January 2018 Print

President's Report

Jennifer Anderson CPCE  Jennifer Anderson, CPCE, Chapter President

Welcome to 2018! As CES is among us bringing once again over 170,000 attendees to Las Vegas, I truly believe its success is due to you, our local Las Vegas NACE membership. The minimum 14-hour days, delayed highway traffic, the endless event schedules, and client meetings sound all too familiar? Know your dedication to the industry and the success of this event does not go unnoticed. We are the cream of the crop: Las Vegas! As this week finally winds down remind yourselves of your dedication and reconnect with dedicated colleagues through NACE. We have a wonderful year planned, and I look forward to connecting with you each month.

Rise and shine next Wednesday January 17th at PF Changs at Planet Hollywood on the Las Vegas Strip. If you haven’t registered, come learn about ancient Chinese Tea Customs and the art of Spring Rolls. What can I gain from this meeting? Out of the box breakfast menu items that can WOW your guests and some interesting facts about PF Chang's you didn’t know await you.

Thank you again for your continued support and see you on Wednesday!


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Chapter Meetings



The Las Vegas Chapter of NACE invites you to the first event of 2018!

Attending this event you will learn about non-traditional breakfast items that will POP on your plates and WOW your guests. You will also experience and see first hand the art of making beautiful and tasty spring rolls while enjoying a Chinese Tea Presentation. You may event hear some things you may not know about PF Changs which specializes in "fresh, contemporary and inventive cuisine".  


PF Chang's Restaurant Entrance is on the Casino Floor closest to the Strip.  Join us for a morning presentation.

7:00 AM - Onsite registration opens
7:30 AM - Chef Presenation - Prepaing Spring Rolls and Presentation of Chinese Tea
8:00 AM - Breakfast served


Vegetable Spring Rolls- Vegetarian

Shrimp Dumplings

Vegetarian Lettuce Wrap

Gluten Free Breakfast Fried Rice

Breakfast Fried Rice

Bacon and Egg Siu Mai

Japanese Rice Porridge - GF/Vegan

Fresh, contemporary and inventive cuisine is the trademark of P.F. Chang's China Bistro restaurant at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas. This stylish, high-energy bistro combines unforgettable Chinese cuisine and attentive service, creating a unique dining experience. Plus, with convenient access to the Las Vegas Strip and patio seating, P.F. Chang's makes for an exciting time all around. 


Complimentary Parking is available in the Miracle Mile Shops Garage which can be accessed from the Harmon Street entrance into Planet Hollywood or off of Audrie Street behind the parking garage.  *Valet is available for additional Charge

 January 17, 2018
7:00 AM PST to 9:00 AM PST
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PF Changs Inside Planet Hollywood
3667 Las Vegas Blvd S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
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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 Efforts. 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:

Machine Gun  Vegas
– Gwen Holland Robinson

$190.00 value gift certificate

Carmine’s/Alicart Restaurant Group   Kay Kolbo

$25.00 value gift certificate

Sight and Sound – Jodi Harris

$25.00 inspirational book


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NACE Culinary Experience Events


We look forward to planning upcoming events to offer unique options for our members and guests to experience a variety of cuisine and interesting venues throughout the city. Our goal is to select venues and experience that offer unique catering options or cultural cuisine to learn what is available in the community.  These events are designed to be more casual, with smaller groups to allow for time to get to know other members and guests in the industry.  If you have an idea for a unique venue please reach out to with your suggestion and include "Culinary Events" in the subject line.


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Membership Spotlight


Each month, we showcase members from the Las Vegas NACE Chapter as local professionals who are dedicated to the hospitality industry.


Stephanie Frost Stephanie Frost, Marketing Director, PF Chang's at Planet Hollywood


Felecia Mosqueda Felecia Mosqueda, Senior Sales Coordinator, Destination by Design


Dawn Peterson Dawn Peterson, Southwest Business Development, Creative Coverings


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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!


Samantha Eisenberg Samantha Eisenberg, National Sales Manager, PRA Las Vegas

Stephanie Frost Stephanie Frost, Market Manager, PF Chang's - Planet Hollywood

Debbie Hansen Debbie Lynn Hansen, Director of Catering, Palace Station Hotel and Casino

Courtney Kemmler Courtney Kemmler, Event Coordinator, Soirees Catering

Sheena Pena Sheena Lee Pena, Sales and Catering Manager, PGA Tour - TPC Summerlin

Hannah Reedy Hannah Reedy, Sales and Events Manager, Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas


Bri Absher - TISOH

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

Click here to join today!


