March 2015  

President's Report

Dear NACE Baltimore,

I want to thank everyone who braved the weather to attend the February meeting. The speaker was fabulous and all our member sponsors did a great job making that meeting a memorable one.  One very special thing we accomplished at the meeting was the election for the position of hospitality chair. I am pleased to announce that Juliet Bodinetz of Bilingual Hospitality Solutions was elected to fill the position, and she is very excited to get started! On behalf of the entire board, we welcome Juliet!

Another special announcement:  NACE National awards are open for submission!  Do you have an award-worthy event?  Submit your event for best Table Presentation, best wedding, or best Event Production of the year.  Vickie Preston is our awards committee chair and she is happy to help you with the submission process.  You may contact her at Visit and click on the awards section to learn more.

Looking forward to seeing you at the March meeting!


Rachel Hoffberger

Baltimore NACE Chapter President

Plan It Perfect Co-Owner / Event Specialist

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Community Service

Meals on Wheels for Pets & the MDSPCA partner to run the Kibble Connection! After this crazy winter they are in urgent need of dry and wet cat food.  These wonderful groups, with their dedicated staff and volunteers, help housebound people eat well and some of those people have pets.  They discovered that some of their clients were sharing their own meals with their pets. We want to curb this tendency by providing proper pet food to clients who need it. Also, as the economy tightens, some have had to make the agonizing and heartbreaking decision to give up their animals because they cannot afford to feed them.  Let's help to keep the furry companions with their loved ones.  We need your help!
We are asking our always generous members to bring in small bags or cans of cat food to help feed these pets.  Think of your own small pawed friends and how much it would hurt to give them up because you could not afford to feed them!  More info. here

Thanks in advance!
Carl Jr.
Communtiy Service Director

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Membership Specials & Welcome New Members

20% off NACE Membership

Have you ever thought about joining NACE?  If so, March is the month to do it.  If you will be a new member (or are a member who has lapsed one or more years in their membership), you are eligible to receive 20% off your membership dues if you join during the month of March.  To join Baltimore NACE, go here and use code BALTNACE2015A.

Welcome New Members

Jon Goska, Hero Entertainment

Jim Holderbaum, Range and Reef

Christine McLeod, Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel

Brian Morse, Washington Talent Agency

Susan Yaffe, Susan Yaffe Events

Nicole Van Natta, The Classic Catering People

Patricia Bennett, Patricia Bennett Fine Art Painter

Member Benefits

Did you know NACE members can save up to 34% on shipping with UPS?  Click here to find out how you can use this member benefit as well as all of the other many affinity benefits.

Ashley Sullivan, Director of Membership

 Ashley Michelle Photography

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Member Spotlight

NACE Member Spotlight--Anna Wells

Ashley: What is your title/company?  

Anna: Assistant Director of Catering - Four Seasons Baltimore 

Ashley: How did you become involved with the event industry? Where did you get your start? 

Anna: I began my career a few years after college graduation and traveling to Australia for work.  I began with Hyatt hotels working with larger conventions.  Working outside DC in Northern Virginia and New York, I always knew I wanted to expand my career with a luxury hotel and that's how I ended up with Four Seasons.   

Ashley: What do enjoy best about your job?  

Anna: The first dance, first look, love and utter JOY that comes out of every couple on a wedding day.  Seeing couple walk out of the ceremony with utter happiness to be married to their other half and relief that the party now gets to begin.  It sounds cheesy but the LOVE you see throughout each wedding makes this job addicting.   

Ashley: Tell me a fun fact about yourself that no one in NACE would know about?  

Anna: While I truly enjoy a fine dining experience - I'm addicted to fast food.   

Ashley: What else should we know about you personally or professionally (family, fun hobbies, etc)?

Anna: Chicago native, catholic school raised, Annapolis transplant, loves being on the water (boats) but not in it (don't ask me to swim in the ocean), favorite season is summer but a gorgeous light snow fall cannot be beat, Filipino mom and Irish dad makes me an enigma for most to figure out, sun-worshiper and ski addict, food is an experience, bubbles are the best but so is bourbon, overwhelmingly excited to be a mom and would give my parents the world if I could because that's what they gave me.

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Program Recap

February NACE Baltimore Meeting Recap

Our February gathering was at the beautiful Pier 5 Hotel on the Inner Harbor in downtown Baltimore, and a great crowd of 85 members and guests braved the snowy weather to attend the monthly chapter meeting.

Member sponsor, Chris Sikora and his staff welcomed our Mardi-Gras theme with passed hors d’oeuvres of fried chicken liver with five pepper jelly, crawfish boulettes, pork cheek boudin and fried okra.  Also featured was a full bar or beer and wine options.

The evenings program was entitled “Top Business Resolutions for 2015” presented by Bill Cronin, VP of Marketing at WeddingWire.  And why not make 2015 the most successful year for your business yet? The start of a new year is a great time to evaluate your top strategies and goals – from key marketing tactics to effectively running your business logistics, your client management process and more. Bill shared a variety of resolutions; including website, email marketing, SEO, social media, and best sales practices. We left with a powerful list of ‘to-do’s’ relevant to growing our wedding business this year and beyond!

After the program, it was time for another tasty onslaught of our taste buds with amazing dinner food stations which included a raw bar, cassoulet station filled with duck, crawfish and boudin and fried green tomato and a po boy station, with pork cheek, cajun shrimp, rockfish and fried green tomato.

In addition to the educational aspect, we share with our attendees, we also love giving back to the community, and our Community Service Project for February was “Art With A Heart” … bringing 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. Read more details about Art With A Heart's mission here:

Last but not least, we could never do all of this without a huge thank you to our sponsors for the evening: Chris Sikora (Pier 5 Hotel); John Paul Berry (Absolute Entertainment); Ashley Sullivan (Ashley Michelle Photography); Paul Hines and Kathleen Doyle (Fabrication Events); Debra May (Millenium Marketing Solutions); Lauri Dixon (Party Plus); Mark Mehler (Synergetic Sounds & Lighting); David Morley (Zinnia Films).

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

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Marketing & Communications Update

Millenial Marketing

Okay, this is intended for all you "cool kids" out there that want to help get the message across!

Please join Katie Walny and I as we look for ways to market the chapter in new ways "thinking outside the box".

Please contact Katie Walny [] or John Paul Berry [] if you'd like to be part of this fun committee!

John Paul Berry
Director of Marketing & Communications

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Fundraising & Raffle Recap

A huge thank you to last month's wonderful donors!
~Our host Harbor Magic Hotels/Pier 5 Hotel overnight stay and a great bottle of wine! Christopher Sikora
~Marriott Waterfront Hotel- Overnight Stay - Sherri Griffis, CPCE, CMP
~Pride of Baltimore 2, Great Souvenirs - Paula Belletiere of Cruise Planners
~NACE Free meeting! NACE Board
~Basket of Olives, just add gin or Vodka! donated by TransMed Foods Importers ( cause we don't grow olives here!) – Scott Johnson, CMP, Conference Direct

What do you have that will make your business shine? Call us and we can talk it over!
Bring $20 for raffles or buy it on line when you register for the meeting!

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Classified Ads

My name is Adrien Aloi and I am a senior in the Hospitality Management program and a scholar in Schreyer Honors College at The Pennsylvania State University. I am also a student member of PCMA and MPI here at Penn State and am eager to start my career this summer, which will be focused on events. I am reaching out to you regarding my senior thesis research, in hopes of gaining participants from your chapter of NACE!

My research is focused on sustainable efforts in hotel properties and how they affect a meeting planner’s booking intention. My initial desire is to see if you would be willing and/or able to pass along the contact information (preferably e-mail addresses) for the members of your chapter. If this is not possible, and you would be willing to personally pass along my survey by distributing an e-mail, posting it on your website, or including it in your chapter newsletter if you have one, I cannot explain how much it would be appreciated!

Here is the survey link:

Please let me know if and how you would be willing to get your chapter involved with my research. I am asking participants to respond by March 1st. I recognize how busy everyone’s lives are, but hope some, if not all of your members, will be willing to set aside a few minutes to help an aspiring meeting planner!

Best Regards,

Adrien Aloi

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Classified Ads




Catering/ Events Manager Position



The Annapolis Yacht Club is a full service, year-round premier private yacht club that provides high-quality programs for its members. These include sailboat racing, cruising for sailors and power boaters, a vigorous junior sailing program, fun and educational winter activities, social events, and first class dining and banquet facilities.


Annapolis Yacht Club is accepting resumes for the Catering/Events Manager who will oversee the catering department. The successful candidate will be self-motivated, enthusiastic, possess a strong background in catering sales and marketing, culinary knowledge, creative menu and party planning, and an eye for detail. Leadership skills that provide direction, supervision and guidance to ensure the highest level of service and standards in the banquet department. The ability to oversee and coordinate multiple events including large and small, formal and casual banquets. In addition, you will be expected to maintain high visibility with the membership, have strong communication skills, both verbal and written. Must be committed to a team approach and work well with all departments. Knowledge of F&B software, excel, and word are required. Formal education with a minimum of three- five years successful experience in a club or in the hospitality industry.

Compensation commensurate with experience and qualifications, health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, 401(k) retirement plan, vacation and other benefits as defined in the employee manual, free parking and meals.


Interested Candidates should please e-mail or send their cover letter and resumes to:


Nadine D. Rockwell, CCM

Assistant General Manager

Annapolis Yacht Club

2 Compromise Street

Annapolis, MD 21401

No phone calls please.


Candidates interviewing for position will be kept in strict confidence.


Zeffert and Gold Catering & Event Planning is seeking to hire full time and part time pantry chefs and event chefs for our growing company. Ideal candidates are experienced and creative chefs with good work ethics and high standards who are able to join our hardworking team. Experience in off premise catering is preferred but not required. Reliable transportation, the ability to work well on a team, and availability to work nights and weekends is a must. Many benefits are available to qualified candidates. Competitive pay is based on experience and ability.

To be considered for this position please email a complete resume to  We will respond to those with the resumes that we feel will best fit the position.


Sales and Event Manager
Howl at the Moon – Baltimore, MD

Howl at the Moon Baltimore is looking for a Sales and Event Manager (SEM). The Sales and Event Manager is responsible for generating, coordinating, and executing all event sales for Howl at the Moon.

The Sales and Event Manager job duties include, but are not limited to:

Soliciting new clients and follow up with previous ones to generate sales through a proactive sales approach which includes making warm/cold calls?Cultivate and maintain relationships with local convention visitor’s bureau (CVB), destination management companies (DMCs), travel agencies, hotel staffs, other restaurant/entertainment venues, and catering companies?Maintain master client database to be used for future bookings?Manage and coordinate on-site events and staff?Coordinate the accounting/budgets of all events

Required Skills

1-2 years minimum sales background – preferably in the Restaurant, Hotel, or Entertainment Industry in the Baltimore market.?Excellent communication and organization skills?Ability to learn new computer software quickly?Must be able to attend networking events/trade shows outside of normal office hours?Current list of clients and vendors a huge plus?Education

Bachelor degree – preferably in the Hospitality Management/Marketing/Business field

Paul Mann- Senior General Manager
Howl at the Moon- Baltimore

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