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Member Spotlight: Jennifer Crenshaw

Jennifer Crenshaw of Jennifer Crenshaw Photography

Tell us about your business or the work you do, including what you provided at the event you most recently sponsored.

My friends call me Jenn and I am a wedding and portrait photographer. I started my business, Jennifer Crenshaw Photography, in 2010 after falling in love with shooting weddings as a lead photographer for a studio in Dallas. I was right out of college with an advertising degree and had no idea what I really wanted to do. Once I started learning my camera and creating beautiful imagery, I knew this was it, and I I’ve been shooting weddings big and small ever since I opened in 2010. Recently, I had the opportunity to photograph the DFW NACE chapter and their annual awards gala at the Empire Room. The event had several moving parts for photography including a formal group photo of the board of directors, a casino game cocktail hour, and an awards presentation during dinner.

What do you love most about the work you do?

I feel like I have the best job in the world when I have my camera in hand. I’m one of those people who love to people watch, and it has given me the ability to capture true emotions at the right moments. I connect with people on a real level and create clients for life. As a small business owner, it’s been a long road, but I love that I have created a brand that I am proud of.

Which best describes you? Iphone/Mac, Iphone/PC, Android/Mac, Android/PC?

I’ve always been an iPhone/iMac user! I do all of my photo processing and editing on my Mac, and I must say that editing is the least favorite part of my job. 

When you’re not working, what are you doing?

When I’m not working, I’m binging Netflix with my husband. We have different schedules so when we get the chance to spend time with each other, snuggled up on the couch is where I want to be.

Tell us one thing on your bucket list

I have so many things on my bucket list but if I only get to choose one it would be photographing the Northern Lights. For the last 10 years I’ve made a yearly goal to travel to at least one place I’ve never been before, and Alaska is definitely on the bucket list of places to see. I try to combine my love of photography and my love of travel by creating personal projects for myself on trips.

Is there a song you wish they would stop playing at events? 

I wish they would stop playing Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” at weddings. For me it marks the end of a very long day when I’m ready to go home and wind down with a glass of wine. However, if I’m at the bar or out with friends I will still sing it at the top of my lungs.

If you had one extra hour of free time a day, how would you use it?

If I had an extra hour in the day, and these days with the virus it seems like I do, I would take a long and hot bubble bath and relax.

Member Spotlight – Brite Beauty, Marsi Hubbard

Brite Beauty – Marsi Hubbard

Tell us about your business or the work you do, including what you provided at the event you most recently sponsored.

Brite Beauty is an on-location, on-demand hair and makeup company, specializing in bridal with a flair for pOpUps. I soft launched Brite April of 2018 and we celebrated our first bridal glam in June of 2018. In 2019 we did over 100 wedding parties and countless clients. Recently I was awarded with the Fashion Group International Rising Star award in the Beauty Category. I am a Texas Tech graduate, a licensed cosmetologist for over 21 years, and wife and mother to the real modern family.  My mission to serve others well through business and leadership guides me to create, connect, and inspire every single day.

What do you love most about the work you do?

I literally love ALL aspects of the work I do. (Well almost – I don’t love answering email but who does? LOL) I love our sweet clients, the community, working with such talented artists, scaling a business; it’s all so thrilling!

Which best describes you? Iphone/Mac, Iphone/PC, Android/Mac, Android/PC?

I’m totes an Apple enthusiast and have been since 2004!

When you’re not working, what are you doing?

Ask anyone: I’m always working.

Tell us one thing on your bucket list.

Visit the Edge of Bali.

Is there a song you wish they would stop playing at events? 

Nope, I love all the cheesy dance songs! Bring on the Cupid Shuffle!

If you had one extra hour of free time a day, how would you use it?

Working, creating more digital content for Brite. Or maybe writing. I’m finishing up a book that is written to empower women. 

Member Spotlight – Lance Panton

Lance Panton – MY DFW DJ
Tell us about your business or the work you do, including what you provided at the event you most recently sponsored.
I own, operate and am the exclusive DJ for MY DFW DJ – Weddings and events. I provide music entertainment for couples that are getting married as well as corporate events. I most recently sponsored our DFW Chapter NACE March meeting. As opposed to a sit down dinner, this meeting was setup as a strolling buffet. As a result, I was able to have a bit more fun with the music as the energy was different. There was movement and chatter at dinner time, so I wanted the music to match that activity. I also had the opportunity to fire up some cool “walk up” music as my colleagues approached and exited the stage, and the feedback from that was awesome!

