President & CEO, Atlanta CVB
DMAI Member Since: 2009
William Pate is the president and CEO of the Atlanta CVB, in charge of maintaining tourism as one of the city’s top economic drivers. Prior to joining ACVB, Pate served as president of Career Sports & Entertainment, a national sports marketing and representation firm.
Pate was the Chief Marketing Officer for BellSouth, one of the world's largest communications companies, until the corporation was acquired by AT&T. In this role, Pate spearheaded the development and marketing of the BellSouth brand both nationally and internationally. Pate also held positions at MCI, and at Knapp Inc., an Atlanta-based marketing services firm specializing in solutions for large corporations.
Pate has received many awards and honors for his work from both Advertising Age and the American Marketing Association. Pate is the former chairman of the Atlanta Sports Council, Chick-fil-A Bowl and ACVB. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Alliance Theatre Company, the Georgia State University Board of Trustees and the Carter Presidential Center Board of Councilors.
A native of Atlanta, Pate grew up in Decatur and attended Georgia State University, where he received his undergraduate degree in journalism and his graduate degree in communications.