speaker founder katie hunt

Katie is the founder of Tradeshow Bootcamp, host of the Proof to Product podcast, a business strategist and mentor to creative entrepreneurs.  Katie launched her wholesale line for Kelp Designs in 2009 and was selling in retail stores nationwide until 2016, when she decided to discontinue manufacturing and pour her time and energy into the TSBC community.  Katie has exhibited at the National Stationery Show for 8 of the last 9 years. She received the Emerging Gift Industry Leader Award in 2015 and was included on the industry’s 40 Under 40 list in 2017.

Katie earned a dual MBA in marketing and finance from Loyola Marymount University and has spent the last 17 years coaching large corporations and solo entrepreneurs on marketing and business development strategies, while building Kelp Designs and Tradeshow Bootcamp.  Katie is a firm believer in professional development, surrounding yourself with strong mentors / community and pushing ‘go’ even when you might not feel ready.

Katie has taught classes for CreativeLive, presented at Unique CAMP,  The Savvy Experience, SeanWes Conference and the Be Sage Conference and written articles for UpperCase Magazine and Etsy Wholesale. Through Tradeshow Bootcamp, Katie has hosted more than 200 webinars, 12 conferences and spent hundreds of hours providing 1-1 coaching to independent artists and small businesses.

Katie’s strengths lie in connecting people and bringing ideas to life – brainstorming, making a plan and executing. She’s a bit type-A, overly organized and has an affinity for calendars, check-lists and a love for beautiful blank notebooks that only stationers will understand.

She often describes Tradeshow Bootcamp as the perfect merging of her two worlds; her happy place where she can share her business expertise and knowledge with an industry and clients that she loves.

Katie has a passion for creating, a mind for business and a strong desire to help others succeed. When she’s not cheering on TSBC alums or dreaming up new workshops, you can find her spending time with her husband and four young children in Los Angeles.