July 2018 Print

President's Report

Jennifer Anderson CPCEJennifer Anderson CPCE, Las Vegas Chapter President

Las Vegas NACE Members,

Can you believe 2018 is officially half over! As we prepare for an exciting and inspiring week at NACE Experience in Palm Springs, remember to get involved in our chapter. Local election information will be blasted out soon and we would love you to jump in with your new and fresh ideas on the 2019 board! I encourage you to get your feet wet and join one of the following committees.

  • Programs
  • Fundraising
  • Community Service
  • Website/Communications
  • Hospitality

I want to also congratulate all the 2018 Experience award winners! Jennifer Landaz-Chapman, Kathy Dyke CPCE, Jodi Harris, Kay Kolbo, Shauna Lederman CPCE, Jeremy Morse, and Michael Testagrossa CHE CPCE, who has donated numerous hours and service to the chapter in 2017. One of the greatest member benefits is when you donate your time and service to the chapter, points are allocated for scholarships to the annual Experience Conferences.

Please reach out to me directly with your committee interests at


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Chapter Meetings



This month's meeting is located at Top Golf for an informational breakfast related to current technology 



Breakfast Taco Bar

Flour and Corn Tortillas
Scrambled Eggs
Hatch Chile Chicken Sausage
Tater Tota
Pico de Gallo
House Salsa
Sour Cream

Coffee, Tea, Decaf, Iced Water

Vegan option: Avocado Toast

** Please request any dietary needs in advance **


  • Hello! Las Vegas Destination Management providing fabulous tablecloths and floral centerpieces
  • Christie’s Photographic Solutions providing photography services



July 18, 2018
7:30 AM PDT to 9:00 AM PDT
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Topgolf Las Vegas
4627 Koval Lane
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Venue Website


Complimentary parking is available next to Top Golf


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Raffle Dazzle


We are excited to annouce that in 2018, 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.  

This month's featured raffles prizes include:

Swag Bag - Top Golf

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(2) Tickets to Carrot Top, Lu Ann Terrell - Showtime Marketing 

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(2) Tickets to Sex Tips For Straight Women from a Gay Man

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$25 Gift Card + Cook Book Carmine's Italian Restaurant 

Kay Kolbo, Alicart Restaurant Group

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Experience! Palm Springs

Save the Date for #NACEEXP18

The 2018 NACE Experience conference will be held at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa in Palm Springs, CA from July 22-25, 2018. The conference will feature speakers from around the country discussing current trends in our industry, as well as featured events.  For more information about the conference, check out this informational video and visit the conference webpage.

NACE Experience Keynote

The Las Vegas Chapter will be represented by 20 members attending conference this year!


We are excited to announce the Las Vegas Chapter members who have submitted for awards for the NACE Conference:

Event Photography of the Year Award

  • Corporate Event Photography:  Jodi Harris The Stevie Awards

Catered Event of the Year Award

  • Off-Premise Catered Event  - Budget Less Than $50,000: AlliedPRA Las Vegas AlliedPRA Las Vegas - NAFDA Off-Site Event
  • On-Premise Catered Event  - Budget Greater Than $100,000: Venetian Palazzo  New Year's Eve in the Floating City
  • On-Premise Catered Event  - Budget Greater Than $100,000: MICHELE POLCI On the Waterfront
Event Production of the Year Award
  • Corporate Event Production  - Budget $50,000 - $100,000: Jodi Harris KW Vegas Family Reunion
Wedding of the Year Award
  • Wedding  - Budget Less Than $50,000: Jennifer S Anderson The Anderson Wedding

Chapter Community Service of the Year

  • Chapter Community Service (101+ members): Las Vegas Community Service Committee Las Vegas Chapter 2017 Year of Giving Back

George Zell Spirit of NACE

  • Kay Kolbo - Las Vegas Chapter


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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.  


Greg Casella CPCE Greg Casella, Owner, Catered Too


Amanda Martinez Amanda Martinez, Social Sales Manager, Green Valley Ranch


Victoria Papageorge Victoria Papageorge, President, Victoria's Event Productions


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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.

14 Years

Victoria Papageorge Victoria Papageorge, President, Victoria's Event Productions

8 Years

Tony Shinn  Tony Shinn, CPCE, Catering Manager, Mirage Hotel and Casino



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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!


Pamela Johnson Pamela Johnson, Assistant General Manager, Mariposa

 Diane Maxwell, Regional Sales Manager West, Leafware

Melissa Shaffer, Executive Meetings Manager, The Mirage

Kaela Simeonoff Kaela Simeonoff, Executive Meetings Manager, The Mirage

Interested in joining?  Learn more!

