2019 March Newsletter Print

President's Report

Hello Phoenix NACE!

The past year and half of being your Chapter President has been the most eye-opening period of my life! It has been such an honor. Being surrounded by such incredible professionals has given me new purpose and appreciation for our chosen career field. This industry can be hard on all aspects of your life at times (As you all very well know…), and it can be really hard sometimes to find a little joy. One thing that can ALWAYS bring me joy though, is my NACE Family! In the midst of this crazy event season, and in the spirit of all that is NACE, I just want to take a moment to say “THANK YOU!” for sharing yourselves with the rest of us! Being a part of this group is definitely one of the best decisions I have ever made!





We are all here to help, and if there is anything I can ever do for any of you, do not hesitate to call/email/text! 




Allison Chapin, CPCE, Phoenix NACE President

Hotel Valley Ho | [email protected]

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Meeting Recap

April at the Paseo

The beautiful Paseo Event Center tucked up beneath the Superstition Mountains created a beautiful backdrop for The March NACE meeting 


for more photos from Fable Photo and Video click here March Gallery

Appetizers and cocktails on the Patio had amazing views of a gorgeous full moon over the Superstitions as we did a fun networking game to get to know people better. Qwick Event Staffing helped with serving and bartending.

Vice President Kelly Mendoza, CPCE whose day job is at the Tempe Mission Palms was our moderator for '

Catering Minds Collide: The Battle of the Off-Premise vs On-Premises

Brilliant Minds Come Together!

Challenges, trials, what works, what doesn’t? Who’s got it made and who knows their stuff?! How does a non-caterer get on the On-Premises vs Off-Premises referral list?

Panelists from a variety of Catering aspects gave members some great tips and info:
Straight To The Plate - Sue Carlisle
Rock A Belly Foodtruck - Jordan Murray 
Hotel Valley Ho - Amber Allen, CPCE
San Tan Brewing - Kaitlin Godziela

Straight from the Plate really 'stepped up to the plate' with a delectable menu . From passed appetizers  of Skewered Caprese and Skewered Antipasto, Cucumber Round with Shrimp and Avocado Creme and a Modern BLT on a Spoon to the Charcuterie Centerpiece and the main course of Parsnip Puree with Braised Short Ribs in a Red Wine Reduction, Broccoli Rabe a beautiful Vegan/vegetarian/dairy free option of a Risotto Tower. The interactive Cannoli Station was not only a huge hit but showed off one of the newest trends in catering. 


 Sue Carlisle from Straight to the Plate also told us about how she got into the catering business and her inspiring story  'I'm so happy my story was well received.  I am always glad to share it to inspire others!  We are really part of an awesome industry and we would not be here today without the guidance and kindness of others" Sue said. 

The DJ Genius of Ray Grace from Ray the DJ accompanied the eveining from start to finish!

May at the Sonesta Suites Scottsdale Gainey Ranch

The CPCE Scavenger Hunt was way more than a team building exercise! It not only gave members a chance to work with other members, but gave them a chance to see inside the workings of the CPCE exam. Each of the hunt locations had 4 to 6 questions for one of the disciplines in the exam ( such as accounting or event management) . The team had to answer the questions while they enjoyed appetizers and beverages from Sonesta Suites Scottsdale-Gainey Ranch  

 *The Winners! Red Team!*

The winning team each recieved a Starbucks gift card and recognition from their peers for answering the most questions right.

The evening started with cocktails on the lawn with a gorgeous sextagon arch. and beautiful floral designs by Pj's Flower & Events

The spring rain cut our networking in the garden short, but as we huddled together under the patio, we all got to know each other a little better! The Salad entree was enjoyed while the Board did announcements and explained how the scavenger hunt would be run. Southwick Linens paired their tablecloths witha  design the at 'mirrored' the mirrors on the walls in the dining room. 

The winning team was announced over a delightful chocolate torte with the musical stylings of Starz Entertainment

For More Pictures  from Leslie Ann Photography Click April Gallery

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Next Meeting...

You won't want to miss our May Meeting!

Improving Your Brand and Making a Distinctive First Impression!

International Speaker and Consultant Kate Patay, CPCE, shares Proven Tips and Tricks on How to Elevate Your Business!

People reach a conclusion about you within the first 1/10th of a second upon encountering you. They judge just as quickly when looking at an email or hearing you on the phone. Join us at Tempe Mission Palms where Kate will cover tried and true tips to make a fabulous first impression.

About Kate...

Kate Patay, CPCE, is the Chief Strategy Officer of Patay Consulting, a firm designed to help businesses and individuals discover and amplify their authentic brand and image. She is an international speaker & consultant, SEPA Advisor, SEARCH Foundation Director and Lecturer at The International School of Hospitality in Las Vegas. 

Kate has been a recognized industry professional and influencer for over 20 years in many facets of special events, and has served on and advised the boards of numerous associations and organizations. She currently speaks for and coaches some of the top leaders and companies in the hospitality industry and beyond, while mentoring countless individuals, inspiring upcoming leaders and advocating for numerous charitable causes.
Good things to know about our amazing venue and meeting ... Tempe Mission Palms is offereing complimentary valet parking for this NACE meeting. 

Cocktails will be served on the Patio. Our meeting is in the Cloister Room.

Register Now!

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Member Highlight

Nicole King, Photographer for Eyes 2 See, was our spotlight member for March. Nicole’s love affair with photography began at 16 when she took her first photography class. While attending University, she began working as a professional photographer. She has now been working for over 10 years for Eyes 2 See Photography, shooting portraits and weddings all around the world.

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Spirit of NACE


Monica Lambert from Hotel Adeline is the Spirit of NACE for March! 

Monica stepped right up and into the Hospitality chair position and has been a great addition to the board of directors! 


Barbara Grace from Ray the DJ  must have a stack of Spirit of NACE awards in her office! as our longest running member, she shows up to almost every meeting, volunteers and is  a huge cheerleader for NACE!

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