100 Years of Advancing Destinations

Cole Carley, CDME


Cole Carley

President & CEO, Cole Carley Communicates
DMAI Member Since:

Cole Carley is the President/CEO of Cole Carley Communicates, a consulting firm providing resources, strategic planning, and Board education for destinations.  He also delivers workshops and keynotes on tourism with emphasis on destination marketing and management.

He has 20 years of tourism experience and has earned his Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME) credential.  In addition, he has served on the DMAI Board of Directors, and chaired  two committees for DMAI:  Destinations Showcase and Education.  He is a regular presenter at DMAI education functions on Destination Produce Development and authored one of the chapters in the DMAI-produced textbook Fundamentals of Destination Management and Marketing.  He has also served on the Destinations Council for the US Travel Association.

He is a co-founder and director of both the North Dakota Tourism Partnership Alliance and the Upper Midwest CVB Conference.  Carley holds a B.A. degree in English from St. John’s University in Collegeville MN.

He has received several industry awards including “Friend of Tourism” by the Explore Minnesota Tourism Council, and the “Travel & Tourism Industry Leader” award by North Dakota Tourism Promotion.