Executive Assistant Patti Young Inducted into Atlanta Hospitality Hall of Fame
"Whether I was working bowl games, the Olympics, a race at Atlanta Motor Speedway or any other sporting event, all I ever wanted to do was treat our Atlanta visitors with “Southern Hospitality,” as if they were guests in my own home." -- Patti Young
On Nov. 1, the Chick-fil-A Bowl's very own Patti Young was inducted into the Atlanta Hospitality Hall of Fame. Patti, who has been with the Bowl for 42 years, currently serves as the office manager and executive assistant to Chick-fil-A Bowl President & CEO Gary Stokan.
Created in 1999 and presented by the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, The Atlanta Hospitality Hall of Fame award honors those who have spent their careers improving the city through exceptional hospitality. In addition to Young, the 2012 group of inductees include Dante Stephenson, owner of Atlanta restaurant Dante's Down the Hatch and Mary Rose Taylor, founder of the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum. Previous honorees include William Hartsfield, Hank Aaron and Chick-fil-A Founder Truett Cathy.
Patti began her career with the Peach Bowl in 1970, assisting with ticket sales, marketing and team hospitality under Bowl founder George Crumbley. Following the 1970 game, she assumed the role of receptionist and never left. Throughout her career at Peach Bowl, Inc., Patti has been a part of 42 bowl games and six Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games. Patti is invaluable, contributing office management, event support and partner relations.
In addition to Chick-fil-A Bowl events, Patti has been involved in countless sporting events in Atlanta. These include Super Bowls, the 1996 Olympic Games, NCAA Basketball Final Fours, the Alamo Cup USA/USSR Dual Swim Meet, USA vs. Germany International Men's Eight Rowing Competition, USA vs. Russia boxing, US 50K Racewaking Championship, Olympic baseball and AVP beach volleyball.
Patti, an Atlanta native, has two daughters, Patrice and Brooke, and lives in Smyrna when she’s not at the beach or at a football game.