March 2019  

President's Report

March 2019 NACE President’s Message


It’s March Madness and I don’t mean basketball; the busy season is upon us and Spring is in the air! I always enjoy the change of weather and the thrill of a robust calendar full of Spring galas, weddings, and festivals.

As a reminder, next Tuesday, March 12th at 6PM, we are hosting Mr. Howie Nestel, CEO of Sharkmatic Advertising. The program “Living the Extraordinary Life” will discuss the importance of our relationships with Non-Profit organizations as event professionals. Lucky to call my friend, Howie Nestel is a seasoned advertising guru and sits on multiple Non-Profit boards and lives the meaning of work-life balance while giving his time to his community. His dynamic personality will surely entertain and educate our audience to the max. If you haven’t registered, you can sign up on our website You will not want to miss this!

Thank you to everyone that attended what was the largest Tasty Bites ever with almost 200 attendees! Congratulations to all the winners! Warm recognition and praise to the many participants, sponsors and vendors that make this event successful every year. Our successful chapter events are made possible by the hard work and dedication by our members that participate each month!

MEMBERS—Check your inbox! I recently emailed 2019 NACE Experience Scholarship Applications on March 1st. If you did not receive it, please contact me directly at [email protected]. They are due no later than 5PM CST Monday April 1, 2019. Any applications received after 5PM will not qualify. 2019 NACE Experience will be held July 14-17 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Your Alamo Chapter has allocated funds to send four members to the national conference. Apply Now and Good Luck!


Warm Regards,

Christina L. Alvarado, CPCE


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Upcoming Meetings

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. As event professionals, we work with many non-profit organizations for any special occasions. Partnering with a Non-Profit Organization is always rewarding when you take the time to help others in need within your community. So what are some of the benefits of these relationships? It could be professional development for your employees, brand recognition, customer loyalty, or in-kind donations?

Howie Nestel, Founder, and CEO of Sharkmatic Advertising in San Antonio, TX has been in marketing and advertising for over 25 years. As a graduate of the University of Texas Business School in Austin, his cool little ad agency has provided services to over 1,500 companies including Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble, Chrysler, MTV, and much more. His creative marketing-savvy team has also completed over 750 websites for various businesses and non-profit organizations. 

In addition to running his advertising agency, Howie Nestel sits on 6 non-profit organization boards and has donated his time, talent and effort to over 50 charities.

Now that is living an extra-ordinary life. 

Parking will be available for guests in the Frost Bank surface parking lot next door at 5:30pm

You will earn 1 CE credit in Sales & Marketing for attending this event. 

Program Flow

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

Passed Hors d' Oeuvres

Goat Cheese and Apricot Crostini with Pistachios and Mint

Filet Oscar Crostini

Open Bar

6:45pm - 7:30pm
Opening Announcements
Plated Dinner


Bed of Romaine, Frisse, and Shaved Fennel with Yellow Teardrop Tomatoes, and Red Onion drizzled with a Red Pepper Vinaigrette


Herb Marinated and Seared Chicken Breast topped with Olives, Feta, and Sundried Tomatoes over a Goat Cheese and Olive Oil Polenta Cake and Balsamic Rosemary Braised Pearl Onions 


Italian Lemon Pound Cake with Fresh Basil and Toasted Almonds

7:30pm - 8:15pm
Education Program

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


Register NOW!

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Event Professional Spotlight

Send a fun fact about yourself or another member and every Friday we will play a game of Guess Who on social media! So get thinking, get creative, get tricky and send your fun facts to Kelly Palubiak at [email protected] 

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Call for Committees

Whether you have 5 minutes or 5 hours, we have a way you can help give back to the chapter you love! Joining a committee is a great way to meet other awesome NACE members and gives you an opportunity to be a part of driving our chapter forward.

Do you love taking pictures and posting at the events? 

Are you eager to provide ideas on meeting topics/speakers?

Do you want to give back through community service?

Are you looking to meet more people?

Send an email to Stephanie Olivares to explore which options work best for your interests and availability. 

[email protected] 

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CPCE Corner

Is your goal for 2019 to continue to advance your career? Why not consider getting your CPCE Certification?

The Certified Professional in Catering and Events (CPCE) is a nationally recognized program and the mark of excellence for catering and event professionals. The recognition and opportunities that come with a CPCE designation empower you to fast-track your career or business. Obtaining a CPCE designation shows your employer and clients that you have demonstrated experience and expertise, giving you a competitive advantage. The core competencies provide the foundation you need to establish yourself in the catering and events industry and take your career to the next level.

Interested in what the exam entails or ready to study and sit for the exam? Email Stephanie Olivares, CPCE for more information at [email protected] - study group and Fast Track program to come later in 2019!

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