What do you love most about the work you do?
What I love most is that I am able to provide mood-appropriate music for such a grand life celebration as a wedding. As we all know, music effects moods. There’s music that can motivate you in the gym. There’s music that soothes when things are intense. There’s also music that tells any couple’s love story. That’s what I enjoy most. Learning everything I can about a couple so that as that music plays, everyone can connect to that couple’s personal love story. I don’t believe in standard playlists. Not even for dinner or cocktail hour. Nearly every song can be about that couple and their love. The journey of learning that story and connecting the music is the first part of what I love. The end result is the icing on the cake.

Which best describes you? Iphone/Mac, Iphone/PC, Android/Mac, Android/PC?
I am 100% an Apple guy. Windows is an ex. I’m not a Windows hater. When it was good, it was actually great. They lost their way with Windows Vista. After that, I went Mac and never looked back. Windows has since rebounded but my tech world is so Apple-centric, there’s no need to interrupt the synergy.

When you’re not working, what are you doing?
I enjoy cooking, listening to other DJs and vacations with my wife and family.

Tell us one thing on your bucket list.
I would absolutely skydive (once) with a reputable company.

Is there a song you wish they would stop playing at events? 
I don’t know if there’s a song I wish they would stop playing at events. I do however wish that the sentiment that a line dance will “instantly” pack the floor not be such an auto-pilot notion. It’s correct. Most line dances WILL pack the floor. But I have to think beyond those 4 minutes. I have to have a road map to the very end. Just hastily tossing on a song to appease the moment without a roadmap to the next 2 or 3 serves no one.

If you had one extra hour of free time a day, how would you use it?With an uninterrupted and unaccounted for extra hour, I would absolutely use it to discover new music. Keeping up with American radio hits is as easy as keeping up with a soap opera. You don’t have to find American radio hits. They will find you. They’re in commercials, they’re playing in the store, you hear them streamed by friends without effort. It’s just part of the American music landscape. But I love international music. I love EDM. I love African Music. I love Caribbean music. There just isn’t enough time in the day to keep up with it all. Yet. “the music” is what I remain most passionate about. A big part of that passion is that music is not one dimensional. So many facets. So many genres. So many sounds. So many influences. I love it all. Time is just limited.

Update about Covid-19

Dear DFW NACE Family,

In light of the current situation with COVID-19 and the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we have decided to cancel our next monthly meeting, scheduled for April 1st.

This decision did not come lightly for the DFW NACE Board of Directors. However, for the health and well-being of our entire community, we know that canceling the April 1st event is the best option. Those who have already signed up for the April 1st event will be refunded in the coming days. 

I can’t think of a moment in time where our event colleagues have needed a hug more than a fist bump, and to come together more than being isolated. Remember that you are not in this alone. We have a strong DFW NACE community.

Our NACE National leaders are continuing to monitor developments around Covid-19 and they are providing updates and resources as they learn more. Keep an eye on your email and follow DFW NACE on Instagram and Facebook for information about our upcoming events.

We appreciate your understanding.

Be well and stay strong,

Kimberly Rhodes
Owner & Event Planner at Hitched Events
DFW NACE President

Introducing TeamConnor, DFW NACE’s 2020 Fundraiser Beneficiary

This year DFW NACE has chosen TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation as the beneficiary for our annual fundraising event. TeamConnor is an organization that raises awareness and funds for childhood cancer research.

Cancer kills more children each year than cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, asthma, and AIDS combined; yet, the National Cancer Institute allocates only three percent of its budget to pediatric cancer. The Cruse family established TeamConnor to help fund childhood cancer research.

Throughout the year, DFW NACE is hosting multiple prelude events leading up to our BIG fundraiser silent auction to support TeamConnor. Keep an eye out for information on our upcoming events to join us at our TopGolf Tournament, Poker Tournament, Floral Design Workshop with a twist, and an Ultimate Tailgate party with the Dallas Cowboys and Suite for a Cowboys game. At these events, you’ll have an opportunity to connect with other DFW NACE members, while also giving back to TeamConnor.

Our annual silent auction fundraiser, DFW’s Got Talent, is scheduled for Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020 at On the Levee in the Design District. September is also National Childhood Cancer Awareness month. Be on the lookout for tickets to this amazing fundraising event! It’s going to be a lot of fun with some great items at the silent auction.

Some ways you can help support DFW NACE raise awareness and financial support for TeamConnor are through corporate sponsorship, (with different levels of sponsorship), and by donating products and services for our silent auction fundraiser in September. Not every donation has to be a big-ticket item, so don’t be afraid to share what you have. We are building gift baskets and different packages our bidders can bid on, so everything helps.

