May 2017 Print

Chapter Meetings


You are invited to join us Wednesday, May 10th at the Renaissance Hotel to demonstrate your networking prowess, or learn tips to enhance your skills and become a networking master.


Education ....

Hello...My Name Is: Networking Like a Pro

Great networking skills are essential to promote yourself and your business.  The evening's interactive networking hour is designed to help promote yourself and learn how to up your game as we discuss tips and tricks for navigating the social waters of business.

  • Need a good elevator speech?  Practice your networking prowess with friends and colleagues
  • Not sure how to break the ice?  We have ice picks.
  • Learn from seasoned pros what works and then tailor to fit your style.

The Venue ...

Join us at the Renaissance Las Vegas at the pool for the opening reception

Renaissance Las Vegas

Menu ...

The culinary team of the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel offers a tantalizing menu to inspire you. 


Roasted Garlic Hummus
w/ Lemon Fuul & Babaganoush

Mini BLT
Wedge Salad, Bacon w/ Stilton Blue Cheese Dressing

Vegetarian Poke
w/ Fried Rice Noodles and Citrus Mirin

Mexican Shrimp Cocktail Shooter
w/ Shrimp, Clams, and Spiced Clamato

Beef Carpaccio
Thin Sliced Tenderloin, w/ Arugula, Truffle Aioli

Poutine Tater Tots
White Béchamel & Sausage Topped w/ Sharp Cheddar

Mac & Cheese
Cavatappi Pasta, Ham and Green Peas

House Made Beer Pretzel Cigars
with Sweet mustard, smoked cheese dipping sauce

Kobe Beef Slider
Velveeta Cheese and Brooklyn Spread

Carne Asada Street Tacos Station
Onion Cilantro w/ Red & Green Salsa on Corn Tortilla

House Made Warm Chips
Fire Roasted Tomato Salsa, Guacamole

Chocolate Torte w/ Macerated Strawberries and Lemon zest
Tahiti Vanilla Pastry Cream Filled Profiteroles w/ Caramel Drizzle 

Sponsors ...

Event planning requires a dedicated team to produce events.  The Las Vegas Chapter of NACE would like to thank the member sponsors for the evening:

Renaissance Las Vegas  


May 10, 2017
6:30 PM PDT to 8:30 PM PDT

Renaissance Las Vegas
3400 Paradise Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89169
Venue Website



Complimentary self parking is conveniently offered in the Renaissance parking garage.


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Membership Spotlight

Each month, we showcase members from the Las Vegas NACE Chapter as local professionals who are dedicated to the hospitality industry.


Lynn Clark Lynn Clark, CPCE, Catering Conference Manager, Renaissance Las Vegas


Chad Taylor Chad Taylor, Managing Partner, Experience Transport Agency, LLC


Kathy Baldieri Kathy Baldieri CPCE, Director of Food and Beverage/Catering, Spanish Trails Country Club


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NACE Legacy


NACE started with humble beginnings in 1958 in New York City as the Banquet Managers Guild.  Over the years, the organization has expanded into over forty chapters across the country and to represent catering and events to become "One Industry, One Association."  

In recognition of their continued membership as members of NACE, we celebrate the anniversaries and legacy of the members who continue to demonstrate their professionalism and commitment to the industry throughout the years, providing their continued mentorship and support for emerging leaders.  

14 Years

Chip Heim Chip Heim, CPCE, CMP, Conference Services Manager, Venetian | Palazzo | Sands Expo 

9 Years

Kate Patay Kate Patay, CPCE, Speaker Consultant

8 Years

Lynn Clark Lynn Clark CMP CPCE- Conference Services Manager, Reinaissance Las Vegas Hotel

Jennifer Corenblith Jennifer Corenblith CPCE - Meeting Sales Systems Manager, Caesars Entertainment

8 Years

Christina DeFinis, Director of Catering and Convention Services, Stratesphere Hotel, Casino and Tower

7 Years

Tim Lam Timothy Lam, CHT, MS, MIB, CGSP, Executive Director, TISOH

Jamie Oristano Jamie Oristano, President, Just Bars

Nancy Rodriquez Nancy Rodriquez CPCE, Director of Creative Operations, By Dzign

Rebecca Stebbins Rebecca Stebbins, CHE, Wedding Manager, Venetian | Palazzo | Sands Expo

5 Years

Natalie Archeluta Natalie Archuleta CMP, CPCE, Catering Conference Manager, Venetian| Palazzo | Sands Expo

Clay Baldwin Clay Baldwin CPCE, Senior Catering Conference Manager, Venetian | Palazzo | Sands Expo

Michael Huettner Michael Huetner CPCE, Assistant Director, Venetian | Palazzo | Sands Expo

Nate Moore Nate Moore CPCE, Catering Conference Manager, Venetian | Palazzo | Sands Expo


Congratulations on your many years as part of our family of NACE!


