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DANA CARROLL, CPCE, CWC, NAMED CATERER MEMBER OF THE YEAR, JILL VIDAL NAMED EVENT PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR BY THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR CATERING AND EVENTS

COLUMBIA, MD – JULY 11, 2013 – The National Association for Catering and Events announced the winners of its annual awards for the best NACE chapters and members, along with the best executions of catering, events and design, at its annual national Experience Conference and Expo in Chicago, earlier this month.

Dana Carroll, CPCE, CWC, of Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX was named the caterer member of the year; and Jill Vidal of, Houston, TX was named the event professional of the year. Curtis Bell, also of Houston, TX was named the student member of the year. Texas swept many of the award categories this year as you will see below!

The organization also honored the best catered and designed events and chapter programs in a variety of categories:
Individual Awards

2012 Caterer Member of the Year
Dana Carroll, CPCE, CWC, Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX

2012 Event Professional Member of the Year
Jill Vidal, Houston, TX

2012 George Zell Spirit of NACE
Kevin Brant, CPCE, Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX
Margery Reinheardt, CPCE, Houston, TX
Jo C. Dermid, CPCE, Nashville, TN
Cheryl Sgovio, CPCE, CHE, Las Vegas, NV

2012 Student Member of the Year
Curtis Bell, Houston, TX
Industry Awards

Best Guest Table Presentation of the Year
Kevin Ford, Ford-Ellington Wedding Design, Ltd., Fort Thomas, KY

Best Conceptual Table Presentation of the Year
Tracy Diehl, Florals Etcetera, Omaha, NE

2012 Best Catered Event of the Year: On-Premise
Budget less than $25,000
Lisa Lynn Backus, CPCE, CMP, Caesars Entertainment, Las Vegas, NV

2012 Best Catered Event of the Year: On-Premise
Budget between $25,000 and $75,000
Dana Carroll, CPCE, CWC, Wolfgang Puck Catering at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas, TX

2012 Best Catered Event of the Year: On-Premise
Budget more than $75,000
Michele Polci, CPCE, CMP, Caesars Entertainment, Las Vegas, NV

2012 Best Catered Event of the Year: Off-Premise
Budget between $25,000 and $75,000
Viva Bella Events, Cincinnati, OH

2012 Best Catered Wedding of the Year
Budget less than $25,000
Dianna K. Shitanishi, CPCE, CMP, Hawaii Weddings and Events, Honolulu, HI

2012 Best Catered Wedding of the Year
Budget between $25,000 and $75,000
Wendy B. Timson, CPCE, CMP, Wolfgang Puck Catering - Union Station, Dallas, TX

2012 Best Catered Wedding of the Year
Budget more than $75,000
David Caruso, Dynamic Events by David Caruso, Milwaukee, WI

2012 Best Event Production of the Year
Budget less than $25,000
Lisa Lynn Backus, CPCE, CMP, Caesars Entertainment, Las Vegas, NV

2012 Best Event Production of the Year
Budget between $25,000 and $75,000
Danielle Couick, CPCE, Magnolia Bluebird design and events, Alexandria, VA

2012 Best Event Production of the Year
Budget more than $75,000
Social Butterflies, LLC, Arlington, TN

2012 Planner of the Year
Kat Creech, CMP, Kat Creech Events, Houston, TX

2012 Best Team Event of the Year
Budget less than $25,000
"Urban Chic Fashion Show"
Team members: Cate Buscher, Putting on the Ritz; John Paul Berry, Absolute Entertainment; Eve Villard, CORT Event Furnishings; Rachel Hoffberger, Plan It Perfect; Katie Nannes, Urban Chic; Strickland Bonner, Washington Talent Agency
Baltimore, MD

2012 Best Team Event of the Year
Budget between $25,000 and $75,000
“Earth & Wine 2012”
Team members: Kelsie Sis, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium; Katie Duran, AAA Rents; Jennifer Snow, Catering Creations
Omaha, NE

2012 Best Team Event of the Year
Budget more than $75,000
"Romance in the Versailles Wedding”
Team members: Kevin Ford, Ford-Ellington Wedding Design; Ashley Judy, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza; Elisa MacKenzie, MBC, CSEP, Elegant Events
Cincinnati, OH
NACE Chapter Awards

2012 Chapter of the Year - Chapters fewer than 100 members
Greater Seattle

2012 Chapter of the Year - Chapters more than 100 members
Houston

2012 Chapter Program of the Year - Chapters fewer than 100 members
Greater Seattle

2012 Chapter Program of the Year - Chapters more than 100 members
Houston

2012 Chapter Education Program of the Year - Chapters fewer than 100 members
Greater Seattle

2012 Chapter Education Program of the Year - Chapters more than 100 members
Houston

2012 Chapter Community Service of the Year - Chapters fewer than 100 members
Greater Seattle

2012 Chapter Community Service of the Year - Chapters more than 100 members
Las Vegas

2012 Fundraising Event of the Year - Chapters fewer than 100 members
Phoenix

2012 Fundraising Event of the Year - Chapters more than 100 members
Greater Washington DC

With more than 4,000 members, the National Association of Catering Executives (NACE), www.nace.net is the oldest and largest professional association dedicated to all aspects of the catering industry. Dedicated to promoting career success for its members and the professionalism of the industry, NACE offers educational programs, professional certification (CPCE), chapter initiatives, networking opportunities, recognition and awards programs, a job bank, community service projects and the industry’s most prestigious annual conference. In helping its members enhance their business and careers, NACE helps the industry reach its highest potential.


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