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NACE April 2021 "In-Person/Virtual Tour" of Resorts World Las Vegas

April 28, 2021 | 6:00 PM PDT

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Resorts World Las Vegas
3000 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109
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2020 Las Vegas Chapter Nominees

2019/2020 Elections

We are pleased to announced the following candidates for the 2020 Board of Directors and 2020 Executive Board.  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 14 and close at 5:00 PM on October 18, 2019.  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 2019 Installation.


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 the strongest chapter in the country!

Vice President

Donna Murray

Sales Manager, Quest Events

I have been a part of the Las Vegas hospitality industry for over twelve years. I started my hospitality 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 am the Sales and Training Manager for Quest Events and handle the training process for new Sales Managers in other Quest markets.

I have a passion for special events and enjoy meeting new people every day. I’m an active member for a few industry associations and currently sit on the board for the NACE Las Vegas Chapter and CSA (Convention Services Association). I’m always looking for new ways to get involved with our industry and continuing to build relationships and create new ones with industry partners. You can always find at my children’s school activities and sporting events on my spare time, or enjoying a glass of wine over dinner with a friend.


Dawn Ulrey

Director of Private Events, 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, CMP

Catering Manager, MGM Grand

Diane is the current Secretary for the National Association for Catering and Events (NACE).  Prior to Secretary, she handled Programs for NACE in 2018, and has been a member since 2007.  Diane also carries the CMP designation, or Certified Meeting Professional.  She has worked in the events world since moving to Las Vegas in 2002, with various roles at hotels on the Strip.  She is currently working at the MGM Grand as a Catering Manager, a role she has thrived in for a number of years.    

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is elected for a one year term beginning with November 2020 Installation.

 Director of Community Outreach

Kay Kolbo

Director of Special Events, Allicart Restaurant Group

Carmine’s Italian Restaurant located in The Forum Shops of Caesars Palace and Virgil’s Real BBQ, located in The Linq Promenade

Born and raised in the Midwest, Kay Kolbo has been an active local Las Vegas resident for the past 30 years. Kay has extensive experience in the casino food and beverage industry, promotions and special event management, trade show production, public relations, and media publication sales and marketing.

Since 2011, Kay has served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Catering and Events local Las Vegas Chapter as the Community Outreach and Public Relations Chair and recently now the Director of the committee. She continues to support the community by spearheading her committee as they donate their time and efforts to local Las Vegas charities in need. These organizations include Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation, Street Teens of Nevada, Olive Crest, The American Cancer Society and past recipients of the committee’s charitable drives - The Shadetree of Nevada. Kay is also a member of Destination Services Association of Las Vegas and Las Vegas Territory, ILEA or International Live Events and LVHA – Las Vegas Hospitality Association.

Kay has held senior food and beverage management positions for Station Casinos, MGM-Mirage, and the Tropicana Hotel respectively. After an extensive career in the casino food and beverage, Kay moved to media marketing as an Account Executive, working her way up to Publisher of the Las Vegas section of Beautiful Bride Magazine. When her tenure with the publication ended, Kay consulted for Infused Productions, assisting them with sales and marketing and served as production and stage manager for the Beautiful Bride Expo. Venturing further into the media and advertising genre, Kay also served as Las Vegas Woman Magazine as an Account Executive and the Tradeshow producer for the Las Vegas Woman Magazine’s magazine release parties and events. As Director of Promotions and Special Events for “Danny Vegas Live” Productions, Kay was Trade Show Producer and Senior Sales Account Executive.

Kay is also an entertainer and performs regularly in the Dennis Wise “King for a Night” Show here in Las Vegas.

When the corporate food and beverage world called her back, Kay served as Sales Manager for Planet Hollywood Restaurant and Bar for Earl Enterprises.

Kay now serves as Director of Special Events for the Alicart Restaurant Group in Las Vegas Nevada.

Kay oversees the sales department and special events entities for the company that has headquarters in New York City.

Kay’s past accolades include Community Outreach Committee Chapter of the Year for the National NACE Organization 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2016. NACE of Las Vegas Inspirational Member of the Year 2011 and 2012; NACE of Las Vegas Chapter Rising Star 2012; 2013 National Association of Catering and Events National President’s List; MGM Corporation’s Diversity Champion Graduate and recipient of Diversity’s “The Warriorship Award” by her piers 2005. Kay was also 1998 Manager of the Year for Palace Station.

In the summer of 2014 Kay was inducted into the Distinguished Women of Nevada’s 2014 Book for her accomplishments while being a resident of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Kay was inducted to serve on The Nevada State Restaurant Association’s Board of Directors and serves on both the Government Affairs and Special Events Committees.

