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NACE Member and Industry Icon, Patti Shock, CPCE, CGSP, Has Passed Away

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Patti Shock, CPCE, CGSP, on Friday, November 22. Patti was a long-time NACE member and a legend in the catering events industry. We extend our deepest sympathy to her family, friends, and colleagues.

A widely respected educator, author, and leader, Patti leaves an indelible legacy for which we are all grateful. Patti is widely recognized as a pioneer in the professionalism of catering and events, creating the first academic track for the events profession while a professor at Georgia State University. Her career as an educator spanned decades, including 25 years at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she chaired the Tourism and Convention Administration department. For the last decade, she was associated with  in Las Vegas. Most recently she also taught as an adjunct professor at Florida International University and Kennesaw State University.

Patti’s many awards and recognitions celebrated her vast contributions to NACE and the industry. She was presented with the NACE Icon Award and the  Legacy award in 2014. In that same year, she was also inducted into the , the industry’s highest honor.

A long-time supporter of the , Patti is a Legacy Benefactor and has supported the NACE community with the , a scholarship for the Meeting and Event Catering Certificate program at TISOH.

Speaking on behalf of the NACE National Board, President Ed DiAntonio, CPCE, CMP stated, “Patti Shock represents the best of NACE. It’s hard to sum up her contributions and importance in a few sentences, and her dedication, her determination, and her passion are an inspiration to us all.”

Patti is remembered as a thoughtful, kind, and passionate teacher, leader, colleague and friend who was always ready and willing to assist others. She will be sadly missed by many, especially the many students whose lives she touched and careers she shaped.

In lieu of flowers, a donation in Patti’s name may be made to the .

A Celebration of Life will be held on December 9, 2019, at  in Las Vegas, Nevada. Timothy Lam, CHT, CGSP, Executive Director of TISOH remarked “Patti loved NACE. So many NACE members over decades owe a debt of gratitude to dear Patti, for being an educator and a connector. I am one of those. Because I got to work with her closely at TISOH, I owe her even more. Many of us have so many industry colleagues who become close friends. For me, Patti transcends, even that, to becoming family.”

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