2018 Las Vegas Chapter Nominees

2019 Elections

We are pleased to announced the following candidates for the Board of Director and Executive Board for the 2019 Elections.  Please review the Elections process as well as job descriptions on the chapter website.  Elections will be hosted with ballots to all professional members via email on October 15 and close at 5:00 PM on October 19.  A simple majority is required for the nominee to win the election.  

Executive Board

The Executive Board is elected for a two year term beginning with November 2018 Installation.


  Jennifer Anderson, CPCE, Meetings Sales Systems Manager, Caesars Enterainment

Jennifer has been a part of the Catering and Convention Sales and Services team at Caesars Entertainment since May of 2006. During her time at Caesars she had the chance to rotate from The Flamingo, Harrah’s, The Rio all-Suite Hotel and Casino to Bally’s/Paris absorbing knowledge from the department as a whole. Jennifer joined the NACE Student chapter in the spring of 2009 and since then has accepted every opportunity NACE has had to offer. She began with assisting on the fundraising and community service committees, which are close to her heart and then moved up the ranks to Student Chapter President for 2010-2012. Jennifer’s determination has also led her to achieve NACE Las Vegas’s Rising Star Award in 2010, complete her Master’s in Hotel Administration from UNLV in May of 2012 and her CPCE designation in 2013. Jennifer is currently on the leadership team for Caesars Entertainment as the Meetings Sales Systems Manager managing all database and contract audits for 40 properties enterprise wide. Jennifer has been the current President of the NACE Las Vegas Chapter for the 2017-2018 term and continues to assist the board in growing membership and educational experiences for the chapter.

Vice President

 Jennifer Landaz Chapman Jennifer Landaz- Chapman, Associate Director of Business Development

A native to Las Vegas, Jennifer Landaz Chapman brings over 20 years of sales, marketing and operations experience in destination management services as well the travel and hospitality industry. Jennifer currently sits on the executive board of NACE and LV and is extremely passionate about the hospitality industry! Jennifer loves to travel, try new restaurants and craft! Jennifer is truly grateful for an amazing husband and two wonderful daughters Skye and Autumn.
Jennifer currently sits on the executive board as Treasurer of the NACE Las Vegas chapter.  Jenn loves that at your fingertips you have access to resources, education and networking through NACE to be the best caterer and event professional! 
She believes that NACE has a strong foundation to continue the growth of our hospitality community!   
Jennifer contributes to the NACE Las Vegas board with her years of board experience and is dedicated to making the NACE Las Vegas one of the strongest chapters in the country!


Dawn Ulrey Dawn Ulrey, Director of Catering, Canyon Gate Country Club

Dawn Ulrey moved to Las Vegas with her family in the early 1970’s.  After high school she received a bachelor’s degree from UNLV where she was also a charter member of the Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority. 

Her early career started in hotel hospitality sales which included being a part of the opening teams for both the Treasure Island and Luxor Hotels.  During the height of golf course development in Las Vegas,  an opportunity with American Golf presented itself and Dawn was the first Leisure Sales Manager responsible for selling tee times through front of the house hotel referrals.  This began a long career in the resort and private golf industries where Dawn worked for Walter's Golf selling Bali Hair, Royal Links and Stallion Mountain.  On the private side she was Membership Marketing Director at Spanish Trail Country Club and is currently the Private Events Director at Canyon Gate Country Club, a ClubCorp property.   

In the community Dawn has held Board positions with Child Focus, a local not-for-profit organization that looked after the needs of siblings in foster care.  Currently, Dawn serves as the Secretary on the Executive Board for the Las Vegas Chapter of NACE 


Diane O'Brien Diane O'Brien CMP, Catering Manager, MGM Grand

Having been in the Catering industry for 13 years, Diane O’Brien absolutely loves what she does.  She has held positions such as Setup Supervisor and most recently, Catering Manager.  Diane has been an active member of NACE since 2007, and on the Board, planning fun & innovative monthly programs, for nearly a year.  The convention hotel at which she works is currently undergoing a $130 million expansion, and remaining open while under construction is no easy feat.  Diane also earned her CMP in 2009 and stays active in the Catering community to maintain proficiency. 

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is elected for a one year term beginning with November 2018 Installation.

Director of Community Outreach

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

Kay Kolbo brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the Las Vegas NACE board with more than twenty-eight years of experience in food and beverage as well as entertainment, media, and marketing.

As Director of Special Events and Catering for Carmine's and Virgil's Real Barbeque Restaurants in Las Vegas for the Alicart Restaurant Group, Kay oversees the department's special events and off premise catering for both locations. Kay previously held the position of Sales Manager at Planet Hollywood Restaurant and Bar located at The Forum Shops of Caesars Palace and has also worked in a variety of positions throughout Las Vegas in restaurants, food and beverage, and catering.

From 1995 to 2005 she worked in a variety of management positions for Stations Casinos, including Catering and Room Service Manager, Catering Sales, and Food and Beverage Manager.  Kay was part of the Food and Beverage team at Treasure Island Hotel and Casino for five years showcasing her management skills in a variety of positions including Beverage manager, Assistant Director of Catering, Assistant Buffet Manager, and General Manager of Pizzeria Francesco’s. 

In 2011 Kay brought her same dynamic skills of management and sales to the Beautiful Bride Magazine, building customer relationships, sales, and show management.  Concurrently, she also launched her own business, Do It With Flair Concierge, assisting clients with trade show and event planning, catering, tour organization, and hospitality training. Kay then moved to Las Vegas Woman Magazine as Sales Manager and Event Production spearheading all of the magazine’s launch parties as well as assisting numerous advertising projects for her clients.

