February 2014  

San Diego NACE Newsletter

 These meeting photos courtesy of Bob Hoffman Photography & Video

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San Diego NACE Newsletter / 31 January 2014
Showcase Member Directory: Venues & Vendors  Membership News
Featured Venue Community Service
President's Report Raffle Kudos
Meeting Recap New Members
Event Professionals Corner  

February Meeting Sponsors

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The Mission of NACE is to provide catering and event professionals superior education, networking and resources to enhance career success and deliver excellence to clients.

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Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites

San Diego, CA

Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suite’s picturesque location is the ultimate setting for meetings and conferences, weddings, family vacations or romantic weekend getaways.

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Patrick Higgins

Greetings NACE Members and Friends!

WOW !!! What a great meeting this month. I need to applaud all of our members and guests, 85 strong, who came out and enjoyed some great food, drink, networking and of course our notorious speaker Jerry Sanders. Our host property Humphrey's welcomed us through their beautiful restaurant and into the Harbor View room for our networking hour with tray pass, buffet displays, and soft music of a guitarist.  We were led into the Marina Ballroom for our main event of the evening. Darla Mercer and her crew at Humphrey's created a spectacular room with specialty linens, lighting, and a meal fit for a king. We were honored to have our past Mayor, Jerry Sanders as our guest speaker, whom filled the room with his down to earth style of presentation. He caught us up on the release of the TMD Tourism funds, and how it all effect us in the catering and event industry, noting that we all encompass 1/3 of our cities business as a whole  His humor with his love of local brewed beers kept us all enthralled as well as entertained. 

Our meeting as lining up strong for this year ... and remember our next meeting is in the daytime for a lunch at  the brand new Pier South Hotel in Imperial Beach. Our hot Tracey Amernick ( a past president) will be putting on a lunch for all of us to enjoy beach side. Our speaker will be one of our in town, Bethel Nathan and covering the areas of same sex weddings. Til our next gathering!



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Our Recent meeting

José D. Ramírez

"Former Mayor Jerry Sanders At NACE"

Over 80 Chapter members and guests gathered at Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites, located on beautiful Shelter Island. The networking reception was held in the Harborview Room which offers amazing views of the marina and property. The room was setup with several belly bar tables and a hors d'oeuvres display that offered a variety of cheese, fruits, breads, crackers, sausage and artichoke dip with sourdough bread. Guests were also served tray passed hors d'oeuvres which included a Beef Tenderloin Crostini and Firecracker Shrimp Wontons.    

When members and guests adjourned to the Marina Ballroom for dinner, they were greeted by an elegant gold chic theme set by the linens, a white backdrop front lit with amber lighting courtesy of Mike Hogan and beautiful flower centerpieces provided by Hartworks Florals.  Dinner and the service were both exceptional.  The menu for the evening consisted of a Belgian Endive Salad, Atlantic Cod and a scrumptious Mascarpone Almond Cheesecake with coffee.  Vegetarians had the option of a Saffron Zuchinni Cake.

Once our guest speaker took the stage, San Diego Former Mayor, Jerry Sanders gave his presentation on the newly released tourism funds and the impact it has on our industry as well as what the future holds for the downtown Convention Center.  For every $1 San Diego spends on the convention center the city gets a return of $2.70. He also focused on the local breweries and stated that the 100 breweries in our city have a $6 million impact on the region.

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We are looking forward to seeing everyone next month at the all new Pier South!

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Event Professionals Corner

Tim Altbaum and Bob Brichmann

Get the most value for your NACE investment

Hello to all fellow NACE Members,

The February meeting for the San Diego Chapter of NACE was a huge success thanks to the many vendors who participated and the dynamic keynote speaker. Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites was a gracious host, providing excellent food from appetizers to entrée. Guests were treated to a three course meal ending with a decadent cheesecake dessert. Their newly updated spaces are stunning, we thank them for sharing them with us. A very big thank you goes out to Bob Hoffman Video & Photography who captured the meeting with their personable and creative photographer and videographer. Hartworks Floral Design adorned the tables with organic yet modern designs which truly captured the beauty of the environment we were in. Entertainment At Large was responsible for the chic backdrop and lighting for our stage, we thank them for that. Last but certainly not least, Stone Brewing Co. always comes through with a generous donation of craft beer.    

Our keynote speaker, former Mayor of San Diego Jerry Sanders, gave a riveting talk about the state of tourism in San Diego and what lay ahead for special event vendors and the industry in general. He is truly a dynamic speaker and kept the audience engaged throughout his address. The leadership he still provides to the city of San Diego and the relationships he has forged with vendors will ensure our industry will continue to grow throughout 2014 and beyond.

Programs Chair 2014: Tim Altbaum, (619) 227-2408

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Membership News

Pamela Peterson & Sheryl Marie

Membership Referral Program

Greetings fellow San Diego NACE members! We are 106 members strong this month. Our membership is strong and growing. Look to March for our next membership promotion. 

When you have referred someone for membership, please email us at and let us know the name of the person you’ve referred. We'll will let you know as soon as they actually join NACE and you will get to enjoy the next month’s dinner program at no charge!  Help us and yourself to network with quality individuals that you know would enjoy NACE.


22 Years ~ Keith Danon ~ Music As You Like It Productions

10 Years ~ Jessica St. Charles ~ Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina


9 Years ~ Frankie Hartwell ~ Hartworks Florals

2 Years ~ Lindsey Spindt ~ Courtyard by Marriott Mission Valley

1 Years ~ April Bosco ~ The Country Club of Rancho Bernardo

1 Year ~ Sylivia T Battle ~ Holiday Inn Mission Valley Stadium


Visit NACE to join online or call Pamela at 858-455-9010 or email or Sheryl at 619-333-0191 or email at  if you have any changes to your contact information, need a name badge, change properties or have general membership questions.

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Deborah Young

Get Involved

Wow! What an amazing team of volunteers we had for our San Diego Food Bank “Give Back Opportunity” on Wednesday night, February 26th. We had 41 gracious people from NACE, ABC, and ISES and their friends and family who came out and worked hard helping out in the Food Bank warehouse. WE packed 578 boxes in 1 hr. 15 min weigh in 17300 pounds!!! The boxes will be distributed to seniors in need who without out help would not have received those boxes the next day.  

Everyone enjoyed working together and many expressed that they want to do it again sooner than our annual date. Every person pitched in with a variety of jobs - filling the boxes as it went down the conveyor belt, to assembling the boxes, to stocking the product for the boxes and other duties. We worked happily to music, comradely and teamwork. Please join us in our next service project for a fulfilling time and a sense of helping your fellow brothers and sisters.

Quick Video Recap of the San Diego NACE Food Bank Event: Pictures coming soon!

Giving from a gracious heart reminds you that we are all connected.


Raffle Kudos

Jerry Beck

Get Involved

You can get all kinds of visibility AND give to a good cause. Your raffle donations raise money for both the needy and our chapter scholarships.

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: Jerry Beck. 619-246-2325

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Welcome To Our Newest Members


Andrea Parker ~ Stone Brewing

Scott Daniels ~ Tim Altbaum Productions

Mary Dimento ~ The Prado at Balboa Park


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 or email: or 

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