Katherine Stokoe, 26, works in Delray Beach, FL, as manager of meetings and events at Paragon Events. As a 2018 40 Under 40 honoree, Stokoe discusses her passion for the events industry.
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What I do: As manager of meetings and events of Paragon Events, I work with each event’s project manager in the planning and execution of full-scale conferences, meetings, and programs. In addition, I focus on developing sponsorship strategies and overseeing the registration management for clients around the globe. Currently, I define the objectives and construct budgets for clients ranging from Hawaii to the APAC market that hold events with over 1,200 attendees. My main concentration is to consult clients on their event goals and help them surpass ROI metrics and increase total revenue.
How I got here: I began my career as an intern at Paragon Events while majoring in Hospitality Management at Florida State University. Upon graduation, I secured an open position with Paragon Events and started as an assistant event coordinator, working directly with Paragon Events President & CEO Renee Radabaugh, CMP. Four years and countless experiences later, I am beyond proud to say that I have grown a great deal with the company that continues to inspire me and remind me of my passion for this industry.
My greatest career accomplishment: In 2017, I led the team, with the support of President and CEO Renee Radabaugh to secure the Request for Proposal for the Hawaii Tourism Authority’s Global Tourism Summit contract. I was appointed the project manager for the program that welcomed more than 1,600 attendees to Hawaii.
Most recently, I received the Emerging Leadership Award and became inducted into the Inaugural 2017 Association for Women in Events Hall of Fame. This award recognizes women who are fostering growth and development for both themselves and younger professionals beginning their journey in the industry.