September 2014  

President's Report

My favorite season, autumn, is upon us!  I love the fall for so many reasons – the weather, the colors, the wardrobe! But, most of all, the Baltimore area is bustling with amazing events this time of year.  As we gear up for another peak season, I want to wish the entire Baltimore Chapter of NACE all the best.  

In each of our businesses, and in NACE, we are beginning to prepare for next year.  One of the biggest end-of-year endeavors is elections for the next Board of Directors.  I encourage all of you to consider serving your chapter by running for a board position.  If you are looking for other ways to be involved, perhaps being on a committee is the way to go.  Please reach out to current board members over the next few weeks to find out how you can have a bigger presence in NACE and make a difference in our community of event professionals.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the meeting on Monday!

Rachel Hoffberger
Plan It Perfect
President, NACE Baltimore Chapter


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Membership Specials & Welcome New Members

New Members!

The following members joined us recently:

Jordan Walker

Howl at the Moon Place

 Karen Nawrocki

Bobby’s Portable Restrooms


Get Ready for October Member Promotion!!

$50 off professional membership renewal*

*Your membership does not need to be approaching expiration in order to take advantage of this promotion!  You can renew at any time and NACE will add 12 months of membership to your current term.

Contact Membership Director, Renee West,

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Member Spotlight

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Calendar of Events

"Winning Awards for Your Award-Worthy Event"

Monday, September 15th, 2014
The DoubleTree Baltimore - BWI Airport
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


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Community Service

This Fall our September Community Service partner is The Living Legacy Foundation.  We are encouraging members to donate their services or time for the 2014 Donate Life Family Fun Run!

The 6th annual Donate Life Family Fun Run! is Saturday, September 27th at 9am at Camden Yards Sports Complex.  The run is a non-competitive 5K run and walk held to raise awareness for organ, eye and tissue donation while also celebrating donors and the lives changed by their generosity. Donor families and friends, recipients, living donors, hospital staff and other donation supporters in the Maryland community come together to celebrate the gift of life and honor loved ones.

Get involved in this great organization to help them raise awareness and be sure to register if you'd like to take the life changing steps to become an organ/tissue donor.  Register as a donor Here 

More information here: 
The Living Legacy Foundation Website

2014 Donate Family Fun Run Website 

Carl Jr.
Community Service Director

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Program Recap

Our August gathering was at Mt. Washington Mill, a pleasant complex consisting of a dozen historic buildings in a pedestrian friendly setting.  The meticulously landscaped gardens and large sidewalks create a relaxing oasis from the stresses of urban life.

Over the years, Mt. Washington Mill grew and more buildings were constructed.  The Maryland Nut and Bolt Company operated out of Mt. Washington Mill throughout the 20th century until 1989.

The oldest building at Mt. Washington Mill, The Stone Mill, dates to 1811 and is the third oldest water powered cotton mill in the United States.  Mt. Washington Mill operated as a cotton mill for a number of years as the complex grew.  Our meeting space used is the recently renovated Dye House.

The featured caterer and co-host of the event was The Copper Kitchen.  Featured cocktail treats included Blueberry Fizz and Peach Bourbon Smash along with a full bar or beer and wine options. The food was amazing and included a vegetarian antipasti display also with assorted passed hors d’oeuvres of watermelon and yellow tomato gazpacho soup shooters, BLT bites, shrimp and crab fitters, lamb polpette, herb gougere and kabochasquash tartlets.

The evenings program was a networking speed dating round table that afforded everyone the opportunity to share their elevator speeches.  The different styles that we use was all very enlightening in that we could see different strategies for getting into our clients worlds.

After the program it was time for another tasty onslaught of our taste buds with two amazing food stations! The market salad station featured a bounty of fruits and vegetables tossed before your eyes in your favorite combination.  The Korean barbecue station included your choice of traditionally marinated protein grilled to smoky perfection and served in house-made steamed bun, green leaf lettuce, or alongside classic sticky rice.

In addition to the educational aspect we share with our attendees, we also love giving back to the community, and our Community ServiceProject for August was “It's Back To School With the National Academy Foundation!”  Partnering with NAF to collect Back-to-School supplies, we asks for donations of anything ranging from pens to glue sticks and everything in between.

Last but not least, we could never do all of this without a huge thank you to our sponsors for the evening: Carl Brashears (Classic Disc Jockeys) for the music and PA; Janin Hardin (Mt. Washington Mill Dye House); KaitlinRadebaugh (Radebaugh Florist); JenniferDeVos (Copper Kitchen); David McIntosh (McIntosh Photography); Kelly Andres (Select Event Rentals).

