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    President's Report

    Presidents Newsletter July 2018

    I love a reason to Dip, Dive, Duck and Dodge, yes you read that correctly!  Members and guests from both the Charlotte Chapters of NACE and ILEA participated in the inaugural NACE/ILEA Charity Dodgeball Tournament last month and it was EPIC! 

    A huge thank you to the incredible committee of members from both chapters that worked tirelessly on this event from concept to game day.  Without Brittney Derrick, Kelli Taddonio, Michaelina Antahades and Hank Patterson, this new and exciting annual joint meeting would not have been possible.  One of the things I appreciate most about our members is their willingness to think outside of the box and try new things that move our industry forward.    

    In addition to the dream team mentioned above, the vendor team that sponsored this event was also top notch.  We are thankful for the following sponsors that contributed their products and services to this event:  H&M Catering brought their A game to the tournament with a table spread that went on for days and was equally delicious.  Shutter Hutch Photobooth & Films brought the props and the booth that got all attendees in on the fun.  And of course, Carlos and C’leb Entertainment DJ Services brought the noise (in a good way) with upbeat jams fit for the occasion. 

    New to the joint NACE/ILEA June meeting was the introduction of raising money for a local charity that is near and dear to our industry, Hospitality House of Charlotte.  All of the proceeds raised from the sale of raffle tickets as well as $5.00 from each ticket was collected and donated to the charity.  In total, Hospitality House of Charlotte received $500.00 from the Charlotte Chapters of NACE and ILEA.

    Although one team was officially crowned the champions of the dodgeball tournament, the real winners were everyone who could participate in this inaugural event and in doing so have laid the foundation for the success of future NACE/ILEA Charity Tournaments.

    This July over 20 members of the Charlotte NACE chapter will be heading to Experience 2018, the NACE National Conference in Palm Springs, CA.  Our chapter is up for 3 national chapter awards and we look forward to bringing back tons of industry knowledge to be shared with our members at our August conference recap meeting!

    Finally, I know this is a long one!  There is still time to sign up for the Members Only mixer that will take place on July 16th from 4:30 – 6:30 at the Coin Rooftop Bar at the Omni Charlotte!  The Omni’s gracious hospitality, view, and menu will not disappoint!  Register on our website and drop by to connect with your fellow NACE Members!

    Cristin Corder Lee, CPCE
    Charlotte NACE President

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    Awards & Recognition

    On behalf of all the Charlotte Board Members, We are so thankful for our charlotte members and the new members joining every month! Due to this, we have FANTASTIC NEWS!! 

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    Welcome New Members

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    Calendar of Events

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    Deadline to order shirts is EOD Tuesday, July 3rd
     We will distribute shirts at the Members Only Mixer on July 16th

    July 19th, 2018

    The Fillmore Charlotte



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    Savvy technology

    In the digital age, it’s no surprise event planners have turned to technology to ramp up their events. There’s an array of high-tech platforms event planners can now use to garner guests’ preferences and discern patterns in activity, letting organizers create a curated experience that ensures maximum impact and engagement for all guests. Progressive event planners are turning to artificial intelligence for things like chatbots, which can answer basic attendee questions swiftly through an event app, or even before your event, through platforms like Facebook Messenger. Plus, let’s not ignore the ultimate party-starter – virtual reality. Virtual reality devices have been popping up more and more at events and this element will really take guests to a whole new dimension… literally.

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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!

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

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    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.


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    •          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


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    Please Send Email with Name, Telephone, and Resume Attachment




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