February 2019 Print

President's Report

Just a friendly reminder Las Vegas NACE Members!
If you haven't seen the second email blast yet,  the Experience 2019 Scholarship application for NACE National Conference in Cincinnati this coming July has been sent to all Las Vegas NACE Members. Start counting up your points for meetings attended, donated items and services from 2018 and get your application in before 5PM on March 1, 2019!

Still don't have your CPCE certification? I know you have 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!

Can't wait to see you all at Hearthstone on Wednesday! It's going to be a great event!

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Chapter Meetings



NACE Las Vegas invites you to join us for lunch on, Wed, Feb 13 2019 (1130am-130pm) at Hearthstone Las Vegas and learn about furniture trends in the events industry.

Guest Speaker - Patrick Peel, CHE

patrick peel

Patrick comes to us from the entertainment stage as a professional dancer / performer  with a heavy influence  from the interior design  world.  With over 8yrs of industry experience,  Peel has expanded  his influence  from the Hello! platform to the Las Vegas ILEA Chapter and The International  School of Hospitality (TISOH)  collaborating, inspiring and educating up-incoming event professionals .  With numerous awards and nominations for his work Peel continues to strive for perfection  in his own light with the understanding that there is no such thing. Peel has been  influenced  by a number of people ranging from Hospitality designer  Brian G Thornton,  fellow Hello  designers and mother Doris Peel. Each of these individuals possess a silent strength, creative edge  and great since of humbleness  that he can always learn from. Understanding the creative strength that lies within, inspirational findings come from all parts of life whether  seeking Namaste in a hot yoga class, catching a show on the strip to long distance travels taking in culture.


Apple & Quinoa Salad

Chickpeas, Apples, Gouda, Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Choice of Entree

Calabrian Shrimp Pasta
Spaghetti + Hawaiian shrimp + Calabrian Chili + Lemon

Prime Rib French Dip
Sliced prime rib + Caramelized onions + Swiss Cheese + Horseradish Cream + Jus

Impossible Burger
Vegan Cheddar + Fresh Veggies + Veganaise Burger Sauce + Avocado Spread


Glazed Donut Bread Pudding

Custard, Warm Cherry Compote, & Vanilla Ice Cream

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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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Two of our very own from Las Vegas flew to San Antonio January 25-27 to attend the Evolve conference!  It was a weekend filled with leadership training, laughs, and some exciting changes.  Speaking of exciting changes, one of the biggest changes that NACE National announced is that the Community Grants program is now providing grants for Educational speakers!  This is awesome, because it will allow NACE Las Vegas to bring you more and better speakers at our monthly events.  Applications are due April 30. 


There is also a Mentorship program now in place.  If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please reach out! 


The NACE Alamo chapter hosted a fabulous party at the Texas Ranger Museum, complete with Texas line-dancing, chili, and a jail to raise funds.  We made sure to throw Harvey Stern in jail!  All for good cause, of course.

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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.  





Kathy Balderi, Director of Food & Beverage/Catering, Spanish Trails Country Club



Matthew Schneck, Owner, M Place Productions


Rebecca Stebbins, CPCE Weddings Manager, The Mirage



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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.

Carmine's was the proud contributor to Street Teens for the month of January.
The team not only donated the hot meals and dessert to the center, but also went through their closets to donate gently used clothing for the center's at risk youth.

It was our pleasure to start the 2019 year of giving.

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.


Mark Shaffer Mark Shaffer, President, Beautiful Bride Magazine


Michael Testagrossa CPCE, CHE Michael Testagrossa, CPCE, CHE, Catering & Conference Services Manager, Caesars Palace


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


Angela Williams, General Manager, Mansion 54

Interested in joining?  Learn more!

 60th Anniversary of NACE


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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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Past Meeting Recap

Many Thanks to Smoked Burgers & BBQ for tantalizing our taste buds with a variety or Great BBQ favorites

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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, 2018 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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