August 2015  


Dear Alamo NACE, 

We hope you are enjoying your summer and hopefully you have had an opportunity to schedule some time for a vacation or to visit family and friends.  Earlier this month, Alamo NACE was represented at the annual NACE Experience! Conference and Expo with eleven participants from the city.  We enjoyed great conversations with one another, with other NACE Chapters and industry leaders alike. We brought back with us some amazing stories, memories and knowledge to share with our colleagues. 

The keynote speaker for the Design Experience during the conference, was world renowned planner Colin Cowie, founder of Colin Cowie Celebrations.  Over the last two decades Colin Cowie Celebrations has mastered the art of entertaining by blending beauty with business. A skillful team facilitates the process of vision to reality and concept to execution. Serving domestic and international clients seeking private or corporate services around the globe, they have designed and produced a variety of events ranging from intimate gatherings for 50 to grand-scale productions for over 5000.  Colin shared with us some amazing inspiration boards, top trends he sees coming for 2016, and energized the crowd with his wit and charm.  Colin says that he has experienced first-hand an up-trend in his client’s budgets and that he is optimistic that our industry will soar once more; with more and more clients hiring professionals to get the job done right.  Top themes trending for events include Old World Hollywood Glam, Eclectic Victorian Inspired Sci-Fi Steam Punk, and the clean simple lines of the Contemporary Mod 1950s.  It was a truly remarkable presentation and beautifully created by top designers from around the nation. 

As you begin budgeting those marketing dollars for 2016, we urge you to consider attending the conference next year.  The date is set for July 17-20, 2016 in sunny Ft. Lauderdale, FL at the Diplomat Resort & Spa!  We certainly hope to see you there and maybe even on stage to accept an award for your fabulous accomplishments for the 2015 Event Season!  Start thinking now about what event you have helped create that is worthy of recognition.

Want to get a jump on 2016? The South Florida NACE Chapter is doing a raffle for an Experience! 2016 package to include round-trip airfare for two, 3-night stay with suite accommodations at The Diplomat (host hotel) and much more. This is a $3800 value! Click here to get your raffle ticket today. The raffle winner will be announced at the January 2016 South Florida NACE Chapter meeting. Good luck! 


Michelle Moon, CPCE
President, Alamo NACE


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Welcome New Members

Welcome the newest Alamo NACE Members:
  • Sonya Villarreal with RK Group
  • Karlee Blystone with Frost 321
  • Joseph Boisley, Mobile DJ
Let's celebrate the July anniversaries of current members:
  • Stephanie Olivares with RK Group- 2 years
  • Jennifer Collazo with Institute of Texan Cultures- 2 years
  • Paul Nix with Capers DMC- 5 years
  • David Cheney with DPC Event Services- 2 years


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Calendar of Events

Upcoming Meetings - Save the Date!

 August Meeting- Tobin Center for Performing Arts, "Lighting Tips & Tricks for 2015"
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Tobin Center
100 Auditorium Circle, San Antonio TX 78205


Join us for an interactive evening as the Tobin Center's Production Team presents on how to incorporate lighting techniques and trends into your next event.  The canvas will be set and ready for playful and dramatic artistic embellishment.  The Tobin Center is San Antonio's brand new $208 million world-class Performing Arts Center and special event venue equipped with state-of-the-art equipment. Dine on a signature menu skillfully crafted by the in-house exclusive catering team, Tobin Center Catering. 

Complimentary parking available in conjunction with Downtown Free Tuesday at any street meter around the Tobin Center or city owned parking facility.  Consider riding the new "E-Trolley" for free as well from many downtown locations: Parking Map and Information

Click here to REGISTER:

$35.00 Member Ticket
$45.00 after 12:00 pm August 7

$45.00 Guest Ticket
$55.00 after 12:00 pm August 7

$35.00 Guest of Member Company
$45.00 after 12:00 pm August 7

 Special Thanks to our August Member Partners:

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Community Service

ALAMO NACE CARES is an initiative for NACE Members to make a positive impact in their community through contributions to local organizations. The goal is simple…give. As Event Professionals and Caterers, our members love to give back.  Giving is easier than ever when you bring your item to your NACE meetings each month. Bring your item, support your community. As an added bonus - you'll get a raffle ticket for every item you bring! For more information, contact Micki Moore at!

August 11th Meeting – School Supply Drive

Items to include: notebook paper, #2 pencils, pens, folders, notebooks, School bags/backpacks, crayons, glue sticks, pencil sharpeners, youth scissors, washable markers, dividers, box of Kleenex, hand sanitizer, supply boxes, etc. A full list of school supply items can be found here.



This month's raffle prize items include: *

(4) SA Missions Baseball Tickets    

(3) Food & Beverage Vouchers for $12 each for Alamo Draft House

(1) $25 Starbucks Gift Card

(1) $25 Chic-fil-a Gift Card

(1) Gift Card for Acenar Restaurant

(1) $25 Gift Card for the Republic of Texas

*Remember, you receive one raffle ticket for EVERY item donated. 




