April 2019 Print

President's Report



Dear Las Vegas NACE Members,


I am excited to share that I am now your NACE Las Vegas Chapter President! Huge congratulations to Jennifer Anderson and her family.  She had a healthy baby boy and will remain our Past President for the chapter.


I truly look forward to leading our chapter and board of directors!

We have a fantastic year ahead of us and some wonderful meetings planned for 2019 that you won’t want to miss. As your Chapter President I look forward to hearing from all of you and strengthening our NACE community.  Please reach out to me if you have any suggestions, are interested in hosting a meeting or want to get more involved in NACE. I welcome all of you to get more involved and attend more meetings.   

Still don’t have your CPCE certification? I know you’ve been thinking about it and it’s probably one of your 2019 goals. If you’re interested in taking the exam, please reach out to me directly at so we can help set you up for success!

See you all at Oscar’s Steakhouse tonight for our Mix and Mingle! 


-Jennifer Landaz Chapman

NACE Las Vegas Chapter President

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Chapter Meetings



Mix and Mingle with your NACE Friends at...

Oscar's Steakhouse @ The Plaza

1 Main Street, Las Vegas NV 89101

Wed April 10, 2019


Walk In's Welcome @ Registration Desk

Named after former Las Vegas Mayor and mob attorney Oscar Goodman, Oscar’s is a glamorous and uniquely Las Vegas Steakhouse overlooking the lights of Fremont Street. Located inside the Plaza’s of the iconic glass dome, Oscar’s pays homage to the Vegas of yesteryear and has become a must-visit, only-in-Vegas dining destination thanks to its classic ambiance, memorabilia displays, handcrafted cocktails, including the former mayor’s signature martini, and a delicious menu of perfectly aged steaks, fresh seafood and made from scratch sides.

Carrying over Goodman’s reputation as the “Happiest Mayor in the Universe,” Oscar’s affectionately boasts itself as “The Happiest Steakhouse in the Universe.” The approach to food and service at Oscar’s is the same as Goodman’s approach to life – eat, drink and have fun

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Raffle Dazzle


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.  


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Annual Experience Conference

July 14, 2019 - July 17, 2019

Hilton Netherland Plaza, Cincinnati, Ohio



Thrive at #NACEEXP19 with opportunities to explore creative business strategies and fresh ideas brought to you industry leaders, trendsetters and innovators.

The event industry is evolving, and professionals like you need to keep up and seek up to date information, tools and techniques. At #NACEEXP19, you’ll connect with colleagues and share the challenges and successes that are faced every day.

NACE Experience is a must-attend event for catering and event professionals. Whether you’re an on-premise or off-premise caterer, event designer, or creative event partner, you’ll get the knowledge you need to elevate your skills. You don’t want to miss out

  • Explore culinary and beverage innovations that will your business thrive
  •       Learn about the latest in events design, production and more
  •       Expand your business management and leadership skills
  •       Expand your professional network and make new connections

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Don't miss the April 16 Deadline!

Did your company or chapter put on a stunning event last year? Show us! Get the recognition you, your business and your team of vendors deserve, and submit your event for a NACE One Award by April 16!



Enter Now



What You Need to Know

The NACE One Awards include 15 categories and 26 sub-categories recognizing multiple aspects of catering and event planning. Two new categories shine a spotlight on emerging members and speakers. Not sure which category to enter? Enter more than one.

Have we mentioned there’s just over a week left to submit? No pressure … but don’t miss the chance to earn accolades for you and your team of vendors. Get those submissions ready!

Enter online by following these few easy steps:

  1. Review the award criteria
  2. Create an account on our awards submission platform
  3. Complete the entry form and upload your pictures and documents
  4. Submit your payments (member and chapter awards are free!)
  5. Register for the 2019 NACE Experience Conference and plan your outfit for the NACE One Awards Gala!

We have additional tips that will make your submission an easy and pain-free process on the NACE blog.

Celebrate with the Winners

Save the date to celebrate the year’s winners at the NACE One Awards Gala taking place on July 16, 2019, during the 2019 NACE Experience Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Become a NACE One Award Judge

Have a keen eye for what defines quality in catering and events? Help us decide on the best of the best by submitting your interest to be a NACE One Awards Judge.

Questions? Contact

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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.  





Lynn Marie Clark, CMP, CPCE - Conference Services Manager, Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa



Greg Casella, CPCE - Owner, Catered Too



Gary Lee McCreary, CPCE, CMP, CSEP, VP of Catering & Convention Operations, The Venetian/The Palazzo/Sands Expo 



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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. 


Many Thanks to Current Events...


For donating 25 hot meals & dessert to Street Teens

Candleighters’s Evening of Hope: Desserts donated by Carmine’s and Virgil’s Real BBQ (180 pieces of two desserts each for 360 pieces, Door Prizes from both Carmine’s and Virgil’s Real BBQ for the Silent Auction)

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

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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.

15 Years


Kathy Dyke CPCE, Event Designer,  By Dzign, LLC


5 Years

Tammie Burneo 

Tammie Burneo, Catering Sales Manager,  JW Marriott Resort & Spa


4 Years

Donald Contursi, President, Lip Smacking Foodie Tours


2 Years

Iris Oliveira, Founder, Once Upon an Iris


Felecia Mosqueda, Senior Sales Coordinator, Destinations by Design


1 Year

Tabetha Steinburg, Sales & Creative Services Coordinator, CSI Vegas DMC



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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!


Leslie Lombino-Ridge, Senior Catering Sales Manager, JW Marriott Resort & Spa

Interested in joining?  Learn more!

 60th Anniversary of NACE


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Congratulations to our newest CPCE Members!!!

Amanda Martinez, Executive Meetings Manager, CPCE - Social Sales Manager, Green Valley Ranch Resont Casino & Spa


Hava Busso, CPCE - Social Sales Manager, Green Valley Ranch Resont Casino & Spa




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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Past Meeting Recap



Many Thanks to Lawry's for hosting our NACE friends and sharing a bit of local history


Guest Speaker - Kate Patay, CPCE

Shared with us in February Tips on “First Impressions”



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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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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.

Scholarship Forms

Scholarship applications are due by 5:00 PM on March 1, 2019 and are to be submitted via email to . Scholarships are awarded to professional members based on eligibility and points to help defray costs for registration, airfare, or accommodations.   


In order to be eligible you must:

  1. Be a professional member of the Las Vegas Chapter in good standing for at least one year at the time of application and through the conference.
  2. Attend all NACE Experience! educational sessions and events as included in the scholarship fee and arriving by 3:00 PM on the opening date and through the end of events on Wednesday.
  3. Act professionally in representing the Las Vegas Chapter and abiding by the Code of Ethics of NACE membership.
  4. All other costs of lodging, travel, meals outside of the planned events and entertainment are the attendee’s responsibility.
  5. Submit an article to the newsletter by August 1, 2019.

Should you have any questions, please contact us at and put "Scholorship Application Question" in the subject line.


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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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