July 2015  


Welcome New Members!

Brandi Bailey / Hyatt Regency Austin

Emily Paez / The Driskill

Justin Klinerman / Say Cheese

Jill Carley

Jody Ramey / Alfred’s Catering

Jeremy Orth / Aztec Events & Tents

Karlee Blystone / Frost 321

Kendra Heredia / Frost 321

Caroline Bear / Big Dog Pyro

Cheryl Shirley / Westin Austin Downtown

Ric Simmons /


Membership Drive in September!


Sign up as a new member in the month of September and receive a 20% Discount as a New Member - visit and use the following code: AUSTINNACE15C. (please note that if you were a previous member, your membership must have expired for at least one year to qualify. Renewing membership do not qualify.)

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Meet Your Members

Member Spotlights!

September Member Spotlight: Brandi Meitzen of Sonesta Bee Cave Hotel

Being a Texas native, I was thrilled for the opportunity to attend The University of Texas at Austin, where I graduated from McCombs Business School in 2007.  After graduating, I entered the hospitality industry with Starwood Hotels and Resorts.  Over the next 8 years, my career with Starwood would take me to Maui, Colorado, Arizona, and Washington State.  At the end of last year, I moved back to Texas to be closer to family and friends, and well let’s be honest, to be back in the most awesome state ever!  I am now here at the beautiful Sonesta Bee Cave hotel that just opened on July 5th after being built from the ground up over the prior 15 months. 

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NACE Austin Board of Directors

Open Board Positions

We have a few open board positions, so we will be accepting nominations/recommendations at the October meeting.

Programs: (2 positions)

  •          Schedule and confirm locations of appropriate effective programs
  •          Is the only liaison between the chapter and the hosting facility
  •          Sign off on all contracts with facility and copy the treasurer
  •          Arrange AV and other meeting needs
  •          Prepare Meeting Agenda for monthly meetings
  •          Prepare Calendar of Events for monthly meetings, including: location, topics, speakers, etc.
  •          Create and distribute monthly meetings announcements to chapter


Fundraising: (2 positions)

  • Work with board to establish a budget
  • Coordinate with President on location, theme, etc of fund raising efforts
  • Coordinate with Public Relations/Newsletter
  • Submit a written report to the board monthly
  • Nominating of “Fundraiser” charity partner by April each year
  • Oversee fundraising committees - entertainment, chef showcase, silent auction and VIP party


Communications: (1 position)

  • Oversee website updates and social media updates/announcements
  • Coordinate with Programs Committee to distributes board and chapter meeting notices
  • Coordinate newsletters (quarterly)
  • Coordinates web site materials and updates
  • Help prepare promotional materials for programs
  • Eat The Heat Communications Chair


Interested in applying or nominating someone? Contact Brittany Rhodenbaugh ( for more information.

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Cause of the Quarter

Cause of the Quarter - The Comfort Crew for Military Kids

Our cause of the quarter for September-November is The Comfort Crew for Military Kids. "Our mission is to deliver proven strategies to prepare every military child for the unique challenges they face, so they positively impact themselves, their families, and our country."

Donate to this wonderful cause when you register for meetings or in person at our monthly meetings.



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Experience Conference

 Experience! National Conference

DATE: July 17-20, 2016

LOCATION: The Diplomat Resort & Spa, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

The Experience! Conference and Expo is the only major industry conference that serves everyone in the catering and events industry. At Experience, attendees find education in every moment that they are on site, from the meals they are served to high-ranking breakout sessions and award winning national keynote speakers. And that is still not to mention the networking with industry leaders and celebrities. Experience is consistently ranked as a high value and those who have attended recommend the conference to others and come back again and again. 

Experience includes the Design Experience, a one of a kind interactive demonstration of the latest trends and design tips. And the Culinary Experience is a multi-sensory experience that lets participants enjoy culinary treasures at their seat as they are being prepared on stage. In between, each year different national speakers from all different parts of the industry like the Food Network, Hard Rock International, and even the White House have shared their industry secrets. So plan to come to Experience 2016 in Ft. Lauderdale! Here’s a quick video to show you what it’s all about.



Blanca Cerda, Michele Edison, Bri Mouton, CPCE, and Alfred Engstrand!



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Eat the Heat





















Thank you to all of the sponsors and attendees who helped make this 15th annual fundriser a SUPER success! View photos here.

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On the Calendar

Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, October 6

River Place Country Club

"Going Paperless"


Tuesday, November 3

Renaissance Austin Hotel

"Sustainability in Austin"


December - stay tuned for our holiday community service project. Details coming soon! 

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