Credit: MPI and The Meeting Professional
A 13-year veteran of the Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau, Corey was 38 years old. In his role, Corey had risen to be one of the most recognized people in his field, even gracing the cover of The Meeting Professional, a leading publication in the meeting and convention arena.
During his tenure at DCVB, Bizzell, a Durham native, saw great success in inviting groups to bring their meetings and conventions to Durham. Those who knew Corey were well aware that he was, without question, always on the ball, always in touch, always thinking, and always planning the next move.
“A loss like this is just devastating,” said Shelly Green, President & CEO of DCVB. “Corey had many friends here and throughout the country. We are all taking this hard,” Green added.
To honor him, DCVB is establishing a scholarship in his name for students pursuing careers in hospitality. Details on that will be forthcoming, but for those interested in making an immediate donation, in lieu of flowers, as Corey’s family prefers, please donate to the Hopes for Haircuts Foundation, where Corey was serving as the CFO.
DCVB will also post here a list of nearby hotels with special rates later this afternoon for those traveling from out of town to attend the services.
“We miss him terribly, and we thank you for your good thoughts as we process this loss,” said Green.