NACE Austin Newsletter: Summer Edition! Print

President's Report

Hello NACE Austin Chapter Members,

Can you believe it’s already May? Last month, we got down with DMCs at Rock Rose Hall. Whim Hospitality provided a delicious eggs benedict station, which paired perfectly with the build your own bloody Mary bar. Whim also provided rentals (including a gorgeous new linen) and equally stunning floral centerpieces. The icing on the cake was a whoopee pie provided by The Cake Plate.

The NACE Austin Chapter is now up to 67 members, ranging from hotel catering managers to wedding/event planners to photographers. We hosted our first member mixer of 2017 back in March at Boiler Nine – it was a great turnout! Do you know anyone who would benefit from NACE? Refer them to become a member and you can get $50 off when you renew! Stay tuned for details about our next mixer coming up in June.

Looking ahead to this summer, the national Experience! Conference will be in our backyard! Mark your calendars for July 16-19 as we head to the new Marriott Marquee in Houston. Congrats to our scholarship winners Blanca Cerda, Kristi DePew, Michele Edison, Alfred Engstrand, Callie Hill-Lewis, Michele Schwartz and Jyll Vertuno. If you’re planning to attend, make sure to register before May 19th before prices go up!

The NACE ONE Awards are open, but the deadline is quickly approaching. Were you part of a dynamic event last year? Did you have a wedding that makes everyone drool? Submit your applications by May 12th. Winners will be announced at the conference!

One last note – make sure to save the date for our annual fundraiser, A Taste of NACE: Austin Bites. We will hold it at Trinity Hall again this year on Wednesday, August 16th. You won’t want to miss the fun with chef’s showcase, live entertainment and of course, the silent auction!

We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting on Tuesday, May 9th at 9am at Peached Social House!

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Welcome New Members!

Mauricette Rodriguez, Catering Sales Manager:  The Westin Austin At the Domain

Natalie Bratcher, Event Director: Balcones Country Club

Katie Netherton, Senior Event Manager: CLINK Events


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A Taste of NACE

Get your tickets now for our 17th Annual "A Taste of NACE" (AToN) Fundraiser! This year's event will be held at Trinity Hall, on Wednesday, August 16th, 2017, and our theme is "A Taste of Austin!"

Envision, if you will: a laid back, casual foodie event, that encompasses all of Austin's best features. Food trucks, Bistros, Zilker park, Blues on the Green, the bats, and everything AWESOME that is our city!  

SAVE THE DATE FOR this Year's Fundraiser:

This year's fundraiser will be held at Trinity Hall, on August 16th, 2017.
Current Corporate Sponsors include:

To purchase tickets for this AWARD WINNING Fundraiser, CLICK HERE!

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Cause of the Quarter

Our cause of the quarter for April - June is The American Honey Bee Protection Agency.


American Honey Bee Protection Agency educates Texas communities on the role of bees in the ecosystem. They rescue and place bees, fight the use of pesticides and the causes of colony collapse disorder, and support ecosystem health. 

 Their mission is to save bees from extinction which is the key to saving the world.  The founder Walter Schumacher, also known as the “Bee-Czar” began by forming the Central Texas Bee Rescue in 2006 which provide eco-friendly solutions to customers dealing with honey bee infestation or swarm issues.  

In 2012 Walter turned his enterprise into a nonprofit and created the American Honey Bee Protection Agency in order to work more often with the city of Austin.  Since then AHBPA performs removals all over the state of Texas and has Co-Op apiaries from DFW to south of San Antonio and everywhere in between and looking to expand their noble and vital work to other states in the coming years.  AHBPA also has school programs where they teach children at about no-kill honey bee rescues and provide educational beekeeping at local Austin area schools.