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New Members


NACE membership provides you with an instant network of more than 3,500 professional colleagues in the catering and events industry. Whether you’re just starting out or are an experienced professional, the National Association for Catering and Events (NACE) has the education, tools and resources you need to build and excel at your career.

Each month, we welcome our new members to the organization.  If you see them at a meeting, make sure to say hello and show them some Las Vegas hospitality!

Professional Members

Iris Oliveira Iris Oliviera, Owner, Once Upon an Iris


It is as easy as a few clicks of your mouse to add your name to the list and begin learning more how to enhance your career through membership in NACE.  

  • Membership is for one year from joining and includes you in NACE National, as well as the Las Vegas Chapter.

  • Members attend meetings for a discounted rate, are able to earn discounts as part of member benefits.

  • A variety of membership types based on number of members and years in the industry.

Click here to join today!


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Las Vegas NACE supports the continuing education of our future leaders and current members in the industry.  Each year, the local chapter provides scholarships to members who have contributed to the success of the organization through their continued participation, donation of time, and services.  

We are pleased to announce the 2017 recipients of the Las Vegas NACE Scholarships to attend the Experience Conference in Houston in July.

  • Jenna Dosch
  • Kathy Dyke
  • Monica DiRenzo
  • Kay Kolbo
  • Nancy Rodriquez
  • Shauna Lederman
  • Jeremy Morse
  • Michael Testagrossa


To learn more about how to qualify and apply for the 2018 scholarship for Experience, please visit our scholarship page or ask one of the Board of Directors.


Have you considered getting your CPCE?  The Timothy S Y Lam Foundation offers scholarship to qualified candidates to help cover part of the cost for taking the exam.  This scholarship is available year round, with applications due February 15, May 15, August 15, November 15.


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Member Benefits


Why become a member of your local NACE Chapter when you can just attend monthly events?  Joining NACE offers a variety of benefits for personal and professional growth, as well as an opportunity to become part of an incredible national organization!  Each month, we will share information about one of the great benefits of joining NACE.


We're excited to announce that we have partnered with ThriveHive to provide you an exclusive new members-only benefit.

We know that you're busy. It's hard to find time to market your catering or event planning business when you're constantly on the go. ThriveHive is here to help. ThriveHive is a Guided Marketing Platform that provides local businesses with a marketing plan, a professional website, and the tools and expertise to effectively manage all of your marketing efforts, all in one place. ThriveHive works with catering and event professionals to help them build their online presence, get new customers, and grow their business.

As a NACE member, you'll get exclusive access to marketing resources for your catering and event planning business including marketing eBooks and webinars presented by the marketing experts at ThriveHive. You'll also get 20% off of your first year of ThriveHive just for being a NACE member. Learn how to take control of marketing your business.

Exclusive NACE Member Offer: Get 20% off your first year of ThriveHive—click here to schedule a demo of ThriveHive!


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Community Service

The Las Vegas NACE Chapter believes in supporting our community through outreach to local organizations.  Each month, our Community Service Committee organizes to support a variety of local charities including Candlelighters, Street Teens, and Shade Tree.  Money raised at meetings goes to a variety of items to support these charities, from bottled water to gift cards.  If you are interested in assisting with any of their efforts, please contact Kay Kolbo for more information.


Each month, members of the Las Vegas Chapter donate hot meals and desserts for the monthly dinner for Street Teens and will continue to donate throughout the year.  

  • April Donation: Todd Herrod of Shutterbooth donated the 25 hote meals and Kay Kolbo from Planet Hollywood Restaurant provided the celebration cake

May Event

The community service committee will support Olive Crest in May for a family day celebration.  Please contact Kay Kolbo if you are interested in participating.



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Join us at #NACEEXP17

Join us for the 2017 NACE Experience Conference July 16-19, 2017 at the Marriott Marquis in Houston, Texas. The Experience Conference is the only major industry conference that serves everyone in the catering and events industry. Experience includes:

Design Experience, a one-of-a-kind interactive demonstration of the latest trends and design tips.
Culinary Experience, a multi-sensory experience that lets participants enjoy culinary treasures at their seats as they are bring prepared on stage.
Production Experience, where participants learn inside tips, tools and techniques to help avoid disasters and plan for success. 

National speakers from all over the industry such as personalities from the Food Network, Hard Rock International and more.  Be sure to check out the conference schedule, as there are changes to session dates.



