San Diego NACE

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Event Calendar

Our National Awards

Chapter of the Year 2006

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

Host of the 2004 National Education Conference

President's Message by Angie Kemp, CPCE

It has been my goal this year to introduce and highlight several opportunities available to you in order to get more from NACE than what you put into it. My hope is that you have participated in at lest a few of these opportunities, but if not, there is no need to worry. We still have several ways you can get involved before the year is over.

Ever think about joining the NACE board? Elections take place in November and we have a few open positions just waiting for you. Although being on the board is a great way to get to know the members and guests of NACE – it is a commitment so I encourage you to ask me or another board member what it’s all about before taking the plunge. We all love serving the San Diego Chapter of NACE and we know you will too.

The Special Event conference is coming to San Diego and NACE is a co sponsor for the Welcome Party taking place on January 28, 2009 at On Broadway. This is an amazing opportunity not only for San Diego to host such a great conference but for the San Diego Chapter of NACE to really show off. We are looking for committee members, sponsors and volunteers for this event so contact me soon. Plans are moving forward quickly and you won’t want to miss this one.

I sincerely hope you enjoy the rest of the year and what we have in store for you. In November we will be at the new Crowne Plaza in Mission Valley for our second event professional showcase of the year and of course, in December we will be at the Hilton Torrey Pines. This is always the party of the year so save the date now!

Membership News by Duffy Fainer

MEMBERSHIP DRIVE! Tell your friends. Until November 10th, new members can get $50 off and more with multiple memberships. Get a "seat at the table", and join NACE. Call or email me for more infomation, or visit Nace to join online!

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 October 2008 Meeting by Chris Agrippe, CPCE

"Celebrating our chapter with class and style: "Fine cuisine and notable contributions"

Click for slide show photos courtesy of Brant Bender Photography

VIDEO courtesy of Taylor Films

by: Chris Agrippe, CPCE:

The Second Annual NACE Award and Fundraising Gala was held at The Abbey Tuesday, October 7, 2008. Our host for the evening was Chapter Secretary Jackie Campbell of Hornblower Cruises who along with the Gala and Auction Committee set the stage for an extraordinary evening that recognized chapter members who were instrumental in our success over the past year.

The October sun shone through The Abbey’s historic stained glass windows and illuminated the silent action tables set on the upper mezzanine as guests and members jockeyed for position to select and bid for their favorites. Legendary San Diego pianist Lee Galloway played from the balcony framed by The Abbey’s warm hardwood interior.

David Wright of Plush Lounge set the theme during cocktail hour with his trademark sleek and elegant lounge furniture, and table linens were custom-made by Yasmin Kloeffler of A Touch of Linen. White satin overlays with richly embroidered jet back brocade were placed over sheer-black lower cloths, accented with double-sashed lime green and black chair covers and lime-green napkins. Centerpieces were set low for ease of conversation and held single floating candles.

Dinner was designed by the talented Hornblower Culinary Team and was served by the their attentive banquet staff. The first course was Jackie’s Campbell’s favorite Butternut Squash and Pumpkin Soup Topped with a Cinnamon Crème Finished with Vermont Maple Syrup Crouton. This was followed by Grilled Prime Center-Cut Black Angus Filet Mignon and finished with a Cognac Veal Demi Glace, Red Peppercorns, and Cream. Dessert was a Chocolate Trilogy, accompanied by steaming hot lattes and cappuccinos provided by Melissa Darisay of Eurobar Espresso.

Toby Russel of Velocity Audio Visual provided all of the lighting, and technical support including staging for our surprise entertainer world-renowned Chinese acrobat Miau Miau who performed during an intermezzo between courses. The Program was hosted by emcee Duffy Fainer of Voice by Duffy, Merrylin Brichmann of Artistic Productions, and Chapter President Angie Kemp, CPCE.

The evening allowed us to catch up with old friends and new, as we honored some of the members who made 2008 great. It was a wonderful night for celebration and we look forward to 2009 as we set course for new and exciting programs and events, all brought to you by the dedicated San Diego NACE Chapter Board. Don't miss it!

San Diego Chapter Member Recognition Awards
The awards and their deserving recipients for 2008.

by: Chris Agrippe, CPCE:

The “June Bowerman Spirit of NACE” award recognizes a NACE member whose commitment and compassion towards humanitarianism makes a profound and recognizable impact. June Bowerman who passed away in 2004 and to the end was a supporter of NACE and “was one heck of a gal”.

Tracey began her NACE career began over 20 years ago in Dallas. She joined the San Diego Chapter in 1998 and immediately volunteered to join the board and served in nearly every position until being elected as Chapter President in 2003. Last year she was elected onto the NACE National Board as the Region 5 Vice President where she oversaw 7 West Coast Chapters.


Her many national awards include Best Off-Premise Caterer 2004, 2005, and 2006, and the prestigious Gold Key Award, in 2003.

She currently serves on the NACE National Board on the Member Benefits Committee.We feel that we can do no better tonight than to award Tracey Amernick, the June Bowerman Spirit of NACE Award…

Tracey Amernick

The “NACE Angel" award recognizes an Event Professional who goes above and beyond and has made the chapter better for their efforts. He provides guidance and inspiration to all of our members and is actively involved in chapter programs and meetings.

Carl Jerris of CJ's Confections has always been there for us, never said no, and has designed personalized presentations that make our clients happy, and quite honestly, make the Caterer's job a whole lot easier. Throughout his 10 year membership he has donated thousands of chocolates for our NACE dinners and when a guy goes around giving away free candy, as my grandmother used to say "So what's not to like?"


Through Carl's participation, contributions, and involvement, his company, CJ's Confections has made a significant impact on NACE and indeed our community, and life is all the sweeter for having Carl right here in San Diego. He's a man of few words, but wherever he goes you can be sure that chocolate is never far behind

Carl Jerris

The "Event Professional of the Year" award recognizes an Affiliate member who provided our Chapter with their time, energy, talents and plenty of steaming hot lattes.

Melissa Darisay of EuroBar has made sure that our events are staffed with the best baristas in San Diego who make Macchiato Mochas with the best of them.

In addition to ensuring that we end each event accompanied by freshly brewed specialty coffees provided by EuroBar Espresso, Melissa recently joined the NACE boardon the Hospitality Committee, where she greets everyone with her trademark enthusiasm .



Melissa is also an ACE certified personal trainer, specializing in post-rehab and for baby-boomer set, and she likes staying busy, filling her days with work that makes NACE and the world a better place!

Melissa DarisayThorpe and Husband Brock

The "New Member of the Year" award recognizes someone who has recently joined our chapter and has made an immediate impact by donating time and energy,

David Wright transitioned from a successful career as a U.S. Marine Corps helicopter pilot and founded Plush Impressions Lounge Furniture Rental just before joining NACE.
In his first year with us he went above and beyond expectations for a new member and made an outstanding impact Beginning in Sept 2007 at the Aerospace Museum. Oct 2007 at our last Awards Gala, in February at the NTC Promenade, in April at the Hyatt Manchester, The Industry Cruise in July, and once again, right here this evening.


His unique background allows him to combine the management skills of an experienced Marine Officer with the creative world of event planning, and we want to thank him for helping San Diego NACE design some very special events in 2008.

David Wright

The "Caterer Member of the Year" award recognizes a woman who has provided San Diego NACE her time, talents, and leadership, and gone above and beyond expectations and made the chapter better for her efforts.

Denise Jermyn owner of Continental Catering has been a member of San Diego NACE for 10 years and first burst onto the scene by producing the award-winning Fire and Ice Program. She and her team also designed and produced many of the themed events during the 2005 Educational Conference, and her culinary team matched fantastical displays of food & beverage to décor.

Last September at the San Diego Aerospace Museum, she began with an Interactive Cocktail Hour that flowed into a Sophisticated Dinner and Wine Pairing Program, followed by a Vignette of Chocolates and Desert.

When Denise signs up for a project she takes over, takes charge and then she makes it happen. She's been nationally recognized as one of the top caterers in the country, winning several "NACE Best Catered Event Awards".

Denise Jermyn

Thank You to Our Sponsors:

Thank You for Your Loyalty, Support and Generosity,
Passion, Inspiration, and Hard Work!
To put it simply and honestly,
"We couldn't have done it without you!"

Jackie Cambell and Hornblower Cruises and Events and The Abbey
Brant Bender Photography
Plush Lounge-David Wright
EuroBar Espresso-Mellissa Darisay
Velocity Audio Visual and Toby Russell
So Belle Chocolates and Favors for all occasions
Lee Galloway Piano Arts
Duffy Fainer-MC and Invitation
A Touch of Linen-Orly Specialty Linens-Yasmin Kloeffler
Merrilyn Brichman-MC
Gallo Family Vinyards
Taylor Films-Jason Taylor
Chris Agrippe, CPCE ~ Program Script
and The San Diego NACE Board Members

Special thanks to the following silent auction donors:

Voice By Duffy- Duffy Fainer Hornblower Dining Yachts Westin San Diego
Centerplate at the SDCC Crowne Plaza San Diego NACE Board
Hilton San Diego W San Diego Balboa Park Museums
Bahia Resort Youngs Market Belmont Park
Cohen Restaurant Group North Shore Cafe Flowboaders Restaurant
Sofia Hotel Hard Rock Cafe Victoria's Secret

Event Professionals Corner by Merrylin Brichmann

Please mark your calendars so you don’t miss our 2008 Event Professional (formerly known as Affiliates) Showcase scheduled for Tuesday, November 11th at Crown Plaza.

If you want to secure a table and be part of this successful, fun and easy presentation to all NACE members and guests, please RSVP so you’ll be added to the list! There is no charge to participate in the EP Showcase; it’s just another wonderful bonus for being a NACE member!

I look forward to hearing from you soon! Happy Networking!

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

Community Service by Nancy Changnon-Baron, CPCE

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.

October 2008, we contributed a portion of our silent auction gala proceeds to the Meals on Wheels program.

