April 2016  


Dear Alamo NACE,

Viva Fiesta!!! It’s our favorite time of the year. We know this month is the kick off to the busiest season for our industry.  Who doesn’t love a good party?

Did you know that “Fiesta San Antonio started in 1891 as a one-parade event as a way to honor the memory of the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto? It has evolved into one of this nation’s premier festivals with an economic impact of more than $284 million for the Alamo City. Fiesta is the “Party With a Purpose” and the funds raised by official Fiesta events provide services to San Antonio citizens throughout the year. That commemoration still takes place, but for more than a century, Fiesta has grown into a celebration of San Antonio’s rich and diverse cultures. 2016 marks Fiesta's 125th anniversary!” –

Alamo NACE is excited to share that we have produced our inaugural Fiesta San Antonio Medal this year.  All Alamo NACE members will receive a complimentary medal.  Medals will be available at the April Monthly Chapter meeting for pick up at the registration desk.  We celebrate our members all year round and are honored to present this small token of appreciation to you this year!

Michelle Moon, CPCE
President, Alamo NACE


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Upcoming Meetings


April NACE - Team Building at The Main Event

Tuesday, April 12, 2016
The Main Event
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

No, this isn't a birthday card for one of your kids...we are going to Main Event! Our evening will start with cocktail hour at the Pool Tables and Shuffle Board. After dinner we will break into teams and get to know our colleagues in a whole new way as we compete in Skee Ball, Basketball and Laser Tag complete with black lights, fog and heart-pounding music in a multi-level laser tag arena. The teams will be pre-arranged to bring together new relationships.

6:00 - 6:45 Registration and Networking

6:45 Dinner

BBQ Brisket and Chicken Tacos

Classic Wings Tossed with Sweet Heat BBQ and Franks® Red Hot® Sauces

Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders

Warm Pretzels Served with Warm Sharp Cheddar Beer Cheese Sauce and Dijon Honey Mustard

Parmesan Kettle Chips Served with Freshly Prepared Onion Dip and Ranch Dressing

7:15 Let the Games Begin!

8:15 Prizes

8:30 Event Concludes 

$35.00 Member Ticket

$45.00 after 12:00 pm April 8

$45.00 Guest Ticket
$55.00 after 12:00 pm April 8

$35.00 Guest of Member Company
$45.00 after 12:00 pm April 8

Register Here for this Extraordinary Event!

Thanks to Our Sponsor:


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Fundraising News

Join us for a Kentucky Derby themed fundraising event at Rebecca Creek Distillery. Jockeys and Juleps will take place Friday, May 6, 2016 at 7:00 PM. There will be delicious southern style food, games, a silent auction, best hat contest, horse races, bourbon and more!

Interested in sponsoring this one-of-a-kind event? Contact Stephanie Olivares, Fundraising Chairperson for more information and see attached sponsorship form for details. 


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Welcome New Members

At Alamo NACE, we love to celebrate! Especially when it's welcoming new members and celebrating anniversaries. Thanks for your support and congratulations on your membership!

Welcome to the following new Alamo NACE Members!

  • Jasmin Gutierrez with Hilton Hill Country Resort & Spa
  • Amanda Pacheco with La Cantera Resort

Here are the April Anniversaries!

  • Rebecca Hermanson with Marriott Rivercenter, 22 years
  • Sarah James with Omni La Mansion/Mokara, 9 years
  • Traci Maricle with Ace Mart Restaurant Supply, 8 years
  • Billinda Wilkinson with Wilkinson Rhodes, 8 years
  • Carrie Anne Silvers with Plaza Club, 3 years
  • Stacy Mendenhall with Lary's Florist and Designs, 2 years
  • Shela Kline with Fort Sam Golf Course, 1 year
  • Amy Riggle with San Antonio Country Club, 1 year
  • Jackie Johnson with Quest Drape, 1 year


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Community Service

This month, NACE Cares will be supporting Roy Maas Youth Alternatives (RMYA). Roy Maas Youth Alternatives is committed to caring for children and families in crisis and counseling at-risk youth. Since 1976, RMYA has been providing counseling services, life skills and parenting classes. They are a great asset to the San Antonio community and we are excited to help them out. 

At the April meeting at The Main Event, we will collect pool supplies for the RMYA organization. These items will help brighten the days of some special San Antonio children. Here's what we need:

  • pool goggles
  • inner tubes
  • life vests & floatation devices
  • pool noodles, pool toys & games
  • frisbees, ring toss, sidewalk chalk & hula hoops


Thanks so much for your support of NACE Cares! We'll see you on April 12 at Main Event. Remember, for every item that you donate, you will receive one-raffle ticket and a chance to win some awesome prizes!

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Monthly Meeting Recap

The March Meeting was a major success! We had over 150 attendees experience this amazing event. The Tasty Bites event challenges caterers, restaurants and other businesses to showcase their talents at the competition. This year, the event was held at the beautiful Witte Museum and challengers competed for wins in 4 categories:

  • Tastiest Appetizer
  • Tastiest Drink
  • Tastiest Dessert
  • Best Decor


The winners are:

  • Tastiest Appetizer: Tobin Center Catering
  • Tastiest Drink: Bartenders4You 
  • Tastiest Dessert: Cartewheels Catering
  • Best Decor: Cartewheels Catering with Marquee Events 


For more information on the event and to see a complete list of winners and participants, please visit San Antonio Weddings official blog

For more fantastic photos, please visit the Alamo NACE Facebook page. Make sure to tag yourself in the photos, share and like them! 

Thanks to all of our partners & sponsors!


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Calendar of Events


May NACE Meeting - Meryl Snow at St. Mary's University 

Even the best sales people can get better and high performing teams can sharpen their focus. In May, we will learn amazing sales techniques from industry legend, Meryl Snow. The May meeting will be held at the St. Mary's University Ballroom with catering by Aramark. Meryl Snow will be speaking on 13 Sales Techniques- THAT WORK! 

Meryl Snow has been a mainstay in the special events & catering industry for the last twenty-eight years as  co-founder of Feastivities Events, along with its subsidiaries OffShoots Decor and Philadelphia's Picnic Company.  Her philosophies have proved successful for not only her own business, but also many other companies, trade organizations, and universities have benefited from her training and advice. As a Senior Consultant for Catersource, the largest trade organization for caterers in the world, Meryl has worked throughout the US. Her particular areas of focus are sales and marketing, as well as in design and branding. She provides consulting, coaching, and training services for a wide range of clients. 

May NACE Meeting- Meryl Snow

May 10, 2016

St. Mary's University Ballroom
1 Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio, TX 78228

Registration opens soon! 

**SPECIAL ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITY** The May NACE meeting is being presented in conjunction with the Catersource presentation "Sales is Sales " presented by Meryl Snow. This presentation will take place on Wednesday, May 11 at Saltgrass Steakhouse on the Riverwalk. This is truly an exclusive opportunity to learn sales techniques directly from Meryl! For more information on the "Sales is Sales" seminar, please call (612) 870-7727 or see attached PDF. 

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Experience! News

NACE Experience! Award Submissions NOW OPEN!

The 2016 NACE National Awards are coming up in July. This year's awards will be presented at the NACE Experience Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Not familiar with the NACE Awards? Well, this is the awards presentation that recognizes all of the hard work that you have put forth towards your events. There are categories for Fundraising Event of the Year, Team Event of the Year, On-Premise and Off-Premise Catered Event of the Year, Table Presentation of the Year and many, many more!

Submit your event for the 2016 NACE Awards. Award submissions are now open.Visit the official NACE Awards website for more details and take home the trophy in 2016!

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