We are excited to recognize inspiring wedding design, a spectacular event on a shoestring budget, a successful community service program in your chapter, and more. Wherever you’ve channeled your inspiration, vision, hard work and imagination, your beautifully executed event could win the next NACE Award! 

Your submission will be showcased at the NACE Awards Gala at the 2017 NACE Experience Conference in Houston, TX and you might even take home the trophy!

The industry awards have specific eligibility requirements for the number and type of team members. Only one team member must fill out the nomination application. All other team members should fill out the Additional Team Member Application.

To start the submission process, please click on the award for which you would like to apply. Download our guide to help you through the process.

2017 Award Categories

Industry Awards:
All industry awards have a fee of $115
Team Event of the Year
Event Production of the Year
Catered Event of the Year
Table Presentation of the Year
Wedding of the Year

Additional Team Member Application 


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Las Vegas NACE has created a cookbook of member recipes to spice up your year.  Enjoy some member favorites, as well as samples from local celebrity chefs!

Purchase online or at an upcoming meeting. 


Gain exposure for your business by donating raffle prizes to the Las Vegas NACE Chapter, and earn points toward scholarship to attend Experience!  To provide raffle donations, please contact


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Members on the Move

NACE is committed to helping our members grow in their professional careers and develop their businesses.  If you have news to share about a new job, promotion, accomplishments, or awards let us know and we will post it!  And don't forget to update your contact information with NACE National by logging into your account at


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Learn more about maximizing your membership and utilizing the Las Vegas NACE website.


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Chapter News

The NACE Las Vegas Chapter newsletter offers you the opportunity to link with other Catering and Event Professionals.  Our newsletter is published quarterly and accepts submissions for articles, calendar of events, employment opportunities, community service, business updates, and other NACE success stories.

Articles:  To submit an article or other information for inclusion for our next newsletter please submit your information by the 4th day of the month.  The Calendar of Events and Employment Opportunities will be updated weekly as we receive information.  What are you waiting for?  Be in the NEWS! 

Calendar of Events:  Share your upcoming events such as open houses, grand openings, or showcases to invite other NACE members to participate or attend.  We will update this regularly even after the newsletter is issued so check back regularly to see what is new!

Employment Opportunities:  If you are seeking another qualified individual for your business send us information including the title of the position, qualifications, contact information, and any other pertinent information to attract other industry professionals!  And don't forget to let us know once the position is filled to welcome them!

Business Updates:  If you received a promotion, changed positions, or expanded your business we would love to hear about your success!


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Plan, execute, coordinate and post-event follow through for social events (non-profit, reunions, anniversaries, religious celebrations, birthdays) with a primary focus on local and destination weddings.



· Respond to initial group inquiries for Resort services and facilities. Determine the scope of the event and determine the viability of the Resort as an applicable facility.

· Develop and execute consistent and ongoing customer prospecting plan including cold calling, networking, and use of resources e.g. LinkedIn and Knowland Group Reader Boards.

Act as liaison between the resort and the customer. Use empathy, listening skills, negotiation, creativity and product knowledge to deliver an extraordinary customer experience and assure that Hotel Operations executes at an efficient and profitable level.

Provide superior service to customers and associates at all times.

Follow the resort’s etiquette guidelines.

Plan, coordinate, recommend and oversee food and beverage services, recreation activities, wellness, spa and offsite events for a diverse range of social/wedding related functions.

Respond to social and wedding inquiries in an expedient manner.

Develop professional working relationship with GGC customers.

Develop complete understanding of wellness, resort services and capabilities.

Make suggestions, use creativity, bring in experts and brainstorm with the prospective client for how to turn an event into an unforgettable experience thereby enhancing collection revenues and delivering an extraordinary price/value package.

Meet with prospective clients/planners to plan and confirm events. Assist with menu selection and pricing based on budget.

Enhance hotel revenues through banquet food and beverage upsell, spa/wellness services, DMC services, golf/tennis, audio-visual, retail and meeting room rental. SELL THE TOTAL GGC EXPERIENCE.

Assure that all event resumes and/or BEO’s are thoroughly completed with detailed information allowing both the customer and hotel operations to perform at a high level in a spirit of partnership and camaraderie. Be sure that customer understanding of his/her schedule matches what is being held in Delphi.

Understand the niche that weddings occupy within overall resort revenue equation.

Adhere to established guidelines for placement and booking social/wedding events.

Promptly and efficiently communicate social event/wedding changes in an expedient manner.

