February 2015  

President's Report


Dearest NACE Members and Friends,

2015 is already off to a wonderful start! At the January chapter meeting, Past President Alicia Crosby inducted our 2015 board into office. Earlier this week, your Board of Directors spent Monday this week at our annual retreat where we developed some new and exciting ideas for the coming year! We look forward to growing membership, providing diverse and engaging educational programming, and breathing new life into our annual fundraiser event.

I look forward to completing our Board when we elect a new Hospitality Chair in February. It's not too late to get involved in chapter committees and activities! Let us know how you'd like to get involved and we will help find the best match for you.

We look forward to a fun and educational year in Baltimore NACE!


Rachel Hoffberger
Plan It Perfect
Baltimore NACE Chapter President

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Community Service

Art With A Heart, brings out the creative in every Cupid!
Art With A Heart's mission is to enhance lives of those in need through visual art. Their wonderful organization provides interactive, hands-on art activities to disadvantaged families, children, and people with developmental and physical challenges.  Please consider picking up a few items and donating to their great cause to help those less fortunate find the joy and benefit in art.  You can find many items they need including the much sought Fiskars brand scissors as well as glue sticks and colored Sharpie markers at any store that sells crafts or school supplies.
Their wish list is Here and below... so have heart and click on it!   Read more details about Art With A Heart's mission here:

  • Ziploc bags of all sizes
  • Tissue paper
  • Sharpies (all colors!)
  • Glue sticks
  • Masking tape
  • Gift cards to craft stores (i.e. - Michael's, A.C. Moore, Home Depot, Target, IKEA)
  • Permanent markers
  • Paint pens
  • Construction paper
  • Fiskars scissors
  • Crayola Model Magic
  • Colorful soft t-shirts
  • 'Goop' Glue (Household or Craft)
  • Industrial rubber gloves
  • Table Covers for Classes
  • Cleaning Supplies for Classes (spray cleaner, sponges, wipes, etc.)

Thanks in advance for your support!
Carl Jr. Community Service Director - Baltimore NACE

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Membership Specials & Welcome New Members

No New Members to welcome this month... 

Calling all members to help refer and speak of the great benefits for joining NACE Baltimore.  See this month's special below.

Receiving this email and not a member, come to a our meeting on February 16th and let Ashley Sullivan, Director of Membership or one of our Board Members speak to you about the benefits of membership.


February's Special ~ Want a free NACE Membership?

For each new member you refer, you will save $50 towards your next membership renewal.  You can reduce your yearly membership to $0.  So gather up your friendors and start saving!


Save 20% off on all orders with AFR Event Furnishings ~ Another NACE Benefit

As part of the NACE Baltimore Affinity Benefits, members receive 20% off all orders with a discount code with AFR Event Furnishings.  This is just one of the many benefits of a NACE membership.  Join today if you aren't already a member.


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Member Spotlight

Ashley: What is your title/company?
Chris: I’m not really into titles, I refer to myself as Chris the Wedding Guy from Pier V Hotel.

Ashley: How did you become involved with the event industry?
Chris: I’m the accidental event professional. I purchased Fisher’s Bakery in Ellicott City back in 2005, and their specialty was wedding cakes which drove sales. I saw the importance of pursuing that market; so, I wanted to learn as much as possible about the wedding and special event industry. At the urging of Jennifer who owned Wessel’s Florist at the time, I attended my first NACE meeting in 2007 at the Baltimore Country Club. Fell in love with this business and decided to stay, even if the bakery didn’t.

Ashley: What do enjoy best about your job?
Chris: I love working with people and being a part of the most important days of their lives.

Ashley: Tell me one fun fact about yourself that no one in NACE would know about?
Chris: I taught entrepreneurship at Howard Community College for 9 semesters between 2008 and 2011.

Ashley: What else should we know about you personally or professionally (family, fun hobbies, etc.)?
Chris: I’ve been married for 15 years to Pamela, and have two great daughters Meredith (11) and Andrea (8). We enjoy going to church, the Orioles, parks and museums!



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Ain't that NACE

NACE Baltimore Hashtag

The official hashtag for our chapter is #nacebaltimore.  If you tweet/instagram/facebook anything from one of our meetings or any other NACE event, please help us spread the word to other industry professionals by using this hashtag.

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Program Recap


January's Program Recap

What a great start to the new year!  The NACE meeting on January 19th at the Four Seasons Hotel in Baltimore, drew quite a crowd.  New and longtime members anticipated seeing who would be recognized during the awards ceremony, witnessing the induction of the 2015 Board, and celebrating 25 years of the chapter’s existence.  Many thanks to Write Style, Inc, for the beautiful invitations.