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Fundraising News

The NACE Alamo Chapter LIP SYNC BATTLE FUN-RAISER will take place on Thursday, September 17 at Howl at the Moon on the Riverwalk.  This Fun-Raiser is a first of it's kind and is sure to be a ton of fun!

 Thursday, September 17
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM


Howl at the Moon
111 W. Crockett St.
San Antonio, TX 78205


$25 Admission
Open to all NACE Members and Guests
Includes admission to event and food plus two
tokens to vote on your favorite performer


*Additional vote tokens will be on sale at the event
$1 for one token and $5 for six voting tokens

Event runs 5:30-7:30 with lip sync battles starting at 6:00 PM. Lip sync battles conclude at 7:00 and Howl at the Moon entertainers begin performing at 7:30 PM.



We need 12 lip syncers! Sign up with Fun-Raiser Chairperson, Stephanie Olivares. Song submission is due by Wednesday, September 9, 2015. Costumes, backup dancers and all forms of group participation are encouraged.




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Gala News

10th Annual Presidents Gala Plans Underway!

The date is set! On Tuesday, November 10, 2015, the 10th Annual Alamo NACE President's Gala will take place at the beautiful Southwest School of Art with catering by Fresh Horizons

This year's theme, "Bienvenue a Versailles" An Evening of Parisian Elegance, is going to be as grand as can be as we travel back to 17th Century Versailles. The Gala Committee is also proud to reveal the official logo. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for your "SAVE THE DATE" card and an elegant social media campaign. 

Interested in donating your services for the gala? Care to sponsor the Bar or Entertainment? Email Sarah James at for details! 



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Monthly Meeting Recap

Thanks to Rio Cibolo Ranch for hosting the Industry Wide Family Day on Sunday, July 19. Members of NACE, ISES and AAHA had a wonderful time with their families and enjoyed great BBQ, desserts, hay rides, face painting, games and a river barge ride. Thanks to ISES San Antonio Chapter for spearheading this event!




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Membership Promo 20%


Have you always thought about joining the NACE Alamo Chapter but just have not pulled the trigger yet?  Well, August is your opportunity to not only become a Member, but save 20% as well.  Go to, fill out the form and use promo code ALAMONACE2015B.  It is as easy as that.

Are you a Member but have always thought that your friend or colleagues should be?? Give them this promo and have them put your name as a referral and you will get $50 off you renewal! 

Who can join?!

NACE Membership is available to individuals currently employed or self-employed in all areas of the catering, event, or hospitality industries. Professors and teachers of accredited, college level courses relating to the catering, special events and hospitality industries may also join. Professional members may vote in chapter and NACE national elections, hold any office in which they meet the required criteria and serve on committees. 

Have questions? Contact Membership Director Traci Maricle for more info.


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Experience! News


The National Association for Catering and Events celebrated industry professionals at its fifty-fifth annual conference and expo in Scottsdale, Arizona last week. Participants were recognized and awarded in the following categories: Industry, Professional and Chapter.

Alamo NACE members took home awards for Best Catered On-Premise Event of the Year, Wedding of the Year and Best Social and Corporate Event Production of the Year. 

NACE National also celebrated individual chapters with awards. Each chapter was divided by size and awarded accordingly. With fewer than 100 members (for 2014), the Alamo NACE Chapter took home awards for Fundraising Event of the Year for the 2014 "Under the Big Top" President's Gala and Education Program of the Year for the June 2014 DMC Panel presentation at the Venues at Valero. 

Congratulations to all of the Alamo NACE Nominees and Award Winners. Here is the complete list of Alamo NACE award winners.


  • Fundraising Event of the Year Award- Fewer Than 100 Members: Alamo Chapter
  • Education Program of the Year Award- Fewer Than 100 Members: Alamo Chapter
  • Catered On-Premise Event of the Year- Budget More Thank $100,000: Tobin Center Catering
  • Table Presentation of the Year- More Thank $200 Per Table: Billinda Wilkinson, Wilkinson Rhodes
  • Wedding of the Year- Budget Less Than $50,000: Elegant Events by Maureen
  • Event Production of the Year, Social- Budget More Than $100,000: Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
  • Event Production of the Year, Coporate-Budget Less Than $50,000: Goen South Events
  • Event Production of the Year, Corporate-Budget Between $50,000-100,000: Goen South Events


Congratulations also goes to Karen Bippert for making the NACE President's List. This award is presented in honor of dedicated volunteer service and significant achievements in support of the mission of NACE.

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Classified Ads


This part time position provides customer service to the patrons of our state-of-the-art performing arts center, serving several major San Antonio arts organizations including: San Antonio Symphony, Ballet San Antonio, Opera San Antonio, Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio, Youth Orchestra of San Antonio, and Children’s Chorus of San Antonio. The Patron Services Manager is on the ‘front line’ interacting with our patrons and providing for their needs during all types of events. As part of this team, the Patron Services Manager will represent the quality and grandeur of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts building itself. Please send an availability schedule and resume in your application.  How to Apply.

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