I design and produce events for client’s special occasions in their lives that will create a lasting memory.
What year did you join NACE?
May 24, 2000
How do you define success?
Everyone measures success differently and life is a series of successes…and sometimes failures. However, no one is a success on their own. It takes the support of friends and family that gives you the positive drive to be successful. In the hospitality industry you have to have the best and most reputable industry contacts on your “team” when designing and producing special events for you to be known as a success in this industry.
What would the title of your autobiography be?
The Nobelist Art is That of Making Others Happy!
Tell us your favorite NACE memory.
While I have been blessed with so many great moments and memories the favorite has to be hearing my name announced as the 2011 National Caterer of the Year Award recipient and to have my Dallas NACE family with me for the presentation.
Advice for newer members of NACE?
Passion…Perseverance…Patience! Have a deep passion for the industry and what you do…Persevere through the highest of highs and the lowest of lows in order to stay grounded as a person…Have Patience while building your foundation of industry contacts as well as your reputation as a leader in the industry.
Over the years what is the most important thing you have gained through NACE?
Overall NACE does an incredible job with education. Anyone can find a speaker or topic of interest no matter at what level of experience you are at in your career. However, I find the most important thing that I gain through NACE is the many relationships I have through NACE, both in Dallas and throughout the nation! These are not only people that I work with on events but people that I get counsel from as well as people that are like family…no matter how infrequently we see each other.
Tell us about your business or the work that you do: I am the owner of Pucker Up Impressions & my team and I provide stellar personalized entertainment services of a wide variety for events.
What do you love most about the work that you do: My clients. I have some of the BEST clients & they keep me motivated when I have days where I’d rather just play with my kids.
What Committee are you on for NACE & what do you do? I am on the Communications Committee & I help create the Legends of NACE, Meet the Board and Member Spotlight Blog Posts. My goal for communications is to help all our members feel appreciated and recognized.
Which best describes you? Iphone/Mac, Iphone/PC, Android/Mac, Android/PC? I LOVE my MAC, but I despise IPhones. LOL Totally an android girl – hence why I created this question! Haha!
When you’re not working, what are you doing? Playing with my kids, being outdoors, creating fun crafts.
Tell us one thing on your bucket list: Paragliding
Is there a song you wish they would stop playing at events? Quite a few actually. . . LOL – hard to just pick one. . .
If you had one extra hour of free time a day, how would you use it? So many options!! Probably be Outside or crafting or reading or exercising or meditating or, or, or! So many fun things to do in life!
When I’m not at home with my two beautiful girls (Victoria, 3, and Madison, 8 months), I’m working for Vestals Catering on various marketing and creative projects. I am so grateful that I’m able to be a full time mom while still having the opportunity to serve the industry that I love.
How long have you been a NACE member? On the board?
I have been a member of NACE since 2016! This is my 6th year as a member, and my 2nd 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?
Tell us about your business or the work you do. I am a professional photographer and Owner of Jennifer Crenshaw Photography. I’ve been capturing couples on camera for over 10 years in Dallas, and I love catching those candid moments.
How long have you been a NACE member? On the board? I joined the DFW NACE chapter in 2019 and joined the board as Co-Director of Membership at the beginning of 2021.
What is your personal motto? “Start each day with a positive thought and a grateful heart.”
What is your guilty pleasure? I feel like a have a few. Chocolate for sure, I can never pass it up. And wine, I love red wine. Just give me chocolate, wine, and a good movie and I’m in my happy place!
Which actor or actress would play you in the movie about your life? Anne Hathaway
What does true leadership mean to you? Leadership is about taking charge and doing the hard work. It’s about speaking up for others and always being there to help and provide support. A true leader sets a good example by showing kindness and respect to others.
What is in the trunk of your car right now? Right now, there’s nothing in the trunk because grocery pickup has been a lifesaver during Covid-19.
Due to the power outages that so many in our community are experiencing, AWARDS DEADLINE IS EXTENDED to Monday, February 22nd.
I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t be more excited to usher in a new year – one full of hope, possibility, and Covid vaccines! But before we completely leave 2020 behind, we want to celebrate the wins that we did have. Your DFW NACE Board of Directors knows that there are still some things worth celebrating about 2020, and we couldn’t think of a better time to come together for our first in-person meeting of the year than our annual Awards Gala. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 3rd!
This year, instead of focusing primarily on our in-person meetings for awards, we want to focus on YOU – the people in the event industry who continued to make things happen in 2020, even when faced with the greatest challenges. As such, we’ve expanded the self-nominated awards to provide more opportunities for our event community to be recognized amongst their peers. We’ve also tailored the awards to be in alignment with the challenges we’ve all faced and to better showcase the ways that many of you have persevered.
Here are some of the changes you’ll see to the self-nominated awards this year:
Follow the 5 steps below to create your DFW NACE Member Listing. We promise it will be quick and easy and should take you less than 5 minutes to complete. Be sure to have your headshot ready to upload! You can also upload up to 2 additional images.
One of the benefits of being a DFW NACE member is to be listed in our member directory. You can use our directory to connect with other members directly. And NACE members from other chapters around the country have been known to search for local vendors when they are traveling, and our directory is a great resource for that.
**Note about changes & updates: If you make a mistake, or need to update your job information, contact information, or photos uploaded at any time in the future, please email those changes and updates to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please do not spam your fellow NACE members. It is illegal to use our directory to add anyone’s email to your newsletter list if they have not subscribed on their own.
***If you push PLAY on this video, it will walk you through how to create your vendor listing. OR you can follow the 5 steps below.***
Select your Vendor Category from the drop-down, then fill in your information.
*Important: If you serve more than one category (OR) if you do not see your category listed, email the Communications Committee at email@example.com. We can add additional categories to your listing or create your category on the backend!
You have the option to upload 3 photos to share your work. One of those photos should be your lovely headshot!
Drag and drop your photos into the square box, OR click “select images from your hard drive” to upload.
Click “Complete” and wait until you see “Submission Received.”
*Important: After you submit your listing, the Communications Committee will review your submission, confirm your membership, and your listing will be live within one to two weeks.
You did it! We’ll be seeing you on the Member Directory.
Chris Harmon, Director of Community Service, set out to help kids and teens withProject 16 learn how to make a meal for themselves with our DFW NACE 2020 Community Service Project, “Cooking with Kids”.
This all wouldn’t have been possible without the many donations from our DFW NACE members that allowed us to buy groceries for the kids ensuring that they each had the ingredients to make the Italian Chicken Bake Pasta recipe. After a trip to the market, DFW NACE members gathered safely (with masks) at Truluck’s to pack each grocery bag for the kids and then delivered them to their homes all over the Dallas – Fort Worth Metroplex.
Later that week, the cooking demonstration was streamed and there were many proud kids and happy bellies after they prepared their own dinners!
I would not be where I am in my career had it not been for NACE. Supporting NACE and serving in the various roles I have taken on, is how I give back to this great organization and our NACE community. After serving for 10 years on our DFW Board of Directors, I had the privilege of serving on the National Board as the CLC Chair (Chapter Leader Council), which I LOVED. That role allowed me to share all of the great work that we were doing in the DFW area with other local chapters around the country.
And now as a Board of Trustee for the Foundation of NACE, I have helped to integrate the needs of our local chapters with our fundraising efforts, and the main project I worked on this year, along with Timothy Lam CHT, CGSP was the “Speaker Series.”
The Foundation provides education for the speakers at our two National Conferences and also this year we started an amazing program called the “Signature Speaker Series” which provides education to NACE members through a variety of delivery formats to benefit members and chapters across the country.
The “Signature Speaker Series” program helps chapters offer high-quality education through a vetted list of speakers and specially negotiated rates. HELLO … some speakers are offered at no cost to chapters! Local Chapters also receive a REBATE for booking the speakers through this program.
The Foundation also supports the NACE Community through grant-based investments. Our “Community Education Grants” help chapters provide high-quality programs at the local level. This year a total of 9 Chapters received community grants totaling over $12,000.00.
The Foundation provides support for current and future professionals through merit-based education scholarships. We have three scholarships which include: Vince DeFinis Scholarship, The Foundation of NACE Scholarship, and The Patti J. Shock Scholarship (in partnership with The International School of Hospitality TISOH). Together, these three scholarships award over $16,000.00 to 4 individuals. These scholarships provide aid that supports tuition, travel, leadership training, and professional development. You can find more information about the scholarships here: http://www.nace.net/give/educatingtoday/
Of course, this year was a special year, so the Foundation pivoted to offer additional programs for members and Chapters. With one of those programs, The Foundation paid the rebates back to the Chapter for all members that signed up during the membership campaign. And the Foundation also launched the “Chapter Grant / Loan Program” which provides funding to be used toward education programming, program development, membership development or general operations. 50% of the financial support is in the form of a “forgivable grant” and the remaining 50% is treated as an interest-free loan. 9 Chapters applied for this grant and a total of $15,000.00 was awarded.
Serving with the Foundation of NACE
The term of each Foundation member is a one-year term with a maximum of eight years. I am coming up on the end of my first term as a Board of Trustee on the Foundation, and looking forward to continuing my service with the Foundation next year. Also, next year, our very own DFW NACE member Terry Shields, CPCE, CSEP will be Foundation President taking office in January 2021!
An ideal candidate for the Foundation of NACE Board of Trustees has an interest in NACE, was active in their local chapter, and has good connections in the community so that they can fundraise. Remember, the Foundation is the fundraising arm of NACE. Each member is also encouraged to give a monetary donation as well.
Nominations are made by the current Foundation Board of Directors and Trustees. The Immediate Past President vets each candidate and the board reviews the applications. The number of available seats determines how many we are able to invite to join the Foundation.
What the future looks like for Foundation of NACE
My hope is that through my role with the Foundation, I am able to build more awareness within the NACE community, for our local chapters and all of NACE, about what it is exactly that the Foundation does. We do so much more than pay for the speaker at Conference. We believe so strongly in the catering and events industry and we are here to support you.
We’re on a really tough road in our industry. I want to be part of the solution. 2020 was hard. The next two to three years will be even harder, but we have the opportunity to forge a new path and write a new story. My goal is to help lead the Foundation in writing a new story with some of the most amazing men and women I have ever had the opportunity to stand next to and say “how can we, as the Foundation of NACE, help you, our members?” Honestly, every single person on the Foundation is a good person. I am proud to be a member of this amazing group. They lift me up and I learn how to be a more diligent business person from them on a daily basis. Our connections go far beyond NACE.