San Diego NACE

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February 13th
The Witherby

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Our National Awards

"Spirit of NACE" 2004
awarded to:
Michel Malecot, The French Gourmet and the late June Bowerman

Host of the 2004 National Education Conference

San Diego NACE Newsletter
December 2006
by Duffy Fainer

President's Message
December 2006
by Tracey Amernick, CPCE

Greetings Members,

It's been a terrific year so far for the Chapter We had great programs, and now we can look forward to our well deserved break for the Holidays.

We enjoyed a wonderful holiday party along with our friends from ISES, at the Sheraton in Mission Valley. Thanks again to everyone from both chapters who contributed to making it a fitting finish to a great year.

That's our last meeting until February 13th 2007, so please try to make it when we reconvene. The event calender already has the meetings sheduled all the way through May.

Several members of the Board are off to the Leadership Conference, and will also be meeting for a full day's retreat in January to create the gameplan for your 2007 Nace experience. See you in in the new year!


Membership News
December 2006
by Duffy Fainer

Membership Drive! 2nd in the country for new members. And considering that we weren't even trying...not too shabby! People have been hearing about us, and want to be a part of your association.

Welcome to our new members. We have a total of 145 members as we close out this fantastic year.

We have a perfect blend of caterering professionals and vendors to the industry. We're fortunate to have a very rich assortment of talent and professionalism in our ranks. Welcome aboard to you all.

If you're changing jobs, you might be able to "take" your membership with you, and the person replacing you, might "get" your membership for up to 6! Read about this, under the "Provisional" definition.

Email me if you have any changes to your contact information, questions, or have issues of concern.Read the TOP 10 REASONS THAT NACE BENEFITS YOU AS A MEMBER

Our December Meeting
by Chris Agrippe

"Nace and ISES have a holiday hit"

Once again, two of San Diego’s most dynamic Hospitality Associations teamed up to present the Holiday Party of the Season as NACE and ISES pooled resources and guest lists to produce the well-attended and ever-popular event held on Tuesday December 12th at The Sheraton Harbor Island.

During cocktail hour members and their guests were treated to a wonderland of activities with Dance Heads, Professional Digital Photography, and Impressions Chocolate each snapping and taping away to provide us with personalized photos, chocolates and DVD’s to take home. Hors d’oeuvres were courtesy of Menu Inspirations/Appetizer’s and Inc, and the bars stayed busy as Music as You Like It’s Roving Magician worked the crowd and we relaxed for a few hours during our busiest season.

The ballroom was set with luxurious fabrics that were accented by warm lighting, and the room absolutely glowed with comfort and goodwill as hues of gold and amber sparkled from centerpieces. Sumptuous chocolates and lavish burgundies were the colors this year by BBJ Linen, Chameleon Chair Collection, Special Event Productions, Entertainment at Large, San Diego Event Décor Company, and Velocity Audio Visual. Dreamworld Backdrops set the stage and our own magnificent Duffy Fainer was the Emcee. Duffy kept the announcements brief which allowed everyone to mingle, dine, and dance to the fabulous sounds of the Xceptions!

Special thanks go to the Staff of the Sheraton for a delicious holiday meal and service that was simply perfect. Banquet servers and captains were inconspicuous yet ever-present as they served one of the finest dinners we’ve enjoyed this year.

By the end of the evening toys and gifts were overflowing from underneath of the Christmas tree set next to the stage as “The Xceptions” played hits late into the evening that kept the dance floor full and our members entertained.

San Diego NACE Wishes You and Yours A Very Happy and Blessed Holiday Season!

Dinner Menu
Seasonal Field Greens, Dried Cranberries, Mandarin Oranges, Candied Walnuts and Goat Cheese with Raspberry Plum Vinaigrette
Chicken Breast with Fruits &Apricot Sauce
Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Pinot Noir Glaze
Au Gratin Potatoes & Fresh Vegetables
Holiday Dessert Specialties
The French Gourmet
Mollicoolz Ice Cream

Affiliate's Corner
by Merrylin Brichmann

Our affiliate showcasers get a 3-5 minute window to tell all the members about their special field of expertise. It is much more effective than handing out brochures or business cards and I hope that all affiliates will take advantage of this great opportunity! All you have to do is email or call me, your affiliate representative for NACE. I look forward to hearing from you and helping you promote your business to our NACE members. Happy Holidays!


“After a ringing endorsement from the House of Blues, which told us “this band isn’t just good, it’s awesome”, NACE and ISES decided to have one of the hottest acts in Southern California, The Xceptions, perform for our Holiday Party. We weren’t disappointed.

They started during dinner with some hauntingly beautiful acoustic electric music, playing the likes of Jimmy Buffet, Sheryl Crow, Bangles, and Abba, and then for dancing they rocked us with incredible foot-stomping variety, ranging from Classic Rock, Mo-Town, Latin, to Country, along with some great contemporary tunes. The guys were cool, the girls were hot, and they moved on stage with some great choreography and costumes.

This band has played Boston, Chicago, Vegas, Park City, and LA as well as San Diego, and they have performed for Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, Raytheon, Lehman Brothers, Harley Davidson, and a host of local companies and major charities. Even better, they are members of NACE, ISES, and MPI, and they are committed to our industry. While we were lucky to have them donate their talent and time and lush vocals to our associations, they tell us they were thrilled to have the opportunity. Let’s reward The Xceptions with gigs for some of your upcoming client events.”

