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Meet the Board

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? 

Meet the Board: Co-Director of Membership – Jennifer Crenshaw

Jennifer Crenshaw

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.

Meet the Board: Audrey Dixon – Co-Director of Membership

Tell us about your business or the work you do.  I have worked in Catering for the last 6 years. Due to COVID, I am switching it up and officially following my dream of opening a bakery. J.Rae’s Dallas will open until the fall of 2020.

How long have you been a NACE member? On the board? I have been a NACE member for 3 years and this is my first year on the board.

What is your personal motto?
Expect Nothing. Appreciate Everything

What is your guilty pleasure?  Popcorn!!

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

What does true leadership mean to you?  Speaking up when times are hard, thinking of others and overall just kindness to everyone.

What is in the trunk of your car right now?  Absolutely nothing, I like my car to be really clean 🙂

Meet the Board: Don Mamone, Immediate Past President

Tell us about your business or the work you do. I am one half of The Mamones, a Dallas based event photography studio as well as a business strategist, relationship marketer, speaker and educator.

How long have you been a NACE member? On the board?
10 year member and 8 years on the board.

What is your personal motto?
People First Then Profit

What is your guilty pleasure?
Rice Krispy Treats

Which actor or actress would play you in the movie about your life?
Ralph Macchio (UGH)

What does true leadership mean to you?
Taking responsibility for the failures and giving others credit for the successes! 

What is in the trunk of your car right now? I drive a Ford F-150 so I do not have a trunk but the bed of the truck is often filled with project materials for my honey-do chores 🙂 

Meet the Board: Jennifer Roush – Co-Director of Membership

Tell us about your business or the work you do.  LeForce Entertainment provides high-quality, highly trained DJs to the metroplex! We also have a lighting and AV division! We bring the party!

How long have you been a NACE member? On the board? I have been a member of NACE since 2016. I have been on the board twice now! Once as the Community Service Chair and now as the Co-Chair for Membership.

What is your personal motto?  My personal motto is a Mother Teresa quote, “If you judge people you have no time to love them.”

What is your guilty pleasure?  Sour Candy! 

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

What does true leadership mean to you?  Leading by example. A true leader shows the way to go!

What is in the trunk of your car right now?  Picnic blanket and bag of stuff to go to Goodwill.  

Meet the Board: Kimberly Rhodes- President

Tell us about your business or the work you do.  I’m the owner of Hitched Events, which is a wedding planning company I started in 2011. We focus on upscale events with beautiful details. I also co-host a podcast for wedding industry entrepreneurs called This Week In Weddings. It’s been my passion project for more than 3 years now!

How long have you been a NACE member? On the board?   I’ve been a member of NACE since 2012 and have served on the board for 5 years (not consecutively).

What is your personal motto?  Life is too short to drink bad wine.

What is your guilty pleasure?  Bravo Television! If it’s trashy reality television, I’m in.

Which actor or actress would play you in the movie about your life? Kerry Washington. I have been told I’m the Olivia Pope of weddings before, which I consider a total compliment!

What does true leadership mean to you?  Leading by example, for sure. I’m definitely not one to shy away from rolling my sleeves up and doing the work that’s often not glamorous.

What is in the trunk of your car right now?  A seat cover that I can unroll and put over my backseats so my child (also known as my dog Deacon) doesn’t slobber or shed all over my car.

Meet the Board: Alex Turzinski – Education Chair

Tell us about your business or the work you do.   I am the Senior Catering Sales Manager at the beautiful Joule Hotel.  I have the pleasure of working with Corporate and social clients to make their event dreams come true.  

How long have you been a NACE member? On the board? I have been a NACE member or 2 years, this is my first year on the board. 

What is your personal motto?  MOTTO: Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire. 

What is your guilty pleasure?  I love a good patio in the afternoon with my fiance and our dog!

Which actor or actress would play you in the movie about your life? That’s a hard one… because she’s my all time favorite I would have to say Reese Witherspoon. She’s so dramatic, I love it!

What does true leadership mean to you?  Leadership to me is setting an example of how you would like others to treat you and how you would like for them to act.  Leadership should come naturally to those who take charge in positive ways as they set themselves apart from others. 

What is in the trunk of your car right now?  A pizza shaped pool floatie, jackets (I am always cold at restaurants) and towels. 

Meet the Board: Cam Petty Palmer – Co-Director of Fundraising

Tell us about your business or the work you do. I am Cam, the CEO of Beautiful Event Rentals. I am a leader to an incredible team of people and a speaker and course creator for Event Rental Business owners here in the US and around the world.

How long have you been a NACE member? On the board? I have been a member since 2018 and on the board since 2019 

What is your personal motto? My personal motto is “A limiting belief only has power over you if you give it authority to.” 

What is your guilty pleasure? I love a good relaxing bath with no distractions

Which actor or actress would play you in the movie about your life? Hmm, an actress playing me, I have no clue! I don’t watch a ton of movies or TV.

What does true leadership mean to you? True leadership is servant leadership. Having deep care and intention for the people around you. It isn’t about having the leader at the top and all others under you, it’s about lifting others up and the leader being the foundation.

What is in the trunk of your car right now? In my trunk is nothing. I keep my car pretty darn clean and tidy. I get a car wash once a week and love a clean space! Only thing back there is a charger for my electric car! 

Meet the Board: Amber Knowles – Director of Communications

Tell us about your business or the work you do. I am the Owner and Lead Photographer for The Amber Studio based in Dallas. Through our wedding photography, we have a mission to empower our community and to tell the true stories of the diverse couples we work with. We want our couples to be able to look back on their images and remember how each of the moments felt instead of wondering why we were so obsessed with those Instagram filters. 

How long have you been a NACE member? On the board? I joined NACE in the fall of 2018. And took the fast track to leadership when I joined the board in January 2020. 

What is your personal motto? My personal motto usually shifts with my circumstances. There was a point in my life where I would tell myself “if someone tells you NO or something doesn’t work out, the worse thing that could happen, is that you end up right where you started, which is not a terrible place to be.” And there was another point in my life, where my favorite quote that I used to push myself was “Life begins outside of your comfort zone.” Now, I’m learning not to be afraid of failure, and that it’s necessary for success. I’ve recently been really inspired by what Sara Blakely shares around learning to get comfortable with failure.

What is your guilty pleasure? Ice cream! I have a sweet tooth and can’t get enough.

Which actor or actress would play you in the movie about your life? Zazie Beetz! I loved her in Atlanta but I relate to her personal style even more. 

What does true leadership mean to you? To me, true leadership often means speaking up and doing the hard and uncomfortable work when no one else wants to.

What is in the trunk of your car right now?  In the trunk of my car, I ride around with my light stands and a step ladder. I hate hauling those things back and forth to my car each time I go out to a photography job so they basically just live in my trunk.