Clients say "Patty, work your magic!"
...And that's exactly what I do. (Coffee helps.)
GIVE ME A CHALLENGE AND I WILL FIND THE WAY TO SOLVE IT!
Everyone has a story. Here's mine.
I have been in the meeting and event industry for 22 years and consider myself to be a trailblazing planner who understands that successful communications, marketing & meeting and event planning is equal parts planning, marketing, production, and onsite savvy!
Give me a challenge and I will find the solution that makes the most sense. My clients require intelligently thought out concepts and appreciate my multiple levels of expertise.
I grew up in Dallas, Texas, as part of an entrepreneurial family that embraced the spirit of giving back to the business and civic communities. When I started my own career in Dallas, I worked diligently to become a trusted professional in the business community, too. Through my experiences at Passbook Clubs and Five Star Limousines, both family-owned and later sold to corporate conglomerates, my career continued moving upward, as I became polished working alongside executives in the C-Suite. Eventually, I reached the point to start my own firm, where I focus on producing annual conferences, corporate award dinners, annual galas for associations, and special events for both local and in-bound global corporations and associations, ranging in size from intimate groups of 250 to citywide conferences with up to 10,000 participants.
I've had a severe hearing loss since childhood that I've never allowed to define me!
In fact, because I must LISTEN closely to everything and be vigilantly alert to everything surrounding me, it has served me well in my chosen profession. I SEE what others don't, and my careful listening skills result in capturing the nuances an ordinary hearing person does not.
Most recently, I've effectively blended my planning, marketing, and technology skills with my firm Patty Stern Creative Marketing Solutions, where my proven talent in planning, event marketing, web design, and stage production provides tremendous value to the clientele I serve. I'm highly involved in the meeting & event industry, having served on the board of directors for MPI and ILEA multiple terms in Texas, New York, and New Jersey.
Additionally, my contributions have been recognized by industry peers for my talent and leadership, receiving the Planner of the Year from three MPI Chapters in Dallas, New York City, and New Jersey, where I now reside.
Southern Methodist University: MA
Southern Methodist University: BFA
ILEA New Jersey North Chapter
President's Award 2017
ILEA International Best Communications International Chapter Award 2016
MPI New Jersey Chapter
Planner of the Year 2015
MPI Greater New York Chapter:
Planner of the Year 2009
Chapter Manager of the Year 2008
MPI D/FW Chapter:
President's Award 2010
Presidents Award 2007
Planner of the Year 2002
Rising Star Award 1998
INDUSTRY & COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT Past Leadership Positions
MPI New Jersey Chapter (VP of Communications)
ILEA NJ North Chapter (VP of Education & Programs)
ILEA NJ North (VP of Communications)
MPI Greater New York Chapter (VP of Communication)
MPI D/FW Chapter (VP of Communication and VP of Education)
Junior League of the Oranges & Short Hills (Director of Communications)
National Council of Jewish Women/Essex Section
American Cancer Society Annual Diamond Ball (Event Production)
ATTENTION TO DETAIL. PROFESSIONAL DEMEANOR. A CONTAGIOUS ENTHUSIASM FOR OUT-OF-THE-BOX THINKING!
Working in tandem with complementary business styles, I strive to proactively stay one step ahead at all times, providing clients with sensible solutions. And, I've always got a plan B in place to ensure success without stress.
Working with the client collaboratively, my goal is to ensure the content is powerful and relevant, the marketing is spot-on, the event flow is perfectly thought out, and your overall message is memorable enough to thrive long after the program is over!
The planning approach I take is strategic and I reflect on my own past experiences to help you make informed decisions.
The process begins with focused conversations to help me best understand the dynamics of the audience being served; this allows me to respond accordingly with ideas, solutions, and the processes to get there. By investing time on the forefront to lay out the strategic plan, I find each stage of development runs so much more smoothly. You'll find you actually have the luxury of less stress in the planning and more excitement so we can seize new opportunities that arise!