August 2018 Print

Special Announcements


The Las Vegas NACE Chapter is currently accepting nominations for the October elections for the Board of Directors.  Nomination forms will be emailed to all members on August 15 and will be accessible on the login page of the website.   The annual elections will include Board of Directors as well as the Executive Board.  Please visit our elections webpage for more information and watch for emails for nominations and elections.


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Chapter Meetings



This month's meeting is located at Green Valley Ranch for lunch discussing break menus.


We go to reinvent ourselves from time to time so why not our break packages and menus.  Attend and hear first hand from the Stations Catering Team at Green Valley Ranch.  Speakers Lindsay Wolf, Director of Catering; Kara DiPietro Senior Catering Manager and Chef Justin Cooper Exectutive Banquet Chef will discuss ways you can reinvent your break packages with innovative menus and decorative displays.  You will learn how to maximize foood cost for breakout menus, hear how natural disasters affects pricing and ways you can be upselling.

A Hank's Inspired Catering Menu

VIP Bread Basket
Family Style Appetizers

Deconstructed Wedge Salad

NY Strip Steak with Steak Sauce Flight
Roasted Cauliflower Medallions

Family Style sides
Family Style Dessert


MPlace Productions - Cinematic Memory 
Green Valley Ranch - Station Casino's Catering Team 



August 15, 2018
11:30 AM PDT to 1:30 PM PDT
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Hank's Fine Steaks & Martinis
2300 Paseo Verde Parkway
Henderson, NV 89052
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Free.  Park in the 215 Garage or outside Bottiglia Italian Restaurant for nearest parking spaces. 


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Raffle Dazzle


We are excited to annouce that in 2018, 25% of our raffle funds will help fund our Community Service donations. We are consolidating our efforts at meetings to continue to fund the great work of our Community Service Committee. The Las Vegas NACE Chapter  continues to partner with local non-profit organizations to give back including Street Teens, Olive Crest and Candlelighters.  

This month's featured raffles prizes include:

Human Nature Tickets, BASE Entertainment

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Terry Fator Tickets, Veronica Bonazza

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(2) Tickets to Carrot Top, Lu Ann Terrell - Showtime Marketing 

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(2) Tickets to Sex Tips For Straight Women from a Gay Man

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$25 Gift Card + Cook Book Carmine's Italian Restaurant 

Kay Kolbo, Alicart Restaurant Group

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Swag Bag - Sight and Sound

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Experience! Palm Springs


The Las Vegas NACE Chapter had over twenty representatives in attendance in Palm Springs.  The weekend was filled with events, fun, education - and a lot of heat!  Our Tuesday night Gala, temperatures peaked at 120 degrees in Palms Springs.  

Conference was full of great food and memories as we spent four days in Palm Springs, learning about new trends in catering and event planning, being motivated by great speakers, and making new friends from around the country.  Some of the highlights where our members were showcased:

  • Michele Polci, CPCE joined JW Marriott Desert Springs Executive Chef Peter Smith for the culinary Oasis.
  • Michael Testagrossa, CPCE, CHE, CMP joined Michele Polci CPCE, and the legend Jerry Edwards for a presentation in Healthy Eating.
  • Harvey Stern, CPCE, CMP gave an awe inspiring session with fads, trends, and creating culture in the catering industry.


Next year, Las Vegas Chapter members will travel to Cincinatti for the 2019 Experience Conference.  Hear from our members who attended what you missed and what you can gain by attending the 2019 conference.

Las Vegas NACE Opening Party Palm Springs


Las Vegas NACE again takes home many awards for submissions.  We are pleased to announce the following winners!

Catered Event of the Year Award

  • On-Premise Catered Event  - Budget Greater Than $100,000: Venetian Palazzo  New Year's Eve in the Floating City
  • On-Premise Catered Event  - Budget Greater Than $100,000: MICHELE POLCI On the Waterfront
Wedding of the Year Award
  • Wedding  - Budget Less Than $50,000: Jennifer S Anderson The Anderson Wedding


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Membership Spotlight


Each month we showcase members from the Las Vegas Chapter of NACE as local professionals who are dedicated to the hospitality industry.  To represent the different facets of our industry, we focus on a member from Catering and Events, as well as a member who has attainted their CPCE Certification.  


Jennifer Anderson CPCE Jennifer Anderson, CPCE, Meetings Sales Systems Manager, Caesars Entertainment


 Lindsay Wolff, Director of Catering & Conference Services, Green Valley Ranch Resort and Spa


 Tabetha Steinberg, Sales and Creative Services Coordinator, CSI Las Vegas


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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 grown across the country and with the industry to become "One Industry, One Association".  

