May 2016  


Dear Alamo NACE,

May is one of my favorite months!  The unpredictability of the April rains has begun to subside and the warm weather is accompanied by sunshine!  It’s a month full of beautiful flowers that have fully bloomed, the playful chirping of baby birds, and non-stop action of many events from graduations to the end of Spring weddings!   It is also the month that we annually celebrate our members who have given back to Alamo NACE!   It is with great excitement that we congratulate the Experience! Conference Scholarship winners for 2016.  The recipients this year are: Ron Peene, Cali Kenway, Kimberly Straughan, Stephanie Olivares, Micki Moore, and Karen Bippert!   These scholarship winners will travel to Fort Lauderdale, Florida where they will represent Alamo NACE at the 2016 NACE Experience! Conference. Each winner will attend educational classes, participate in the trade show and attend the awards gala.  

It’s not too late for you to join us for the fun.  Registration is open and we want YOU to join us!  More information regarding conference is provided below.  If you have not attended the NACE Experience! Conference yet, you don’t know what you are missing out on! NACE Experience! is a fun and educational showcase of the best talent and presenters in our industry and who doesn’t want to enjoy sunny south Florida coastline this summer?

Again, congratulations to this year’s six scholarship recipients!  We are delighted to have you attend the conference and look forward to you sharing with us in August all that you learned.

Michelle Moon, CPCE
President, Alamo NACE


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Upcoming Meetings



May NACE - Meryl Snow with "13 Sales Techniques...THAT WORK!"

May 10, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
St. Mary's University
University Center - Conference Room A
San Antonio, TX 78228


Meryl Snow has been a mainstay in the catering and events industry for the last 28 years. She is co-founder of Feastivities Events and is a Senior Consultant for Catersource, the largest trade organization for caterers in the world. Meryl will present on "13 Sales Techniques...That Work" and share with us some of her approaches to business and methods to success. 

The meeting will take place at St. Mary's University, University Center, Conference Room A. Aramark will be catering the delicious meal and Great Events & Rentals will provide the linen. 

6:00 PM Registration and Networking

7:00 PM Dinner and Presentation


Baby Spinach, Strawberries and Fried Goat Cheese with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette


Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Cabernet Peppercorn Demi-glace, Fingerling Potatoes with Truffle Butter, Roasted Asparagus with Crispy Prosciutto


Chocolate Dipped Cheesecake with Raspberry Coulis Water and Red Wine

8:30 PM Meeting Concludes

$35.00 Member Ticket

$45.00 after 12:00 pm May 6

$45.00 Guest Ticket
$55.00 after 12:00 pm May 6

$35.00 Guest of Member Company
$45.00 after 12:00 pm May 6


 **Special Additional Opportunity**

Meryl will also be presenting "Sales is Sales" during an all day intensive seminar on Wednesday,  May 11, 2016, at Salt Grass Steakhouse.  Please see the attached flyer for more information regarding this additional opportunity and details regarding registration. This class is presented by Catersource and is $99. 


Thanks to Our Sponsors:


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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 NEW Alamo NACE Members!

  • Paula Willams with Sun Gold Photography
  • Paul Moore with Silver Lynx Events

 Congratulations May Anniversaries!

  • Kat Creech with Kat Creech Events- 11 years
  • Jamie Turnage with Bokeh Photography- 4 years
  • Kim DuBose with CORT Event Furnishings- 2 years
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Community Service

This month, NACE Cares will be supporting Soldiers' Angels. Soldiers' Angels has many wonderful programs that help support military families, deployed service members, wounded service members and veterans. Their programs are broken into categories based on the population they serve. Soldiers' Angels offers programs for wounded, deployed, families, and others. Most of our programs could not be possible without the support of the wonderful Angels who dedicate their time, money and talents, to the organization.

At the May meeting at St. Mary's University, we will collect care packages for deployed service members. These packages and the items inside will help brighten the service member's days. Here's what we need:

  • Personal hygiene kits (travel size)
  • Razors
  • Band-Aids
  • Kleenex
  • Lotion
  • Bagged ground coffee
  • Non-perishable pre-packaged snacks (raisins, peanut butter crackers, etc.)
  • Pre-packaged nuts, beef jerky, fruit snacks
  • Games (board games, cards, dominos, etc.)


Thanks so much for your support of NACE Cares! We'll see you TONIGHT at St. Mary's University. 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 April Meeting at Main Event was so much fun! Everyone had a blast teaming up with their catering and events colleagues to compete in friendly competition. There were four teams divided into colors, red, green, yellow and blue. Each team competed in rousing battles of laser tag, skee ball and shooting basketballs. The two top teams with the highest score walked away with gift cards to Main Event. Congratulations to the red and blue teams for taking home the prize! 

