How to Create a Destination Venue by Deb Ward of Twin Oaks Ranch


What does an inspirational trailblazer like Deb do during her free time? Deb can be found at Twin Oaks Guest Ranch, the second business she owns with her husband, Cowboy. Twin Oaks Guest Ranch is located just outside of Nashville. This is a vision that was created to share with everyone and has become the perfect vacation spot for hundreds of returning guests each year. Deb & Cowboy truly pour their heart and soul into this dream of sharing the ranch life with valued guests. It is definitely a “home away from home” where all can feel welcome!

Early in Deb’s career, she saw an opportunity she just couldn’t pass up when the AT&T monopoly was disbanded. She was one of the very first women to open a telecommunications company. Faced with extreme trials and with pure grit, Deb’s determination pushed through head-on earning her the right to be a fierce competitor in a heavily male-dominated industry.

A career-long mission of Deb’s and one of the company’s core values is allegiance to women in business and technology. She continues to apply her personal philosophy of “Paying It Forward” by dedicating substantial resources to various telecom-related organizations. She was the first Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of INCOMPAS for 5+ years (the industry’s largest lobbying association, formerly known as Comptel) President-Elect and Board Member of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO); Board Member of Women’s Business Enterprise Council South (WBE South).

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