November 2017 Print

President's Report

Jennifer Anderson CPCE  Jennifer Anderson, CPCE, Chapter President

This month, we celebrate the brightest stars in our city and recognize the hard work and dedication of our local industry.  We come together not only to recognize our Honoree and install the 2018 Board of Directors, but to reconnect and stand united as an industry and as family.  This year has brought us many challenges and opportunities within our chapter and nothing makes me more proud than how we stand together.  We fight, we love, we win.

As a community, we stand true to the associated and its mission to be the permier resrouce for catering and event professionals.  Congratulations to our dear friend Harvey Stern, our award winners, and the 2018 Las Vegas NACE Board of Directors.  Thank you for your continued support and I look forward to the second year as your President.


Jennifer Anderson, CPCE


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NACE Board Installation & Awards Dinner


This November 15th, the National Association for Catering and Events Las Vegas is recognizing Harvey Stern, CMP, CPCE, for his outstanding contributions and support for the Las Vegas Chapter of NACE, the Foundation of NACE and the hospitality industry.



Harvey Stern, CMP, CPCE

Executive Director of Catering and Banquets, Bellagio Resort and Casino

Harvey Stern, CMP, CPCE, is the Executive Director of Catering and Banquets for Bellagio Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. In this role, he is responsible for a team of 500 in the areas of Catering, Sales and Banquet Services for Bellagio’s more than 200,000 square feet of meeting and convention facilities, the resort’s unique meeting venues such as the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, and off-property catering.

Some of his activities at the AAA Five Diamond resort include strategic planning among the six departments within Catering and Banquets, collaboration with all divisions of the Resort, creation, and implementation of new event concepts and oversight of seamless events from inquiry to execution.

Stern began his career with Bellagio as Director of Catering and Banquets in November 2002 and was promoted to Executive Director in November 2011. Prior to joining Bellagio, he was Director of Catering and Food and Beverage at the Standard Club in Chicago from 1992 until 2002, the Senior Catering Manager and opening team member of Four Seasons Hotel Chicago from 1989 until 1992, and assistant to the Director of Catering of The Pierre, a Four Seasons Hotel in New York, from 1984 to 1988.

He is currently a member of the National Association for Catering and Events (NACE), Certified Meeting Planner (CMP) and Certified Professional in Catering and Events (CPCE). Stern serves on the Boards of One Night for One Drop as the Culinary Chair and the Foundation of NACE as the treasurer.

Among his achievements, Stern received the 2011 Sarah Margaret Gillam Award from Rochester Institute of Technology, was selected for MGM Resorts’ Executive Leadership Program, was a member of Bellagio’s Green Committee and Bellagio CSR Board and served as the 2014 Chairperson and an MGM Resort’s Diversity Champion since 2004.

Stern earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel, Food and Tourism Management from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1984.


Celebrate the achievements of our members.

Awards presentation will include individual Catering and Event Professionals and best meeting of 2017. 

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Red Carpet • Reception • Silent Auction • Dinner • Awards

Attire: Black Tie Optional

Registration: 5:45 pm     |     Reception: 6:00 pm     |     Dinner: 7:00 pm




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  • $70.00 Members/Student Members - $80.00 after November 12
  • $85.00 Non-Members - $95.00 after November 12

November 15, 2017
6:00 PM PST to 8:30 PM PST
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Keep Memory Alive Event Center
888 W Bonneville Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89106
Venue Website

NACE is proud to collect toy donations to benefit the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada and Olive Crest, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping abused and neglected children.  Please bring new and unwrapped toys for donation. 

Thank you for supporting this most worthy cause!

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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.


Harvey Stern CPCE Harvey Stern, Executive Director of Catering and Banquets, Bellagio


Iris Oliveira Iris Oliveira, Founder, Once Upon an Iris


Tammy Booth Tammi Booth CPCE, Catering Manager, The Mirage


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This November, the Awards Committee expanded the categories and placed the nominations in our members hands to vote for the best of our organization representing DMC's, Catering/Conventions, Event Professionals, and Weddings.  As the job roles within the industry are much more fluid than they were in the past, we allowed members to select professionals based on the capacity in which they interact with other individuals.  

