July Silicon Valley NACE Newseltter Print

President's Report

A few words from your President...Ann Ogden

Wow, this year is already half over! Where has the time gone? We have a lot to celebrate as a chapter. One of our biggest accomplishments thus far is surpassing our Membership goal for the year. We had set out for a goal of 70 members by the end of 2018. We are currently at 73 members! A big thank you to Kevin Combs, our Membership Chair. He has done an outstanding job recruiting members, keeping them engaged and renewing. Thank you Kevin for all of your hard work, as well as everyone else who has renewed their membership and talked colleagues and friends into joining our wonderful little family.

Here is to the rest of 2018 and smashing more goals both personally and professionally. What is your goal(s) for 2018? We would love to hear them and help keep you accountable

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Say Hello to our New Members!

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Upcoming Events

Joint Meeting with Tri-Valley Wedding Professionals

Wednesday, July 18 6:00-9:00pm

The Ranch at Birch Creek

8433 Patterson Pass Road

Livermore, CA 94550

The Ranch at Birch Creek welcomes us for an evening of networking, an amazing menu, and education from Wedding Wire Education Guru, Alan Berg, as he presents: 10 Creative Ways to Use Your Reviews to Make More Money!

Are your reviews gathering dust on industry websites? Reviews are a key way to showcase your expertise – all from the voice of happy clients! Great reviews increase the likelihood potential clients will view your online profiles, but they can also make a big impact on your overall brand exposure both on- and offline.

In this presentation, marketing expert Alan Berg will help you set your business up for success during busy inquiry season, and all year long!

What you’ll learn:

The top 10 ways to make your reviews work for you

Creative ideas to leverage reviews in new ways

How to ask for reviews from past clients

How to incorporate your best feedback ‘sound bites’ into your marketing materials

Say hello to Alan!

With more than 25 years in sales, marketing and sales management, Alan Berg has been called “The Leading International Expert on the Business of Weddings & Events”. He’s a Certified Speaking Professional®, the highest earned designation conferred by the National Speakers Association and one earned by less than 800 speakers worldwide.

Alan is a featured presenter every year at Catersource, The Special Event, Wedding MBA, the Irish, Indian & Dubai Wedding Summits, the UK Wedding Conference, WEPP Cancun, Love Elevated Saint Lucia and other major industry conferences in North America and internationally. He has extensive sales, sales management and marketing experience ranging from publishing two wedding magazines, to Vice President of Sales at The Knot (at the time the largest wedding website in the world), and now, in addition to public speaking and consulting with venues, caterers, entrepreneurs and local businesses, Alan is also a contributing Education Guru for WeddingWire, the leading wedding technology company. He also speaks and consults for weddingsonline in Ireland, Dubai and India, as well as Guides For Brides in the UK, and dozens of venues, hotels, bridal shops, planners, entertainers and more.

Alan has presented in 11 countries and is the author of the books “If your website was an employee, would you fire it?”, “Your Attitude for Success”, both now in their 2nd editions, and the new, and highly-acclaimed industry sales book “Shut Up and Sell More Weddings & Events!” – all are available in English and Spanish!

Alan speaks to thousands of entrepreneurs and business professionals every year through webinars, live presentations and on-site sales training.



Venue: Linda Marshall, The Ranch at Birch Creek

Catering: Teri Schenkel, Catered Too!

Rentals: PJ Rude, Pleasanton Rentals

Live Music and Cigar Rolling: Patricio Angulo, Oye Productions

Braid Bar:JD Davidson, Status Salon

Specialty Cocktail:Scott Birchfield, 55 South Beverage Catering

Photographer: Anna Vickroy, Ultra-Spective Photography

Florals: Sheela Meskin, Sarah's Garden

Photo Booth:Anthony, The Booth Bus

Dessert: Briana Martinez, Tipsy Cakery

Media Sponsor: Cristine Thomas, Today's Bride

DJ/AV/Lighting: Kevin Dennis, Fantasy Sound Event Services


Menu- Coming Soon!


Register here

$45 for Silicon Valley NACE Member

$65 for Guest

Raffle tickets: one for $5 and five for $20. 

Please RSVP by 5pm Friday, July 13, to avoid the $10 late fee.

If you encounter a problem registering, call Lindsay Fogarty at 925-373-1934.

The Registration "fine print": 


About cancellations: There are no cash refunds.  

The chef needs an accurate count, so your registration fee cannot be refunded if you are unable to attend



Save the Date: 

Wednesday, August 15, 6:00-9:00 pm.

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


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Call for Raffle Items!

Looking to get a little more exposure at our NACE events? We would love to have you consider donating a prize to be raffled off at our next meeting. Prizes in the past have ranged from hotel stays and bottles of wine, to rounds of golf and gift cards. Your name and donation will appear on sign at the registration table and we will thank you at the event as we are raffling off your itme.

If you are interested, please contact Shannon De Atley-Johnson [email protected]

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Community Service

Back to School Backpack Drive

Our back-to-school backpack drive, benefitting under-privileged students in East Palo Alto through The Ecumenical Hunger Program, is this month! We are very excited to bring this drive back again for a third year. We would love it if you could bring a new backpack filled with school supplies to our July meeting. Don't forget – any charitable donation is tax deductible!

To learn more about the EHP, and why the Board has decided to continue our support of the EHP, and about future drives, please visit our Community Service Page.

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Recap from our Last Meeting

What an incredible and heartwarming experience we had this past month. The Sheraton Palo Alto really had some amazing food and beverage for us to enjoy pool side as we mixed and mingled. The food was not only delicious, but was displayed and served with perfection!

After the initial cocktail period, we moved inside where we were greeted by Frank Price, VP or  TeamBuilding Unlimited. Our tables played a friendly round of pop culture trivia and then we got to dive into stuffing stuffed animals and decorating t-shirts for them. These are not just any regular stuffed animals! These stuffed animals will be sent to little kids who need extra hugs and love right now.

How incredibly lucky and honored we felt to be able to participate in such an activity. While we always do things for our community through NACE, this one allowed us to create something with our own hands that would soon be in the hands of a child who might be alone and scared. Our hearts were so full when we left the meeting.

Thank you to our fabulous sponsors:

Venue and Catering: Karen Bowne, Sheraton Palo Alto

Rentals and Linens: Maribel Campoy, Williams Party Rentals

Decor: Robin Bosma, Bijoux Balloon

DJ: Robert Kusters, Robert Kusters Wedding Entertainment


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Community Partner Events

Bayou at the Hallow (this is NOT a NACE event)

Thu, July 12, 2018

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM PDT

Happy Hollow Park and Zoo

1300 Senter Road

San Jose, California 95112

Come and explore the Wonders of Happy Hollow Park and Zoo. Wine, Beer, Appetizers and a lot more is included in this event.

This event is totally tax deductible. All monies from entrance fees will be given to Happy Hollow Foundation.

More information can be found here


5th Annual Hunger at Home Benefit Concert and Reception Event- This is NOT a NACE event

Friday, September 7, 2018

Fairmont San Jose

The theme this year will be "Taking it to the Street and Local Eats"

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