Meet Barbara Grace, of Ray the DJ, NACE Member

Barbara Grace of Ray the DJ is an amazing NACE cheerleader and has been a member for over 30 years. She remembers, because she announced to her friends that she was pregnant with her daughter Mary  at a NACE meeting and Mary turns 30 in November. She didn’t even miss a meeting that year,because her daughter was conveniently born between the November and December meetings!  Barbara has served on the board of directors as the Affiliate Representative for four years,  as  Secretary for a few year, Newsletter chair for two years  and most recently as the Event Professional.  She has attended two of the National ‘Experience!’ conferences, and volunteered copious amounts of hours for the Conference when it was here in town and has fond memories of them.

Here’s a little more about Barbara:

What is your favorite comfort food? Gluten Free grilled cheese sandwich and home made tomato soup!

Who (living or dead) would you most like to have a chat with? My Aunt Mary Helen, she passed away when I was 10 and to me she was the person in my family that I seem most like.

What are you reading? Non-fiction = “E Squared” by Pam Grout and Fiction = I just finished reading “Free the Puddles” by Pierre O’Rourke

What song do you most want to hear when working out? I love to dance so anything that I can dance to - especially Salsa.

Do you have any hobbies, what are they? Sewing;  which also happens to be linked to my side profession of teaching folks how to sew.

What is your favorite day of the week & why? Any day that I get to spend with my sweet hubby and/or our awesome daughters is the best day to me.

Do you have a favorite movie or, one that you absolutely hate? I love “A Walk in the Clouds” with Keanu Reeves and Aitana Sánchez-Gijón!

What brings joy to your day? Waking up with a purpose. The purpose could be having breakfast with my sweetheart, going shopping with my daughters, having lunch with a friend, cleaning the house or drafting a clothing pattern, just so long as there is a reason to wake up and thank God for a new day.

What one thing would you like people to know about your business? Ray the DJ is here for our clients. From the moment of first contact our goal is to serve our guests with dignity and respect, and to help them relax and enjoy their special day! 

 photo courtesy of  Hagerty Photography

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Meet Trista Guzman, NACE Board of Directors Fundraising Chair

Trista Guzman, President of BTS Event Managementis proud of her  creative and experienced event management team which can create and coordinate theperfect event. "There can be so much involved in planning the ideal event, that we can take care of the organization and details so that our clients have time to enjoy the other joys of life. When it comes to planning any special occasion, we will work together  with our clients to achieve the perfect event for them and we will be dedicated every step of the way to ensure a smooth process with every possible “what if” covered."  
Trista is also currently the Fundraiser Chair for Phoenix NACE. 
Here's a little bit that you might not know about her:
What is your favorite comfort food? French fries and a chocolate shake
Who, living or dead, would you most like to have a chat with? Mindy Weiss
What are you reading? The Secret (Always reading it) 
What song do you most want to hear when working out? Anything by Britney Spears 
Do you have any hobbies? and what are they? Hiking!  I love the Phoenix Mountains 
What is your favorite day of the week and why? Wednesday, most managable day of the work week
Do you have a favorite movie, or one you absolutely hate? Favorite movies: Avatar or any of the Twilights
What brings joy to your day? Mia, my little girl

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