January 2017  

President's Report

NACE Orlando Newsletter


Orlando Chapter President, Tiffany Carrion


The start of a new year is always so promising. Resolutions made, goals set, and an optimistic outlook for a successful 12 months ahead can breathe new energy into both personal and professional lives. I would be amiss if I didn’t reflect during this time about the past year though. I have shared some amazing memories with all of you and have learned so much about how deep my passion for service is and how lucky I am to have spent this past year getting to know all of you. From our exceptional educational programs to our ever-strengthening joint association efforts with ILEA and others, I feel strongly we are adding value to our industry and to our Memberships. We want you to invest in us as a Chapter and please know your involvement is crucial to our continued successes. If you have any interest in getting involved, no matter how little or how much, we would love to speak with you. Any one of us on the Board can help you find the right fit.


As we look ahead, I want to wish you all a blessed new year! During our Board Retreat in early December I was so excited to hear where we are with the planning process for 2017. We have some wonderful opportunities for our Members in the coming year so please stay connected with us through our website and social media outlets, including our new Linked In page. We are eager to hear from you as well on how we can improve your experience. Please don’t hesitate to email me personally ( or use the admin email listed on our website any time you have a question or concern.


Cheers to you all and THANK YOU for being a valuable part of Orlando NACE!

Orlando NACE LinkedIn Group



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Community Service

I am thrilled kick off the year by accepting the position of Chapter Community Service Director. My passion is supporting the community through childhood development and ending hunger. This year my goal is to diversify the organizations we support and provide opportunity for every NACE member to be involved. I encourage you to approach me with information about organizations that you would love to support in 2017! 


I am looking forward to getting to know you better through membership meetings along with volunteering beside you!

Heather McMillan, CMP 

Catering Sales Manager 

Hard Rock Hotel Orlando phone: +1 407.503.2120

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Welcome New Members

Happy New Year!

NACE Member Appreciation Week - April 10-14, 2017Are you ready for a week of all things NACE as we celebrate you and prospective members?! Checkout each day’s events below! Feel free to forward this information to your chapter members. If your chapter is on social media, use the hash tag #NACEAppreciatesU. Encourage your members to participate throughout the week as we show our appreciation to our awesome members. More details will follow in the coming weeks to announce the daily activities.

  • Monday, April 10 - Member Crush Monday – Show your love for NACE throughout the day on Twitter. Tweet “Kiss me, I’m a NACE member” and @nacenational will randomly select five (5) NACE members to receive $50 off their renewal.
  • Tuesday, April 11 - Refer a new NACE member to join during the week of April 10-14 and receive $75 off your membership renewal – same rules apply as the current referral program (Professional member type only) You save an additional $25 off your membership renewal! New member must join and submit payment during the week in order to qualify.
  • Wednesday, April 12 - Spread the Love – NACE members will be asked to send an email to a prospect on behalf of NACE – (Download the Prospective member letter and customize it to send to a non-member explaining the value of NACE)
  • Thursday, April 13 - Throwback Thursday – NACE members will be asked to submit testimonials on how being a NACE member helped grow their business from then to now. Testimonials will be used on the NACE website, marketing collateral, and on social media.
  • Friday, April 14 - Friday Wine-down Virtual Happy Hour! NACE members are invited to join us for a virtual happy hour to get to know the NACE staff and NACE National Board.


Members-Only Virtual HangoutsNew for 2017, NACE members will have an all-access pass to participate in Members-Only Virtual Hangouts. During selected months, you will have the opportunity to discuss issues, share best practices and nationally network with colleagues in various areas of interest without leaving your desk. View the 2017 Virtual Hangout schedule below and click the link to register. All webinars will begin at 2:00 pm EST.


Members on the MoveGot a new job, received a promotion or won an award that you would like to share with the NACE community? Members on the Move celebrates and highlights member achievements in the catering and events industry. Submit a picture of yourself or the honoree and details of the accomplishment for the national and local level. and or


Happy Anniversary to our 1st Quarter NACE members! Your participation as a member directly affects the way you do business, sets you apart as a professional, and elevates the catering and events industry

Ray Alie                                               

Brittney Bouche                              

Gary Bruckner

Samaly DeAssis                

Bonnie Fimiano               

Ashli Hawthorne

Katy Hurtig                         

Chelsea Ibarra                  

Andrew Jones

Brianne Lint                       

Lawrence Lynch                               

Alexis Lytle

Joe Mahoney                   

Nancy Martinez                               

Jane McLean

Pat Mobley                        

Richard Painter                

Tom Pokorny

Anna Rodriguez                              

Charles Savarese          

Cheri Secue

Danielle Silbiger                               

Billy Singleton                   

Ann Taylor

Luna Tolunay                    

Urena Miguelina             

Jeff Verschage

Tiffany Michelle Williams                             




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