The Four Seasons certainly stepped up to the occasion by welcoming guests during the cocktail hour with Prime Beef Tartar with Capers in Mini Cones, Madeleines with Russian Caviar and Creme Fraiche, Mini Maryland Crab Tartlets, and Topiko-Baked Oyster Rockefeller with Creamed Spinach.  Attendees mingled and networked while sipping wine and beer from the open bar, and made sure to purchase raffle tickets for a variety of fun prizes. Sparkly sequined and silver linens (the appropriate anniversary color to celebrate 25 years!) provided by Gala Cloths complemented florals that were custom-created by Crimson and Clover, and Topher Stevenson was on-hand to capture all of the details and smiling faces on behalf of J. Thomas Photography.  Entertainment sponsor DJ Carl of Classic Disc Jockeys created the perfect ambience with popular tunes from the chapter’s inaugural year.

Guests were then invited to be seated for the awards portion of the evening.  Jerry Edwards, CPCE, spoke on the importance of the chapter reaching such a milestone and offered insight as one of the longest-standing members.  Past-president Alicia Crosby conducted the Board of Directors Induction Ceremony, and also shared some insight about other things that were introduced to the world the same year as our Baltimore Chapter.

The individual awards followed the board induction, and we were pleased to celebrate the following:



Ashley Sullivan, of Ashley Michelle Photography


Sherri Griffis, CPCE, CMP, of Baltimore Marriott Waterfront


David Morley, of Zinnia Films


Jerry Edwards, CPCE, of Chef's Expressions


BEST MEETING OF 2014, Event Photography 101

Ashley Michelle Photography, Daniel McGarrity Photography, Dionysus' Kitchen (now Table Field Catering), Entertainment Exchange, Eric Stocklin Photography, LLC, Fabrication Events Inc., Intrigue Design & Decor, J. Thomas Photography, Jennifer McMenamin Photography, Millennium Marketing Solutions, Select Event Group, Zinnia Films

Immediate Past President Vickie Preston and Leslie Jones, CMP, Chief Operating Officer of NACE National then recapped the national conference that we hosted here in Baltimore in August, and then revealed that our fundraising efforts allowed us to present Moveable Feast with a check for $4,000.00.  And what better way to celebrate such an accomplishment than by streamer cannon, compliments of Bill Reeder of Affairs to Remember.

Dinner in the Cobalt Room was a wonderful conclusion to the evening.  A stations-style dinner featured a massive International Cheese Display with six domestic and imported cheeses to pair with fresh & dried fruit, mustards, chutneys, and baguettes, crisps, and crackers.   The Griddle Station offered guests their choice of Grilled Truffle Cheese Sandwich Bites, Lobster & Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, and shooters of Tomato & Hendricks Gin Soup.  A chef-attended Duck Station displayed Duck Prosciutto with Pear Butter on a Grilled Baguette, Duck Croquettes with a Drunken Cranberry Compote, and Lavender Tea-Roasted Duck Breast over Creamy Polenta and Crispy Brussel Sprouts.  The popular Small Plates Station showcased Pan-Seared Diver Scallops with Creamed Cabbage and Pumpkin Puree, Twelve-Hour Braised Beef Short Ribs with Truffle Whipped Potato topped with Rosemary Crumbs, and Roasted Roma Tomatoes Filled with Curried Cous Cous and topped by a Black Garlic Spinach Sauce.  Lastly, a lavish Dessert Spread enticed guests with Lemon Meringue Tartlets, Caramel Nut Tartlets, Seasonal Panna Cotta, and Baltimore Custard.

Such an amazing evening is cause enough for us to be excited about what the rest of 2015 has in store.  Thanks, again, to the help and generosity of our sponsors!!

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Fundraising & Raffle Recap

Thank You for allowing us to be your Fund Raising Co-chairs!

Our main objectives are:

  • Gather at least five great raffle items every month from NACE members and affiliates, sell the raffle tickets to you to raise money for our great charities (purchase on-line at time of buying your ticket OR at the meeting from one of us), and we will having fun doing it.

We currently have one donation for February's Raffle.  We would love to have four more!  This is a great way to highlight your business.  So far, a great offering from TransMed Foods ~ "Basket of Olives" via Scott Johnson, CMP, CDS, all you have to do is just add gin!

  • Create amazing fundraising opportunities for our Chapter to give back.  In the Fall, we will have a "mini" fundraiser to allow us more time to create another magical event to rival our Uncorked! that had many successful years. 


We are currently looking for members to join our FUN & Fundraising Committee.  Come be part of re-vitalizing our new fundraiser.

We will be contacting each and every member unless you offer first.... : )

Thank you for being part of a Team that ROCKS!

Ken Stern & Janet Caslow 410-241-8693

*Networking Note: If you want to get to meet people, volunteer to sell raffle tickets one month!

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Event Rentals Coordinator 
AFR Event Furnishings - Jessup, MD

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This position is well-compensated with a full-time salary plus commission as well as a full benefits package including insurance and 401(k) matching. Growth opportunities include: pay, responsibilities and promotions.

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See the full listing HERE

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