December 2016  


Dear Alamo NACE,

What an amazing year it has been.  As we gear up for the hustle and bustle of the season, I did want to take a moment to reflect on a few things.  It has been truly a wonderful experience to serve as your 2015 & 2016 Alamo NACE President.  The memories, the friendships and continued pursuit to propel our Chapter forward together have been so much more than I ever could have imagined.   I am excited for what the future holds for our association.   The installment of the 2017 Board of Directors last month at the annual President’s Gala was a momentous occasion.  This new set of leadership will surely do great things together.  Under Sarah James’ direction as the new Alamo NACE President, the sky is the limit!  I cannot wait to see what the next chapter holds for Alamo NACE!  I along with Sarah and the rest of the Board of Directors wish you nothing but success and best wishes in 2017!

Happy Holidays! 

Michelle Moon, CPCE
President, Alamo NACE


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Upcoming Meetings


 Joint NACE/ILEA Holiday Luncheon

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

11:30am - 1:00pm

Plaza Club

Please join us as we celebrate an industry icon, Al Sturchio with Sturchio Entertainment & Events!

Al Sturchio is a name in San Antonio that is synonymous with beautiful music and nostalgic sounds.  For over 45 years, he has been actively performing for ice shows, circuses, and different road shows of all kinds.  He has performed with such greats as Stevie Wonder and James Brown, and has gone on tour with Johnny Carson and Jack Benny.  One of his most important audiences were Spurs fans listening to his specially formed band, “The Sound Of The Spurs,” way back when the Spurs joined the NBA in 1976.

The son of a musician, Al started off his career in 1946 when he began playing with local big band greats.  He has been Director of many High School and Military ROTC bands and has also been an active participator in multiple community organizations.  Al served in the Korean War in the early 50’s until he was wounded and discharged.  He was later awarded a Purple Heart.

He has been supported for 63 years by his devoted wife Janice, and has three children, Ditto, Tina, and Ann, who were all brought up into the world of music and teaching. 

Mr. Sturchio will be sharing his personal story of how he began Sturchio Entertainment. He will also share some of his experiences in the events industry and a few of his favorite memories. 

In honor of their 40th anniversary, the Plaza Club has a fresh new look!  Come take a peek and check out the stunning panoramic views of downtown San Antonio.


11:30AM - Registration & Networking

12:00PM - Opening Announcements & Lunch

 1:00PM - Closing Announcements


Holiday Luncheon Menu


Garden Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette and House Ranch Dressing


Iron Seared Chicken, Paquillo Pepper Chimichurri, Sweet Potato Hash, and Fresh Vegetable Medley

Warm Rolls, Butter, & Iced Tea Service


Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cake

Thanks to Our Sponsors:


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Gala News


The 11th Annual Alamo NACE President's Gala was an outstanding success! The Scottish Rite Theatre was the perfect location for this 1940s USO style event. Guests enjoyed delicious food from Page Barteau Catering, tasty themed drinks from Bartenders 4You and great sounds from some dazzling entertainers. There was even an air raid siren which lead guests down to the safety of the "bunker" where they enjoyed more delectable food and an event space filled with patriotic decor. 

Thanks to all of the sponsors, vendors, partners and members that made this magical evening happen. 

  • Entertainment Sponsor: Great Events & Rentals
  • Table Sponsors: Ace Mart, Reese Events Group, The Argyle, Goen South, San Antonio Weddings, San Antonio Wedding Guide & Bridal Extravaganza and True Flavors
  • Auction Sponsor: Marquee San Antonio
  • In-Kind Sponsors: Page Barteau Catering, Scottish Rite Theatre & Grand Ballroom, Great Events & Rentals, Bartenders 4You, Marquee San Antonio, Cutting Edge Entertainment, San Antonio Wedding Guide & Bridal Extravaganza, Chic Concepts, Goen South, Sturchio Entertainment, Four Star Entertainment, Quest Drape, Holtz Lighting & Audio Visual, Patchworks Wedding Photography, Alamo City Swing Revival, Elite Events Entertainment






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One of the highlights of the annual President's Gala is when the Alamo Chapter gets to award members for their dedication and service to the chapter. This year, we had a slate of amazing nominees and we are proud to announce the award winners.

Congratulations to the following industry professionals that have been awarded the Alamo NACE Event Professional of the Year, Caterer of the Year, Rising Star Award and President's Award. These individuals give their talents, support, and contributions to the Alamo Chapter year round. They exemplify what it means to be a NACE member. 

Event Professional of the Year Recipient:

  • Reese Events Group


Caterer of the Year Recipient:

  • Donna Kahn, Simply Magnolious Catering


Rising Star Award Recipient:

  • Kacie Michalek, Frontier Enterprises


President's Award Recipient:

  • Karen Bippert, Buckhorn Saloon & Museum


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Chapter Board


The 2017 Alamo NACE Board of Directors were instated at the President's Gala on Thursday, November 10, 2016. Congratulations to the new incoming officers including:

  • President, Sarah James, CPCE
  • President-Elect, Christina Alvarado-Morales, CPCE
  • Vice President of Membership, Traci Maricle
  • Secretary/Treasurer, Stephanie Olivares
  • Immediate Past President, Michelle Moon, CPCE
  • Director of Programs Education, Carl Ziegler
  • Director of Programs Events, Kimberly Straughan
  • Director of Community Service, Kacie Michalek
  • Director of Marketing/Communications, Jean Marie Peak
  • Director of President's Gala, Sonya Villarreal
  • Director of Fundraising, Amy Riggle
  • Director of Hospitality, Cali Kenway


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NACE Cares

We'll be collecting donations for the Toys for Tots Program! Remember, bring in a donation item and you'll get one raffle ticket for each item donated. We've got some great prizes lined up for December including:

  • Lone Star Swag from GLI Distributing
  • $120 Play Card & VIP Pass to Top Golf
  • Chick Fil A Gift Card
  • Nicha’s Gift Card
  • and more!
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Calendar of Events

January NACE Meeting

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Location TBD


This January, we'll learn from two top catering industry professionals about new Human Resources and TABC Legislation changes and how they could affect your business. 




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Congratulations to the following Alamo NACE Chapter members who are celebrating their membership anniversaries this month!

The December Anniversaries are: 

  • Roger Garcia - with Witte Museum - 1 year
  • Leonor Ramirez with Espresso Amore Mio - 1 year
  • Carl Ziegler with Marquee Event Group San Antonio - 1 year
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