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Catersource and The Special Event
Feb 24 – 27, 2025
Broward County Convention CenterFort Lauderdale, FL

"The Courage to Change"

Leadership Lunch
Thursday, March 30th
11:45am - 1:45pm

Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change

Change your Orlando experience by traveling with industry leaders to one of the country’s most beautiful performance venues, the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts in Downtown Orlando. Prepare your palate for an innovative menu that will change the way you think about upscale cuisine and listen to the stories of dramatic career change from two of the industry’s most iconic leaders, Lenny Talarico, CSEP and Kate Patay, CPCE.

Event Details

Event Type: Sit-down lunch and learning session

Suggested Attire: Business Casual

Transportation: Buses will depart OCCC, EF Lobby Entrance at 11:15am and return by 2:15pm

Tickets: Required for entry


Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

445 S. Magnolia Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801

Session Speakers

Anthony Bollotta

Anthony is the President of Bollotta Entertainment, a San Diego based production and entertainment booking company specializing in meetings and entertainment-driven experiences. He has served in the position as event chair or co-chair for The Special Event numerous times throughout the past two decades, and in 2009 served as the show’s San Diego Ambassador. 

Kate Patay, CPCE

Kate Patay is a Destination Event Expert for Terramar with a global reach in media and industry-wide. She's known as a top strategist, consultant and international speaker with a focus on creating experiences, producing events, marketing and brand positioning combined with forward thinking approaches and cutting edge technology solutions. She is chair of SEARCH Foundation, Smart Meetings Style Ambassador and supporter for Meetings Mean Business.

Lenny Talarico, CSEP, CHE

An Events Executive with 25+ years of producing high-level events at venues in Las Vegas and in various global destinations. Recognized as an “Industry Trailblazer” and a leading contributor to the industry by Connect Meetings in 2021, as well as a “Top 15 Event Executive.” In May of 2022, CaterSource/ The Special Event, a division of Informa, awarded him their International GALA Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Event Chair

Heidi Brumbach, CMP, Technisch Creative

Heidi is an award winning event producer and multi year event chair at The Special Event since 2004. She is the founder and CEO of Technisch Creative, a company named for its creative direction and technical execution. Heidi is passionate about connecting with talented event professionals around the world to collaborate and create outstanding experiences for clients.


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