March 2018  


Hello NACE Members,

Our city has never looked better as we head into Final Four Weekend! The down time won’t last long with Fiesta just around the corner as well. I hope each of your businesses are busy with successful events this March and April. Exciting things are happening in your chapter as well. If you haven’t already, be sure to apply for this summer’s NACE EXPERIENCE! Scholarship and join us for an amazing time in Palm Springs this July. Our annual gala plans are also being set, mark your calendar’s for an early gala this year in September!

See you at the next meeting!


I’d love to hear from you on what you’d love to see from Alamo NACE in the coming year. Never hesitate to give me a call (210-518-1051) or an email ( on what you need as a member.

Sarah James

Alamo NACE President

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Upcoming Meetings

Join Alamo NACE on Tuesday, April 10 with speaker Sergio Jimenez-Gudino with New York Life as he divulges into Life in Business - "The Three T's of Planning". This excellent topic will focus on Today, Taxes, and Tomorrow.  

Do you or someone you know want to start a business, but are not sure where to begin? Two important key components a small business owner will need are: succession planning and retirement. Without these components, business owners are putting their families' largest source of income and financial security at risk.

A study by the American College1 revealed that: 

•6 out of 10 small business owners have not consulted with a financial advisor

•3 out of 10 small business owners have not estimated how much captial they will need to have a comfortable retirement

•Fewer than an quarter of small business owners have a formal plan for transitioning their business to new management and ownership when they are ready to retire 

You will earn one CE Credit in Accounting for attending this program.

Program Flow

6:00pm - 6:45pm
Registration & Networking
Open Bar

Passed Hors d'Oeuvres

Empanadas de Pollo en Mole with Toasted Almonds

Honey Jalapeno Smoked Shrimp on a Tostada with Cilantro Crema

6:45pm - 7:30pm
Opening Annoucements

Plated Dinner

Ensalada de Aguacate Y Manzana

Oaxacan Queso and Chorizo Stuffed Chicken

Potato Gratin & Manchego Herb Crust

Elote Con Calabasa

Warm Bolillos with Butter


Mexican Chocolate Lava Cake

7:30pm - 8:15pm
Education Program

8:15pm - 8:30pm
Closing Annoucements
Event Concludes

Register by Friday, April 6 at NOON to ensure your seat
Members: $45
Non-Members: $55
Walk-Ins will be taken as space allows

RSVP'S after Friday at Noon and Walk-Ins:
Members: $55
Non-Members: $65

Thank you to our sponsors 


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Calendar of Events

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Scholarship Applications

The NACE Experience! Conference will be held this year in Palm Springs, California, July 22 – 25, 2018. This amazing national conference is full with superior education, event inspiration and exceptional networking events. Through the support of your Alamo Chapter, this could be YOUR year to attend.

Your Alamo Chapter has set aside funds to award four (4) FULLY FUNDED scholarships to the NACE Experience! Conference to be held in Palm Springs, California, July 22 – 25, 2018. This amazing member benefit includes a full ride scholarship to include a full educational conference package registration, airfare and hotel room, based on double occupancy sharing a room with another scholarship recipient or board member. Applicants must attend all available education sessions and evening events and submit a written report within two (2) weeks of attendance. If you have questions about EXPERIENCE! and what to expect, please email your President and she can guide you through expectations and qualifications.

A committee of (3) three persons to include the President, President Elect and Immediate Past President will meet to comprehensively review and score each application. All applications are due by 5pm on April 4, 2018. Applications received after the deadline will NOT be considered. Please submit your application following the guidelines to Sarah James at

Final decisions will be based on the strength of the applicant’s essay submission as well as additional criteria such as NACE meeting attendance, board and committee participation, and support of the chapter through partnerships, fundraising and donations.

Recipients that are selected will be notified on or before April 9, 2018 and announced at our April monthly meeting on April 10, 2018.

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Gala News


The award-winning annual NACE Alamo President's Gala is hosted annually to celebrate our Chapter’s success and raise funds to send our members to the Experience Conference the following summer. Catering this prestigious event is considered an honor and an opportunity. We want to give you that opportunity. This year’s theme is Fire & Ice and will be held Wednesday, September 12, 2018. Please check your inbox for RFP details and email any questions to this year’s gala chair Christina Alvarado-Morales at Deadline for submissions will be March 30, 2018.

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Refer a Friend

Spread the Love!
Share the NACE love 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 to your membership account for every new member who joins. The more people you refer, the more you save! Remember, your friend must list you as the referrer on the membership application.


Why Join NACE
NACE membership offers networking opportunities, resources and steep discounts on NACE educational opportunities and NACE partner services.

Explore the benefits provided to you as a Member of NACE

  • More than 45 chapters across North America provide peer-to-peer networking and allow you to make professional contacts in your industry and within your specialty.
  • Access to the NACE Membership Directory


  • Experience is the most valuable industry conference in our profession. Industry leaders, chefs, caterers, designers and event professionals come together to teach, learn, see and taste the most up-to-the-minute trends in our industry.
  • NACE Education offers self-paced online courses on the core concepts of the catering and events industry.


  • The Certified Professional in Catering and Events (CPCE) designation is the most widely respected professional certification in the industry. Employers, peers and clients see CPCE as a mark of accomplishment, credibility and trust.



  • Being a member of NACE means growth as a leader. Getting involved with NACE means members practice valuable skills that they take to their own businesses.


  • Marketing resources including ebook and webinards presented by ThriveHive.
  • Members of NACE enjoy pricing discounts on the products and services they use the most.
  • The NACE Awards recognize outstanding vision, inspiration, leadership and achievement in catering and event design.
  • NACE News keeps industry professionals informed of topics that impact their day to day activities.



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