January 2017  


Dear Alamo NACE,

Happy New Year to all our NACE Members and future members! 2016 was a banner year for Alamo NACE; winning Chapter of the Year Award at NACE Conference, Antonian award for our annual gala, and welcoming many new members and board members. As we ring in 2017, we look towards a year that will bring changes not only within our chapter with new board members, but in our industry. With our Convention and Visitors Bureau becoming privatized and the entire city preparing for our Tricentennial, you can feel the momentum rising in our city. Let’s take that momentum and push for a year of growth. Growth within our chapter, growth within your network, growth within solid education programs that grow your business, your skills and give each of us a banner year.

 Let’s do this!

Sarah James, CPCE


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Upcoming Meetings


Join us to kick the year off right with a double-header of education! 

Whitney Mertz will be with us from TriNet HR Corporation to discuss the potential overtime policy changes as well as other relevent HR topics.  Whitney has been working in the Human Resources field for over 20 years and she joined TriNet in 2014 as a Principal Human Capital Consultant providing human resources solutions for small and medium-sized businesses.

Stacy Jackson and Yvette Price will be speaking for us as well.  They are both Regional Supervisors with TABC. They will discuss any new legislation, along with popular topics such as on & off premise catering, donated items, and fundraising auctions.  

Questions will be fielded in advance.  There will be a small form that you'll be given when you check in where you can jot your question down.  All questions will then be reviewed prior to the discussion to ensure a very efficient Q&A!

The evening is complete with a fabulous dinner provided by Don Strange Catering. Enjoy cocktails and networking and a whole lot of information!

Appetizers: Grilled white wings, Texas goat cheese and quince empanadas, spinach souffle pappadew peppers.

Buffet Items: Mesquite grilled beef tenderloin served with jalapeno bearnaise sauce.  Chicken picatta, mixed greens, citrus, candied pecans, shaved manchego and balsamic vinaigrette dressing.  Invidivual corn pudding souffle husks, bundles of harvester green beans and rainbow carrots, miniature cornbread muffins and parker house rolls.

Dessert: Flaming donut hole flambe with vanilla bean ice cream banana fosters and whipped cream

Iced tea, coffee, water

Program Flow

6:00pm - 6:30pm
Registration & Networking
Open Bar

6:30pm - 6:45pm
Opening Annoucements

6:45pm - 7:20pm
Buffet Dinner

7:20pm - 7:50pm
HR Speaker

7:50pm - 8:30pm
TABC Speakers

Closing Annoucements
Event Concludes


Thanks to Our Sponsors:


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Calendar of Events

February NACE Meeting

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

 Scotch Tasting by Russ Kempton




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 The Evolve Conference for NACE Leaders (formerly the NACE Leadership Summit) will provide our Board with an      experiential learning environment, in which they can share challenges and build solutions. 

Congratulations to the five board members who have been selected by the Nominations Committee to attend and accompany our Pesident and President- Elect, Sarah James & Christina Alvarado at the NACE Evolve Leadership Conference in Philadelphia, PA this January. We look forward to hearing all about what was learned and what resources are avaliable to our membership. 

Carl Ziegler, Director of Programs, Education
Sonya Villarreal, Director of Annual President's Gala
Jean Marie Peak, Director of Marketing 
Traci Maricle, Vice President of Membership
Kimberly Straughan, Director of Programs, Events


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

Danielle Breeden - The Argyle

Erin Goodell - University Hilton Hotel

Jennifer Smith - Bartenders4you

Jessica Speaker - The Argyle

Robert Werner - Werner's Prime Steak and Seafood

Madora Bianco - Hilton San Antonio Hill Country Hotel & Spa

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 Please welome our newest members: 

Chris Koval - Future Sounds

Liza Hill -  Jason Dady Restaurants 

 Welcome to NACE, we look forward getting to know you!


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Joint NACE/ILEA Holiday Luncheon

A big thank you to The Plaza Club and Al Sturchio for supporting our Joint NACE/ILEA Holiday Luncheon. Enjoy the photos below, the complete album can be found at the NACE Alamo Chapter Facebook Page.



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