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About Kate

Kate Patay, CPCE

Kate is an international speaker & consultant, former NACE national board member, SEPA Advisor and Lecturer at The International School of Hospitality in Las Vegas. She’s been a recognized industry professional for nearly 20 years in many facets of special events.

In 2015 she was honored with the coveted Pacesetter Award from the Convention Industry Council (CIC) and an Esprit Award from ILEA for her work in the Green Sector of Events. In 2016, she received the Event Solutions Spotlight Award for Innovation. She was an integral part of Creative Coverings receiving Emerald Green Certification in 2012, giving them the distinct honor of being the only national linen company with this coveted eco-friendly designation.

Kate has been also nominated as Nevada’s Saleswoman of the Year and Citizen of the Year in addition to being honored as not only the Most Influential Person in Northern Nevada by the Top 100 Influencers, but as the “Person to Know” by the Reno Gazette Journal, and one of the top 20 Under 40 by Special Event Magazine. Smart Meetings has named her as one of the Top 25 Industry Professionals in 2017 and she consistently is in the Top 3 #EventProfs in North America as ranked by Eventopedia.


  • 2018 Meetings Today Top 20 Trendsetters
  • 2018 Top 20 Most Powerful Women in Business – NNBW
  • 2018 Smart Meetings – Smart Women Who Inspire – Visionary
  • 2017 Presidents Award – Reno/Tahoe NACE
  • 2017 Smart Meetings – Smart Women in Meetings – Industry Leader
  • 2016 Wedding Magazine Supplier of the Year
  • 2016 Event Solutions Innovator of the Year
  • 2015 Pacesetter Award – Convention Industry Council
  • 2015 ISES Esprit – Best Industry Contribution
  • 2014 20 Under 40 – Special Events Magazine
  • 2014 Member of the Year – Reno/Tahoe NACE
  • 2013 Northern Nevada’s “Most Influential Person” (industry expert category)
  • 2012 RGJ “Person to Know”
  • 2011 ISES President’s Award Recipient
  • 2010 NACE National Business Partner of the Year
  • 2008 NACE President’s Award Recipient

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