And the nominees are:


  • Jennifer Landaz Chapman
  • Kathy Dyke
  • Lenny Talareco

Wedding Professional

  • Tammy Burneo
  • Helen Edell
  • Jodi Harris
  • Todd Herrod
  • Michele Parsons
  • Matthew Schenk
  • Rebecca Stebbins


  • Lynn Clark
  • Amberly Collins
  • Donald Contursi
  • Shauna Lederman
  • Keri Macanas
  • Jane Khaldy
  • Karen Knox
  • Michele Polci
  • Harvey Stern
  • Kris Thomas
  • Lindsay Wolf

Event Professional

  • Donald Contursi
  • Jenna Dosch
  • Kathy Dyke
  • Jodi Harris
  • Todd Herrod
  • Jane Khaldy
  • Kay Kolbo
  • Desiree LaDesma

In addition, we are pleased to recongnize the awards for:

  • Best Venue of the Year
  • Supporting Organization
  • Rising Star
  • Legacy Award
  • President's Award

We look forward to seeing you at the Gala!


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Chapter Meetings


Join us for a Las Vegas Industry Holiday mixer at the House of Blues.  No need to rush from party to party as everyone will be celebrating the year together!


Check back for exciting details! 


December 12, 2017
6:30 PM PST to 8:30 PM PST
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Houses of Blues
3950 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Venue Website



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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.  

21 Years

Tracey Amernick Tracey Amernick CPCE, Vice President, The Cohn Restaurant Group

13 Years

Kathy Baldieri Kathy Baldieri CPCE, Director Of Food & Beverage/Catering, Spanish Trails Country Club

12 Years

Tammi Booth Tammi Booth CPCE, Catering Manager, Mirage Resort

8 Years

Helen Edell Helen Edell, President, Alligator Soup

7 Years

Darcia Dudman Taylor Darcia Dudman Taylor, District Account Executive, CORT Trade Show and Event Furniture

Rolando Espinoza Rolando Espinoza, Owner, Champagne Creative Group

Diane OBrien Diane OBrien, Catering Manager, MGM Grand 


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Community Service

The Las Vegas NACE Chapter 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.


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.  

  • November Donation: Kay Kolbo donated 25 hot meals and birthday cake.


On October 29, member of the Las Vegas NACE Chapter participated in the walk at Red Rock Resort to raise funds for The American Cancer Society.  Our very own Jodi Harris, CEO of Fun, was on stage providing entertainment for the event! 


NACE is proud to collect toy donations to benefit the Candlighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada. Please bring new and unwrapped toys to the November meeting for donation. Thank you for supporting this most worthy cause!


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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!

Professional Members

Havo Busso, Social Sales Manager, Green Valley Ranch

Greg D'Angelo, Owner, Elegant Entertainment

Amanda Martinez, Social Sales Manager, Green Valley Ranch


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.

Click here to join today!


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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.


NACE offers many members-only benefits in partnership with companies that can help improve your business.

  • AFR Event Furnishings – Members receive 20% off all orders.
  • Assurance Association Benefitt Solution (AABS) – Insurance quotes in all 50 states, representing carriers of health, dental, vision, life, and pet insurance, etc. Free benefit discount card for all NACE members, offering discounts on various prescriptions, vision services, lab tests, etc.
  • BBJ Linen - Receive 10% discount on linens. 
  • BizBash - Discount on directory listings.  
  • CORT Event Furnishings – Members receive 20% discount off all orders.
  • GigSalad - Save 40% off a Pro or Featured membership.  
  • Hertz Rental Cars – Members receive various discounts on car rentals.
  • Industry Events - Registration discounts to BizBash, Catersource and the Special Events Show. 
  • ThriveHive - 20% off your first year with ThriveHive.
  • TSYS –  discounted credit/debit/purchasing card processing services.
  • UPS – members save up to 34% on shipping.  
  • Verterra - Save 10% on sustainable ware for your special events.  
  • - Referral fee when referring Wine for the Reception to your clients. 


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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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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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2017 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).





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Members on the Move

Congratulations to Las Vegas NACE Member Donald Contursi with Lip Smacking Foodie Tours for receiving not one but three awards from the Las Vegas Review-Journal!


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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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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