Oversee and monitor events as appropriate: handle special needs and resolve problems, such as extra guests, no-show employees, incorrect food or supply deliveries, security services, equipment failure, etc.

Monitor food and service quality, ensure proper health and safety procedures are followed.

Prepare post-event reporting for all assigned events.

Supervise banquet and set-up staff assigned to special events monitoring overall job performance and guest service.

Carry out various special assignments, such as preparation of floor plans, responding to state inquiries, fulfilling licensing requirements, preparing special reports, etc.

Confer regularly with immediate supervisor, food and beverage staff, maintenance staff, room department, group sales, resort operations and other departments to plan, coordinate and evaluate services, activities/events, exchange information and resolve issues relative to group functions.

Act as liaison, maintain contact with and monitor the activities of outside vendors and officials that provide group service, i.e. DJ’s, destination management companies, audio-visual partners, retail, state liquor licensing and health officials etc.

Participate in sales meetings

Participate in organizations/clubs to represent GGC and further enhance stature as being the key contact and undisputed expert in the weddings market.

Negotiate pricing (with client) based on the entire scope of the Catering needs. Exercise discretion and judgment to determine the best scenarios (for client and Resort) based on, size, budget, length of stay, eligible repeat business, media exposure, community relations and multiple revenue center opportunities.

Prepare written proposals and contracts.

Determine deposit and payment schedules based on Resort guidelines. Monitor deposits as scheduled.

Prepare and maintain financial documents and reports.

Compile a variety of information from both manual and computerized records and files for regular and special reports in response to specific requests by the supervisor.

· Monitor actual events as appropriate. Assure that the event is understood and confirmed by the Resort’s operations management as set forth in the Banquet Event Order and Resume.

· Report client feedback to the Hotel operating departments in an objective and professional manner.

· Confer regularly with Hotel and Resort operations supervisors and managers to evaluate event planning and performance on an ongoing regular basis. Communicate improved communication and performance procedures to the Catering Services staff through the Director of Catering.

· Perform other tasks as assigned.



Superior communication skills (verbal and written)

Highly organized with strong time management instincts.

Honest. High level of integrity.

Thorough product knowledge, communication skills, diplomacy, patience, perseverance and inter-personal skill is able to translate raw data, i.e. information from an inexperienced client, to a working format that Hotel Operations can interpret in order to fulfill customer expectations.

Ability to manage confidential information.

Professional appearance. Not only adheres to grooming guidelines, but is comfortable in discussing a lack thereof with other employees.

Follows established policies and procedures. Is supportive of Core Values. Sets the example for others and is above reproach. Is comfortable to challenge established policies and procedures, but once established, is supportive of those rules.

Is organized in tasks. Sees projects through to the finish. Has good follow-through. Understands that there is no substitute for response time. Possesses a sense of urgency.

Can handle fast paced high-pressure situations.

Is flexible with hours and days of work. Is able to work all hours of the day, any days of the week. Prioritizes and re-prioritizes personal time and work, to maintain good balance in life.

Exhibits a genuine internal drive that demonstrates consistent regard and dedication to guests and the organization by being engaged, interested, and productive.

Applies individuality to the effectiveness of the team and organization while building constructive and effective relationships; collaborates to achieve positive results.

Demonstrates the courage to accept responsibility and take initiative for the situation/circumstance and see it through. Can step outside one’s comfort zone and present new ideas and perspectives to create positive outcomes.

Exhibits respectful consideration of viewpoints, situations, ideas and others.



Supervision is received from the Director of Catering/Conference Services



Office situation, i.e. sitting, standing or walking in a small area for extended periods of time.

Repetitive keyboard action; manual dexterity required.


Light/moderate lifting



Associates degree in hotel/restaurant management, business or another appropriate field

2-4 years of relevant experience, or a combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills are acquired.

Working knowledge and skills in food service management, including menu planning, cooking/food preparation operations, dining room set up and service, wine service ordering, staffing, pricing and budgeting.

Excellent administrative and organizational skills, financial planning and analysis skills.

Ability to deal effectively with a wide variety of company personnel, as well as, clients, outside organizations, firms and government agencies.


Green Valley Ranch is looking for a highly motivated, expereienced Banquet Manager to join our dynamic Catering Department

Previous Banquet Expereince is required

Please send resumes to


  Christies Photographic Solutions is actively seeking an energetic motivated person with a strong backgroung in providing services to the meetings industry.

Christies is growing and requires dynamic leaders wanting a long term career. The position will require managing a team of photographers and assistants as well as some inhouse and outsides sales through industry associations.

Salary plus bonuses and health benefits, approxomately 50 hours a week


Please forward resume to


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