Phyllis Hoffman DePiano
President, Hoffman Media
A leading figure in the publishing industry, Phyllis Hoffman DePiano is president and chief executive officer of Hoffman Media. A native of Hoover, Alabama, and a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, she began her career as a Certified Public Accountant with a nationally known firm before founding a special-interest publication company in 1983 that is now known as Hoffman Media. Phyllis is recognized industry-wide as a savvy businesswoman and talented entrepreneur. She serves as the creative engine of the company, which defines and celebrates the lifestyles of women through an ever-widening range of beautiful magazines, including TeaTime, Southern Lady, Victoria, Just CrossStitch, and Taste of the South. In 2005, she partnered with restaurateur, author, and TV personality Paula Deen to create Cooking with Paula Deen, a lifestyle/cooking magazine that was the number one newsstand launch in its inaugural year. Then, as a lifetime devotee to the art of hospitality and cherishing life's special moments both big and small, she founded Phyllis Hoffman Celebrate in 2009, followed by The Cottage Journal in 2010.