In addition, for the 2019 calendar year, Kay has been nominated and serves respectively on the NACE National Membership and Business Development Committees and attended the National Association of Catering and Events Experience 2019 as a nominee for the George Zell Spirit of NACE Award and once again for her committee’s work as Community Service Chapter of the Year for their programs giving back to the city in 2018.

Director of Communications

Brenda Gerard, CMP

Senior Catering and Conference Service Manager, Hilton Lake Las Vegas

I am a driven, innovative and enthusiastic Hospitality and Events Management Professional with expertise in managing large scale budgets, delivering high end events and developing strategic partnerships. I thrive in a face paced environment and will very well adapt in any work environment.  I’m passionate about the work I do and interested in connecting with people to bounce ideas, discuss strategies and develop strong rapport within the industry. I am highly motivated, innovative, detail-oriented and responsive, with a strong desire to exceed both personal and professional expectations and consistently deliver paramount results. I am Certified Meeting Professional, and I have been an active member of NACE in both the San Diego and Las Vegas Chapters collectively for the last 15 years. Currently I am employed with the Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa. I have served on various boards before and understand the importance of attendance and board member contribution and currently hold the position of Director of Communications, for the NACE Las Vegas Chapter, Board of Directors;

NACE Las Vegas Chapter, Board of Directors, Director of Communications, 2018-2019

University of Oregon Alumni Association, San Diego Chapter, Treasurer, 2012-2015

University of Oregon Alumni Association, Board of Directors, Chapter Representative, 2014-2015

University of Oregon Alumni Association, San Diego Chapter, President, 2005-2015

Friars Hollow Homeowners Association, Board Member at Large & Vice President, 2011-2013

Hilton Hunger at Home, Board of Directors, Event Committee Chair, 2008-2009

University of Oregon Alumni Association, Board of Directors, Chapter Representative, 2008-2009

Director of Hospitality

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 selfproclaimed, “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”.


- President ISES/ILEA Las Vegas Chapter               2004-2005

- Certified Special Event Professional, Csep             2016

- Event, Design and Production, Certification           TISOH 2009

Director of Programs

Rocco DeBenedictis 

Sales Executive, Wet & Wild Las Vegas

I have always been excited to share with others my path to the Event Industry. My professional work has been glittered with amazing opportunities that I am so fortunate to have been a part of. When it came time to follow my passion, the event industry welcomed me with open arms. Over the last 3 years I have had the pleasure of working with companies to create unique, one of a kind experiences for clients. My start began with Amusement, Exhibit & Event Services- learning the skills of the industry, activation and of course Giant Toys. From there I worked in Event Space rental and special events with HeadzUP Las Vegas. There I created educational programs, special events, and hosted DMC clients, Association events and Industry nights.

I have found my home this past summer at Wet n’ Wild Las Vegas. Being a part of a dynamic Sales & Special Events team, we have had the pleasure of re-structuring, re -organizing, and re-writing the idea of what a water park event can become. Our season just wrapped, and 2020 is already getting its finishing touches. I am so excited to be a part of an industry that allows me to follow a multitude of passions, such as community service, education, and of course special events catered to our colleagues. I look forward to 2020 and the opportunities we can create together as an industry.

Director Membership

Meagan Cartmill, CMP, CPCE

Catering & Conference Management, The Venetian/The Palazzo/The Sands Expo

Meagan Cartmill was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. She has been at The Venetian Resort since 2013 where she started as a front desk agent and quickly found her passion for group business. Meagan transitioned from front desk to hotel group services and then catering and conference management where she has found her home for the long haul. In her free time, Meagan enjoys the finer things in life – travel, food, and a good night out with her friends and family. When with friends one of Meagan’s favorite past times is wine tasting, game nights and a good cheese board…brie all the way.

Director of Fundraising

Joy Villanueva

Group Sales Manager, Clique Hospitality

With over 15 years of hospitality experience--I began my career in the hospitality industry as a VIP Table Hostess at the original Light Nightclub inside the Bellagio in 2003. I quickly moved into training and management a few years later and became the Light Group Corporate Training Manager for all nightclubs, lounges and day-clubs with a focus mainly on new projects.

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to be a part of the City Center grand opening, where the Light Group opened 4 venues simultaneously at the Aria Resort. After a very fulfilling career in nightlife, I decided to change my career in order to start a family and soon after had my two little boys and made the career change in 2016--where I began my current position as a Group Sales Manager with Clique Hospitality. At Clique Hospitality, we oversee 7 venues throughout Las Vegas. I also earned my Bachelor's Degree in Hospitality Management at UNLV this summer.

The following positions for the Board of Directors do not have candidates and will be appointed by the 2020 Executive Board.  

  • Co Programs Chair
  • Education Chair
  • Awards Chair