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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".  We would like to honor our members who have been a part of the organization throughout the years, providing their continued mentorship and support for emerging leaders of tomorrow.  

16 Years

Jodi Harris Jodi Harris, CEO of Fun, Sight and Sound

12 Years

Desiree Ledesma Desiree LeDesma, Director of Sales and Marketing, RSVP Party Rentals

7 Years

Dawn Peterson Dawn Peterson, Southwest Business Development Management, Creative Coverings

6 Years

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


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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.


Monthly attendees of NACE events often ask, 'why should I join when I can still attend, network, and gain education through the monthly meetings as a non member?'  Throughout our lives there are countless opportunities to be a passive bystander and partake of the events worked on by a core group of individuals.  Joining a professional organization demonstrates a higher level of commitment to your career by contributing to the success and development of our industry.  What better way to showcase to colleagues and customers that you are an active participant by belonging the a professional organization.  While attending as a guest provides networking opportunities to make connections, joining a professional organization solidifies those connections from an occasional attendee to a proud member who has taken an active role in their community!  

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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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. 

  • Vince DeFinis Scholarship  - Application Opens Spring 2018
    • The Vince DeFinis Scholarship Program honors the founder of the first chapter, Vincent DeFinis, CPCE, of the National Association of Catering and Events (NACE) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is designed to offer support to undergraduate students and/or members in the hospitality industry who demonstrate leadership abilities.  
    • One recipient will be awarded a scholarship package valued at more than $7,000.
  • The Foundation of NACE Scholarship - Application Opens Spring 2018
    • The Foundation of NACE Scholarship is designed to offer support to student members and members in the hospitality industry who demonstrate leadership abilities.  
    • Two recipients will be awarded a scholarship package valued at $3,750.00 each
  • The Richard Suttman CPCE Scholarship - Application open now. Deadline November 30.
    • The Richard Suttman Fund was established to support NACE members interested in pursuing certification as a Certified Professional in Catering and Events (CPCE).  
    • One recipient will be awarded a scholarship to cover the Application fee for the NACE CPCE EXAM. 
  • The Patti J Shock Scholarship - Application open now. Deadline November 30.
    • In conjunction with The International School of Hospitality (TISOH), The Foundation of NACE presents the Patti J Shock educational scholarships.  The scholarship provides funding for the Meeting and Events Catering Certificate program in class or online offered by The International School of Hospitality.  
    • One recipient will be awarded a scholarship package valued at $1,800.00 which covers tuition and fees for the program (excludes textbooks).

Las Vegas NACE Scholarships

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


In accordance with an update to the local bylaws, the entire Board of Directors will be elected in October 2018.  This will include both the Executive Board Positions, as well as the Director positions for Members, Programs, Hospitality, FUNdraising, and Community Service.  In August 2018, a call for nomimations will be send to all eligible NACE members in good standing.  Individuals may nominate themselves or be nominated by other members.  For more information on the positions available, eligibility, and information, please visit our Board of Directors Elections page.


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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.  

  • December - Nancy Rodriquez and Kevin Kraft of By Dzign

In addition, the Community Service committee donated paper supplies and additional bottled water for Street Teens

Community Service Donations to Street Teens


Vegas Strong Fund

In November, the Las Vegas NACE Chapter donated 25% of the proceeds from our silent auction to the Vegas Strong fund to support victims of the October 1 shooting.  A total of $616.25 was donated!


A total of fifty toys were collected and donated to Olive Crest in December!  Thank you for all of the generous donations!



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Las Vegas NACE has created a cookbook of member recipes to spice up your year.  Enjoy some member favorites, as well as samples from local celebrity chefs!

Purchase online or at an upcoming meeting. 


Gain exposure for your business by donating raffle prizes to the Las Vegas NACE Chapter, and earn points toward scholarship to attend Experience!  To provide raffle donations, please contact


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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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Classified Ads


Green Valley Ranch is seeking an experienced and highly motivated Catering/Social Sales Manager to join the team.

Candidate must have 3-5 years selling experience in a Catering/Social Sales Hotel Background. Enthusiastic about creating memories for Social Events, Creative with options and menus and work well in a Team Environment. This position will be actively Selling as well as Planning and Execution of the events booked. 

Please reach out directly to Lindsay Wolf, Director of Catering if interested, 

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