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"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
January 2008
by Duffy Fainer

New President's Message by Angie Kemp, CPCE

Your Board members spent a full day in January developing innovative new programs for 2008. The Board’s abilities and creativity is astounding - It’s going to be a great year!

You are the heart of this association and my goal is that the educational opportunities, networking possibilities and exposure to new experiences and ideas will inspire you to reach your definition of success, both professionally and personally.

Please feel free to contact me at any time with your ideas, concerns or feedback. We're the best chapter in the nation, and we're going to keep it that way during my tenure. See you at NACE!

Membership News by Duffy Fainer

As we say in in skydiving before exiting, "Ready, Set GO! Hey..It's a new year. Take advantage of your investment in NACE and put all those second Tuesdays of the month on your calender. We're gonna be there with or without you, so be in the program. Attend frequently. There are so many new members, that if you're not there, they'll never know about you. Everybody is in networking mode this year, so get your namebadges ready, and I'll see you at NTC on February 12th!

Email me if you have any changes to your contact information, need a namebadge, changing properties, questions, or have issues of concern. See you often in 2008...right?

Our January 2008 Meeting by Chris Agrippe CPCE

C'mon and get your net...WORKING!


by: Chris Agrippe, CPCE:

NACE members and friends joined the "after work chic set" on January 8 at barWEST in PB as we wound down from the busy holiday season and did what we do best… meet, mingle and schmooz. Our chapter can take socializing to an art form, and the evening was designed to simply let it roll.


BarWEST is the latest addition to the collection of hip-n-chic lounges developed by EnDev, the folks who brought you Stingaree and Side Bar, and the San Diego nightlife is all the better for it.


We snacked on some of the more popular offerings from barWEST's dinner menu including Pizza by Cirro, Salads, Imported Cheeses, and some of the best Sliders we've ever tasted.


Drinks were made by mixologists who were hired for their personality and as well as good looks, and the dj kept the vibe chill with down-tempo house grooving softly in the background


Our program for the evening was networking, and NACE members were the stars, as new and old business acquaintances were made and renewed.


In case there were novices in the crowd we even provided a list of networking how-to's at the door.

Some of the tips included:

•Look for ways that your resources and talents can help fulfill colleagues' personal and professional goals.

Think of networking as teaching what you're good at.

Introduce people to one another.

•Explain what you do in a way that starts a conversation.

•Use conversations as a way to exchange business cards.

•That "always on" attitude is an important step toward making new contacts that can help build your business and career.

"You never know when an opportunity will present itself, and when it does, you have to be ready and willing to act!"

Affiliates Corner by Merrylin Brichmann

Showcasing is easy…interested? Email me: or call me at 619-593-7367 to get you on the schedule for 2008. It’s up to you to take advantage of this opportunity…I hope you do

Our photographs this month were taken by Carolyn Marie of Charisma Photography. Carolyn received the June Bowerman "Spirit of NACE" award in October of 2008 for her 15 years of commitment to our chapter and dedication to NACE.

She has been the photographer for many of our dinner meetings over the years and during our 2004 Educational Conference shot all of the pictures during the five days of events.

As with any good photographer, Carolyn tends to blend into the background, but we're also fortunate when she comes out from behind the camera to mix and mingle with us.

Raffle Kudos by Cade Fulton

You can get all kinds of visibility and nortoriety AND give to a good cause. Your raffle donations raise money for both the needy and our chapter scholorships. We'll give you lots of special mention, and the membership can sample your product too. Donate a raffle item as often as you wish. We appreciate that.

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

Community Service by Nancy Changnon-Baron CPCE

2008: Great Things are in the works!

The NACE charter provides for us the inspiration to give back to our community. Each year, we create several events and opportunities for our members to participate in fundraising for worthy causes, and our chapter.

Community Service is great way to volunteer for the chapter. Take a look at some of the great things we've done over the years.

Call or email me if you'd like to join my team.

The French Gourmet 858-488-1725

Welcome to our newest members in 2008

Gavin Bieber-Photoboof

Jennifer Garrow-Flemings Steakhouse

Gabrielle Markova-The Westgate

Barbara Berning-Westin Horton Plaza

Susan Conway -Westin Horton Plaza

Final welcome to our NEW MEMBERS of 2007

Judy Malings- The Fabulous Ultratones

Melody Corvalan- Holiday Inn

Kosta Houdalakis- Lisko Imports

Judy Simmons- Shelter Pointe Hotel

Michelle Edelman- Hilton Gaslamp

Ryan Hurd- Omni Hotel San Diego

Gabriel Hernandez- Classic Photography

Crissandra Riddle- Holiday Inn Downtown

Ken Day -Ken Day Entertainment

Mellisa Darisay -Eurobar

Zapher Dajani-The Abby Catering

Jessica Stork-Holiday Inn

Michelle Chavez- Espresso Chaffeur

Karen Atrero , Atrero Photography

Stephanie Sundell-Creative Photography

David Wright -Plush Impressions

Rachel Burger-Bliss Events

Kaiya Karges, K&K Productions

Lee Galloway of Piano:Classical to Jazz,

Tim Altbaum of Tim Altbaum Entertainment,

Lynn Shuster of Perfect Planning,

Haydee De La Cruz-Weiner of Haydees Creative Flowers,

Amber Gilliat of The Grande Colonial,


Sharon Mintz- Organic Elements

Kristin Nigro- Centerplate

Warren Potts- Maritime Museum

Richard Bier- Issacs Bakery

Debra Ayala- Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad

Daniel Hansberger- Special Event Prod.

Brittney Lee- Omni San Diego Downtown

Mark Johnson- SD Marriott

Kurt Metzgar-Concept Catering

Holly Vanderslice-Slice of Heaven Catering

Bonnie Kaul, Mission Valley Resort

Sean Slavin-Sean Slavin Photography

Sarah Rodreguez- MCCS O Club

Brandy Ewens Schwab-Sycuan Resort

Ilona Hobbs -Cort Event Furnishings,

Christy Wilson, Xceptional Music

Lisa Phillips -Perfect Wedding Guide,

Shari Mager Charmed Events

Stefani Engebritson of The Doubletree Golf Resort

Kristin Spitz of Rancho Valencia Resort

Shannon Henry of True Photography

Denise Jones, of Blue Coral Seafood,


Kris Valentien- Positive Energy Productions

Anthony Longa- Embassy Suites

Lisa Salgado- Holiday Inn Mission Valley

Liz Odle- Napa Valley Grille

Stacy May - Stacy May Photographers

Emilie Reckart - The Grand Del Mar

Michelle Rhea-Java Productions

Angela Jasus- Centerplate at Qualcom Stadium.

Kimberly Malinowski- Aztec Catering

Kelsay Allen, Flemings Prime

Spencer Bezy Mobile Music Plus

Larry Steckling-Events by Larry

Scott Colvin-Food Team Hospitality Staffing

Daniel White -Daniels Coffee Bean

Katrina Lacape - Magical Party Rentals

Steven Boyle of White Lotus.

Peyton Vincent of La Jolla Disc Jockeys

Jill Pancio of Simply Exquisite Weddings

Linnet Bautista of The Hilton

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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