September 2008, we contributed a portion of our raffle proceeds to the Boys and Girls Club of San Marcos, The Palomar Family YMCA, and the Palomar Pomerado Health Foundation.

August 2008, Susan Clarke our speaker touched on attitude adjustment, values, and internal and external customer loyalty. We donated some of our raffle proceeds to her favorite charity, Scholars for Foster Kids, at

July 2008, we donated 12 newly built bicycles to kids from military families, via San Diego Military Outreach Ministries. These kids enjoyed a day at the SD Zoo, and then walked into our parties to unknowingly receive their new bikes

May 2008, we donated a portion of our raffle proceeds to "The Military Order of the Purple Hearts", chosen by our Speaker, Lynn. Formed in 1932 for the protection and mutual interest of all who have received the decoration".

April 2008, we donated a portion of our raffle proceeds to the SRF: The Survivors Rehabilitation Fund which supports brain injury survivors who have inadequate funding to meet their rehabilitative needs. They can be reached at 827 Brighton Ct. San Diego, CA 92109 or 858-229-2198

6th Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup - Saturday, April 26, 9:00am - 12:00noon
I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD) will have 50+ coastal and inland cleanup sites for volunteers to choose from, making it easy for you to get involved! Visit their Creek to Bay website,, for more info & to register.

February 2008 - The San Diego Chapter of NACE had the opportunity for 'global community services' by supporting Operation Thin Mint through Girl Scouts of America. The San Diego/Imperial County Council of Girl Scouts developed this program in 2002, since it's creation they have sent 1,087,157 boxes of cookies overseas. They are sent to Military Troops in Iraq, Afganistan, Kuwait, Korea, the Persian Gulf, the Western Pacific and the Indian Ocean. This year our Chapter sent 55 boxes of cookies to the Troops, as the Girl Scouts say "NACE - Thank You for Your Support". For more information you can visit -

Community Service is a 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

Cam Shultz-EmbroidMe

Timmery Pearl-Mosaic Catering

Cruz Zahran-Mosaic Catering

Gisele Chahoub-
Dream Event4You

Vembra Holnagel-The Travelling Vineyard

Victor Lopez-La Valencia

Kyle Karges-SD High Definition Wedding Video Productions

Dari Pebdani-San Diego Magazine

Andrea Castro-San Diego Hilton

Eric Mueller-Advantage Audio Visual

Robert Constantino-Balloonguru

Maryrose Griffith-Event Design and Coordination

Deborah Davis-Custom Wedding Ceremonies

Carlie McVay-San Diego Harbor Excursion

David Johnson-San Diego Event Decor

Desiree Wyles-Courtyard San Diego Old Town

Rosanna Harrison CPCE-Catamaran Resort and Spa

RoseAnn Vossenkemper-Acrobat Staffing


Gabrielle Markova-The Westgate

Tricia Duva-Candids by Allie at Studio Duva

Robert Rubin-R&R Wine Marketing

Anna Erickson-Morgan Run Resort and Club

Haydeez Alderette-Concepts

Grant Brickner-Complete Music

Denise Borland-Sheraton SD

Laura Rizzo-Weddings By Design

Dawn Stone-Embellishmint Floral and Event Design

Joanna Falb-Unforgettable Event

Jeanna Grant-The Wild Thyme Company

Jennifer Booth-Portovista

Jason Taylor-Taylor Films

Sherrill Kinsler-Charming Expressions

Josh Goldberg-Hard Rock Hotel

Teri Stumpo-White Sand Photography

Erin Lambert-Old Town Courtyard by Marriott

Toby Russell-Toby Russell.Com

Jerry Beck-Becks Entertainment

Kimberly Yager-Flower Girls Florists

Crystal Townsend-Holiday Inn San Diego Downtown

Camilia Tanner-San Diego Mesa College

Dianna Shitanishi-Hawaii Weddings and Events

Barbara Berning-Westin Horton Plaza

Susan Conway -Westin Horton Plaza

Kathy Vostad-Doubletree Golf Resort

Amber Nelms-Pala Casino

Scott Wagner-ChiliCo Catering

Amy Gerken-Crown Plaza SD

Jordon McLaughlin-Centerplate

Jennifer Booth-Portovista

Elizabeth Morales- Harrahs Rincon Casino and Resort

Raymond Elicone-Coronado Island Marriott Resort

Lyn Porter-El Camino CC

Meredith Grier-The Crossings at Carlsbad

Beryl Byrd-Just Fabulous

Yasmin Kloeffler-Orly Specialty Linens

Laura Harrison-Unforgettable Event

Sandy James-Sandy James Photography

Barbara Bailey-Aztec Graphics

Yvonne Szikla-Affairs with Flair

Cheli Madrid-Authentic Flavors Custom Catering & St Tropez Speciality Cakes & Desserts

Jesse Scavello- Organic to Go

Amelia Dishion- Ceremonial Teas

Marie Astor-Abbey Catering and Event Design

Rachel Davenport-Holiday Inn San Diego Downtown

Holly Salisbury-Centerplate

David Wasserman-Joes on the Nose

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 Chair

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