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About Kate

Kate Patay, CPCE

Kate Patay, CPCE, is the Chief Strategy Officer of Patay Consulting, a firm designed to help businesses and individuals discover and amplify their authentic brand and image. She is an international speaker & consultant, SEARCH Foundation Director and Lecturer at The International School of Hospitality in Las Vegas.

Kate has been a recognized industry professional and influencer for over 20 years in many facets of special events, and has served on and advised the boards of numerous associations and organizations. She currently speaks for and coaches some of the top leaders and companies in the hospitality industry and beyond, while mentoring countless individuals, inspiring upcoming leaders and advocating for numerous charitable causes.

In 2015 she was honored with the coveted Pacesetter Award from the Events Industry Council (formerly the 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 and Special Events Magazine named her as one of the Top 20 Under 40. Smart Meetings named her as one of the Top Meeting Professionals of 2017, a Leading Inspiring Woman in 2018, awarded her with the Hall of Fame for 2019, as well as being awarded the Top 20 Powerful Women Achievement by the Northern Nevada Business Weekly and Top 20 Trendsetter by Meetings Today.

Kate has also been nominated as Nevada’s Saleswoman of the Year, Citizen of the Year, Businesswoman of the Year and 2017 20 Under 40, 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.

She is a frequent contributor and speaker for Oracle, Smart Meetings, IMEX, The Club Managers Association of America, The Event Manager Blog, The National Association for Catering & Events, The Special Event, Catersource, The American Rental Association, Wedding International Professionals Association, The International Live Events Association, Meeting Professionals International, Wedding MBA, The Association of Bridal Consultants, The Event Planners Association and various other conferences, organizations and companies.


  • 2019 Smart Meetings Hall of Fame
  • 2019 NNBV Top 10 Leaders to Know: High Profile
  • 2019 NNBV Top 10 Most Influential: Thought Leaders
  • 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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