Nick Borelli Joins Student Event Planners Association Advisory Council

2016-2017 SEPA Advisor

Honored to be on the inaugural Advisory Council for the Student Event Planners Association with event professionals I respect contributing to an association I believe in. It’s going to be a great year!

SEPA’s mission:

Our mission is to prepare students and professionals for success in the event planning and hospitality industry.

SEPA serves as a professional outlet for members to gain knowledge and experience, develop skills, and network.

From the SEPA announcement:

Welcome the inaugural Advisory Council for the Student Event Planners Association! This strategic alliance of industry professionals and thought leaders are helping to shape the future of the event industry.

Members include:

Nick Borelli
President / Strategist
Borelli Strategies

Nick Borelli has been in the event industry since he was 14. He specializes in digital marketing strategies through consulting and brand communication management for events and event companies. He is currently the International Special Events Society (ISES) Chair of Digital Strategy, ISES Cleveland President, Chair of Public Relations and Marketing for the SEARCH Foundation and speaks internationally on marketing for small businesses. He’s here to help. 


Kate Patay
Executive Director of Sales & Marketing
Creative Coverings

Kate is the Executive Director of Creative Coverings, NACE National Secretary/Treasurer, SEARCH Foundation Director, & Lecturer at TISOH. She’s been a recognized industry professional for 20 years.
She was honored with the Pacesetter Award from the CIC, an Esprit from ISES & an Event Solutions Spotlight Award for her work in the Green Sector of Events. She was an integral part of Creative Coverings receiving Green Certification, giving them the distinct honor of being the only national linen company with this coveted eco-friendly designation.


Kathy Newby, CERP
Sr. Event Consultant
Stuart Event Rentals

Kathy A. Newby, CERP is a career event professional. She started in 1986 managing and executing trade shows in the orthodontic industry and then quickly moved to the production and rental side of special events. Her expertise lies in venue transformation, logistics, and creating a seamless full-service event experience. She is currently National Director for WIPA, Wedding Industry Professionals Association and a 15 year member of ISES, International Special Events Society.


Aaron Kaufman
Fifth Element Group

Aaron Kaufman, CSEP works hard – and with extreme passion! As the President of Fifth Element Group, it is safe to say that Aaron is a rising international resource in a very competitive industry. With his finger on the pulse of creativity in both event design and business, whether it’s new trends or developing strategic partnerships, Aaron always stays ahead of the game as a leader and trendsetter.


Kelly Treadway
Marketing & Social Media Strategist

Kelly Treadway is a marketing strategist with two decades of experience in the events industry and founder of EventCurious, a boutique marketing agency servicing special events companies.

Passionate about events, Kelly is an ISES Atlanta Past President who’s currently VP of Communications. Recipient of an ISES Pioneer Award and 2015 Esprit award.

Not only an authority on marketing & social media, Kelly has an affinity for promoting healthy living amongst the events industry. Follow @EventCurious on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.