Patrick Wallain, 38, founder/CEO, Exhibau, Vancouver, British Columbia, Chattanooga, Tenn., and Tempe, Ariz.
The boss is the boss: “As a CEO, I’m responsible for guiding the company,” Wallain says. “I do this well because I’ve been in each position in my company before, understand the difficulties and ways to excel at them, and I also have a lot of experience in the industry itself. This will mark my 12th year in special events, and I’ve worked everywhere from Europe to Asia to the U.S.A. and Canada, coordinating with all types of cultures and labor capabilities, event venue landscapes, and client resources. This is what gives me an edge, as well as a cultural tolerance and understanding that’s been built up over a decade.”
He still has big dreams. “My dream job in special events is to be the project director for an Olympics in one of my home countries of the U.S.A. or Canada” he says . “Given my past experiences with the organizing committees for various Olympics locations, it would be an honor to be able to bring the knowledge home and execute well for all of the world to see. The Olympics provides such a great opportunity to showcase technical capabilities and creative design all wrapped in one, and that’s what Exhibau does well.”