If you have a silent auction donation, would like to donate your services, or interested in being one of our event sponsors, please reach out to Nate Nelson and Cammie Petty Palmer at fundraiser@dfwnace.com.

With your help, we can continue to fight for a cure, and help the families of these children. To learn more about TeamConnor, visit http://www.teamconnor.org.

Nate Nelson
Director of Talent and Development for
LeForce Entertainment
DFW NACE Co-Director of Fundraising

And the Winners Are…

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners! 2019 was a BIG year for our chapter and all of our members. And these awards prove it. Below is the complete list of DFW NACE Award winners.

Special Honors

Howard Eckhart Hall of Fame: Dawn Finley CPCE, CWP
President’s Award: Leigh Tidwell, CSEP
President’s Award: Chris Harmon

Member Awards

Member of the Year: Rebecca Wright, CPCE
Committee Member of the Year: Amber Knowles
Rising Star: Amber Knowles
Business Partner of the Year: Harmland Visions

Meeting Awards

Facility of the Year: Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek (November meeting)
Culinary Presentation of the Year: The Joule (August meeting)
Best Meeting Decor: Freesia Dallas, Eleven Embers, TLC Event Rentals, AFR Rentals, Top Tier Event Rentals, Belle Decor, AM Linen Rentals, 5×7 Designs (October meeting)
Entertainment of the Year: Brite Beauty & Center Stage Band (November meeting)
Program of the Year: 4 Day Weekend for their ‘Yes, And’ Experience (August meeting)
Meeting of the Year: The Joule, Lindsey Zamora Events, Allen Tsai Photography, Brown Fox Creative, Nick DiGennaro, DFW Linens, Beyond, Top Tier Event Rentals, Speed Pro Imaging, FunkyTown Donuts, Beautiful Event Rentals, Cam Event Designs (August meeting)

Industry Awards

Catered Event of the Year: CN Catering
Event Photography of the Year: See Pink, Inc
Team Event of the Year: Sarabeth Events
Event Production of the Year: Sarabeth Events

Photos by Jennifer Crenshaw Photography

NACE Evolve 2020 in Dallas

NACE Evolve is an annual opportunity for the Leaders of each NACE chapter from across the nation to come together. It is a weekend event filled with informative education and networking amongst fellow NACE Board Members. And this year’s event was hosted in Dallas!

This year’s conference took place at the W Hotel in Downtown Dallas. We kicked off the first day by inducting the NACE National Board and Foundation of NACE followed by individual chapter award recognition. Our DFW chapter took home THREE awards! We then got into an Ice Breaker with Meghan Ely who was wonderful and got us all chatting about what we have in common on our mobile phones! We wrapped up the day with a fantastic dinner to support the Foundation of NACE at Truluck’s.

During Day 2, we learned all about growing our chapter. We were able to hear and learn from other chapters on how they go about executing creative and engaging ideas for their members at meetings. The day ended with a fun, entertainment-filled night at The Perot Museum with games, music, food, and drinks! But the evening wasn’t over yet. After, Jordan Kahn’s Orchestra escorted us to the House of Blues where we sang, danced and ate the best grilled cheese sandwiches… all night long!!  

NACE Evolve was an incredible weekend. My biggest takeaway was being able to learn how other chapters host their meetings. It was enlightening and inspiring getting to hear directly from them about the creative meetings they host for their members. I’m looking forward to bringing more of those ideas to DFW NACE.

Alex Turzinski
Catering Sales Manager at The Joule Hotel
DFW NACE Education Chair

All event sponsors are listed below

Thank you to all of the sponsors:⁣⁣

Evolve Conference
W Hotel Dallas
Instawork
Simon Luna Photography
The Brand Booth
Swapcard
Vestals Catering
Tito’s Vodka
DFW NACE
Foundation of NACE
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Networking & Dinner at Perot Museum⁣
Venue: @pmns_events ⁣
Catering: @chefwolfgangpuck ⁣
Videography: @chrisharmonfilm
Photography: @simonlunaphotography
Guitarist: @guitarmannick
Music Performance Duo: @dominatedjduo
Creative Science Activities (Lava Lamp & Shaving Cream Art) : @ideafountaininc ⁣
Edible Bubbles, Dancing Disco heads, Glow in the dark face painting, Cowboy living statue: @bravoentertainment ⁣
Lighting, stage, and backlighting: @leforcedj ⁣
Floral Centerpieces: @magicmoments_partiesandevents ⁣
Photo Booth: @myeventisthebomb
Stationary & graphic design: @5by7design ⁣
Linens: @bbjlinen ⁣
Lounge Furniture Rentals: @afr_rentals
Glassware & Dinnerware Rentals: @toptiereventrentals
Printing: @speedproaddison ⁣

