April 2018  


Hello NACE Members-

Spring and warm weather are finally upon us!

I wanted to thank all of those who applied for one of our best member benefits – a full-ride scholarship to the NACE EXPERIENCE! Conference this summer. We had more applicants than ever and I am excited to see so many of our members wanting to take their career to the next level by this weekend of education and networking. Congratulations to our final winners, and I hope many more of you will be able to join us in Palm Springs.

I’d love to hear from you on what you’d love to see from Alamo NACE in events, member benefits or anything at all. 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 us for a dynamic evening of networking, trends, dining and fun with THE DESIGN EXPERIENCE with KATE PATAY! This exciting, interactive event will send you home with new ideas on décor, updates on what colors and design elements can give you the leading edge, and fresh concepts on incorporating décor design with food and beverage design elements.

Our host for the evening is the energetic Ms. Kate Patay, an award-winning leader in the event and hospitality industry in North America. Kate will be sharing her eye for detail from decor, flower arrangements, signage and all the details that it takes to create a memorable design experience, as well as all the latest trends and what there is to come in the future.

The event wouldn’t be complete without actual design! Come see the top San Antonio décor companies create inspiring displays of color and design expertise! Our presentation will incorporate these designs, PLUS they will be featured in our social media takeover by Insta-Queen Kate Patay!

The evening will be hosted in the lovely Crystal Ballroom with a beautiful meal by Absolutely Delicious Catering. Sophisticated table décor will feature Great Event Rentals to complete the look in an evening of deliciousness and design. Get your ticket today for this event!


You will earn 1 CE credit in Event Management for attending this program.

Program Flow

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

Butler Passed Hor D'oeuvres  

Venison Sliders with Jack Cheese & Nopalito Aioli

Smoked Salmon Parfait

Duck Confit & Orange Crostini with White Sangria Sips

Open Bar

6:45pm - 7:30pm
Opening Annoucements

Plated Dinner

Summer Salad

Arugula, Avocado, Golden and Red Roasted Grape Tomatoes, Capers and Fresh Mozzarella Pearls with Champagne Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing 


Honeyed Pork Tenderloin with Plum & Lavender Relish 

Pecorino Potato Puree

Lemon Grilled Asparagus

Rolls and Butter


De-constructed Lemon-Berry Cake

7:30pm - 8:15pm
Education Program

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

Register by Friday, May 8 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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Fundraising News

Alamo NACE is brewing up Bingo, Beers, and Bites for our Spring 2018 Fundraiser! 

Cheers for Beers! 

Join Alamo NACE for our Spring fundraiser, Bingo & Brews at the Institute of Texan Cultures on May 24th from 6:30 to 9:30pm. 

The evening promises fun, games, and fabulous prizes! Sip on great beer while exploring the Institute of Texan Cultures' current special exhibit "Brewing Up Texas". 

 Colleagues, friends, family are all welcome! 

Tickets are $35.00 each and include admission, food, and drinks. Bingo cards will be sold for $5.00 each or 5 bingo cards for $20.00 each. Cards can be bought in advance or at the event.

 All proceeds to benefit the Alamo Chapter of NACE to raise funds for us to continue to provide educational experiences, great monthly programs, speakers and scholarships for our members to attend the annual Experience! Conference. 

 Interested in participating? 

Consider becoming an event sponsor or donating a Bingo prize! 

Contact Amy Riggle, Director of Fundraising 

(210) 804-6125 

 Note: This is a special fundraiser in addition to the regularly scheduled monthly chapter meeting that will be held on May 8th at the Old San Francisco Steak House. We encourage you to attend both. 

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Gala News

Be sure to mark your calendars for the event of the year! Alamo NACE is celebrating this year's Gala fundraiser at The Veranda on September 12th, 2018. Come out to experience an evening of Fire and Ice with the luxurious tastings provided by Spice of Life Catering. You will not want to miss this!

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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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Classified Ads


JOB TITLE: Associate Director - Destination Services
SALARY RANGE: $ $60,412 - $102,708
OPENING DATE: July 25, 2018
WORK HOURS: 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

JOB SUMMARY: Exercises functional supervision and development training for staff. Serves as the liaison between meeting professionals, Visit San Antonio and partners. Consults and analyzes planner’s service needs in order to determine business opportunities for partners. Promotes attendance and coordinates marketing needs. Creates opportunities for housing and temporary event staff of Visit San Antonio. Manages higher-profile groups; serves as back-up to Director; represents Destinations Services and Visit San Antonio on various committees and presentations.