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

Thanks to the Main Event for being an amazing April host!


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Calendar of Events



June NACE Meeting - 4th Annual Hunger Games at Ace Mart

It's time for the ever popular, 4th Annual CPCE Hunger Games event. This year, the CPCE Hunger Games will take place at the Ace Mart Austin Highway location and is sure to be more fun than ever! Attendees will be divided cleverly into teams to answer questions from the CPCE exam. Category questions include (but are not limited to) beverage management, sales & marketing, accounting, human resources, contracts & agreements and more! Werner's Diamond Events Catering team will be providing the delicious treats and eats, so make sure to mark this date on your calendar! 

June NACE Meeting- 4th Annual Hunger Games

June 14, 2016

Ace Mart 
2619 Austin Highway
San Antonio, TX 78218

Registration opens soon! 


Thanks to our Sponsors:



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Membership Referral

The more people you refer, the  more you save

Help NACE grow stronger by encouraging your friends, colleagues, and employees to take their professional development and connections to the next level.

When your colleagues join NACE and list you as a referrer on their membership application form, NACE will apply a $50 credit for every new member on your renewal invoice. The more people you refer, the more you save! 

Everyone's a winner

All new members who join between April 5 and May 15, 2016 who were referred by a current NACE member will be entered into a drawing for a $100 Visa gift card.
All current members that refer a new member who joins between April 5 and May 15, 2016 will also be entered into a drawing for a $100 Visa gift card in addition to the $50 credit that will be applied to your next membership renewal invoice. 

Offer Rules and Restrictions: 
•    New members (or former members who have lapsed for more than one year) must list the referral at the time of application. 
•    Credits are applied during the dues billing process: open invoices will not be adjusted to reflect new credits as they are received. Instead, credits that are received while the member has an open dues invoice will be applied to the next year’s dues invoice. 
•    Credit may not exceed the amount of the dues fees associated with the member’s current dues category (i.e. credit stops accruing at $365 for Professional Members, $50 for Students, etc.). 
•    Unclaimed or extra referral credit may not be exchanged for cash or credit toward other NACE products. 

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Experience! News


Are you ready for the summer?

The National Association for Catering and Events (NACE) Experience Conference, taking place at the oceanfront Diplomat Resort and Spa July 17-20, 2016 is the only major industry conference that serves everyone in the catering and events industry. This 3 ½ day event will certainly not disappoint with world-class speakers, innovative designs, and the latest and greatest in culinary arts. It’s not your typical conference. We work hard and play even harder. After an exciting day of learning, relax and unwind with your peers at some of the hottest networking and social events. 

Your personal Experience will include:

  • Access to experienced chefs and event designers who are the creators of the culinary trends and hot looks your clients request.
  • Experiential education opportunities, led by leading industry speakers, to help you develop skills that will help both personally and professionally.
  • The chance to make connections with your colleagues from across the country.
  • Getting a first-look at new industry products in our Marketplace Expo.

I know what you’re thinking, where do I sign up? Well, here’s how. Register now for the NACE Experience Conference, taking place at the oceanfront Diplomat Resort and Spa, July 17-20, 2016. 

Once you have signed up, please reach out to Alamo NACE Chapter President Michelle Moon so that we may include you in all of the San Antonio Chapter activities. We'll see you in Florida!


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Fundraising News

Thanks to everyone that attended the amazing Jockeys and Juleps FUN-raising event last Friday at Rebecca Creek Distillery! Many thanks to the amazing Fundraising Committee and Fundraising Director, Stephanie Olivares on a great success. We must share a huge thank you to the event sponsors and partners including Bar Sponsor, Bartenders 4You and Bronze Sponsor, Buckhorn Saloon & Museum. Thanks also to In-Kind Sponsors including Simply Magnolious Catering for the delicious food and  Marquee Events & Rentals San Antonio for the beautiful linens. Also thanks to Event Ignition for the fun photo booth and Laurie Rush Photography for the fantastic photos! Also, we could not have done it without our friends at Rebecca Creek Distillery. What a beautiful venue!

Congratulations to Prince Prance-A-Lot, also known as David Uminski for a victorious win in the first-ever "horse race." Special thanks to Lara Smedley with the Valero Alamobowl and her friends at Kiolbassa for allowing us to borrow the "horses" (otherwise known as mini-bikes) for this one-of-a-kind event!

Event photos coming soon, check back on Facebook! If posting photos from the event, please be sure to include the hash tags #‎AlamoNACE and #‎talkderbytome


Thanks to Our Event Sponsors!



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