Email me: or call me at 619-593-7367

Community Service
by Nancy Changnon-Baron

December 2006:Friends of Scott + Toys forTots

This year, we've chosen Friends of Scott as the foundation to direct our community service and fundraising for. Friends of Scott is a non-profit organization that was founded in memory of Scott Delgadillo who lost his life to childhood cancer. The Friends of Scott Foundation (FSF) is committed to helping children with cancer and their families. San Diego NACE will help to contribute money and support, to ensure they receive the emotional and financial support needed to cope with this devastating disease. FSF strives to bring Childhood Cancer Awareness to the community.

Proceeds benefited each chapter’s Education Programs, while funds were also raised for the “Friend’s of Scott Charity”.100 Toys were collected for the annual “Toys For Tots” crusade, and the Marines sent two uniformed representatives who spoke on their behalf.

Here's AnnaMaria Sanfilippo taking a limo full of kids to the Del Mar Races.

Nancy Changnon-Baron, CPCE
858-488-1725, ext. 331

Raffle Kudos
by Cade Fulton

Thank you to all who donated to the December meeting:

  • Dinner for two at the Sierra Pacific Restaurant and Lounge at the Hilton San Diego Airport/ Harbor Island
  • A one-night stay at the Red Lion Hanalei Hotel, Two Best Value tickets to the San Diego Zoo plus a Wild Animal Park Photo Caravan Safari for Two
  • A two-night stay at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina with Breakfast for two and a Magnum of 2001 Genesis Houge Merlot
  • A handmade framed wreath artwork from Organic Elements, a _ hour psychic and spiritual reading with Deborah Young and two complimentary Saturday night Prime Rib Buffet vouchers at the Bahia Resort Hotel and four passes on the Bahia Bell
  • Two complimentary tickets to the World Famous Sunday Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues and a Family Pack of Four Passes to the Midway Museum
  • A $1000.00 certificate towards the next public Wait Staff Training session at the School of Service Arts with Debbie Thomas
  • Six entrance passes to the San Diego Aerospace Museum in Balboa Park plus four Simulation Ride passes
  • One make-up lesson and application with Erika Winter, make-up artist
  • Erica Winter donated a 1 lesson make up application
  • One 10” custom cake from Euro Living Room Bakery

If you would like to make a raffle donation, and recieve special mention and recognition at the dinner as well as here on the website, contact Cade Fulton at Centerplate


New Members for 2006

Pam Milan
- Pam's Productions DJ's

Anthony Milkey
- La Costa Resort and Spa

Rick Kahn - American Audio Visual Center

Rick Mitrovich - Manchester Grand Hyatt

Larry Monet
- Photography by Monet

Joe Sands
- Sushi Specialties

Paula Licitra - A Perfect Planner

Darlene Mendoza - San Diego Zoo   

Jorge Marx- Hepcat

Max Ader-Ader/Kahn Photography

Miquel Aldrete - E Vendor List

Bob Kahn - Ader/Kahn Photography

Jaime Bartholomew - Red Lion Hanalai

Lee Siegel - Kabobs, Inc.

Lauren Finley - Rancho Valencia Resort

Rachel Francisco - Humphreys

Erika winter - The Xceptions

Dee Nusser - Brothers Bistro

Reverend Deborah Young

Brianna Bennett-Island Palms

Karen Ray-Island Pams

Corina Van Der Meer-Carmel Mtn Ranch CC

Angela Petix-Stingaree

Erica Hinshaw-Estancia La Jolla

Daniel Hansberger-Special Event Prod.

Tony Scarcello - Euro Living Room Bakery

Jennifer Lim - Sheraton Suites San Diego

Derek Rippy - CrystalCatering

Ken Westone - Mt. Woodson Golf Club

Bob Kahn - Ader Kahn Photography

Ed Kutch - US Grant

Jim Harmon -Park Manor Suites

Claudia Wible- San Diego Marriott

Kosta Houdalakis-Lisko Imports

Judy Simmons-Shelter Pointe Hotel

Michelle Edelman-Hilton Gaslamp

Jackie Campbell-Hornblower Cruises

William Crandall - The Clergy Referral Service

Jay Cabus - AztecShops, LTD

Guy Novak - DJ Guy

Rose Jacobson - A Special Moment Photography

Adam Southard - Premiere Valet Services

Rita Moore - US Grant

Ken Westone - Mt. Woodson Golf Club

Rachel Francisco-Humprheys

Sharon Mintz-Organic Elements

Warren Potts-Maritime Museum

Richard Bier-Issacs Bakery

Debra Ayala-Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad

Ray McKewon - The Xceptions 

Erica Mendoza - Bahia Resort Hotel

Linda Paccione - Raddison La Jolla

Jim Yates - Casino Del Sol

Adrian Bonelli - Radisson Harbor Island

Michael Bamrick- Boudin Catering

Kris Valentien- Positive Energy Productions

Anthony Longa- Embassy Suites

Lisa Salgado-Holiday Inn Mission Valley

Liz Odle- Napa Valley Grille

Mark Johnson-SD Marriott

Crissandra Riddle-Holiday Inn Downtown

If you know a prospective member who could benefit from NACE,  and through whom our chapter could benefit, please direct them to our website, and to the Membership Chairs.

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