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Kate Coelln

Director of Customer Service

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The Hungry Pug

Growing up, we had as many as 4 very large dogs at any given time. Even in my early 20s, when I was living sofa to sofa, I always had a large dog by my side. Years and years later, after our oldest dog died, my husband and I decided to “down-size” and find a smaller breed. We decided on pugs, and have totally fallen in love! So much so, that we opened a food truck named "The Hungry Pug" in honor of our eldest pug, Vega. She was the inspiration for the food truck and the photo above.

Meet Kate

Kate came to eventPower with over 30 years experience in food and beverage, group sales, management and customer service. Prior to joining eventPower, Kate served as the Guest Services Manager at The Williamsburg Winery, where she led a team of 10-12 employees who provided ancillary services for corporate and private events. Kate was later hired as Director of Group Services at the Jamestown 4-H Educational Center, where she oversaw group and event sales. Kate has been with eventPower since 2014 and currently leads our registration team, servicing our clients’ pre-conference registration and onsite badging needs. Kate lives in Williamsburg Virginia where she loves to cook, paint and spend time with her husband, twin children, and pet pugs.

Fun Facts

What are some things you think everyone should try at least once in their lifetime? Why?

Work in a restaurant. It's humbling, and there are many lessons to be learned whether it's the front or the back of the house.

What are people often surprised to learn about you?

I think people would be surprised to know that I paint in my free time. My favorite thing to use are acrylics on glass. Old, abandoned houses often can be the source of a fantastic variety of windows, broken or whole. The character of the window including chipped paint, cracked frames and missing panes guides the content and my inspiration. Some of these works have been included in local exhibitions. I have also been known to paint and sell silk scarves, driftwood, jeans and even someone's futon sofa.

What is your guilty pleasure?

I have a few guilty pleasures which all are themed around wine. There is nothing like a glass (actually a bottle) of pinot noir while gazing out over the mountains... Ahhh.

What was your first car?

My first car was a HUGE brown Buick Station wagon that my parents gave me. It was complete with a large CB antenna affixed to the roof, connected to a broken CB radio. You know, the kind of old-school antennae that would have this graceful sway with every bump you would go over or would get caught on low hanging trees. As soon as I possibly could, and without permission, I traded in the wagon for a Gold Chrysler LaBarron convertible with spoke wheels, real leather seats and a cassette tape deck.

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