June 2018  

NACE National News

Dear Members,  

I am pleased to announce the appointment of our new executive director.

The selection process was rigorous and comprehensive. In all, more than 160 candidates applied and were reviewed. I know many of you followed along with the updates throughout the past months. As you read on, I know you will share in the excitement for our selection.

The process to get to today consisted of four phases. The first was a review of the strategic plan with the position description, followed by a needs assessment and the appointment of the search task force. The second phase consisted of 18 interviews with key stakeholders including the current board of directors, as well as selected past leaders, and representatives from the membership. The third phase was a confirmation of the specific competencies and leadership characteristics required for a NACE executive director, based on the findings in the previous two phases. The lengthy final phase was the development of recruitment materials, the active solicitation, public announcements, and screening of candidates. The finalists for the position underwent multiple telephone interviews, video interviews, a required video submission, and in-person interviews.

I would like to express our appreciation to the members who participated in the interview process. Much thanks goes to Bloch & Reed Association Advisors, our executive director search consultant. Huge appreciation goes to the search task force members, President-Elect Ed DiAntonio, CPCE, CMP, Gary Baumann, CPCE, Zena Phillips, CPCE, CMP, and Karen Tucker, CPCE for their tireless work.

I am pleased to welcome Lawrence Leonard, CAE, CMP as our new NACE Executive Director.

Lawrence has an extensive background in the events industry as a meeting planner and trade show manager. He was previously the Chief Operating Officer for the Events Industry Council, an umbrella group of more than 32 trade and professional organizations in the meetings, conventions, exhibitions and events industry, including NACE. In this role, he had oversight of operations and programs including the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) program, produing research and education on emerging trends and issues, and developing sustainability standards for events. Read more about Lawrence here.

Lawrence’s start date is Monday, June 18, 2018. His e-mail is I encourage you to drop him a line to welcome him!

There will be a formal introduction in Palm Springs at the 2018 NACE Experience Conference. Please be sure to register for the conference and make your travel plans if you have not already. You are a part of the vibrant community that is NACE and will not want to miss the 60th anniversary!


Donnell G. Bayot, Ph.D., CPCE, CHE, CFBE

National President

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Upcoming Meetings


Don't Miss Any of Our Upcoming Meetings!

August 7th @ 5:30 p.m.


September 11th @11:00 a.m.


October 10th @ 6:00 p.m. 


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Welcome New Members

Megan Brock, Camelot Party Rentals

Casey Hall, Olympia Fuss & Carol Wigren


Diane Maxwell

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Photos From Last Month

Did you attend our fabulous June Educational Meeting?

If you didn't, check out our Facebook Page and our Instagram to see what you missed!

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Last Month's Sponsors

Thank you to our June Meeting Sponsors!

And of course another huge thank you to our panelists!

Sawyer, Moonlight Mobile DJ

Sandy Naughton, Petal to the Metal

Whitney Deri, Blend Catering

Susie Tell, Tahoe Inspired

Ciprian Cojoc, Ciprian Photography

Thank you for taking time to share your expertise!



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New Partnership Announced Between Valhalla Tahoe and Blue Sky Events!

Lake Tahoe brides will know more about wedding options at Valhalla Tahoe thanks to a new partnership between Valhalla and Blue Sky Events.  Valhalla’s Grand Hall has been booked mostly through word-of-mouth in the past but a concentrated effort on the part of Blue Sky Events will insure that all potential Tahoe brides are aware of Valhalla’s offerings.

Valhalla, meaning “heavenly place” in Norwegian, is nestled among the pines along Lake Tahoe’s south shore and is a truly romantic setting for weddings. Built in 1924, this historic wood and stone hall includes a wraparound porch, gorgeous lake views and a massive 20-foot tall stone fireplace with walk-in hearth.

Blue Sky Events is an award winning event planning agency that often used the Valhalla site for memory- making events. They have been planning Lake Tahoe weddings for over 15 years and knew the potential Valhalla Tahoe had – if only couples also knew about the place!

“By joining together, we feel we can offer Valhalla Tahoe’s best to all who have a site like this in mind for their special day.” Said Valhalla Executive Director Sharon Romack. “Thanks to Blue Sky’s knowledge and resources, Valhalla will benefit from additional exposure”

“I’ve always had a special spot in my heart for Valhalla, especially since I was married there!”  Added Kerry Hawk, owner and president of Blue Sky Events. “We’re pleased to be able to introduce potential clients to this beautiful location.”

For more information about weddings at Valhalla Tahoe, email or call 530/314-7723.


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Job Opportunities

Events Manager

Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel and Bundox Bocce - Reno, NV

You were always one of those curious kids who opened every cabinet, peeked behind every door, and never ceased to ask "why" when given an explanation. Today, you bring your personal style to every experience. You live life to discover. You are passionate about your neighborhood, always looking to explore the places one wouldn’t find in a travel guide. If this sounds like you, you’re in the right place. You’ve got authentic style, natural curiosity and a warm way with people That’s why we’re not just looking for anyone. We’re looking for someone like you.

Events Manager

Job Summary

Responsible for managing events and ensuring deadlines and budgets are adhered to. Directs coordination of activities to prepare for the day of the event.

Primary responsibilities

  • Coordinate details of events such as conferences, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, charity events, surprise parties, trade shows, sales meetings, business meetings, and appreciation events.
  • Calculate budgets and adjust when necessary.
  • Prepare invitations and send out at appropriate time.
  • Work with Banquet Manager to ensure proper event staffing.
  • Work with guest of honor to ensure all requests are met.
  • Analyze event performance and prepare metrics presentation.
  • Define company brand through events.
  • Ensure staff is adequately prepared for event.
  • Authorize vendor payment for their participation in the event.
  • Provide receipts.
  • Ensure day of event goes smoothly.
  • Set up booths, flowers, decorations, and other event decor.
  • Plan menus in conjunction with Banquet Chef.
  • Sample food, including main dishes and desserts.
  • Give final approval for items such as music and menus.

Job Type: Full-time


Event Management: 2 years (Required)


Blue Sky Events 

Hiring for part time, seasonal, event assistants for Blue Sky Events and a site supervisor for Valhalla Tahoe 

Please contact Kerry Hawk at

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Local Events You Shouldn't Miss

Thursday, June 28, 2018 ~ 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Peppermill Weddings & Events cordially invites you to join us for the unveiling of our newest event venues.
Enjoy complimentary beverages and hors d' oeuvres.
Bring your business cards and enter to win a Peppermill gift basket.
Please RSVP to 775-689-7182


July 6th & 7th 2018!


Join Roundabout Catering on July 13th at 6:00 p.m.


Do you Yelp? Will you be Attending this great community event? If so, be sure to stop by and check out Blend Catering!

Wednesday June 27, 2018

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