May 2018  


Hello NACE Members-

Are you ready to go BACK TO SCHOOL?

Alamo NACE is committed to continue to your ongoing education – both at the local level and nationally. We’re still abuzz with Kate Patay’s recent social media takeover and talk on trends. June’s NACE Education meeting comes from a very different perspective, and just as essential, discussing employment needs and timely HR concerns.

Summertime means EXPERIENCE! Conference in the NACE world, the premiere conference that combines both Catering and Events in one destination. This year’s destination – Palm Springs!  Stellar education, evening events with the latest trends and tastes, networking and new connections and of course fun are in store for all who invest in themselves and attend the conference. There’s still time to register – the event is July 22 – 25!

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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Chapter Board

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Upcoming Meetings


Have you ever had an issue come up at work that needed to go through your Human Resource Department for resolution? When is the right time to make those reports to your supervisor, director, or CEO? What does the company's policy say about anti-discrimination, sexual/gender harassment, and employment resignation? Perhaps you own a small business, what are the best practices on these topics?

These are the sensitive topics that need to be discussed thoroughly with each company employee, supervisor, and department director in order for them to feel safe and comfortable when coming to work. Which is why we are bringing in the experts.

Susan Cone Kilgore has over 28 years of legal experience specializing in employment law. She previously worked with FDIC in various states, where she connected management, union representatives, and human resources in personnel matters and labor union negotiation. Mrs. Kilgore moved to San Antonio, TX in 2008, where she opened her own private practice and represented clients in all stages of claims, investigations, discovery, trials, and negotiations in business disputes and employment discrimination. She currently works for Lesser Law Firm PLLC, here in San Antonio, TX.

Carlos Pernia, Director of Operations for RK Group-Houston, has been managing and overseeing the day to day operations for the last 5 years. Servicing a wide range of needs, Carlos and his team are responsible for the daily execution of off-premise catering functions and hotel food and beverage operations--including banquet, room service, restaurant, and bar departments. As the HR representative in Houston, Carlos is the frontline manager enforcing all containment, corrective, and preventative HR actions to ensure a well-functioning unit.  

So, which role do you play in present day work place issues?



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Calendar of Events

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Fundraising News


Thank you to all of our sponsors who made this fundraiser a success!

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Gala News

The summer season is upon us and what better way to end the season than with an evening designed to elevate your senses with cool sounds, visual pieces and sultry culinary treats with your fellow event professionals. You guessed it, it's the 2018 13th Annual President's Gala! This year's theme of Fire & Ice will be sure to tackle the sensatory elements of this signature event in style. 

The President's Gala Sponsorship Packet is now available. There are great opportunities to become a sponsor, highlight your company, contribute and make this year's gala the best one yet. Don't miss out on supporting the event of the year!

As a reminder, the date is Wednesday, September 12, 2018 and will be held at The Veranda with delectable food and beverages provided by Spice of Life Catering.  

The attached Sponsorship Packet outlines the levels of contribution. For any questions please feel free to email me at

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Experience! News

Congratualtions to the 6 nominations Alamo NACE Chapter has recieved for NACE ONE Awards! 




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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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