We look forward to seeing you all at an upcoming meeting!


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With September here, it’s time to start focusing on next year’s fundraiser!  There is quite a bit to accomplish for the 2015 Event: new venue, potentially a new theme or name for the event, and of course, our main focus is to make this an event that generates money for Moveable Feasts, our Baltimore Chapter and NACE National.

If anyone is interested in joining a committee, please reach out to me directly. Even if you are not able to commit to a committee at this time, I would love to get feedback from past committee members, and participants. I will be setting up either a meeting or conference call to discuss items and options, so again, if you would like to be a part of this, please let me know! OR 410.986.4868.

We raised $250 in raffle sales at August’s meeting.

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Classified Ads


Select Event Group is accepting applications for an exciting and rewarding career in our event equipment & linen division. This account management position entails both prospecting for and providing customer service to existing and new relationships on the team supporting Baltimore and Annapolis Markets. We seek an individual with a successful track record in relationship-based sales; preferably within the event industry. 

Key elements will include:

~ Identifying and marketing to prospective clientele, including professionals in catering, hotels, venues, food services, universities, event planning and many other industries

~ Attentiveness, Clear Communication Skills, Knowledge of Products, Time Management Skills, Ability to Handle Surprises, Tenacity, Closing Skills and Willingness to Learn

~ Ongoing customer service as a member of a team environment will be a crucial component of this position

~ Strong relationship skills, a passion for providing exceptional service, and a desire to be a meaningful member of a successful team is required

Select Event Group is the premier provider of structures, tents, event equipment, and décor in the Mid-Atlantic region. The position will be based out of our Laurel, MD headquarters.  
Candidates can email resumes to:


Chartwell Golf and Country Club

Event Planner

Founded in 1961, Chartwell Golf and Country Club is one of the finest country clubs in the Mid-Atlantic region. There is a very real sense of relaxed refinement, gracious style and unpretentious heritage. Chartwell's amenities are designed to assure you, your family and friends quality leisure time. The Club's facilities are maintained at a level that is commensurate with its fine reputation.

Position Description Summary

The Event Planner promotes the club’s dining facilities for private banquets, business and social meetings and other member-related activities. He or she develops contracts for and oversees all administrative aspects of preparing and serving events. He or she will be responsible for marketing strategy and business development of catering events through numerous venues. The Event Planner works with Banquet Manager and other departments to assure that the guests’ expectations are met or exceeded. The Event Planner reports to the Food and Beverage Manager.

Event Planner Job Duties:

• Managing banquet billing and client correspondence

• Arranging prompt payment to vendors for all events

• Attending management meetings to review policies and procedures, future business

and to continually develop the quality and image of banquet and catering functions

• Ensuring that proper housekeeping and energy conservation procedures are always followed

• Serving as liaison between kitchen, service and management staffs for clients and

arrange banquets, luncheons, meetings, weddings, dances and other social events in conjunction with the Executive Chef.

• Working with the Executive Chef to determine selling prices, menus and other details for catered events

• Assuring that pre-planned banquet menu offerings are current and reflect general member interests

• Arranging for menu printing

• Maintaining club’s master calendar and function book

• Obtaining pertinent information needed for guest planning

• Transmitting essential information to and coordinating event planning with production, serving and housekeeping staffs in a timely manner.

• Diagramming room layout, banquet item placement and related function details in a timely manner.

• Updating weekly function information for all affected staff

• Assuming responsibility of manager-on-duty when necessary

• Procuring decorations, entertainment and executing other special requests, etc.

• Inspecting finished arrangements and checking function sheets against actual room setup

• Helping guests with parking, entertainment, decorations, audio-visual, floral and any other requirements integral to planned events

• Ensuring the security of valuables (i.e., club’s, guests’ and members’ property) during catered events

• Handling client complaints

• Critiquing functions to determine future needs and to implement necessary changes for increased quality

• Serving as the sales and marketing leader in developing the catering strategy

• Promoting, advertising and marketing the club’s social event facilities and capabilities to all members and guests

• Providing guest tours and offering suggestions for marketing/selling the club’s facilities for planned special occasions

 • Maintaining past and potential client files; scheduling calls or visits to assess ongoing needs of prospective clients for catering services

 Contact Information:

Glenn Looney, Food and Beverage Manager

No phone calls please

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