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Barry Kates

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Born in Boston, Massachusetts on November 30, 1964 Barry Kates founded Innovative Events & Innovative Marketing Group. He attended the University of Miami. Barry serves on the South Florida Board of Directors for the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) and is currently working on his Entrepreneurial Business Masters at MIT. Kates and his company are based out of South Florida.

Companies and Investments

Innovative Events (Founder)

Lessons Learned

A lot of it has to do with passion. I look at my grandfather who used to sell paint brushes door to door and put himself through college, went to engineering school, ended up being on the team for General Electric that designed the first jet engine, and I realize how that inspired me as a kid. The individuals that surround you help inspire the entrepreneurial spirit. Observing that allowed me to arrive at the conclusion at a young age that I wanted to work for myself and inspire the lives of others.

As an entrepreneur 'if you loose it, you have to make it to loose it'. There have been plenty of times that I have gone without a paycheck so my employees can get paid. It's part of being able to call yourself an entrepreneur. You have to face a challenge and deal with it. It's about having the fortitude to move through it and past it.

We are only as good as our people, it is about finding great people for the team. By inbreeding your own, you can create 'lifers'. It's okay to bring in someone young with no experience that you can mold to your core values, and in return they gain the knowledge.

Once you find your passion and it become a goal or a dream of yours, gain as much experience as you can. Join a peer group, get involved in leadership circles, networking events...a lot of times that can provide you the necessarily inspiration to move forward into the next phase of your life.

Inspiring Quotes

Just love what you do!


Barry Kates's Quotes

Do the best that you can for your clients

Barry Kates

Influential Books

Timothy Ferriss - The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich


Colin Campbell