners,” Florian said. “We get to work with people who are dedicated to Coshocton, doing things locally and making this a better place. People here are kind, dedicated and hard-working.”

Editor’s note: The Beacon is working with the Coshocton County Chamber of Commerce to highlight young professionals in the community.


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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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