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awarded to:
Michel Malecot, The French Gourmet and the late June Bowerman

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San Diego NACE Newsletter
February 2008

by Duffy Fainer

President's Message by Angie Kemp, CPCE

NACE has so much in store for you this year; I encourage you to take full advantage of the educational and networking opportunities.

March is going to be a very exciting and important month. We will be learning from the “Queen of Green” on ways to lessen our impact on the environment and by turning our company and events green. Everyone’s favorite Iron Florist will be back in April along with a special opportunity for our Affiliate members to showcase their company. And in May we are honored to have Lynne LaFond DeLuca, with Beverly Clarke Enterprises, Wedding Marketing Solutions and Hospitality Training, to keep us updated on the Wedding market.

NACE is celebrating its 50th Anniversary in June and we will have two amazing opportunities for you. Join the Southern California NACE chapters to commemorate this milestone at Universal Studios Hollywood on June 3rd. Save the date and stay tuned for more details.

The Napa Valley Grill at Horton Plaza will also be hosting the San Diego chapter with a celebratory networking and wine reception on June 10th. This will be an exciting month! Don’t miss out.

It is through your dedication and participation that we are able to provide these experiences for everyone, so thank you and enjoy!

Membership News by Duffy Fainer

Go to the National website at and create a login name and password. You can keep track of your information, renew your membership online, and update your contact info.

Everybody is in networking mode this year, so get your namebadges ready, and I'll see you at the Hyatt on March 11!

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 February 2008 Meeting by Chris Agrippe, CPCE

Alternatives: An event for the senses!


by: Chris Agrippe, CPCE:

Our February meeting was at the NTC Promenade which comprises a 7,000 square foot event center, an executive conference center, and an expansive outdoor venue under the Direction of Marianne Gregson.

David Wright, owner of Plush Impressions Lounge Furniture Rental designed the entrance with his company's trademark ultra-chic decor, where members and guests relaxed before dinner and networked after a busy day at the office.

Dinner was prepared and served by the incredibly talented off-prem team from The French Gourmet, as owner Michel Malecot showed off some of his latest new catering toys… rotating centerpieces that allow guests to pass family-style platters and bowls gracefully.

Our program for the evening was actually a mini-Affiliate Showcase, allowing each speaker to talk a little about the products they provided which were all key ingredients of the fabulous evening. Pete Pandit is a Partner in AV Guys and has been in business for almost 8 years now. Pete has over 20 years of experience. Prior to starting AV Guys, he was employed for 13 years by Audio Visual Headquarters (AVHQ), managing in-house AV operations and working in the Convention Services department.

The NTC Foundation is a nonprofit organization responsible for the renovation of the 26 historic buildings at the former San Diego Naval Training Center comprising the new arts, civic and cultural district called NTC Promenade at Liberty Station. With an extensive background in sales and marketing, Marianne is responsible for achieving the NTC Foundation’s mission, goals and financial objectives, through program development and sales and marketing strategies Marianne Gregson is a member of San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau and the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.


Our sense of hearing was complimented by the talents of musicians, courtesy of Ray McKewon and Erika Winter, of The Xceptions and Xceptional Music.

The finishing touches were build-your-own Valentine's Day sweets themed all in red courtesy of Candy Couture... accompanied by freshly brewed specialty coffees provided by EuroBar Espresso.

Happy Birthday Bella!

Affiliates Corner by Merrylin Brichmann

You are invited to share in an opportunity to showcase your business, your uniqeness, your personality, style and savvy at the April 8th Affiliate Showcase at the House of Blues. Space is limited, so book it soon. There is NO CHARGE to display. I look forward to hearing back from all the affiliates soon!

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

David Wright has been involved with coordinating special events for a variety of clientele over the last 10 years. David transitioned from a successful career as a U.S. Marine Corps helicopter pilot. He started Plush Impressions Lounge Furniture Rental as his full time occupation about one year ago.

His unique background allows him to combine the operational planning and management skills of a experienced Marine Officer with the creative world of event planning.

This distinctive background enables him to understand and support the needs of event planners with a “never fail to satisfy a client” attitude. David is a native of Fairfax, VA, received a B.S. from Radford University in 1996, was designated a Naval Aviator in 2000, completed several tours in Iraq before leaving active duty in early 2006. He spent a year taking business/accounting classes fulltime and started Plush Impressions Inc in February 2007. He is currently working towards a Master's degree in Business Administration.


Raffle Kudos by Erika Winter

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. Our thanks to this months donors:

•Sandy James of James Photography $100.00 Visa Card
•Lisa Philips of Perfect Wedding Guide 1/2 page color
add in the Perfect Wedding Guide
•Caprice Van Den Bergh from San Diego Yacht Club
donated 2 tickets for their Sunday Brunch at the San
Diego Yacht Club
•Chocolate Lovers Basket from CJ's Confections

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 Erika.

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. nbaron@thefrenchgourmet.comThe French Gourmet 858-488-1725

Welcome to our newest members in 2008

Gavin Bieber-Photoboof

Jennifer Garrow-Flemings Steakhouse

Grace Fox-Flower Girls

Darica Smith-Traditions Wedding Planning

Nahid Farhoud-Wedding Elegance

Gabrielle Markova-The Westgate

Tricia Duva-Candids by Allie at Studio Duva

Robert Rubin-R&R Wine Marketing

Barbara Berning-Westin Horton Plaza

Susan Conway -Westin Horton Plaza

Kathy Vostad-Doubletree Golf Resort


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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