March 2018 Print

Chapter Meetings




Spend a evening with NACE at the Mackenzie River Grill Pub inside the City National Arena.  This is Home to the Golden Knights and their Practice Facility. 

Take is an exclusive look inside the City National Arena which is situated across from Downtown Summerlin on South Pavilion Center Drive, featuring two NHL-sized ice sheets for both team and public use. The facility provides the Vegas Golden Knight's front office with a home base and the region's adult, youth hockey and figure skating with a regional hub.

Stay to watch the
take on
The New Jersey Devils!


Guest Speaker Quinn Harp, Executive Chef for the Golden Knights will speak about the In's and outs of being a Chef for a top league in the NHL.  He will share some "inside stories" 


Menu is provided by The Mackenzie River Pizza Grill Pub

Chicken Wings

Buffalo, BBQ Bourbon and Thai flavored wings, ranch, bleu cheese, carrots and celery

House Salad

Fresh Greens, diced pears, grape nuts, assorted dressing options


Mini Burgers, American cheese, fried onions, French fries, brioche bun

Vegetarian Wraps

Avocado, tomatoes, cucumbers, sprouts red onions, provolone, pesto mayo

Mackenzie River Signature Pizza

Assorted varieties of our most popular pies



March 14, 2018
6:00 PM PDT to 8:30 PM PDT
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City National Arena
1550 South Pavilion Center Dr., 
Las Vegas, NV 89129
Venue Website


Complimentary self parking is available.  As this is a game night, arrive early!



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Raffle Dazzle


We are excited to annouce that in 2018, 25% of our raffle funds will help fund our Community Service donations. We are consolidating our efforts at meetings to continue to fund the great work of our Community Service Committee. The Las Vegas NACE Chapter  continues to partner with local non-profit organizations to give back including Street Teens, Olive Crest and Candlelighters.  

This month's featured raffles prizes include:

(2) Tickets Magic Mike - Heather Dolsen - Base Entertainment

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(2) Tickets Carrot Top - Lu Ann Terrell - Showtime Marketing

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Swag Basket with gift certificates - Heidi Glassman - Slice of Vegas & Hussong’s Restaurant

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(2) Tickets to Laugh Factory - Jane Khaldy - Tropicana/Havana Room

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$25.00 value gift certificate, cookbook and signature BBQ sauce - Kay Kolbo - Alicart Restaurant Group

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Wolfgang Puck autographed cookbook -Jodi Harris - Sight and Sound



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Experience! Palm Springs

Save the Date for #NACEEXP18

The 2018 NACE Experience conference will be held at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa in Palm Springs, CA from July 22-25, 2018. Check for updates as the plan unfolds for the annual conference!


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Every year, the NACE One Awards recognizes excellence by creative catering and event professionals responsible for executing one of a kind events. Awards are given to individuals and chapters that demonstrate planning, production, and execution of spectacular events. For each of the categories below, NACE judges select ONE winner, will you be THE ONE?

2018 NACE Awards

Your submission will be showcased at the NACE Awards Gala at the 2018 NACE Experience Conference in Palm Springs, California and you might be the ONE that takes home the trophy!

Key Dates & Info 
Awards Entry Deadline – April 27, 2018
Nomination List Announced – May 15, 2018
The NACE One Awards Gala –  July 24, 2018
2017 NACE One Winners


Industry Rockstars- $115 Entry Fee
Industry awards allow you to credit members of the team that contributed to your event. Each team member included in the submission will receive an award.


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NACE supports the continuing education of our future leaders and current members in the industry.  There are two opportunities to earn scholarships for education.

2018 Foundation of NACE Scholarship Opportunities

The Foundation of NACE scholarship program provides awards/scholarships in the form of tuition grants, travel grants, leadership training grants, and professional development to those who want a career in the catering and events industry. 

Las Vegas NACE Scholarships - Final Call

Each year, the Las Vegas Chapter of NACE awards scholarships to members to attend the annual Experience conference.  Scholarship applications will be issued in January 24 and are awarded based on contribution of time and services to the success of the Las Vegas Chapter including meeting attendance, contribution of services to programs, participation on committees, and donations to your charitable organizations in the 2017 year.  Scholarship applications will be distributed to members in January and are due by March 14, 2018.

For more information on the scholarship form, please visit our Scholarship Information page.


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Membership Spotlight


Each month, we showcase members from the Las Vegas Chapter of NACE  as local professionals who are dedicated to the hospitality industry with a focus on professionals in Catering and Events, as well as a member who has attainted their CPCE Certification.


Brenda Gerard Brenda Gerard, Sr. Catering & Conference Services Manager, Hilton Lake Las Vegas


Donna Murray Donna Murray,  Sales Manager, Quest Drape


Keri Macanas CPCEKeri Macanas, CPCE,Associate Director of Catering Sales, JW Marriott Resort and Spa


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NACE Legacy


NACE started with humble beginnings in 1958 in New York City as the Banquet Managers Guild.  Over the years, the organization has grown across the country and with the industry to become "One Industry, One Association".  

From its local beginnings in New York City, NACE has grown to encompass more than 4,000 members in more than 40 chapters in North America. NACE continues to raise the standard of professionalism in the industry through education, certification, standards, ethics and professional recognition programs. NACE remains dedicated to growing and changing with the industry’s needs, providing critical resources for all its members, wherever they are in their careers and whatever their positions.  Read our story


Each month, we celebrate our members who have been a part of the organization throughout for at least five years, providing their continued mentorship, participation, and support of our chapter and guidance for emerging leaders in our industry.

