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Cathy Pate

 Event Management / VIP Relations  - Photographer / Writer / Editor

Work experience


Author /Book Novel Editor, Proofreader and Research Specialist for Multiple Genres

Various authors including Marilyn Rausch, Mary Donlon , Leanne Burroughs Jeanne Van Arsdall, Margie Roland, Joe Forbes, Paul Cummings, Tony Pate, 

Edited "Love Can be Murder",  "No Law Against Love" and "Obsidian's Gate" and others.

Jan 1995Aug 2011

Event Management & VIP Relations

Paul D. Cummings Worldwide Enterprises

Various duties and responsibilities off and on over the 16 year period.

Paul D. Cummings Worldwide Enterprises was a top-level team training and motivational speaking company for many different industries in the Forbes Top 100 companies lists. Includes onsite training, trade shows,  training at the "Training and Management University" and multiple Product Launches.

Event Management (trade shows, on-site and off-site training and product launches):

  • On-site management of over 100 3-day Sustaining Excellence retreats ensuring all event planning was completed as ordered. Verifying  food, booth materials, conference materials, collateral, Audio Visual, speaker presentations, individual meetings, customer care and liaison, hosting the VIP's and ensuring their arrangements are correct, and making customer connections.
  • Post Event Follow Up - collating data collected during shows and distributing to the sales teams for follow ups.
  • Case Example - U.S. Product Launch for Nissan Leaf Electric Car. 15 cities in 6 months. Verify all event planning in each city was done correctly, check-in attendees, verify all event details on-site, photograph entire event, customer liaison, VIP host including client dinners, event follow-up after event.
  • Travel with CEO, President and/or individual trainers ensuring that they have everything they need for each individual training and events.


  • Assisted in the editing, proofreading and content for brochures, e-learning websites, promotional videos, training packets and various additional content (instrumental for product launches: Woople E-Training Technology, Ruby on Rails and music production for various Bands.)
Jan 2003Apr 2004

Vice President - Customer Relations

Paul D. Cummings Worldwide Enterprises
  • Constant communication with each client. Clients consist of CEO and upper executive level employees of many types of Forbes Top 100 companies.
  • Liaison between clients and sales staff.
  • Welcome and entertain VIP guests.
  • Follow up after events to ensure they had a wonderful experience and that they received all materials they were expecting.
  • Manage any negative feedback and follow up to ensure client happiness.
  • Fill any client requests not covered by sales staff.
  • Ensure property was completely ready for guests staying on-site.
Jan 1992Mar 1994

Car Salesman and Finance F&I Manager

Regency Mazda/Suzuki Gainesville, FL
  • Floor car salesman and customer relations 
  • #1 Sales Person awarded never falling below 3rd place
  • Always met or exceeded sales quota
  • Moved up to Finance F&I Manager within 18 months
  • As Finance Manager completed financial deal and performed any up-sells
  • Certified Car Salesmen
  • Certified Finance F&I Manager
Jan 1986Jun 1992

Professional Photographer Owner/CEO

Photography by Cathy
  • Creating a sole proprietorship from the ground up including registering with the government
  • Buying supplies and creating a photography studio
  • Managing client relations and scheduling
  • Budgeting, invoicing and managing finances
  • Sales
  • Follow up and referral requests
  • Certified Professional Photographers of America

Teller/Banking Associate

Keystone State Bank and Atlantic Hollywood Bank
  • Customer relations
  • Deposits, transfers and withdrawals
  • Balancing
  • Counting the vault for accuracy



Journalism/ Visual Arts

Santa Fe Community College  

Mentored with the University of Florida Photographer for full year gathering hands on instruction as well as completing 26 hours of courses.  Accepted as credit toward the University of Florida / Journalism Program    

Stringer for The Gainesville Sun -  Gary Wolfson

Contributor for the The Bradford County Telegraph

Creative Writing Groups Inkplots with many published pieces

Sleuthfest Mystery Writing Conventions -  Mystery Writers of America

 Romance Writers of America-  Sci- Fi Writers  

With full accredited conferences attended in each.  




President of the PTA -  President  & VP of the Junior Woman's Club - Founding member of Altrusa of Bradford  - Career Shadowing for Bradford High School.   Secretary at the Chamber of Commerce.  - Founder of the Santa Fe Arts Association.  Dare to Say No program Launch -  Special Olympics volunteer -  Koman Breast Cancer Volunteer

Special Skills

Creative Writing including , Novels, Short Stories and Screenplays. Leadership and Motivational training materials  - Speeches, statistical data and criminal analytics in specific areas. Lyrics.  Blurbs and cover pages including Photography and Art.   

Photography including portfolios for Motivational Speakers, Rock Stars, World Kickboxing Champion - Weddings -   On site Designer Photography - Coffee Table Books  - Custom built scrapbooks and Insurance Proof of Home goods.  Research for Writing for other peoples novels.  


References available on request.