Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading Persons In Professional Services Deborah Varallo
One of thirteen children born to a stay-at-home mom and a white collar working father, Deborah had her first job when she was about thirteen years old. Being in a large family, most of the siblings were working after school so their personal needs would not be a burden to their parents.
A native Tennessean, Deborah Varallo worked full-time in a part-time job so she could help pay for and graduate from Baylor University in Texas. After college, she was employed in marketing and sales positions. During this period, she became active in a multitude of charities where she developed a vast network of media contacts, which led to the establishment of Varallo Public Relations in 1991.
Deborah’s provides seminar training on such topics as social media marketing, corporate networking, techniques for business prospecting, leadership/mentoring and public relations and marketing. Deborah has been featured in the national press discussing her expertise and providing advice. The firm has won a number of professional trade honors.
Deborah is past board chair for Leadership Middle Tennessee, a ten-county leadership organization devoted to regional leadership. A graduate of both Leadership Nashville and Leadership Music, she serves on each of their Planning Committees and provides ongoing public relations support. She presently serves on the boards of Tennessee State Fair Association, T.J. Martell Foundation’s Business Leaders Council and Cumberland University’s Business Advisory Board. She has been named to the Nashville Post’s In Charge listing since it was established and named to their 2016 All Star Board.
She is president-elect for the International Women’s Forum – Tennessee Chapter. Deborah chaired the boards for Leadership Nashville Alumni Association, Leadership Middle Tennessee Alumni Board, Center for Nonprofit Management (CNM) and Women in Numbers (WIN). She was president of Leadership Middle Tennessee’s 2004 class. Additional boards have included: Rotary Club of Nashville, The Women’s Fund, and Catholic Charities of TN, YWCA of Middle Tennessee, Charis Health Center, Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee. She twice chaired CNM’s Salute to Excellences Awards Dinner and thrice chaired and emceed the Nashville Area Chamber’s Future 50 Dinner.
She served as Community Chair for the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee, twice co-chaired the Celebration of Mission to Service fundraiser for Catholic Charities of Tennessee and St. Mary Villa Child Development Center, co-chaired the Girls Scouts of Middle Tennessee major fundraiser and is extremely active in St. Stephen Catholic Community. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum’s Tennessee Chapter and was honored by the Women’s Political Collaborative of Tennessee for her community service. She was honored with the YWCA’s Women of Achievement in 2017.
A few of her honors include: WIN’s Legacy Award, CABLE’s Civic Outreach Award, Nashville Business Journal’s ‘Woman of Influence’, Oyster Queen for Oyster Easter to benefit the Community Resource Center, Davidson County Women of the Year, Clara Barton Award (highest volunteer award given by American Red Cross), Volunteer of the Year (Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce), Who’s Who in the World, Jan Van Eys Humanitarian Award (highest honor from the Cumberland Valley Hemophilia Foundation), and the President’s Cup (Highest National Honor of the National Association for Professional Saleswomen).
She is married to Jim Varallo, owner of the business brokerage firm Varallo Investment Properties; they live in Old Hickory TN. They have a daughter, Mary Kathleen Varallo, who is the Business Process Analyst for the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas.