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July 2014  

President's Report

I can’t believe it’s finally here!  The first half of the year has come and gone, and we have made it to July, the culmination of all the rigorous planning for the NACE Experience!  The Baltimore Chapter is so fortunate to have been selected as the host chapter for this year’s conference, and we are so excited to show the rest of the chapters what Charm City is all about. 

I would like to offer a very special thank you to all the committee members who helped put next week’s conference together, but most of all, my most sincere gratitude for Sherri Griffis, CPCE, CMP, of the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront.  She has been our rock throughout the two years of planning, and without her the conference would not be what it has actually become.  She set us up to host the best conference yet.  Thank you, Sherri!

It’s not too late to buy your tickets to Sunday night’s fundraiser event!  Visit for details and tickets.

For those of you who are attending the awards gala on Tuesday night, be prepared to cheer on the Baltimore Chapter.  We are up for a lot of awards, and we appreciate everyone’s support.

See you next week at Experience!

All my very best,

Rachel Hoffberger
Plan It Perfect
President, Baltimore NACE

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Community Service

St Vincent’s Picnic Recap:  The NACE and Friends picnic this year was a stellar success thanks again to the sponsors, donations and volunteers that stepped up.  With a budget of only $200 and most every aspect donated, we were able to exceed the expectations of the 140+ kids, their visiting parents and siblings as well as the 30 St. Vincent’s staff.  It was great to have Art With A Heart staff out to help the kids create their “Sprit Dolls” and the lines were long for the Snow-Ball truck.  The kids loved hamming it up for the Shutterbooth photo booths and during the dance contest copying the moves of the Jester Air Dancer from Baltimore's Best Events.  We had great food, desserts, snacks and drinks donated by our many industry pros.  To ramp up the fun, there were carnival games and the “SV Makeover Spa” had kids strutting their painted faces, colored hair, painted nails and tattoos!  Special thanks to the repeat volunteers as well as the newbies who came out this year!  Feel free to contact me if you have any suggestions or ideas for next year’s picnic.  Enjoy your summer!


Carl Jr.
Director of Community Service

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Membership Specials & Welcome New Members

Welcome New Members!
The following members joined us recently:

Julie Upchurch – Little House of Flowers
Jennifer DeVos – Copper Kitchen
D Morales – Visit Baltimore
Kathleen Ricker – Kathleen Hertel Photography
Suzanne deSousa – DoubleTree by Hilton Bethesda
Ken Stern – Maryland Productions
Jennifer Pellegrino – Chef’s Expressions
Delynn Powelson – Hunt Valley Inn, a Wyndham Affiliate

Please introduce yourselves to these new members at our next monthly meeting

Thank you to those new members who joined in June during our New Member Promotion

Member Referral Bonus:
Did you know that each member you bring into NACE earns you $50 off your next renewal of annual dues?  Bring in 7 new members and your renewal is FREE! 
Help our chapter grow and save money at the same time.
Visit for more details.

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Member Spotlight

Mark Mehler, Business Development Director, Synergetic Sound & Lighting

Until January, the past 17 years of working in the Event and Entertainment Industry has always been a weekend and part time gig. While DJing is something I’ve always loved both as a hobby and a second job, my career path has been quite an adventure.  An adventure that has given me experiences, challenges, and lessons that have paved the way for, what I believe to be, the perfect career.  Waking up in the morning with the sense of “something’s missing” is now obsolete…

I started out working in the world of electrical construction and design build engineering.  For many years, I was project manager with firm the specialized in Assisted Living and Care facilities.  Even though I enjoyed the design and engineering aspect (not to mention the surprise butt grabs of woman from the dementia wing), I always felt something was absent in my career.  After 11 years, 3 companies, and various engineering aspects from electrical to environmental, I decided that a service industry was where I should be.

In 2010, I had the brilliant idea that financial advising and insurance services are where I should be.  Heck, I could make a boat load of money and work with people; different types from every walk of life.  I said to myself: “Self, you are going to obtain every financial and insurance license, work with people, save them money, and help them retire happy!” Boy, was I wrong…

After 3.5 years in the financial industry, a phone call came from the company that had managed my events and bookings over the past 9 years.  Yes, I still managed to DJ on the weekends over the course of the career jumping. The owner asked if I would be interested in a position with Synergetic.  It was a relatively new position and concept; however, it was one that literally fit every aspect of what I’ve enjoyed over the many years of working. Working tireless hours at something I truly did not love because 1 or 2 aspects were still missing. After consulting with my wife about the offer, I knew this was something I could not pass up and accepted the position as Business Development Direct at Synergetic Sound & Lighting.

I can honestly say this is happiest I have been in many years. I wake up with a sense of urgency and desire and have a passion and drive to do more every single day. The event industry isn’t for everyone, but it is for me.  I’m truly blessed to be doing what I love…






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Program Recap

How many people can say that they got to network and have an event in a Brewery?  Well Baltimore NACE can!  The tone for the event was set by the gorgeous invitations created by mlc designs, llc.  Union Craft Brewery was the perfect venue to make this event happen and those beers were amazing!  The stunning design of the event was provided by the dynamic duo at Boutique Events.  

The meeting started off with mingling, taps flowing and delicious hors d' oeuvres from The Food Market.  There was a toss up of "where to be" - the Charcuterie Station and French Fry Station were equally delightful.  One of the favorite appetizers was the Soft Pretzel Sticks - soft pretzels and beer go together like peanut butter and jelly!  After the first hour groups were invited for a tour of the Brewery.  While some were on the tours others took use of the fun photobooth and props supplied by Booth-O-Rama Photobooths.  

We moved under the beautifully decorated tent for dinner - there was fun furniture provided by CORT Event Furnishings, some were even inflatable, great linens by Table Toppers and amazing florals by Crimson & Clover Floral Design. The arrangements that were in the beer cans were so much fun! While munching on a great dinner of Barbecued Duck and French Fries the talented Jennifer McMenamin was working her magic taking great pictures of everyone.  To round out the event and keep the atmosphere exciting the energetic Jacob Jensen from Event Pro Live was spinning tunes at a DJ stand in cased by Union Brewery kegs!  

Cocktail Hour Hors D’oeuvres
Charcuterie Board
Amish Soft Pretzels with Beer Cheese Fondue
Buffalo Fried Pickles
Hot Sauce and Gorgonzola
Old Bay Caramel Popcorn Balls
Churasco Grilled Steak with Black Pepper Charred Onions
Shrimp & Andouille Tater-Tots with Gumbo Foam
French fries with Pit Bison Gravy

Dinner Stations:
Blackened Tuna
Potato Pancake
Soy Caramel
To Pair with Duckpin Ale

BBQ Duck Leg Confit
Corn Spaetzle
Pickled Green Beans
To Pair with Bal Altbier

Caponata-Stuffed Pasta
Tomato Sauce & Mozzarella
To Pair with Anthem Golden Ale
House-Made Bread Pudding
To Pair with Blackwing Lager

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Thank you to everyone that has donated to our fundraiser on July 13th. We are excited to see everyone at A Star Spangled Evening – it’s going to be an incredible event!  Last day to purchase your tickets are Friday, July 11th.

See you all on Sunday at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park Museum. Looking forward to being on the water for a great evening!


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