Meet the Board – Deandra Holcomb

Deandra Holcomb

Deandra, also known as Dee, Holcomb is a seasoned Hospitality Professional specializing in Sales & Catering for over 27 years. 

After graduating from The University of Louisiana Lafayette, ULL, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts for Public Relations with a double minor in English and Marketing, Deandra began her career at New Orleans Paddlewheels Inc., selling private charters on riverboats cruising the Mississippi River, ironic.  She then moved into hotels as a Director of Catering and has also held Director of Sales & Marketing, Director of Convention Services and Director of Corporate Relations positions.   She fell in love with designing memorable experiences for each and every guest, corporate, bridal, convention, meeting, association event she had the pleasure of serving and hasn’t stopped since.

Her experience with different hotel brands allows her to bring the best, most artistic, imaginative and innovative ideas to each event planned, creating lifetime memories.  Holcomb’s diverse hotel background comes from working with an array of hotel brands, including Le Meridien, JW Marriott, Embassy Suites, IHG, Red Lion Hotels as well as Boutique properties in New Orleans, LA, San Diego, CA, Denver, CO and Little Rock, AR before permanently moving to the Pensacola Beach area.

Her entrepreneurial spirit dates back to 1998 when she opened her first company, New Orleans Premier Productions, Inc., a specialty gift basket company that evolved into a full-service catering and event planning company with a beverage division in five hotels in the New Orleans metropolitan area. 

In 2019, she opened Ho2 Pensacola Dolphin Tours, Pontoons & More!, a Women-owned business formed in an effort to bring the expertise of Deandra and her husband Steve’s years of hospitality experience from land to water.  Because customers are at the heart of the hospitality industry, her company’s primary focus is customer service and quality of service.   Beginning with two boats, Ho2 Pensacola is welcoming its’ 7th vessel to the fleet in May of 2021 and plans on continued growth in both rentals, luxury charters and dolphin tours. 

Throughout her career, Deandra has been an active board member of Meeting Planners International, Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association and currently holds a seat on Visit Pensacola’s Board of Directors.  In addition, she has also been involved with the National Association of Catering Executives, Chamber of Commerce in multiple cities, Louisiana Society of Association Executives and chaired the PR Committee for the Orange Festival. As past member of Rotary International, she was named by The Rotary Foundation as a Paul Harris Fellow.  Other community philanthropic activities include participation in:  Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Susan Komen Race for the Cure and March of Dimes Fundraising Committee,

Deandra is an adoring mother of one son, Anthony, and three fur babies, Lucy, Mia & Luna.   While known for her love of the New Orleans Saints, she is also crazy about flamingos, dolphins and sea turtles.  When she is or is not working, you will often find her on or near water as being landlocked is not an option.  Last, but certainly not least, both Deandra and Ho2 Pensacola passionately support Leave Only Footprints Behind and Lights Out initiatives helping keep our beaches clean and our wildlife safe.  Ho2 Pensacola proudly participates in the Dolphin SMART program which protects dolphins by promoting responsible wildlife viewing.