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Experience Conference

 CONGRATULATIONS to our Experience Scholarship Winners:

Blanca Cerda
Amber Groce
Alfred Engstrand
Michele Schwartz
Michele Edison
Callie Lewis
 Alfred Engstrand
Kristi DePew
Jyll Vertuno

Register HERE for the 2017 NACE Experience Conference 

We're shaking things up at #NACEEXP17 

Join us for the 2017 NACE Experience conference, July 16-19, 2017, at the Marriott Marquis in Houston, Texas. The Experience conference is the only major industry conference that serves everyone in the catering and events industry. Experience highlights includes:

  • Design Experience -  a one-of-a-kind, interactive demonstration of the latest trends and design tips.
  • Culinary Experience -  a multi-sensory experience that lets participants enjoy culinary treasures at their seats as they are being prepared on stage. 
  • Inspiring Educational Breakouts - led by industry thought leaders, our line up of inspiring speakers challenges caterers and #eventprofs to elevate their skills, and bring their ideas to life.

New for 2017   

Along with the informative sessions that you’ve come to expect from the 2017 NACE Experience, #NACEEXP17 will also offer these new program offerings: 

  • New Schedule - NACE has revamped the #NACEEXP17 schedule to enhance your onsite experience. We're bringing you four days of inspiring education sessions, networking opportunities, chapter celebration, a community service event, and more!
  • Industry Summit – Industry leaders will come together to address topics like event security, food waste management, human resources and more.
  • Interactive Marketplace – Attend education breakout sessions, exchange ideas in the hot topic room and visit with vendors showcasing the latest and greatest.

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On the Calendar



with Anne Grady, professional communication speaker, featured on:


Please join us for our first ever BREAKFAST meeting to hear about being: 

Strong Enough

Choosing Courage, Resilience, and Triumph!

 We’ve all been knocked down by life, work, relationships, and everything in between. How do some people get back up more quickly than others? Why do some people conquer their fears while others are paralyzed by them?

With her signature style of humor, humility, and authenticity, Anne shares the formula she has used to overcome unbelievable odds and helps you apply it in your life to cultivate courage, improve resilience, and triumph over adversity, obstacles, and setbacks. Anne challenges you to think differently.

She shatters preconceived notions of strength, courage, and resilience, and provides actionable strategies that can be applied immediately in all aspects of your personal and professional life to create lasting behavior change. And she she’ll make you laugh while she does it!

Using the latest research, entertaining and insightful stories, and practical tools and strategies, Anne provides a one-of-a kind, life transforming experience. Audiences leave inspired, in awe, and ready to tackle whatever life throws our way. They will leave STRONG ENOUGH.


Speaker Anne Grady engages with attendees, providing a fun, interactive, and dynamic experience. You will laugh, you will be inspired, and you will leave ready to transform your personal and professional relationships, energize the people around you, and influence others to action so that you can be the leader people want to follow.

 Anne has a master’s degree in organizational communication, and for 20 years, she has helped audiences of all sizes around the world find their courage, build resilience, and lead through influence.

 Anne is a two-time TEDx speaker, and her work has been featured on news outlets across the country – online, in print, and out loud – including Inc. Magazine, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, CNN, FOX Business, ESPN Radio NYC, Entrepreneur Magazine, and more.

 Anne is the best-selling author of two books52 Strategies for Life, Love & Work: Transforming your life one week at a time and Strong Enough: Choosing courage, resilience, and triumph.



Tuesday, May 9th
9:00AM - 11:00AM

Peached Social House
6500 N. Lamar
Austin, TX 78752





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Are you ONE of the best?

Honoring the Best in Catering and Events
Every year, NACE recognizes the best in catering and events during its annual Experience conference. This July, in Houston, NACE will launch the NACE One Awards. The One Awards will represent the industry with a variety of categories and budget ranges:

Go for it
Get recognized for your work. Your entry is reviewed by industry leaders who provide invaluable insight on your work. And when you win, your name and work is showcased alongside other industry trend-setters, giving your brand an incredible boost and exposure. Not to mention, the accolades and success you can share with your customers.


What you need to know
Are the award submissions open to everyone?
The NACE One Awards will recognize individual member and chapter accomplishments. However, everyone in the catering and events industry is encouraged to apply regardless of whether they are a member.

What are the categories?
There are 13 categories to choose from – Catered Event of the Year, Event Production of the Year, just to name a few.

When are entries due?
Entry deadline is May 12, 2017. PLEASE NOTE: You will receive an email confirmation with your completed award submission. If you do not receive an email, please review your entry to ensure it has been submitted correctly.

What are the fees?
Industry awards have an application fee of $115.00. The chapter and member award applications are complimentary.

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