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Month: April 2021

Meet the Board: Co-Director of Membership – Lance Patton

Tell us about your business or the work that you do?

I am the owner and sole DJ for MY DFW DJ – Weddings & Events. I launched in 2015 when my wife an a relocated to Dallas from Detroit, Michigan. I add “the party” to beautiful celebrations. I also edit wedding industry podcasts including The Week In Weddings, Almost To The Aisle and This vs That.

How long have you been a NACE member? On the board?

I’ve been a member of NACE since 2017. I served on the membership committee starting in 2018 and proudly serve as a current board member.

What is your personal motto?

Love one another.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Cooking, I wanted to be a chef before I wanted to be a DJ.

Which actor or actress would play you in the movie about your life?

Anthony Mackie, probably best known as Marvel Superhero “Falcon,” Captain America’s crime fighting partner. He’s quiet but powerful. He isn’t “everywhere” but everywhere he is, his presence is undeniable.

What does true leadership mean to you?

Leadership is having an understanding of everyone you serve. Rarely are a group of people in the same place. One that takes time to understand that and lead from that perspective will garner better results as a leader.

What is in the trunk of your car right now?

Ironically nothing. Since my car is technically a work SUV, I’m happy to have it empty when I’m not working.

Meet the Board: Co-Director of Programs – Kortni Jeske

Tell us about your business or the work you do.

I work for Vestals Catering, a catering company that prides itself on our scratch-made, seasonal cuisine and our generous hospitality!

How long have you been a NACE member? On the board?

I have been a NACE member since 2016? 2017? 4 or 5 years! Wow! This is my first year on the board.

What is your personal motto?

“If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can’t, you’re right.”

What is your guilty pleasure?

Reality competition shows! (The Challenge, Survivor, Big Brother, Amazing Race, Top Chef, Chopped, etc.) I can’t get enough!

Which actor or actress would play you in the movie about your life?

I guess I’ll go with… Mila Kunis? She’s a short little firecracker not unlike myself, and she doesn’t take s*** from anyone! Also, her “Bad Moms” character is just too relatable to ignore! LOL

What does true leadership mean to you?

True leadership is leading by example. Not being afraid to get into the trenches with your team. You can’t just talk the talk these days, you have to prove that you can walk the walk!

What is in the trunk of your car right now?

A jacket and extra set of clothes for my toddler, a portable jump-starter, an emergency first-aid kit, and a picnic blanket! …and possibly a fold-up wagon?