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Welcome to the NACE Austin Chapter

The National Association for Catering and Events, NACE,  is the world's leading association of caterers, event professionals and special event services that provides resources to the special event industry.

Networking, education and business development are the legacies NACE has to offer members, their clients, and businesses.

We invite you to explore NACE and enhance your event world!

 In fact, why not join us for beer and food pairings at our April monthly meeting?


Mark your calendars now for our May Meeting

Sales:  It's All About Our A B C's... Always Be Closing! 
Free Parking in the Sheraton Garage

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With An Expert Panel Featuring:

Lydia Smith, The brand builder and face of DNA Events, Lydia builds partnerships with Austin's most sought after food providers, and forges the path of "full service catering, minus the food". Under her leadership in the arena of sales, DNA Events has seen unprecedented growth.

Previously, Lydia worked at Premiere Events where she earned her CERP certification and nurtured accounts such as Sea World, South By Southwest, and many of Austin's largest catering companies, event planning firms, and wedding/special event venues.  In recent years, Lydia served on the board of NEAWP (Nuptials Essentials Association of Wedding Professionals) and participates in organizations such as NACE (National Association of Catering Executives) and ISES (International Special Events Society).

Delores Crum, Owner and operator of the Premiere family of companies, providing full-service rental and related support to Event Professionals and individual event holders in and around Austin. Her role within Premiere is to give overall leadership, chart the organization’s course and set the company’s general direction. She describes herself as the “glue” that holds the Premiere operation together.

Delores is involved with and supportive of the Austin and Central Texas Events Community. She has served as the ISES-Austin president and has held 5 different roles on the NACE-Austin Board. Delores is a past President of the Texas Rental Association, and currently serves on the TRA Executive Committee and as a Director at Large of that Organization. Nationally, Delores is a Foundation Trustee for the American Rental Association, and is a part of the committee that annually awards ARA Scholarships to deserving students studying in rental-and-business related fields.  She has received numerous rewards and recognition for her outstanding contributions to the rental and events industry, and has earned the respect of her peers and regard of her competitors through her competent leadership and generosity of spirit.

Marian Wilson, the Director of Sales at Horseshoe Bay Resort with over 30 years of hospitality experience.  She has served numerous leadership roles with some of the largest hotel chains including the Hyatt, Marriott, Hilton, and Starwood.  She was also the Regional VP of Operations with PSAV overseeing a team of 200 Event Technology staff members in a seven state region.

Marian demonstrates expertise across many corporate disciplines including strategy and market planning, revenue and account management, sales and business development, sales training and presentations, staff development and motivation, customer service and support, procurement and end-to-end operations.      

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 With Sponsorship By:



Thanks to everyone who came out to our April meeting and the following generous sponsors!






Learn more about the 2015 NACE Award Winners