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    President's Report

    Happy New Year Charlotte NACE!  

    The December holiday party was a wonderful way to celebrate with Charlotte’s event professionals and those who could not be in attendance were greatly missed.  This event marked not only the end of an incredible year for the Charlotte NACE Chapter but also the introduction of the incoming 2018 Board of Directors.  

    The significance of installing our board at the December meeting aligns metaphorically with the close of a year; full of celebration, gratitude and anticipation.  We shared our appreciation for our fellow Board of Directors who after many years of service to the Charlotte NACE Chapter have completed their time on the board.  I would be remiss to not again acknowledge them for their service to the Charlotte NACE Chapter; Thank You, Kim Werner, CPCE, Kim Bibb and Patty Pressley.  Each of you have directly contributed to the success of our chapter and for that we are all grateful.  

    In accepting the new role as your 2018 & 2019 Charlotte NACE President, I shared that the foundation of my leadership style is rooted in the fable Stone Soup.  Briefly Stone Soup is a story of a traveler who comes upon a village of people who do not have much and are weary of the stranger.  By starting a fire, boiling water and adding a stone to the pot, the villagers are curious and contribute small amounts of their own meager ingredients that create enough food to feed the entire village.  

    The moral of the story is that when a group of people work together they can accomplish great things.  One of the things that I am most excited about as your new president is the incredible opportunity that I have to work with this extraordinary group of professionals that make up your 2018 Board of Directors.  Each of these committed individuals volunteers their time in order to strengthen our chapter.  The Charlotte NACE Chapter would not be where it is today without the work that has been done by past board members nor the work that the incoming board has sworn to do.  Without a further ado, here is your 2018 Board of Directors:

    Immediate Past President : Justen Hix

    President : Cristin Lee, CPCE

    Vice President : Jenna Morrow

    Treasurer : Art Zelenak

    Secretary : Megan Applegate Shatto, CPCE

    Programs Co-Chair : Brittney Derrick

    Programs Co-Chair : Kelli Taddonio

    Membership Co-Chair : Courtney Squeglia

    Membership Co-Chair : Jennifer Humienmy

    Hospitality Chair : Emily Brandewie

    Fundraising Chair : Tara West

    Communications Chair : Beth Mangus

    Social Media Chair : Madison Baker

    Student Chapter Chair : Ted Watkins

    Heading into January, we look forward to seeing everyone at the Annual CADES Awards taking place on Thursday, January 18th at 6:00pm in the Carolina Ballroom at the Sheraton/Le Meridien Charlotte Uptown.  The night will be full of awards recognizing outstanding members and 2017 programming!  

    Cristin Lee, CPCE
    Marketing Director, Party Reflections
    Charlotte NACE President 2018-2019


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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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