NACE Austin Newsletter: July 2018 Print

President's Report

Hello NACE Austin Chapter Members,

It’s hard to believe half the year is already over! Our April meeting with Gifts for the Good Life outfitted 7 co with shades of pink, showcasing how to brand your event. It was planned by our very own NACE member Katie Netherton with CLINK! Thank you to our April meeting sponsors: 7co, Gifts for the Good Life, Julie Wilhite Photography, Merveille Floral & Design, Boarding School Collective, Simon Lee Bakery, Marquee Event Rentals, Ilios Lighting Design, and BBJ Linens. In May, we were intentional networkers with Patti DeNucci at Malverde. Shout out to our May meeting sponsors: Malverde, Whim Hospitality and Breanna Mckendrick Photography. Our June meeting was planned by NACE member Vanessa Vass of Vass Events. We welcomed past ILEA international president
Jodi Collen who shared her knowledge about multi-generational communication. Thank you to our June meeting sponsors: Mercury Hall, The Root Cellar, Vass Events, The Bloom Bar, France Photographers, M Schuster Music, Lazy Creek Designs, Monarch Event Rentals, Sonesta Bee Cave, Booth Easy, and Rhea’s Ice Cream.

This month, the NACE Experience! conference will be held in Palm Springs, California, The Austin Chapter is nominated for 4 awards: Community Service of the Year, Education Program of the Year, Fundraising Event of the Year and Chapter of the Year. A few of our other members were nominated in the individual categories: Off-Premise Catered Event Budget Less Than $50,000 - Whim Hospitality The Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau Annual Client Appreciation Event.

We are excited to announce the revamp of our annual fundraiser. With a fun play on the popular TV show, AMAZING NACE is sure to be a fun night of competition and obstacles. Thank you to our corporate sponsors Premiere Events, Alfred’s Catering, Austin Catering, Eclipse Event Co. and FUN Auctions. Grab a team of friends or colleagues and join us on August 16th!

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We're so excited to welcome our newest members to the NACE Austin Chapter! If you see them at the next meeting, make sure to introduce yourself and make them feel welcome!

Sarah Coe - Zuzu's Petals

Adam Morgan - LeForce Entertainment

Christy Brown - Melange Events

Zach Fragapane - Servable

Courtney Griffin - Whim Hospitality

Sara Champagne - My Event is the Bomb

Rachael McAllister - Stephen F. Austin Intercontinental Hotel

Stephani O'Conner - The Peached Tortilla

Heather Visser - Amanzi Party Rentals

Chris Jensen - Gecko Hospitality

Laura Morales - The Hilton Austin

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The Amazing NACE 2018

The Amazing NACE 2018

The AMAZING NACE will be held on Thursday, August 16th. We are working on all the details currently for this nationally recognized and award-winning event, which includes a fun-filled evening with team activities, wonderful food, entertainment and silent auction. We will be hosting the event at Alamo Drafthouse Mueller’s own Barrel O’Fun as well as other participating venues in the area. We have partnered with GoGame to create an event that is sure to include lots of laughs, challenges, networking and of course, food and beverage.

5:30pm - 6:15pm  VIP Reception
6:15pm - 6:30pm  Registration
6:30pm  The Amazing Race Begins!
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm  Scavenger Hunt Ends, Closing Party Begins, Silent Auction Open!
9:00pm  Winners announced!


Amazing NACE Tickets

A Round of Applause for our Sponsors:

VIP Party Sponsor

Premiere Events Logo

Bronze Sponsors:

Alfred's Catering
FUNauctions, LLC
Eclipse Event Co.
Austin Catering


We are still have availability for the following sponsorship levels! Contact Amber Scott to discuss the details. We appreciate the support!

Barrel O'Fun Sponsor (1 available)
Entertainment Sponsors (3 available)
Silver Sponsor (1 available)

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On the Calendar


NACE Austin Chapter Fall Meetings

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Cause of the Quarter

Sustainable Food Center

Located in Austin, Texas and founded in 1993, with roots dating back to 1975 as Austin Community Gardens, Sustainable Food Center is involved in every step of our local, Central Texas, food system. SFC's mission is to cultivate a healthy community by strengthening the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable food. SFC envisions a food-secure community where all children and adults grow, share, and prepare healthy, local food.