After Party at House of Blues⁣
Venue: @hobdallas
Videography: @chrisharmonfilm
Band: @jordankahnorchestra
Photography: @simonlunaphotography
Linens: @bbjlinen ⁣
Stationary & graphic design: @5by7design ⁣
Donuts: @funkytowndonuts
Ice cream: @frost321_
Dance floor: WOW VIP Events⁣
Lounge Furniture Rentals: @percheventdecor
Lighting: @beyondldtx
Floral: @davidkimmeldesign
Draping & Food Station Facade Rentals: @belledecordallas
Confetti: @ultimateconfetti

The Complete Guide to DFW NACE Awards

Every year, our DFW NACE chapter recognizes the outstanding work of our chapter members and volunteers at our annual awards gala. Our chapter wouldn’t be what it is without our members and we want to make sure we honor all of your hard work.

There are 3 main categories and a few different awards under each:

1) Member Awards, 2) Chapter Meeting Awards, and 3) Industry Awards

Member Awards

These nominations are selected by our Board and then voted on by our Chapter Members to recognize members and business partners who have had a significant impact on the success of our DFW NACE chapter.

The awards in this category are:
1) Rising Star
2) Business Partner of the Year
3) Member of the Year
4) Committee Member of the Year
5) The President’s Award

**The LAST day to vote on Member Awards for our 2020 awards gala is January 24th, 2020. If you are a DFW NACE member, check your email for your private voting link.

Chapter Meeting Awards

These awards recognize the planning, production, and execution of our monthly programs and celebrate the phenomenal work of our volunteers and sponsors who helped to produce them. These nominations are decided by the surveys that YOU complete after each meeting. One of the many reasons why it’s so important that you fill out the surveys!

The awards in this category are:
1) Facility of the Year
2) Entertainment of the Year
3) Best Meeting Decor
4) Culinary Presentation of the Year
5) Program of the Year
6) Meeting of the Year

Industry Awards

These awards recognize the outstanding event work that you do throughout the year with your clients and business. Everyone is eligible to submit their own work and submissions will be judged by a group of independent judges. Members can submit for FREE, and there is a $50 submission fee for guests. So you really have no excuse to not submit! We can’t celebrate you and your phenomenal event work if you don’t submit it!

The awards in this category are:
1) Wedding of the Year
2) Team Event of the Year
3) Event Production of the Year
4) Event Photography of the Year
5) Catered Event of the Year

You can find more information about how to submit and criteria for each award here. **Submissions for an Industry Award are due no later than January 24th at 5:00PM to be eligible for a 2020 award.

If you have any questions about submitting for a 2020 Industry Award, email our Immediate Past President, Don Mamone, at pastpresident@dfwnace.com

We’ll see you at the 2020 Awards Gala on February 5th!

DFW NACE 2020 Industry Awards

Awards season is here!

We’re kicking off our second annual DFW NACE Industry Awards to be awarded at our gala on Wednesday, February 5th, 2020. (Save the date!)

We have an exceptionally talented chapter of event professionals and companies that have produced amazing work and events. Our DFW NACE Industry Awards recognize the outstanding event work that you do throughout the year with your clients and business. This is your chance to show it off and submit the incredible work that you did last year for one of the five awards in our Industry Awards category.

Dust off your writing skills and show your peers how fantastic you are! Submissions are due Friday, January 24th, 2020 at 5:00pm for consideration. All word documents, photos, and videos outlined in the applications should be sent to Don Mamone at pastpresident@dfwnace.com.

Click here to find the criteria for each award category and submission guidelines. Submission is free for DFW NACE members, and guests can submit for a one time $50.00 submission fee. Winners will receive one award for each submission. If you would like to order additional awards for partners and team members they are available for an additional $50.00 each.

Please remember to send in your submissions no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, January 24th.

Thank You,
Don Mamone
Immediate Past President

Photos by Kiss Me for Eternity at our annual 2019 Awards Gala

DFW NACE-Giving 2019

Here’s a look at some of members & guests preparing 1000 Thanksgiving meals for people in need this year for our 2019 NACE-Giving!

Serving the community in this BIG way, would not have been possible without our NACE family Peerless Events and Tents – Dallas

Video by Chris Harmon Film

Thank you to everyone who came out and helped serve!