Cultivate Founder & CEO
Sissy DeMaria-Koehne is the CEO of Cultivate. She is the President and co-owner of Kreps DeMaria Public Relations, one of the most respected and established independently-owned public relations agencies with offices in Miami and New York. Sissy is also the Founder of WorldWise PR Affiliates, a global network of independently owned public relations agencies in key locations throughout the world. A life-long equestrian, Sissy co-founded Give Back for Special Equestrians in 2013, a non-profit that provides therapeutic horseback riding scholarships for disabled children and veterans in Florida and New York.
With more than thirty years of experience in the ultra-luxury arena, Sissy is recognized for her vast network of connections, expertise in media relations and crisis communications, as well as event conceptualization and marketing serving clients in the high-end automotive, residential and commercial real estate, hospitality, and arts and culture industries. She is known for creating compelling brand events and stories that translate into major media coverage across all channels of communication including social media platforms, traditional, digital and broadcast outlets.
She is the recipient of numerous industry and civic awards, including PR News’ “Top Women in PR,” South Florida Business Journal’s “Influential Business Women,” South Florida Luxury Guide’s “Women of Style and Substance,” and Ocean Drive’s “Women of Influence.” Most recently, she was named to Manhattan Modern Luxury’s prestigious “The List”. In 2018, Kreps DeMaria was named one of the “Most Powerful Real Estate PR Firms” in New York City by the Observer.
Active in social and civic circles, DeMaria-Koehne serves on the Board of Coral Gables Community Foundation, and has co-chaired its successful annual gala for six consecutive years. Sissy is an Associate Member of Beaux Arts and Young Patronesses of the Opera. Married to Dr. Guenther Koehne, she is a mother of three daughters and divides her time between New York City, Vero Beach and Miami. She is a graduate of the University of Miami.