? Assists director with tracking definite meetings and assigning groups to Destination Services Managers. Reviews status of each subordinates assigned group on a regular basis. Attend and or facilitate pre-con and post-con meetings;
? Acts as a liaison between hotel community, facilities, local purveyors and meeting professionals;
? Supervises, trains and develops Destination Service Mangers and Coordinators;
? Assist director with enhancements of website;
? Able to assess and prioritize workloads;
? Maintain total account management of meeting/groups including consistent implementation of the CRM system and all required documentation. Enter all notes with specific details of activities and associated documents;
? Reviews, compiles and completes post-convention reports in a timely manner;
? Work with housing department/third-party and maintain knowledge of housing status;
? Assist destination services with small group service needs to include call in and walk-ins, to be split between director, managers, and coordinators;
? Coordinate and conduct site visits for assigned groups and assists division with site visits as needed;
? Continual communication between director and sales managers as to the status of each account;
? Excellent communication with Visit San Antonio, Henry B. González Convention Center and RK Culinary Group is mandatory to ensure proper convention support is provided;
? Deliver destination service presentations to groups, both local and national, including welcome presentations to groups on an as needed basis;
? Maintain knowledge of temporary event staffing needs and coordinate same with Visit San Antonio staff;
? Maintain knowledge of present and future event venues; hotels, City of San Antonio and the Henry B. González Convention Center;
? Maintain knowledge of all promotional materials available to groups;
? Assist director with special projects and service programs as needed;
? Maintain good relationship with partner companies and familiarize him/herself with services available. Maintain a good referral system;
? Attend promotional/industry trips as determined by Destination Services Director;
? Assist with partner orientations and seminar presentations as necessary;
? Performs other projects as assigned;
? Perform all basic clerical tasks as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS: ? Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university ? Minimum four (4) years account management/customer service experience. ? Accomplished experience in planning organizational events both small and large scale. ? Membership based organization, hotel, tourism and/or hospitality industry experience is a plus. ? Minimum two (2) years of supervising staff. ? Valid Class 'C' Texas Driver's License


? Functional knowledge and experience in areas of customer service; customer relationship building internally and externally;
? Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing;
? Proof reading and grammar skills;
? Solid knowledge of San Antonio and ability to confidently promote the city required;
? Persuasive negotiation skills;
? Ability to work collaboratively;
? Strong interpersonal skills, maturity, good judgment and be capable of communicating in a professional manner with a diverse range of individuals; maintain professional presence;
? Highly-motivated self-starter;
? Proven problem analysis and resolution skills; exceptional analytical skills;
? Ability to prioritize and manage multiple responsibilities simultaneously;
? Efficient and proven organizational skills; detail oriented;
? Proficient technology application skills; Advanced MS Office (Word, Excel & PowerPoint), MS Outlook, Internet Explorer & Client Management software. Adobe Illustrator is a plus;
? Prior experience in a Customer Relationship Management System is a plus;
? Reliable, dependable, flexible and responsive; ability to work outside of normal work schedule as needed/directed;
? Ability to travel locally and domestically;
? Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure documents. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or partners.

APPLICANT INFORMATION: ? If selected for this position, official transcripts, diplomas, certifications and licenses must be submitted at the time of processing. Unofficial transcripts and copies of other relevant documents may be attached to the application for consideration in advance. ? Please be advised that if selected for this position, information regarding employment history as it relates to the qualifications of this position will be needed for employment verification. Applicants claiming military service to meet the experience requirement for this position may attach a DD214 to the application. ? Applicants selected for employment with Visit San Antonio in this position must receive satisfactory results from pre-employment drug testing and background checks. If required for the position, a physical, motor vehicle record evaluation, and additional background checks may be conducted.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Physical requirements include occasional lifting, carrying of 25 pounds; visual acuity, speech and hearing; hand and eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to operate a computer keyboard and basic office equipment. Subject to sitting, standing, reaching walking, twisting and kneeling to perform the essential functions. Working conditions are primarily inside an office environment but may require evening and/or weekend activities with some traveling required. The employee is required to stand and walk at times for long periods of time.
To apply for this position, please send your application, resume, and cover letter to


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