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President's Report

Thank you everyone for joining us for the Awards Dinner. I would like to congratulate all of the nominees as well as the winners. Great job and well deserved!

Make sure to join us April 24th at the Bridges Golf Club in San Ramon.

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Say Hello to our New Members!

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Upcoming Events

More Than Just a Pretty Picture- Advanced Social Media Strategies for Event Professionals

April 24, 2018
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Bridges Golf Club
9000 S. Gale Ridge Road
San Ramon, CA 94582

A deep dive into social media with Morgan Montgomery!

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Join Us at Club Auto Sport!

May 15, 2018
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Club Auto Sport
521 Charcot Avenue
San Jose, CA 95131

 Join Us at the Sheraton Palo Alto!

June 20, 2018
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Sheraton Palo Alto
625 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94301

Joint Meeting with Tri-Valley Wedding Professionals

July 18, 2018
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Ranch at Birch Creek
8433 Patterson Pass Road
Livermore, CA 94550

Join Us at the Silicon Valley Capital Club!

August 15, 2018
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Silicon Valley Capital Club
50 W. San Fernando Street
San Jose, CA 95113

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Recap from our Last Meeting


What an amazing turn out we had for our March Awards Dinner. Thank you to each of you who came out to celebrate our dynamic group with us. We swore in our new board members, celebrated our outstanding members with awards, enjoyed a delicious dinner and participated in a silent auction and raffle. The venue was beautiful, the food plentiful and the company, exquisite.

A big thank you to all of our event sponsors who made this event possible. Fantasy Sound, Napa Valley Linens, Westin Hotel Downtown San Jose, Giggle and Riot, Craig Sherod Photography, Il Fornaio, Wente Vineyards Wine, Nut kreations, Standard Party Rentals, Sashay Floral, Fine Linen Creation, LLC and Today's Bride. You all are amazing.


Photos from the event will be up on our Facebook page shortly. Find yourself, tag yourself and make sure to share!

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Community Service

One of the charities our Board and Chapter Members are honored to support is the Ecumenical Hunger Program (EHP), located in East Palo Alto.

EHP serves working families, seniors, people with limited incomes and those who have both emergency and on-going needs in East Palo Alto, Menlo Park and surrounding communities. Their mission is to provide compassionate, dignified and practical assistance to families and individuals experiencing economic and personal hardship. They offer material help, support services, and advocacy for their neighbors in need, in a challenging and rapidly changing environment.

EHP is a special kind of community, a neighborhood of committed individuals and groups. In EHP’s neighborhood, people care for one another. They look after each other's welfare. They uplift those who are down. They express confidence in those who are disheartened. They support one another in a host of tangible and intangible ways. They believe in each other and encourage in those around us the self-respect needed to live in dignity. Through the relationships that the neighborhood provides, EHP can achieve the degree of self-sufficiency and self-worth that everyone needs to live useful and meaningful lives.

It is for these reasons, and many more, that we partner with EHP on an annual basis. The chapter’s most popular annual drive benefiting EHP is the Back to School Backpack Drive where members bring brand new backpacks, filled to the brim with school supplies to our August meeting for donation to EHP.

Another popular drive benefiting HEP is the annual canned food drive in November where members bring non-perishable foods to the November meeting to be delivered to EHP in time for Thanksgiving preparations.

Last, but certainly not least, the chapter’s board members volunteer every year in December. We have worked in the food warehouse stocking and sorting food donations as well in the toys warehouse sorting and handing out Christmas presents to members of the community. It is a board favorite to work in the toy department and see the bright, excited faces of the children come to pick out toys for their loved ones.

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Member Spotlight


How did you get into the industry?

My mother started an event decorating business when I was about 6 months old so I have been around the special events industry essentially my entire life. This exposed me to what it takes to put an event together and started my passion for event coordinating. I loved watching all the vendors and elements come together from the back of the house to make the front of the house presentation everything the client wants for the day. I knew in the 7th grade I wanted to be the person who brought all of those elements together. 

What’d you do in the industry?

I went to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to major in Meeting and Event Management. My first position while in school was with Quest Drape, a pipe and drape company for events of all sizes around the Las Vegas area.  After I graduated in 2013 I got a job working for a catering company which helped teach me how to apply what I had learned to real life events. I then started at Cinnabar Hills Golf Club as the Event Coordinator in 2015 where my career has flourished into the Director of Events and I have the opportunity to continue learning how to do everything I can for the client every day. 

What’s new with you?

I wish I could say I have all sorts of new things happening for me right now but I am been so focused on work and maintaining the Cinnabar Hills standard of events that I don't have much time for anything else.

What has been your biggest accomplishment in your career?

I feel very good about where I am in my career and I think I may still be waiting for my biggest accomplishment to happen. 

What has been you biggest challenge?

It was difficult to find a job in the industry right out of school because I knew I didn't want to take just any job. I wanted a position doing what I had gone to school for and applying what I had learned. There may be more challenges ahead of me and I am ready to face them head on and with a smile.

Why do you attend NACE meetings?

I attend NACE meetings to get together and collaborate with others who work in my industry. It is a great opportunity to learn from each other and make lasting connections.

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Board Member Spotlight

How long have you been a NACE member? I have been a member of the Silicon Valley chapterfor less than a year BUT I was a member of the Phoeinx, AZ chapter as well as a chapter in North Carolina prior to my move to the area.

How long have you been in the event industry? I have been planning events in one capasity or another for over 15 years.

What made you want to be part of the event industry? I love planning and organizing. Bringing ideas to life brings me great satisfaction.

What book are you currently reading? You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

What accomplishment are you most proud of? Most recently, I completed a half marathon this past weeked and lost over 25 pounds in the training process.

Who is your role model/who do you look up to? I love Preston Baily. Not only is he a design genious, he is really down to earth in person and has a really interesting story.

Favorite movie? The Shawshank Redemption

Favorite activity or hobby? Running, crafting or anything outdoors

Twizzlers or Red Vines? As if these are even comparable....Red Vines

What is your dream vacation destination? Bali

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We are looking for THE ONE event and industry professional that stands out among the rest in 14 categories. For each of the categories, our judges will select ONE winner. Will you be THE ONE?

The NACE One Awards program is open to catering and #eventprofs nationwide. Winners will be recognized during the NACE One Awards Diamond Gala while NACE celebrates our 60th Anniversaryduring the 2018 NACE Experience Conference in Palm Springs, California on July 24, 2018Register byApril 9 and save on the all-inclusive package with our pre-early bird specials.

Entering is easier than ever

  1. Register or log in to the NACE One Awards platform
  2. Select your category(s)
  3. Enter your contact information and the entry title
  4. Add your event details and any supporting materials
  5. Complete and process payment

Be sure to complete your entry by April 27 at midnight EDT.

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