June 2018 Print

Chapter Meetings


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Visit one of the hottest new restaurants on the Las Vegas Strip - Hell's Kitchen.

 Hell's Kitchen

Located in front of Caesars Palace, the restaurant seats more than 300 guests including two chef’s tables, floor to ceiling windows overlooking the famous Las Vegas Strip, red and blue design details in the show kitchen, a private dining room and a contemporary bar serving the latest trends in mixology. The Red and Blue kitchens serve up modern lunch and dinner menus including Hell’s Kitchen signature dishes made with the highest quality ingredients.


This just in! Our very own Jodi Harris, CEO of FUN with Sight and Sound will be talking to us about Social Media and how to Market our Business. As trends sway from Instagram to Facebook to Twitter etc., we need to be in the KNOW! Bring your smart phones and Jodi will do live demonstrations to help set you up for success!

Jodi Harris


First Course

Caesar Salad

Gem Lettuce, Parmesan Cheese, Garlic Croutons 

Main Course

Petite Beef Wellington

Potato Puree, Glazed Vegetables, Red Wine Demi-Glace 

Vegetarian/Vegan Option

Vegetable Risotto with Seasonal Vegetables


Sticky Toffee Pudding 

** Please request any dietary needs in advance **


Photography by Matt with M Place Productions

Table runners & centerpieces by By Dzign

Photo booth by Shutterbooth

Entertainment provided by the cast of Marilyn

Venue provided by Hell's Kitchen


June 13, 2018
11:30 AM PDT to 1:30 PM PDT
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Hell's Kitchen Las Vegas
3570 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Venue Website

Hell's Kitchen


Parking is available in the Colosseum Parking garage on Frank Sinatra and Jay Sarno or conveniently located with the valet entrance to Caesars Palace.  Parking fees apply for self and valet parking.


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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:

Swag Bag - Hell's Kitchen at Caesars Palace 
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$25 Gift Card + Cook Book Carmine's Italian Restaurant 
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$25 Gift Care + Cook Book Virgil's Real BBQ 

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(2) Tickets to Carrot Top, Lu Ann Terrell - Showtime Marketing 
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Sight & Sound Swag Bag 
Jodi Harris, Sight & Sound Events

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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. The conference will feature speakers from around the country discussing current trends in our industry, as well as featured events.  For more information about the conference, check out this informational video and visit the conference webpage.

NACE Experience Keynote

There is still time to register and be a part of this amazing event.  Join other Las Vegas NACE members who will be attending for education, experience new trends, and make new connections!


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National NACE News


Elections for the NACE National Board will be held on Monday, July 23, during the 2018 NACE Experience Conference in Palm Springs, CA.   The Las Vegas Chapter will be represented by the elected delegates: 

  • Kathy Dyke CPCE
  • Kay Kolbo
  • Jennifer Landaz Chapman
  • Jeremy Morse RIDNV
  • Michelle Polci CPCE, CMP

If you have not already done so, please visit the national delegate webpage to learn more about the candidates who on the slate to run for national positions. 


The Las Vegas Chapter has submitted for both individual awards as well as nominations for:

  • George Zell Spirit of NACE Nominee - Kay Kolbo
  • Community Service


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NACE Las Vegas Elections


We are pleased to announce that elections for the 2019 Board of Directors will be taking place to elect the new Board of Directors and Executive Board in October 2018.  Interested candidates are encouraged to speak with the current board to learn more about opportunities to 


If interested in running for the Board of Directors, a full timeline will be outlined on the Las Vegas Chapter website along with information for nominations and election process.


All positions on the current Board of Directors will be available for nomination.  Eligibility for positions as well as job descriptions may be found on the election website.  Members may be nominated by other members or themselves.  


Elections for the Board of Directors will take place in October 2018.  


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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.  To represent the different facets of our industry, we focus on a member from Catering and Events, as well as a member who has attainted their CPCE Certification.  


Kathy Dyke CPCE Kathy Dyke, CPCE, Event Designer, By Dzign, LLC


Joan Taylor Joan Taylor, Assistant Director, Citywide Restaurant Group Sales
Caesars Entertainment


Angela Dowd Angela Dowd, Account Executive, Totally Mod


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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.