 60th Anniversary of NACE


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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.


Belonging to a professional organization like NACE increases your chances of gaining new business with other NACE members as well as opportunities for employment.  Many NACE members actively send business to their colleagues they connect with at NACE as reliable resources for their customers.  Additionally, members have gained new opportunities for career advancement through the connections they have made at 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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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.

For 2018, the Board of Directors for NACE has also updated our fundraising for community service by donating 25% of the monthly raffle proceeds to the Community Service Committee to help fund our ongoing efforts to support the local community.


Each month, members of the Las Vegas Chapter donate hot meals and desserts for the monthly dinner for Street Teens and will continue to donate throughout the year.

Meredith Reed of Current Events

Street Teens


Each summer, we collect water for Street Teens.  During our hottest months it is even more essential to help collect water for the homeless youth in the valley.  The 2018 Bottled Water Drive will take place June through September. During the May meeting, $200 was collected for bottled water donations.  To contribute, contact Kay Kolbo .


Your opportunity to participate in our events is just an email away.  To learn more about our events, reach out to Kay Kolbo for more information about the upcoming community service events:


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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.


Submit your application by July 31 and get $60.00 off of your application fee.  In addition, the Las Vegas Chapter of NACE will host a Fast Track Session (free of charge) to Las Vegas NACE members on August .... with the exam on ....

To purchase study materials visit the NACE store.

Get started today! Review our certification requirements and download an application today.


The Las Vegas Chapter of NACE is pleased to announce a special Fast Track Study session is available for members who have completed their application for the CPCE and are interested in taking the exam in the month of August.  This study session will take place on a Saturday in late August (more information to follow) 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.  Members interested in attending should contact Michael Testagrossa  for more information.  If interested, you may also take the exam the morning of August 26 at 9:00 AM as long as you are registered with NACE National.  

For more information, visit our CPCE webpage to begin your journey.



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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.  This is your opportunity to have a more active role in your career and industry through participation.  

In addition, speak to one of our Board of Directors for more information as to how you can become more involved to promote yourself and your business.

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, the monthly newsletter needs a new editor.  If you are interested in assisting on the Board with our communications, please reach out to if you are interested in learning 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.



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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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Classified Ads


Green Valley Ranch Resort is looking for an experienced Catering/Convention Services Manager to join our Luxury 4 Star 4 Diamond Property! Must have 3-5 years past expereince as a Catering/Convention Manager in a fast paced, high volume Hotel.

Please contact Lindsay Wolf if interested:  ---- 702-617-7699

OR Apply online at



The Catering Sales Manager will be responsible for soliciting new corporate/association catering, civic, charitable, wedding, bar/bat mitzvahs, holiday parties, family reunion accounts, entertaining and maintaining relationships with existing accounts to meet and/or exceed food and beverage revenue goals. The Catering Manager participates in arranging and coordinating all meeting details to include food and beverage functions, wedding ceremonies, audio visual needs, group transportation, billing instructions and other special requirements of the customer. He/she may also coordinate and be on site for the set-up throughout the events booked, create bookings and posting of the catering.

· Solicit new and existing accounts to meet/exceed revenue goals through telephone solicitation, outside sales calls, site inspections and written communication.

· Prepare correspondence to customers, internal booking reports and file maintenance

· Participate in daily business review meeting, pre-convention meetings, training and other catering sales related meetings as required

· Attend community/social events and industry meetings

· Distribute Banquet Event Orders and Catering resumes to all appropriate hotel departments to facilitate efficient purchasing, planning, and employee scheduling

· Provides 30/60/90 forecasts, provides Actuals vs. Forecast at end of month with comments.

· Conduct property tours and participate in trade shows, industry and community events to promote facilities and services

· Develop market segments and solicit new customer relationships while maintaining existing relationships

· Negotiate services and prices to maximize revenue and profitability

· Assist the Director in the management of the department, as needed

· Conduct catering and external sales presentations to prospective customers to solicit, explain, negotiate and secure local catering business.

 Job Requirements:

· Previous experience in a luxury/4-diamod hotel or resort preferred and a minimum of 2-3 years with catering sales and food and beverage knowledge.

· Candidate should be extremely detail oriented, organized and be able to handle a fast paced environment

· Must be a self-starter, flexible, creative, organized and results driven.

· Must be able to meet the demands of clients' events to include presence at numerous food and beverage functions throughout the day and evenings

· Able to work a flexible schedule including weekends and holidays

· Knowledge of local market

· Ideally, experience will include a proficiency in industry software systems such as Galaxy, Delphi and Microsoft Office. Experience with ISAC is a plus.

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