November 2018 Print

President's Report


Jennifer Anderson CPCE 

Las Vegas NACE Members,

We are very excited for Installation Gala and Awards dinner this year. This year NACE turns 60 and I’m thrilled to see how far the association has come over the years. As we celebrate our diamond anniversary, we celebrate our commendable honoree, welcome our incoming Board of Directors, and say thank you to our outgoing Board of Directors. It’s been an accomplishing two years as your President and we wouldn’t be successful without you, our continuously supportive members.

Congratulations again to Josh, the Board of Directors, and all the award winners! You make Las Vegas great!

I hope to see you next week as it is not to be missed!

-Jennifer Anderson, CPCE

Las Vegas Chapter President


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Board Installation and Gala

We hope you will join us for our annual awards dinner and installation November 14th, 2018 inside Veil Pavilion at the Silverton Casino Hotel Las Vegas, to congratulate the 2018 HonoreeJoshua Jones, DMCP, as NACE Celebrates 60 years. In addition to the awards and board installation, there will be a silent auction.

NACE Las Vegas Board Installation and Awards Dinner


Joshua Jones, DMCP
Regional President, Hosts Destination Services | Las Vegas

This November, the National Association for Catering and Events Las Vegas is recognizing Joshua Jones, DMCP, for his outstanding contributions and support for the Las Vegas Chapter of NACE and the hospitality industry. Joshua Jones, DMCP has been in the destination management arena for nearly 20 years starting from the group up. Joshua has helped produce thousands of events over the last decade and has a held nearly every role in destination management.  Joshua sees delivering hospitality as personal responsibility.    “Creating great experiences for everyone you touch is the mission”  Big or small, people will always remember how you make them feel.  This is how Josh approaches each day.  Josh is a believer in continuing education, giving back and industry leadership having served as President of the ILEA Las Vegas Chapter, ongoing education with UNLV and The International School of Hospitality and involvement with ADME International. Joshua currently sits on the advisory board the Timothy SY Lam Foundation which provides scholarships and grants for the hospitality industry as well as the Hosts Global Client Advisory Board.  In his free time Joshua loves to golf, travel and laugh with this friends and family and of course spend time rough-housing with his two boxers, Layla and Dempsey

Celebrate the achievements of our members.

Awards will be handed out for the following categories:

  • Best Meeting Venue of the Year
  • Professionals of the Year in a variety of Categories
  • Rising Star of the Year
  • Contributing Organization
  • President's Awards
  • Legacy Award

Reception • Silent Auction • Dinner • Awards

Attire: Black Tie Optional

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


  • $75.00 Members/Student Members - $85.00 after November 11
  • $90.00 Non-Members - $100.00 after November 11
  • Sponsorships. tables and ad sales are available.

Veil Pavilion inside the Silverton Casino Hotel Las Vegas


While Las Vegas wedding venues come in all shapes and sizes, Veil Pavilion is designed to create an intimately elegant space where memories are made – and new lives begin. It boasts 11,000 square feet of state-of-the-art lighting and sound, and is complemented by a dedicated events staff who focus their energies and considerable talents on bringing your special day to life, exactly the way you’ve dreamed. We’ll cater, coordinate and commit ourselves to exceeding your expectations, every step of the way.

November 14, 2018

6:00 PM PST to 9:00 PM PST
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Silverton Casino Hotel Las Vegas
3333 Blue Diamond Road
Las Vegas, NV 89139
Venue Website


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We are excited to present the awards for chapter members who contribute to the success of our organization and in the Las Vegas Community.  We have expanded our awards to include recognition of NACE members who have demonstrated the Spirit of NACE and provided outstanding support and service in the industry.  This year the categories include:

  • Event Supplier Professional (Services to include DMC, Décor Companies, Rental and event planning companies)
  • Catering Professional (Members who work food and beverage including restaurants, independent caterers, and catering sales/services)
  • Convention Services Professional (Members who work in conference and convention services operations, sales, and support)
  • Event Services Professional (Professionals who provide services including DJ, Photography, Video, Floral and other support services )
  • Mentor / Educator (Open to all professional members who have demonstrated a strong sense of mentorship and education for other NACE members)


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Experience Call For Speakers

Let's Thrive Together
The call for speakers for #NACEEXP19 is officially open! You are invited to share your expertise with our community of catering and event professionals looking to thrive in today’s fast moving and competitive industry.
NACE invites presentations and panels for 60-minute sessions that are fresh, current and imaginative and share the expertise and insights around the following conference tracks:

  • Catering and Beverage Trends
  • Event Design and Production
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Business and Technology
  • Personal Development

Call for Engaging Leaders
The Networking Roundtables were a great addition to this year’s conference program. Attendees felt a sense of community being able to address common issues in their niche areas. We’re bringing this interactive education back in Cincy! Are you experienced in leading a discussion, or perhaps a hands-on workshop or demonstration? Let us know! We'd love to hear your ideas.


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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.  


Michele Polci CPCE CMP Michele Polci CPCE, CMP Director of Citywide Catering Sales Las Vegas, Caesars Entertainment


Jeniffer LaRocca Jeniffer LaRocca Operations ManagerChristie's Photographic Solutions


Karen Knox Karen Knox Director of Catering, Mirage Hotel & Casino


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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.

20 Years

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

14 Years

Kathy Baldieri CPCE Kathy Baldieri, Director of Food, Beverage & Catering , Spanish Trail Country Club

13 Years

Tammi Booth Tammi Booth, Catering Manager, The Mirage

11 Years

Darcia Dudman Darcia Dudman, District Account Executive, CORT Trade Show & Event Furniture

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

9 Years

Helen Edell Helen Edell, President, Alligator Soup

5 Years

Raul Daniels Raul Daniels, Director of Sales, 9 Group & Palms Casino Resort


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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!


Serena Dominguez Serena Dominguez, Weddings and Social Sales Manager, Border Grill

Interested in joining?  Learn more!

 60th Anniversary of NACE


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Meet the Board

2019 Board of Directors

In November, we install the 2019 Las Vegas Chapter of NACE Board of Directors which  represents 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.

We are excited to present the 2019 Board of Directors at the Gala and Installation this month.  To meet the new Board, visit NACE Board of Directors


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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

Lip Smacking Foodie Tours was awarded three Best of Las Vegas awards by the Las Vegas Review-Journal (“Best Tour”, “Best Food Tour”, and “Best Date Night Spot”)


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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.

  • Upcoming Events
  • NACE Supported Charities



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 to the November event. 

For more information on these two great events visit our current events for Community Service.


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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.


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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.

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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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.  

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 with the elections this year, the monthly newsletter needs a new editor.  If you have a penchant for writing and are interested in assisting on the Board with our communications, please reach out to to learn more about this role.


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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.

Be sure to watch in late January for annual scholarship for Experience! for NACE members.


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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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