Patty, a native of Nashville, Tennessee, has over 38 years of operational experience including the areas of ride safety, customer service, education facilitation, leadership training and human resource functions. Patty began her career at Opryland USA Theme Park in Nashville, Tennessee as a front line employee. At Opryland’s closing in 1997, Patty was the Director of Operations. Patty then took on the responsibility of General Manager at Nashville Shores Water Park. In 2002, Patty and business partner, Cindee Huddy, developed the company of When Pigs Fly, LLC.
Patty graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology. A former full time secondary and post secondary instructor and guidance counselor, Patty enjoys teaching and mentoring the front line and management of the amusement industry through the classroom or in the field conducting audits. Patty recently resigned as the education chairperson and Safety Seminar Director of Amusement Industry Manufacturer and Suppliers (AIMS), a position that she held for eight years.
She is also a member of International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM), and the World Waterpark Association (WWA.) In the past, Patty has been awarded the Harold Chance Award for Best Seminar Presentation at the AIMS Safety Seminar; Antonio Zamperla Safety Award for contributions to the amusement industry, and best presentation award at the World Waterpark Association seminar.