Her tireless efforts have also supported the Las Vegas NACE Chapter’s contributions to community service, helping the Chapter earn National Community Service awards for four years. Personally, she has also won the NACE Las Vegas Chapter Rising Star in 2012, and Chapter Inspirational Member of the Year for 2011 and 2012 and has been nominated on the National level for the George Zell Spirit of NACE Award in 2014 , 2016 , and 2017.

Director of Communications

Brenda Girard Brenda Gerard CMP, Senior Catering and Conference Service Manager, Hilton Lake Las Vegas

Director of Hospitality

Lynn Clark CMP CPCE Lynn Clark CMP, CPCE, Conference Services Manager, Westin Lake Las Vegas

Lynn Clark is an experienced Catering and Conference Services Manager.  She is a graduate of the William F. Harrah’s College of Hotel Administration and attended courses at The International School of Hospitality and Florida International University. Lynn holds the credentials of CPCE, Certified Professional Catering Executive, and CMP, Certified Meeting Professional.  She currently holds the board position of Hospitality Chair for the Las Vegas Chapter and also lends her support to the Las Vegas Chapters’ Community Service Committee. 

Gary Bordman CSEP Gary Bordman CSEP, Chief Interactive Designer/Owner, Amusement Exhibit & Event Services

Gary Bordman is the Chief Interactive Designer for Amusement, Exhibit & Event Services (AE&ES) in Las Vegas, Nevada; which focuses to deliver innovation in the event and tradeshow industry with its process of rethinking and developing ideas. With over 20 years in the event industry he has conceptualized, created, and executed events for some of the largest companies in the world.  Gary began his journey as a child growing up in the Carnival Industry. He enjoyed the atmosphere that came with each event and knew that it was his calling to be immersed in the event world.

His path took a 13-year detour while he served in the United States Air Force (USAF) in the Aircraft Logistics field and finishing his service with the Silver Flag Alpha the Desert Warfare Anti-Terrorism School at Indian Springs until being medically separated in 1999. He would tell you that it was the time of his life.  Traveling and working side by side with some of the best people in the world. 

While still on active duty Gary started his first small business venture with a few inflatables and interactive games.  He built his company up to be a known name in Las Vegas.  Upon leaving the USAF he continued developing his career in the event industry. He began his work as the National Event Sales Executive for Absolute Amusements. For almost 15 years, Gary helped to design and execute multi-city marketing tours, corporate initiatives and interactive experiences for a wide variety of companies in amazing locations. His success in this position launched his love for all things event related, naturally this lead him to create his own organization:   Amusement, Exhibit and Event Services (AE&ES). 

AE&ES is approaching its fifth year of business and boasts an impressive client list which continues to grow daily. Gary loves the challenge that comes everyday with taking on a new client or assisting current clients that need a solution to their problem.  He takes great pride in developing his team of professionals to provide the level of service and product that one would expect from a world class organization.

Gary Bordman earned his CSEP and has been recognized as a local industry leader, working with Global Corporations, DMC’s, innovators and even dreamers to bring their visions to reality on a local and global scale. His highly developed professional relationships allow him to be, a self-proclaimed, “Dot Connector” in the industry affording him the ability to make his clients dreams a reality. Whenever anyone needs anything event related they have come to know to “@JustCallGary”.


Tom Kostoff Tom Kostoff, Assistant Director of Catering, Waldorf Astoria

Tom has been a resident of Las Vegas since 2005, working in a variety of positions in the industry including Senior Catering Manager, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino 2005-2013, Presient, Sofisticado Las Vegas DMC 2013-2016, Senior Conference Services Manager, Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas 2016-2018 and currently Assistant Director of Conference Services.

Tom has been a member of NACE since 2006 and LVHA since 2014.  He has also served as assistant to the Board for Lambda Business Association since 2015.  Tom also has participated with IMEX and the Future Leaders Forum.

Director of Programs

Donna Murray Donna Murray,Sales Manager, Quest Events

I have been a part of the Las Vegas hospitality industry for over eleven years. I started my Vegas career working in hotel sales for Caesars Entertainment, The Riviera Hotel, MGM Resorts International and The Westin, before getting involved with event design and decor. I was an Account Executive for Style Event Design before landing my current role as a Sales Manager for Quest Events and A&D Scenery.

I have a passion for events and enjoy meeting new people every day. I’m currently on the board for CSA (Convention Services Association) and am always looking to get involved with our industry. You can always find me watching my children’s school activities and sporting events on my spare time, or enjoying a glass of wine over dinner.

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

Joan Taylor is the Assistant Director of Citywide Restaurant Group Sales, for Caesars Entertainment. She started her career as a young professional in the country club industry, and has devoted herself to hospitality ever since. Prior to her current position with CET, she was the F&B Operations Manager of DragonRidge Country Club, and has worked for CET in various other operational capacities, including Restaurant General Manager, Operations Manager, Beverage Operations, etc, over the past 15 years. Joan earned a Certificate in Wedding Coordination and Design from TISOH, and  holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel Administration from UNLV. Joan is a true planner at heart, and loves to bring people together for a festive gathering, both in per professional and personal life.

The following positions for the Board of Directors do not have candidates and will be appointed by the 2019 Executive Board.  

  • Membership
  • Fundraising
  • Parliamentarian