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    President's Report


    On January 27th – 29th over 150 NACE Leaders gathered in New Orleans at the annual NACE Evolve Conference to connect with industry professionals, to hear about the NACE National Strategic Plan and to share best practices across our network.  Each year the Charlotte Board of Directors allocates funding to send 3-5 board members to attend this leadership conference.  Our board believes that it is important to invest in its members, including members who volunteer their time to our chapter.  

    This year representing the Charlotte NACE Chapter with me was Secretary, Megan Applegate Shatto, CPCE, Programs Co-Chair, Brittney Derrick, Hospitality Chair, Emily Brandewie and Fundraising Chair, Tara West.  Each member participated in extensive education sessions and breakout groups that will enable them to become stronger local leaders.  The Charlotte board retreat will be taking place on Monday, February 12th at the Foundation For The Carolinas and these members will be sharing the information learned at Evolve with the board in order to incorporate best practices into our chapter throughout 2018.

    But what I really want to share with our Charlotte NACE Community is the recently released NACE 2017-2020 Strategic Plan.  Your NACE National Leadership and Staff have worked extensively to develop this workplan that shifts the vision and mission of NACE in a progressive and member driven direction.  To read the entire strategic plan please visit  

    Here are some insights from the NACE National Strategic Plan:  


    As the premier resource and community for catering and events professionals, the Boards of NACE and The Foundation of NACE, have determined the association’s focus through 2020 will be on professional development, community enhancement, and organizational excellence to anchor its strategic direction.

    To deliver on our mission and work toward realizing our vision, we are committed to achieving the following goals and objectives:

    Goal 1 – Essential Resource
    NACE will identify, develop, and offer cutting-edge education, technology, tools, and access to expertise through a variety of online and in-person platforms enabling catering and event professionals to grow and thrive in a highly competitive environment.

    Goal 2 – Strong, Vibrant Community 
    NACE will provide programs, services, messaging, marketing, and overall support designed to optimize through local, regional, national, and social networks:

    • member learning
    • interactive experiences
    • access to expertise
    • professional development 


    Goal 3 – Strategic, Aligned, Transparent Organization
    NACE will strengthen its communications, operations, and infrastructure to ensure positive member interactions, an efficient, sustainable organization, and timely delivery of valued products and services.

    I know that is a lot to take in however I think that it is important that our Charlotte NACE members and fellow industry professionals are aware of the direction that the NACE National Board and Staff are taking the organization as well as how your local leaders are going to implement those principles into our chapter governance and programming.  

    As the 2018 board develops our workplan for this year and the future, we will align our chapter goals with this new direction from NACE National in order to continue to provide exceptional education and networking opportunities here in Charlotte.  


    Cristin Corder Lee, CPCE
    2018-2019 Charlotte NACE President 


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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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