Patrick Delaney Headshot


Patrick Delaney, CITE, CMM, DMCP

Inducted in 2016

Shaping the Industry

For over 34 years, Patrick has been a leading voice in and for the global events industry.  Credited with innovations and leadership that have formed current leading practices amongst buyers, suppliers, intermediaries and end-users of all varieties, he has also maintained humility and a signature brand of humor as he has built a global network of friends, colleagues, clients mentees, and students. 

Single Most Important Contribution

As a global ambassador for our industry, Patrick’s passionate leadership, charismatic support, and mentorship for our industry have enabled him to be a powerful force for good.  In his 30+ year career, Patrick has lived and worked through crises that have threatened our industry, impacted businesses, their employees and the livelihood of all of us.  Yet, Patrick’s voice has been strong to support our industry particularly during these crises. His firm belief in the power of positivism and possibility has inspired many young and aspiring event professionals.   Patrick has continued to give back and serve our industry as a sought-after speaker, mentor and trainer for industry events.  Regularly giving seminars and lectures across six continents on industry topics of all genres, Patrick’s passion and dedication remain as strong as ever. 

Expansive Influence

Throughout his career, Patrick’s signature good humor and humility have impacted multiple sectors of the global events industry.  In a recent interview, while reflecting on his own career, he commented, “I have been privileged to work on all sides of this industry from destination marketing organizations, hotels, agencies, DMCs and as an end user. In that time I've made a lot of mistakes but gained a lot of knowledge. The ability to bring that experience to bear on the various challenges that businesses in the field of meetings and events face allows [me] to bring real value to [our] customers.” 

Distinguished Achievements of Last Value

Patrick’s first significant achievement was putting Ireland on the map for incentives.  He also pioneered the global DMC alliance concept.  Both of these accomplishments have been described above and stand out among the accomplishment of Patrick’s illustrious career. He has received numerous awards over the past 10 years, served as President of SITE Foundation, and is credited with doing more than any other to build the brand of SITE beyond the borders of North America which now encompasses 29 chapters around the world with 2000 members in 88 countries. 

Outstanding Service to Industry Organizations

Having served on boards and committees for SITE, SITE Foundation, MPI Foundation, ICCA, European Association of Professional Congress Organisers (EAPCO), INCON, Destination DC, Incoming Tour Operators Association in Ireland and the Irish Association of Professional Conference Organizers among others, Patrick’s leadership, influence and impact have been widespread.  In his career across these various sectors, Patrick’s clients have included federal and local governments and public-private partnerships, multi-national corporations, as well as local, national and international associations.

Contributions to Society

A successful entrepreneur, Patrick is also a dedicated father of four, and he has guided his children into successful careers of their own, including one of his daughters, Aoife, who has made her own career path in the very same industry and was awarded a 2016 CIC Pacesetter.  Patrick and his wife Mary have also long served and supported Dublin-based Dance Theatre of Ireland, where Patrick serves on the Board of Directors.  This dynamic & multifaceted modern dance company tours Ireland & abroad, offering original shows, dance classes & workshops.