Who We Are

The Group Sales team has over 60 years of combined sales and event planning experience. Whether you’re organizing a corporate meeting for 300 attendees, or arranging a rehearsal dinner for a family member, we’ve seen it all. Let us guide you toward a seamless, memorable event!

Susan McGee, Director of Sales  |  513-475-6155

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Susan has spent most of her career in the Travel & Tourism industry.  She started as a travel agent  working for GoldChex Incentive Travel and then American Express Travel.  She moved to North Carolina in the late 80’s and moved her career focus to hospitality and event sales for the next four years and became an avid college basketball fan!  In 1991 Susan moved back to Cincinnati to take the position of Sales & Marketing Director for the Embassy Suites Blue Ash.  During her four years at this property she had her two daughters, Gabriella and Alexandra.  After a brief hiatus and working part-time teaching travel and event planning at Tri-State Travel School, Susan began working full time at Paramount’s Kings Island.  This fun and entertaining position lasted 10 years until she was asked to join the sales team at Cincinnati Marriott Airport.  After a brief year and a half, a Cincinnati Zoo representative contacted her and asked her to lead their sales team.  She joined the Zoo team in May 2008 as Director of Sales and has been successful in increasing revenues and adding experiences for customers ever since.  Her career spans almost 35 years in event sales and planning.

When not working, Susan enjoys boating with her husband Shawn.  Her daughter Gabriella is in Louisiana with Teach for America and Alexandra will graduate in December 2017 from OSU with a Creative Writing degree.  Sadie, pound puppy mix, has been her faithful companion for 11 years.

Favorite Animal: Cheetah

Mary Bowler, Sales Coordinator  |  513-487-3480

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Mary joined the Group Sales team as an Event Coordinator in 2012 and now works full time as the glue that holds our department together! As Sales Coordinator, Mary works with community groups and youth groups, as well as coordinates summer field trips and visits for schools. She is also responsible for event/ticket payments and invoicing for the sales office. Mary loves soaking up the sun by the pool in the summer, finding one-of-a-kind pieces at Von Maur in the winter, and spending time with her family.

Favorite Animal: Elephant

Raechel Powell, Sales Assistant  |  513-487-3479

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Raechel also joined the Group Sales team as a Lead Event Coordinator in 2015. After a year of managing events, Raechel was promoted to Sales Assistant. She works with area hotels, discounted group tickets, and our AAA accounts. She also acts as a resource for our Sales Manager Kelly, assisting her with sales promotions, account management, and customer service. Interested in bringing your group to the Zoo? She is your resource! When Raechel isn’t bustling around the office, you can find her at the dog park with her golden retriever, Tripp, or watching her boyfriend pitch for the Florence Freedom.

Favorite Animal: Otter

Kelly Madigan, Sales Manager  |  513-487-3310

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Though only joining the team in February 2016, Kelly has been a driving force in the Group Sales Department. Kelly graduated from The Ohio State University and worked as a Sales Manager for BlueGreen Vacations in Charleston, SC before moving back to Cincinnati. She maintains relationships with our corporate groups in Ohio, excluding downtown Cincinnati. Kelly is also your source for corporate discount codes, company meetings, and other company events. When she isn’t cheering on the Buckeyes, Kelly enjoys crafting with her family and spoiling her dog, Jackson.

Favorite Animal: Penguin

Jennifer Carskadan- Danner, Event Planner  |  513-559-7718

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Jennifer graduated from Northern Kentucky University (Norse Up!) and has been at the Zoo for 12 years. She is one-half of our Event Planning team, and works with our clients on final event details and menu suggestions after the event is contracted. She works exclusively with P&G and Kroger, companies with fewer than 50 employees in the state of Kentucky, and private social accounts such as weddings, rehearsal dinners, and proms. When Jennifer isn’t designing a floor plan or talking menu options, you can find her sampling craft beers at a local brewery or spending time with her husband and three daughters.

Favorite Animal: Monitor Lizard

Rebecca Wiesman, Event Planner  |  513-487-3312

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Becca has been in the event planning industry for over 20 years. After holding positions at an array of event venues, Becca found her home at the Cincinnati Zoo. She is the other half of the Event Planning team, and also works with clients on event specifics and catering options after the event has been contracted. She is also a P&G and Kroger meeting rep, and works with companies with fewer than 50 employees in the state of Ohio. Becca works with clients to plan private social events as well, such as cocktail parties, weddings, and reunions. If you’re a fan of local theater, you might just see Becca on the stage! And have we mentioned how much she loves Disney?

Favorite Animal: Meerkat

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