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    President's Report

    Hello and Happy March! Full discloser – I have not been writing these monthly letters however that does not mean that there are not amazing things going on in our chapter!  I want to reintroduce the Charlotte NACE Chapter Newsletter with a quarterly report from your president and with a pledge to do better the rest of my term!  Let’s take a look back at the last couple months and some chapter highlights!

    Every January the Charlotte Chapter of NACE recognizes its members and programming triumphs at the Annual Catering and Design Excellence Awards or CADES Awards.  This year the event was hosted by the incredible team at The Ritz Carlton and featured an unbelievably talented group of sponsors including; Your Event Source, Eye Dialogue Lighting & Sound, Key Signature Entertainment, BBJ Linen, Moving Mountains Photography, QC Booths and Darling Dogwood Floral & Event Design

    The highlight of the evening was the announcement of the winners of the CADES five award categories and the prestigious Mary Margaret Traxler Spirit of NACE Award.  This year there were over 40 people, places and events nominated for the 6 awards.  The winners of each of these categories were voted upon by the Charlotte NACE membership. 

    2018 Venue of the Year:  Discovery Place Science Center

    2018 Event of the Year:  Sip Sip Hooray, Charlotte Convention Center

    2018 Member of the Year: Erin Dennis, Hampton Inn and Suites SouthPark

    2018 Board Member of the Year:  Jennifer Huminney, CPCE, Hilton Charlotte Center City

    2018 Rising Star:  Edwin Yanes, Charlotte Convention Center

    2018 Mary Margaret Traxler Spirit of NACE Recipient: Tara West, Bowlero Corporation

    In addition to the CADES Awards this January, the Charlotte NACE Chapter sent 5 delegates to the NACE Evolve Leadership Conference in San Antonio to connect with industry professionals, to hear about the NACE National Strategic Plan and to share best practices across our network. 

    The focus of February for our chapter was “Grow with NACE” with members and guest’s alike coming to the NASCAR Hall of Fame to learn about the many membership benefits and opportunities that exist when you invest in your professional development with NACE.  The featured speaker was Gil Hall, NACE National CLC Mentor and member of the Philadelphia/Delaware/South Jersey Chapter.   Beyond the extensive presentation of all of the ways one can optimize their membership, guests also enjoyed all of the NASCAR Racing activities including the Pit Crew Challenge and of course the Race Simulator.   A huge thank you to the NASCAR Hall of Fame and JWU Student Photographer Samej Richardson.      

    Coming up later this month, we will gather at Lenny Boy Brewing Co. to learn about planet based culinary trends, sustainability and how to navigate local food systems from representatives of Freshlist.  Great food, delicious craft beverages and an evening with your peers sounds like an incredible way to kick off the Spring Busy Season!   You can register for the 3/18/19 meeting here:


    Cristin Corder Lee, CPCE

    2018-2019 Charlotte NACE President

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    Student Chapter News

    Spring is right around the corner! The students of Johnson & Wales University have been hard at work planning their spring term of meetings and events, most especially the Student Chapter Takeover program planned for April 15th at Camp North End!

    We held our first successful fundraiser in December with the University's "Panthers Parking" initiative, raising more than $1500 for the chapter! Thank you Johnson & Wales for providing this yearly opportunity. Our big focus right now continues to be in growth, internship opportunities, as well as scholarship and conference attendance this summer at NACE Experience!

    If you have any ideas, opportunities, or would like to get involved with the student chapter, please reach out to our Student Chapter Chair, Ted Watkins. We look forward to seeing you in April at Camp North End! 

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