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EASLEY — Allen Tate Company has named Gary Cohen as branch leader and broker-in-charge of the company’s Easley/Powdersville office at 4783 S.C. 153 in Easley.


In his new role, Cohen will oversee branch operations, management and training of more than 20 Allen Tate agents and staff.


Cohen most recently served as general manager of a regional real estate company in the Upstate with six offices, 125 agents, a real estate school and foreclosure and corporate relocation divisions.


Prior to his real estate career, Cohen had a 35-year career in the hospitality industry, including 23 years with Marriott Hotels, and positions as director of room operations, general manager and vice president of operations.


He is recipient of the Order of the Palmetto award, the highest honor given to a civilian in South Carolina and was named Georgia’s Lodging Leader of the Year.


His past and current community service includes president of the South Carolina Hotel Association, vice president of the Greater Columbia (S.C.) Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the board of directors of the Children’s Hospital of Columbia, president of the Buckhead branch of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, president of the Georgia Hospitality and Travel Association, Peach Bowl selection committee; Palmetto Baptist Easley Foundation; community board of directors of the National Bank of South Carolina – Greenville, board of directors of Greater Greenville Association of Realtors; and board of directors, Children’s Hospital Development Council (Greenville).


Cohen holds a bachelor of science degree in special education and speech correction from East Stroudsburg University (Pa.).


Cohen has lived in the Upstate since 2006. He and his wife, Susan, live in Easley. They have three sons, Mike, Jeff and Brad.

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