From its local beginnings in New York City, NACE has grown to encompass more than 4,000 members in more than 40 chapters in North America. NACE continues to raise the standard of professionalism in the industry through education, certification, standards, ethics and professional recognition programs. NACE remains dedicated to growing and changing with the industry’s needs, providing critical resources for all its members, wherever they are in their careers and whatever their positions.  Read our story


Each month, we celebrate our members who have been a part of the organization throughout for at least five years, providing their continued mentorship, participation, and support of our chapter and guidance for emerging leaders in our industry.

14 Years

Gary Bordman Gary Bordman, Chief Interactive Designer/Owner, Amusement Exhibit & Event Services


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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!


Lakeisha Sabol LaKeisha Sabol, Event Director, Angel Productions Worldwide

Interested in joining?  Learn more!

 60th Anniversary of NACE


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What are your professional goals for the year? Getting your Certified Professional in Catering and Events (CPCE) is an investment in your career that shows employers and clients your aptitude and commitment to the profession. NACE offers the opportunity to accomplish your professional goals with self-paced, online courses available through the NACE store.

Get started today! Review our certification requirements and download an application today.


The Las Vegas Chapter of NACE is pleased to announce a special Fast Track Study session is available for members who have completed their application for the CPCE and are interested in taking the exam in the month of August.  This study session will take place on a Saturday, August 25 at Caesars Palace (more information to follow) 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.  Members interested in attending should contact Michael Testagrossa  for more information by August 20.

If interested, you may also take the exam the morning of August 26 at 9:00 AM as long as you are registered with NACE National.  

For more information, visit our CPCE webpage to begin your journey.


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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.


This is your opportunity to bring your membership to the next level by being nominated to run for the Board of Directors.   Have your voice heard and demonstrate your commitment to the industry by becoming more active and contributing to the success of the organization.  For more information, visit the elections page. 

Need more reasons to become a member of NACE?  Check out this great article outlining the Top 10 Reasons for Joining a Professional Organization.


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Community Service


The Las Vegas NACE Chapter embraces the Spirit of NACE in our commitment to our local community in 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.

For 2018, the Board of Directors for NACE has also updated our fundraising for community service by donating 25% of the monthly raffle proceeds to the Community Service Committee to help fund our ongoing efforts to support the local community.


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.

July - Susan Sherman - Margaritaville

Street Teens


Each summer, we collect water for Street Teens.  During our hottest months it is even more essential to help collect water for the homeless youth in the valley.  The 2018 Bottled Water Drive will take place June through September. During the May meeting, $200 was collected for bottled water donations.  To contribute, contact Kay Kolbo .


Your opportunity to participate in our events is just an email away.  To learn more about our events, reach out to Kay Kolbo for more information about the upcoming community service events:


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Get Involved!


You get more out of your membership in NACE by becoming involved as a volunteer.  The opportunities for professional growth are endless as you assist with our monthly programs and events as a part of a Committee (local or national), and joining the Board of Directors.  This is your opportunity to have a more active role in your career and industry through participation.  

In addition, speak to one of our Board of Directors for more information as to how you can become more involved to promote yourself and your business.

For more information, visit our Get Involved webpage to learn more about the following opportunities.  


As we have many transitions in our Board of Directors, the monthly newsletter needs a new editor.  If you are interested in assisting on the Board with our communications, please reach out to if you are interested in learning more about this role.


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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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NACE supports the continuing education of our future leaders and current members in the industry.  There are a variety of scholarship opportunities for Catering and Event Professionals interested in attending Experience Conference, earning your certification of CPCE, or furthering your eduction.  For more information, visit our Scholarship Webpage to learn how to support your continuing development and success.



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Meet the Board

The Las Vegas Chapter of NACE Board of Directors is here to represent the membership in planning meetings and providing representation for Las Vegas on a national level.  Please feel free to reach out to one of our board members for information about how to become a member, to become more involved, or volunteer for upcoming events.


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Promote your Business



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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:  Have you checked out the classifieds?  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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Classified Ads


Green Valley Ranch Resort is looking for an experienced Catering/Convention Services Manager to join our Luxury 4 Star 4 Diamond Property! Must have 3-5 years past expereince as a Catering/Convention Manager in a fast paced, high volume Hotel.

Please contact Lindsay Wolf if interested:  ---- 702-617-7699

OR Apply online at


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