Originally from Waterloo, Iowa, Kathy eventually left the rolling plains of the midwest behind for the bright lights of Sin City, where she earned her B.S. in hotel management from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Go Rebs!). Upon graduation, Kathy accepted a position working for a local rooms wholesaler, which eventually led her to sales positions at both the Orleans Hotel and the Tropicana Resort and Casino. In 2002, her love for all-things food & beverage led her to her next venture working as the catering director for Cili Restaurant at Bali Hai Golf Course, where she remained for nearly ten years before making her way to the By Dzign team.
An active member of the Las Vegas Hospitality Association (LVHA), Kathy has served on the organization’s Board of Directors for over a decade in positions ranging from director to chairman of the board. She currently volunteers her time serving as the vice president for the National Association of Catering and Events (NACE) Board of Directors. In both 2007 and 2011, Kathy was selected as NACE’s “Caterer of the Year” and, in 2013, was named “Event Professional of the Year”—two honors that solidify her role as one of the top event design professionals in Las Vegas.
A proud UNLV Runnin’ Rebel Alumna, Kathy is a member of the UNLV Alumni Association and has volunteered her time for the association’s Events Committee for over five years. She also currently sits on the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors (a three-year term that began in March of 2014). Needless to say, during basketball season, you can always find Kathy at the Thomas & Mack Center, cheering on her Runnin’ Rebs loudly and proudly (she’s the one in all red).
An avid golfer, when Kathy’s not executing unbelievable events on behalf of her clients, you can find her on any one of Las Vegas’ gorgeous golf courses with her husband, Brian, taking a swing at lowering her handicap. In her free-time, Kathy tends to lose herself in all-things games and trivia—a hobby that led her family to be selected as contestants on the popular game shows Family Feud and Celebrity Name Game. Her passion for competition extends far beyond game shows, though—her drive to be the best is clearly present in every one of the beautiful events she designs and manages (something her clients constantly praise her for).
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