27 Years

Andy Ebon Andy Ebon, Wedding University

26 Years

Pat Mobley Pat Mobley, Account Manager, Premier Event Resources

18 Years

Michele Polci CPCE, CMP Michele Polci, CPCE, CMP, Director of Citywide Catering, Caesars Entertainment

16 Years

Josette Murai Josette Murai, Convention Services Manager, Hawaii Visitors and Conventions Bureau

14 Years

Kay Kolbo Kay Kolbo, Director of Special Events, Alicart Restaurant Group

6 Years

Jeremy Morse RIDNV Jeremy Morse RIDNV, Event Director, JMT Eventology


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New Members


NACE membership provides you with an instant network of more than 3,500 professional colleagues in the catering and events industry. Whether you’re just starting out or are an experienced professional, the National Association for Catering and Events (NACE) has the education, tools and resources you need to build and excel at your career.

Each month, we welcome our new members to the organization.  If you see them at a meeting, make sure to say hello and show them some Las Vegas hospitality!


Alicia Solis, Meeting & Sales Administrative Assistant, Caesars Entertainment

Joseph Veneman Joseph Veneman, Owner/Founder, StaffMate


Joy Villanueva, UNLV

 60th Anniversary of NACE


Join one of the oldest hospitality professional organizations and take the next step in your career.  Belonging to a professional organization demonstrates a commitment to your career and industry, as well as provides opportunities to become more involved in shaping the local professional community.  NACE members also refer business to other NACE members, as well as provide career opportunities!

It is as easy as a few clicks of your mouse to add your name to the list and begin learning more how to enhance your career through membership in NACE.  

  • Membership is for one year from joining and includes you in the NACE National directory, as well as the Las Vegas Chapter.

  • Members attend meetings for a discounted rate, attend special "Members Only" events, and are able to earn discounts as part of member benefits.

  • A variety of membership types based on number of members and years in the industry.

  • Consider joining a committee and running for a position to be a part of the Board of Directors.  There are also opportunities to participate on a National level in a variety of committees


 NACE Membership


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Member Benefits


Why become a member of your local NACE Chapter when you can just attend monthly events?  Joining NACE offers a variety of benefits for personal and professional growth, as well as an opportunity to become part of an incredible national organization!  Each month, we will share information about one of the great benefits of joining NACE.


  • Marketing resources including ebook and webinards presented by ThriveHive.
  • Members of NACE enjoy pricing discounts on the products and services they use the most.
  • The NACE Awards recognize outstanding vision, inspiration, leadership and achievement in catering and event design.
  • NACE News keeps industry professionals informed of topics that impact their day to day activities.

Need more reasons to become a member of NACE?  Check out this great article outlining the Top 10 Reasons for Joining a Professional Organization.


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What are your professional goals for the year? Getting your Certified Professional in Catering and Events (CPCE) is an investment in your career that shows employers and clients your aptitude and commitment to the profession. NACE offers the opportunity to accomplish your professional goals with self-paced, online courses available through the NACE store.

Get started today! Review our certification requirements and download an application today.

Prepare for the certification exam and earn credits through the following options:


Aspiring candidates can apply for a CPCE scholarship through the Timothy S Y Lam Foundation. Learn about eligibility requirements and apply today

Contact your CPCE Concierge to get started!

Crystal Irwin

Crystal Irwin
Program Coordinator



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Get Involved!


You get more out of your membership in NACE by becoming involved as a volunteer.  The opportunities for professional growth are endless as you assist with our monthly programs and events as a part of a Committee (local or national), and joining the Board of Directors.  This is your opportunity to have a more active role in your career and industry through participation.  In addition, speak to one of our Board of Directors for more information as to how you can become more involved to promote yourself and your business.

For more information, visit our Get Involved webpage to learn more about the following opportunities.  


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Community Service


The Las Vegas NACE Chapter embraces the Spirit of NACE in our commitment to our local community in believes in supporting our community through outreach to local organizations.  Each month, our Community Service Committee organizes to support a variety of local charities including Candlelighters, Street Teens, and Shade Tree.  Money raised at meetings goes to a variety of items to support these charities, from bottled water to gift cards.  If you are interested in assisting with any of their efforts, please contact Kay Kolbo for more information.

For 2018, the Board of Directors for NACE has also updated our fundraising for community service by donating 25% of the monthly raffle proceeds to the Community Service Committee to help fund our ongoing efforts to support the local community.


Each month, members of the Las Vegas Chapter donate hot meals and desserts for the monthly dinner for Street Teens and will continue to donate throughout the year.


  • February - Shauna Lederman, CPCE, CHE from Estatorio Milos

Street Teens



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Members on the Move


NACE is committed to helping our members grow in their professional careers and develop their businesses.  If you have news to share about a new job, promotion, accomplishments, or awards let us know and we will post it!  And don't forget to update your contact information with NACE National by logging into your account at


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Promote your Business



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Learn more about maximizing your membership and utilizing the Las Vegas NACE website.


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Chapter News

The NACE Las Vegas Chapter newsletter offers you the opportunity to link with other Catering and Event Professionals.  Our newsletter is published quarterly and accepts submissions for articles, calendar of events, employment opportunities, community service, business updates, and other NACE success stories.

Articles:  To submit an article or other information for inclusion for our next newsletter please submit your information by the 4th day of the month.  The Calendar of Events and Employment Opportunities will be updated weekly as we receive information.  What are you waiting for?  Be in the NEWS! 

Calendar of Events:  Share your upcoming events such as open houses, grand openings, or showcases to invite other NACE members to participate or attend.  We will update this regularly even after the newsletter is issued so check back regularly to see what is new!

Employment Opportunities:  Have you checked out the classifieds?  If you are seeking another qualified individual for your business send us information including the title of the position, qualifications, contact information, and any other pertinent information to attract other industry professionals!  And don't forget to let us know once the position is filled to welcome them!

Business Updates:  If you received a promotion, changed positions, or expanded your business we would love to hear about your success!



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