May 2016 Print

President's Report

Dear Ventura NACE Members,
Wow, can you believe we are at the halfway mark for 2016!?! I must say this year has flown by, and now we're in the midst of our busy event season!
I hope all of you have taken some to prepare for the season, and have created a balance for your wellbeing and health. Remember balance is key to success and your happiness, and your wellbeing is just as important as work.
Please take time to relax and enjoy your family and friends, and to take some time for yourself.
We have to also look back at what we have achieved and we have had a successful beginning for your local Chapter of NACE!
We have formed a full board to serve you and to grow our chapter; we have held five fun and successful educational meetings, and we've built your chapter so you can networking with your fellow event professionals.
Our membership numbers are up, and, most importantly, we are showing everyone what "The Heart of NACE" is!
We have a lot to look forward to for the second half of the year! The time to start taking care of you starts next week with an amazing meeting being held at Bella Vista Grooves.
Ventura NACE wants you to attend and to take a little "time out" for yourself.  If you take care of yourself, you'll be better able to take care of your clients.
Come and learn which essential oils can help with stress, or enjoy a relaxing chair massage.
We will have a number of different pampering professionals on hand to ease some of your worries.
Martino's Catering will be preparing a nutritious meal to fuel you up for those long meetings and event days.
We also have NACE Experience 2016 Conference in July where we have four members from our local chapter attending.
Please click on the link for more details about how you can attend too!
I want to thank all of you who put your time, energy and experience to use to help benefit our industry.
I ask you reach out to your colleagues that aren’t members, and let them know the difference at NACE, why you love this group, and how it helps you build and grow your business.
I hope all is well NACE Fam Bam!
Chef Jason Collis
Ventura County NACE President


Join us on Tuesday, May 24th at 5:30pm.

We will be at Bella Vista Groves in Fillmore, CA!

As we approach our busy wedding and events season we must remember to take care of ourselves first so that we can take better care of our client's.  We will offer chair massage, essential oil instruction, and much, much more. 

Come enjoy a relaxing evening among the orange groves and sooth your mind, body, and soul.

Additional meeting information to follow...

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Cover 2 Cover

We have 3 new members!

Kelsey Cogdill, Director of Weddings and Special Events at Los Robles Greens Golf Course

Tad Clark, Founder of Choozly

Brenna Grabowski, Catering Sales and Convention Services Manager at Sheraton Agoura Hills

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Upcoming Events

Be sure to save the date and register for the NACE National 2016 Convention!

Need a little help convincing your boss?:

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NACE Newsletter Submissions

Don't forget to check out your NACE National Newsletter for great tips, trends, sales, and marketing ideas!:

And, be sure to check out this Infinity Pool at the Marina Bay Sands hotel and convention center in Singapore:

Their website also has many great tips for selling catering and convention space.

All the best,

Matt Graumann - Newsletter Chair / Website

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NACE Board

Jason Collis


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Immediate Past President
Rachel Main Holst


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First Vice President

Nicole Peters


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Second Vice President

Cindy Alexander


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Event Professional Representative

Dave Burns
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Board Member At Large

Shanon Rice

805-653-0323 x318

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Suzzi Koenig-Brown

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(805) 415-7625

Linda Boysiewick

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Kristen Black


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Jodi Wagner


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Janis Winchester

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Newsletter & Website

Matt Graumann


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