From seed to table, SFC creates opportunities for individuals to make healthy food choices and to participate in a vibrant local food system. Through organic food gardening, relationships with area farmers, interactive cooking classes, and nutrition education, children and adults have increased access to locally grown food and are empowered to improve the long-term health of Central Texans and our environment.

Check out more about their programs here!

Or click here to make a donation to our Cause of the Quarter through NACE!

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Words for Thought

What NACE Means to Me
Contributed by Delores Crum, President & Chief Inspiration Officer at Premiere Events

Loyalty: “a strong feeling of support or allegiance”. Premiere will be 18 years old in November of this year, and I, along with Premiere’s VP of Administration, Angela Nussel, CERP, have been loyal NACE Austin members for 17 of those years. NACE is the first event industry organization we joined when Premiere (then Austin Party Central) was in its infancy. Both Angela and I served multiple terms on the NACE Austin Board, and Premiere has invested the time and talents of various team members throughout our history. Deseree McCormick and Michelle Chavez currently represent Premiere as NACE Board Volunteers, and we’re proud of their service.

I wanted to share with you, briefly, what NACE means to me and to Premiere. For us, the return on our investment of human and tangible capital justifies the energy and effort it takes to not only be members of, but contributors to our organization. I know the acronym NACE stands for National Association for Catering and Events (formerly the National Association for Catering Executives), but for us, NACE stands for Neighborhood, Authority, Caring and Education.

Wikipedia defines a neighborhood as a “social community with considerable face-to-face interaction among members.” When Angela and I joined NACE, we knew no one in the industry. We were like strangers in a foreign land. NACE Austin welcomed us with open arms, and soon, we had a collection of friends and associations, many of who remain a part of both our businesses and our personal lives. While we no longer attend as many monthly meetings as we once did, we know we’ll always have a “home” in the NACE neighborhood.

To appreciate the inclusion of “Authority” on this list takes a bit of personal and professional history. Since we opened our party and events rental business with NO – ZIP – NADA experience in either rental or events, we needed to “fast track” the learning process. That’s where NACE came in. We couldn’t speak to anything with authority in those early months and years. And being an authority is an important part of succeeding in one’s chosen field. Why should people do business with you if you can’t answer their questions or provide helpful information ? Early on, when customers asked us how to “work” a chafer or wanted to rent a ramekin or talked about needing a “crudité” platter, we were clueless.NACE helped us learn “food speak”, and since many of our customers were catering professionals, we needed to respond to their rental needs and wishes with a degree of authority that gave them trust and confidence in us and our abilities. NACE helped transform us into the “experts” that propelled Premiere to ever-higher levels of success.

NACE-Austinites are caring, sharing and giving. We provide tangible support to our community through our Cause of the Quarter initiative. We share thoughts, ideas and expertise with one another. NACE members within and beyond our market inspire and delight with their culinary creativity and event prowess. “Breaking Bread” together is a true joy, and some of the most impressive meals it’s been my privilege to enjoy have been served at a NACE function. Even the “culinarily challenged” are welcome at the NACE table.

There’s more to life, and to industry events, than eating, drinking and enjoyment. More, or so I’m told, than running a business and achieving a measure of professional success. In addition to industry-specific programs, NACE National, and our local chapter have always offered, and continue to provide educational programming that speaks to work-life balance. Whether the topic is nutrition or food and wine pairing, “The Happiness Advantage” or one of a myriad of non-industry specific topics, NACE is a place to learn and grow. While the industry education we receive is immensely valuable, the “life education” we gain (not to mention the relationships we establish) is priceless.

So that’s my take on NACE. We’re honored to give back to the NACE community and grateful for the Chapter’ support of Premiere over the past 18 years. I encourage each and all of you to maximize your NACE experience through participation, involvement and volunteerism. You’ll gain so much more than you’ll ever give.

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