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    President's Report

    NACE President’s Letter August 2018

    As we enter the last official month of summer, our Chapter has so many things to celebrate and look forward to for the remainder of 2018!  First, I would like to thank Omni Charlotte for hosting the NACE Charlotte Member Mixer on their incredible Coin Rooftop Bar on July 16th.  Nothing says summer like a networking event featuring refreshing cocktails and a Make Your Own Poke Bowl station!  We appreciate the Omni’s hospitality and the opportunity for members to connect before the Experience 2018 Conference.    

    The Experience 2018 Conference in Palm Springs was a monumental event for our chapter on many levels.  We had over 20 Charlotte event professionals attend the conference, a record in terms of total number of members going to Experience in our chapter’s 23-year history.  We had two members recognized for receiving their CPCE Certification, great job Brittney Derrick and Jennifer Humienny!  We won the 2017 NACE One Award for Chapter Education Program of the Year for the September Culinary Experience.  Congratulations to our member sponsors who contributed to the success of that meeting; Best Impressions Catering, J’Adore Studios, Split Second Sound, Party Reflections and Charlotte PhotoBooth Fun!  I also want to thank the hard working 2017 Programs team that led that program including Megan Applegate, Brittney Derrick, Kelli Taddonio and Madison Baker.  When our chapter wins national awards for our programming, our members and the Charlotte event industry are the winners!

    We know that not everyone can attend the NACE National conference each year but that does not mean that our members should not benefit from the education sessions presented there.  Every August following Experience, the Charlotte NACE meeting is a conference recap of the best education, highlights and trends from conference.  Our two scholarship winners, Ted Watkins & Edwin Yanes, as well as National scholarship winner, Hunter Beals, will be presenting along with the opportunity to see Erin Dennis & Rachel Sheerin review their session from Conference, "Changing Lives and Business Through Mentorship".  There is still time to register for this meeting which will be held at Quail Hollow Country Club on Thursday, August 16th from 5:30 – 8:00pm.  Click here to get signed up!


    Cristin Corder Lee, CPCE

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    Awards & Recognition


     F&B and Venue – Best Impressions Caterers

            Photographer- Liz Golden / J’adore Studios

           Music and AV- Split Second Sound

           Linen and Décor- Party Reflections

          Photo Booth- Charlotte PhotoBooth Fun

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    Welcome New Members

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    Calendar of Events

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    Job Opportunities

    Social Conference Services Manager
    The Duke Mansion

    Send Resumes to:
    Brittney Derrick

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    Student Chapter News

    After careful review by the national board of NACE, the Johnson & Wales University Student Chapter of NACE's petition to the charter was officially voted on and approved during the 2018 NACE Experience conference in Palm Springs, California! Many thanks to an all-star team of students, our professional chapter, and faculty at Johnson & Wales University who have helped to see this day come after nearly a year and a half when the conversation started. Keep your eyes open for what is to come this school year! 

    Ted Watkins
    Student Chapter Chair 

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    Job Description

    Who we are: Party Reflections is a leading event rental industry provider in the Carolinas. The business started in 1958 and has been a family operated business since day one. The most important piece to our success is our people.  We strive to make great moments happen for both our clients and our employees. We are always eager for motivated, and results-driven people to join our team!

    Job Title:             Account Executive | RALEIGH

    Qualifications:                  Strategic and creative thinking to understand industry and business trends.

                                               Great organizational, oral and written communication skills.

                                               Extensive experience with presentations and client facing communication.

                                               Ability to work independently and meet quota-level goals.

                                               Good understanding of event management.

                                               Experience demonstrating the ability to manage multiple projects.

                                               Knowledge of event rental equipment a plus.                                     


    Experience:                        Bachelor’s degree and 3 + years sales experience.

    Classification:                   Exempt

    Position Summary:          The Account Executive manages the sales process of our rental equipment through current relationships as well as develops new business relationships in the Carolinas and surrounding areas.

    Responsibilities Include but are not limited to:

    • Generating new revenue through closing sales by acquiring new business customers and growing existing customers.
    • Design effective proposals and quotations, and respond in a timely manner to Requests for Proposals (RFP).
    • Create and Maintain contracts with clients through the event process.
    • Practice effective time management for sufficient sales activity.
    • Identify future product and market growth opportunities.
    • Oversee the coordination of sub-rentals and outside vendors when necessary.
    • Develop new business leads through networking.
    • Join professional organizations such as NACE or ILEA to build professional network.
    • Adhere to company policies and pricing structure.
    • Cultivate and increase annual rental revenue.
    • Track and report results of market analysis and business development for future opportunities.
    • Work with the Operations Staff and Project management team to ensure jobs are handled appropriately and meet the client’s expectations.


    Software Skills:

    • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
    • Proficient use of rental software a plus.


    Please visit for more information and to apply! 


    Event Assistant

    Part Time Position 15-25 hours per week


    Description of Position


    The event assistant is responsible for event set up, execution, and event break down, catering deliveries and Retail Operations. This person must have a valid North Carolina driver’s license, clean driving record, along with their own vehicle. They must be available to work as needed for Events and deliveries as needed.



    The Event Assistant will have a thorough knowledge and understanding of our menu and learn processes quickly. The Event assistant is responsible for set up and execution of all in house and offsite catering events. The Event Assistant must be able to support the Catering Sales Manager in assigned weekly tasks and able to complete other duties as assigned. This person will also assist in running our retail operations. Open Availability is necessary. Excellent communication skills required to work with clients during event. Excellent presentation skills required in representing company during events.


    Job Functions:

    •          Setup and Execution of Events
    •          Being efficient and having great organizational skills
    •          Learning menus and standard setups for events
    •          Ability to deliver catering orders
    •          Passion for catering and events
    •          Work as a team player with a passion for continuous learning
    •          Being able to work different Retail Outlets within the company
    •          Answering phones and inquires

    Event design


    Minimum Requirements:

    •          HS Diploma or GED Equivalent
    •          Valid NC Driver’s License
    •          A minimum of 1-year Hotel, Catering and or Retail Experience
    •          Open Availability including evenings and weekends
    •          Ability to lift 35 pounds


    Dynamic Catering Event Sales Assistant- We are looking for:

    •          Great interpersonal skills
    •          Strong written and verbal communication skills
    •          Strong computer skills
    •          Great attention to detail
    •          Hospitality preferably hotel and or catering experience
    •          Must have own vehicle and acceptable driving record

    Please Send Email with Name, Telephone, and Resume Attachment




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