Originally from Maryland, Patty moved to Fort Lauderdale in 1980 to attend the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, where she earned a degree in Advertising Design. She worked her first Fort Lauderdale Boat Show in 1983 and has never missed a show in 34 years. She met her husband, JJ while working a boat show. They enjoyed many years boating in South Florida and the Bahamas onboard their boat the “Harry Carrier” with their son Kyle “Harry” McConnell. In her spare time, Patty enjoys boating, fishing, tennis and traveling.