2017 March Print

President's Report

Here we are again, in the middle of peak wedding and event season. I hope everyone is keeping their head above water and can see the light at the end of the tunnel. We are half way thru, just keep swimming, June is around the corner. 

We are just 12 weeks away from Experience Conference in Houston, TX and I don’t know about you, but I am really excited! We are excited to recognize inspiring wedding design, a spectacular event on a shoestring budget, a delicious catered event, and more. Wherever you’ve channeled your inspiration, vision, hard work and imagination, your beautifully executed event could win the next NACE Award! I know all of you planned some amazing events in 2016, and we want to celebrate these. Submissions for NACE One Awards are due May 12th.  Your submission will be showcased at the NACE Awards Gala at the 2017 NACE Experience Conference in Houston, TX and you might even take home the trophy! There are 5 categories you can apply for: Team Event of the Year, Event Production of the Year, Catered Event of the Year, Table Presentation of the Year, Wedding of the Year. Log on to NACE.Net to learn more and apply today. 

You don't want to miss out on this month's fun interactive meeting being presented by our ASU NACE Chapter!!!!! The students have been working hard to create a great meeting for us and as a thank you, the Phoenix NACE Chapter is donating 100% of the profits to the student chapter. Come out and support our ASU Chapter, enjoy great food from the Saguaro Scottsdale, and while you are there, you can brush up on some CPCE knowledge. Hope to see everyone there!
With love and gratitude,
Dawn Peterson, Phoenix NACE President

Phoenix Bride & Groom Magazine

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Meeting Recap

February Meeting at Moon Valley Golf Club, hosted by NACE NAU was "Let's Get Technical" with Kevin Dennis of Fantasy Sound Event Services. Kevin helped us a navigate huge list of great apps that can make our lives as event professionals much easier to negotiate.  Photo Apps, Scheduling apps, invoicing and CRM apps, the list was extensive and informative. 

View Photos of the event HERE . You might come across a photo of yourself! 

 NACE NAU members came out in full force!  

March Meeting at The Wigwam, was an guide to filling the Gap between Millenials and Baby Boomers and why it's important to understand how each differs in how they like to communicate. Don Mamone of The Mamones Photography led us on a tour of the minds of both groups and those of us who have to communicate in between. 

Were you there? view photos of the event on our Facebook page at March Photos . And don't forget to check our Facebook page for upcomiming events and member news!


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Member Highlight

Member Spotlight for February

As owner and lead chef of Fresh from the Kitchen catering, Noelle Salinas says she is different from other caterers because in her words, she ‘brings me to the table’. She wear many hats as the leader of this chef driven, food forward, service led company. Going on nine years in the industry, Fresh from the Kitchen is recognized as a superior wedding caterer in the Arizona market.

Fresh flavors, good homemade food, and attention to detail is what wins awards  to Fresh from the Kitchen. Paying attention to food trends then putting her own twist on it is all the fun! But enough company talk, you probably want to know Noelle! And yes, although she does breathe, live, dream, catering, she also has a life outside of the kitchen. 

Noelle is a 31 year old, divorced mother of a wonderful 6 year old son. She has been to Europe once and wants to go back, took piano and violin in high school. She thinks of herself as stubborn, strong willed, hardworking, needing to lose a few pounds, been told her smile is contagious, popcorn and Indian food loving, music listening, Chef. That was a mouthful!! Her parents passed on their love of cooking before they passed, so cooking is in her genes. Always an entrepreneur, Noelle   began baking for my mother’s clients at the age of 12, and she was paid for her culinary delights! For Noelle, failure is never an option. 

~What she loves most right now? “My son! His name is Benjamin. He is the most loving little boy. He told me he wanted to stay little forever the other day, and I am totally okay with that!! He is a huge reason as to why I work so hard.”

~TV Show she is watching right now? “I have a couple I am watching here and there when I am able. Orphan Black, The Walking Dead, Homeland to name a few. I want to start The Crown, but not sure when that will be.”

~Dating? “ No. I work too much; but do go out with friends when able!!”

~ Fashion? “Yes of course. Am I fashionable, I try to be. I must always have a pedicure. That is a must.”

~Busy? “Always. I work late, schedule myself about 6 hours of sleep a night, and my calendar/iPad is an extension of my arm because it has my schedule.”

~ Dream event? “Anything over the top and Celebrity worthy. If you don’t dream it, think it, hope it, then work it, it won’t happen. My company catered the Maxim Super Bowl Party in 2015 which was awesome!! I can’t wait to do the next big event.” 

Lastly, why is she so passionate about catering? “ 1. I get to cook and create. 2. I get paid to cook and create. 3. I love to cook and create!” 

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Here are just a few of the accolades that Noelle has achieved:

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Winner of Couple's Choice Award 2010-2017.
Winner of the Knot Best of Weddings 2017.
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Voted Best Wedding Caterer of Arizona Foothills Magazine 2013, 2015, & 2016
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Member Spotlight for March


I really started my career as an HR/Executive Assistant in an Insurance Company in Hawaii. I would plan the internal parties such as retirements, birthdays, Halloween, Christmas, the company’s 60th Anniversary, etc. I also served on the board for the IAAP (International Association of Administrative Professionals) and learned the importance of networking and having a community of fellow professionals. I loved the party planning part of my job so much when I moved to San Antonio Texas, I was hired by Marriott Riverwalk & Rivercenter Hotels as an Assistant Event Planner and handled affiliate meetings for large conferences. I was only in Texas a year before moving to Phoenix and was offered the Catering Assistant position with the Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center. I loved the property and moved up through the ranks to become their Wedding Specialist during my four years there. I was able to grow professionally and started attending NACE. My personal life took off as well during that time as I met, dated and married my husband Jeff and then started our family (welcoming a baby boy back in 2015). After my son was born, I was offered the Wedding Specialist position with the San Marcos Resort, which was perfect being so close to home/the babysitter. I have been happily selling, planning, and fulfilling wedding dreams here at the San Marcos for a year and a half and will be taking a brief hiatus this summer to welcome our daughter next month!   


Brittany Tretta

Wedding Specialist


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Welcome New Members

Welcome New Members! 

Kelsey Emery - Venue at the Grove

Monica Lambert - W Scottsdale

Kristen Madison - Kale Personal Chef Services

Christina Groenewald - Quest Events

Lavender Tsai - ASU

Lekzia Cortez - NAU

With the addition of these great professionals, the Phoenix NACE Chapter now has 136 members! 

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Spirit of NACE

Spirit of NACE 


 Corinne Hodgson From Santa Barbara Catering


Alicia Martarano from Karma Event Lighting

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Positions Available

Job Bank

Whether you're looking to fill a position for a job or need a new job for yourself, the Phoneix NACE Job Bank is the place to look  click here Job Bank to see a full listing

Jobs available include opportunities at 

The Scott Resort and Spa

Sheraton Crescent

Four  Points by sheraton Phoenix North

Little America Flagstaff


Y-Knot Rentals

Gila River Casinos 

and so many more!

Click here for more info

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Save the Date for Rock the Warehouse!

Date: May 3, 2017 

Time: 4 pm to 8 Pm 

Place: Classic Party Rentals , 3103 East Broadway Road, Ste 400 Phoenix

Please Join Phoenix NACE as we Once again partner with Classic Party Rentals and the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce to "Rock the Warehouse" !

This is the best networking event of the year. Make connections with business leaders from all over the Valley as you enjoy live music, the "White Room Challenge" presented by NACE, drinks and complimentary appetizers from numerous local caterers and food trucks. You won't want to miss this great networking opportunity! 

Tickets are FREE for ember and non members 

 Click Here to Register Today!


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