24 Years

Greg Casella CPCE Greg Casella, CPCE, Owner, Catered Too

17 Years

Tim Sudall Tim Sudall, President, Allure Films by Video One Productions

13 Years

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

Shauna Lederman CPCE, CHEShauna Lederman CPCE, CHE, Director of Sales and Events, Estiatorio Milos

5 Years

Susan Sherman Susan Sherman, Sales Manager, Margaritaville Las Vegas



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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!


 Atala Charbel, Account Manager, Gecko Hospitality

Shannon VonBargen, Catering & Conference Service Manager, Plaza Hotel

Interested in joining?  Learn more!

 60th Anniversary of NACE


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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.


We're excited to announce that NACE has partnered with ThriveHive to provide you an exclusive new members-only benefit.

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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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.

Jennifer Landaz - Chapman of Hosts-Global

Street Teens



Your opportunity to participate in our events is just an email away.  To learn more about our events, reach out to Kay Kolbo for more information about the upcoming community service events:

  • Candlelighters Walk/Run - September 15, 2018
  • Strive Against Breast Cancer Awareness Walk - October  3
  • 2018 Bottled Water Drive - June , July , August , September
    • $200 was collected for water at the May meeting
  • Olive Crest donations


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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.

For more information, visit our CPCE webpage to begin your journey.



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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.  


As we have many transitions in our Board of Directors, the monthly newsletter needs a new editor.  If you are interested in assisting on the Board with our communications, please reach out to if you are interested in learning more about this role.


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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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NACE supports the continuing education of our future leaders and current members in the industry.  There are a variety of scholarship opportunities for Catering and Event Professionals interested in attending Experience Conference, earning your certification of CPCE, or furthering your eduction.  For more information, visit our Scholarship Webpage to learn how to support your continuing development and success.



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Meet the Board

The Las Vegas Chapter of NACE Board of Directors is here to represent the membership in planning meetings and providing representation for Las Vegas on a national level.  Please feel free to reach out to one of our board members for information about how to become a member, to become more involved, or volunteer for upcoming events.


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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 Resort is looking for an experienced Catering/Convention Services Manager to join our Luxury 4 Star 4 Diamond Property! Must have 3-5 years past expereince as a Catering/Convention Manager in a fast paced, high volume Hotel.

Please contact Lindsay Wolf if interested:  ---- 702-617-7699

OR Apply online at



The Catering Sales Manager will be responsible for soliciting new corporate/association catering, civic, charitable, wedding, bar/bat mitzvahs, holiday parties, family reunion accounts, entertaining and maintaining relationships with existing accounts to meet and/or exceed food and beverage revenue goals. The Catering Manager participates in arranging and coordinating all meeting details to include food and beverage functions, wedding ceremonies, audio visual needs, group transportation, billing instructions and other special requirements of the customer. He/she may also coordinate and be on site for the set-up throughout the events booked, create bookings and posting of the catering.

· Solicit new and existing accounts to meet/exceed revenue goals through telephone solicitation, outside sales calls, site inspections and written communication.

· Prepare correspondence to customers, internal booking reports and file maintenance

· Participate in daily business review meeting, pre-convention meetings, training and other catering sales related meetings as required

· Attend community/social events and industry meetings

· Distribute Banquet Event Orders and Catering resumes to all appropriate hotel departments to facilitate efficient purchasing, planning, and employee scheduling

· Provides 30/60/90 forecasts, provides Actuals vs. Forecast at end of month with comments.

· Conduct property tours and participate in trade shows, industry and community events to promote facilities and services

· Develop market segments and solicit new customer relationships while maintaining existing relationships

· Negotiate services and prices to maximize revenue and profitability

· Assist the Director in the management of the department, as needed

· Conduct catering and external sales presentations to prospective customers to solicit, explain, negotiate and secure local catering business.

 Job Requirements:

· Previous experience in a luxury/4-diamod hotel or resort preferred and a minimum of 2-3 years with catering sales and food and beverage knowledge.

· Candidate should be extremely detail oriented, organized and be able to handle a fast paced environment

· Must be a self-starter, flexible, creative, organized and results driven.

· Must be able to meet the demands of clients' events to include presence at numerous food and beverage functions throughout the day and evenings

· Able to work a flexible schedule including weekends and holidays

· Knowledge of local market

· Ideally, experience will include a proficiency in industry software systems such as Galaxy, Delphi and Microsoft Office. Experience with ISAC is a plus.

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