Annual Awards Gala

Date: March 3, 2021

Time: 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Location: Thompson Hotel Dallas - 205 N Akard St, Dallas, TX 75201

“A Night with the Stars” is all about YOU. And we can’t wait to showcase what our favorite industry STARS were able to accomplish in 2020!

Don’t forget to submit yourself for our NEW awards at by February 15th!

*If you want to join us at Catbird after the dinner please be sure to make a reservation at the following link:

**If you are feeling sick or have been exposed to COVID-19, we ask that you please not attend.

February Virtual Meeting

Date: February 3, 2021

Time: 6:00pm-7:15pm

Location: Virtual Meeting

“Leveled Up Virtual Presentations”

Certified Virtual Presenter, Rob Ferre, will give you strategies to improve your virtual meetings and strategies with your potential clients. You too can create virtual presentations that will give you a leg up on the competition. This will also enhance the way you do business and have business with clients outside your immediate market. It’s time to level up your virtual game and never look back!

  • How to share your slides, video and photos effectively
  • Best meeting platforms and how to use them
  • Lights, camera and audio! Tips on creating the best look for your virtual office with the latest tech
  • Scheduling and automating your meetings to simplify your client’s experience.  

Rob Ferre is an entertainer, speaker and DJ from Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. He is the owner of Life of the Party Entertainment which is a five-time Best of State winner for DJ Services. He founded his entertainment company in 2007 after training 3 years in the family entertainment capital of the world, Orlando Florida. Where he worked for Disney, Universal Studios and Nickelodeon as a game show host and DJ. He has been speaking to and entertaining audiences for over 20 years. He is one of the most sought after speakers in the wedding and event industry. Over the last three years Rob has spoken to audiences in Italy, Armenia, Dubai and all over the continental United States. He was the official emcee of WeddingWire World and Destination Wedding Planners Congress in Dubai. Rob is a proud member of the Wedding Industry Professionals Association, American Disc Jockey Association, and the National Speakers Association where he serves as the Past President of NSA Mountain West. 

Holiday (Virtual) Happy Hour

Date: December 9, 2020

Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm

Location: Fire House Gastro Park in Grand Prairie

Members & Guests, you are invited to join us for The Most Wonderful (Virtual) Happy Hour of the Year. It’s our annual holiday happy hour!

Show us your holiday spirit and wear something fun & festive!
Come ready for a few Zoom games

Its free to attend! Register here.

Meet the 2021 DFW NACE Board of Directors

Date: November 4, 2020

Time: 3:30pm - 4:00pm

Location: Zoom (Members Only - Invite by Email)

**MEMBERS ONLY** Check your email for the invite.

It is with a great deal and pride and excitement that we introduce your 2021 DFW NACE Board of Directors. Please take a moment to view the presentation through the link below and learn all about the event professionals that have committed to leading our chapter next year. We are encouraged and excited by both the returning veterans and new talent as we prepare for next year.  We are confident that their leadership and contributions will be considerable. 

As you can imagine, based on the current National pandemic it has been necessary to make some changes to our processes to include how we vote our board into office. It so happens that there are no contested races this year so, in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order, we can vote the board in “by acclaim”. Please join us next Wednesday, November 4 at 3:30 PM at the zoom link below where we will present the members and vote them into office “by acclaim”.

Thank you for your loyalty and dedication to the DFW Chapter of NACE and here’s to another wonderful year together! 

Don Mamone
Immediate Past President


Together with The Hotel Association, (following all proper protocols and guidelines) DFW NACE is co-hosting their annual HALLOWEEN PARTY!

Click here for more information. To access this Halloween link, the password is: NACE

Tickets will NOT be available at the door, you must buy your ticket online by Monday, 10/26/2020.

*When:  Tuesday, October 27th
*Time:  6:00pm – 10:00pm
*Where:  Lorenzo Hotel (1011 South Akard Street, Dallas 75215)
*Tickets: $20
*Parking: FREE

You don’t want to miss the Costume Contest, DJ & Dance Floor, Specialty Cocktails, and the Spectacular View!

NACE Cooking with Kids

Date: October 7, 2020

Time: 6:30p

Location: Virtual Cooking Demonstration

We all know how easy it is to spend up to $100 at a restaurant in one meal. With this year’s Community Service Project, our goal is to teach kids at a young age who may be heading off to college, or into the workforce how to take care of themselves on a low budget. Chef Kevin Johnson & Chef Enjolik “Jolie” Bailey, will demonstrate how to cook a meal that costs less than $25, and can feed a family of 4 to 6, or a meal that could last them a week! 

We are partnering again this year with Project 16! For each sponsorship of $25, we will be able to purchase a student’s groceries to help them participate in this event. All NACE members are invited to join and cook along with us and their families as well!

REGISTER EARLY to make sure we receive your sponsorship, and to receive the list of ingredients for your family to participate in this free event.

**The ingredients for the dish include Chef Jolie’s very own special seasoning “A Dab A Do Ya!”. You can purchase yours here –

2020 Fundraiser – September 2nd

Date: September 2, 2020

Time: 6:00pm

Location: Virtual

Enjoy the ultimate Virtual Talent Show with all of your industry peers and a Raffle Aucion, all while benefitting a great organization, TeamConnor.

Read more about TeamConnor on our blog here.

Click here to register for our 2020 Fundraiser.

NACE Virtual Town Hall

Date: August 20, 2020

Time: 4:00pm Central/5:00pm Eastern

Location: Virtual Town Hall

All NACE members are invited to attend the virtual Town Hall on August 20, 2020, at 5:00 PM Eastern. 

This annual event will provide an update from the NACE National Board and Foundation of NACE on the state of NACE including strategic initiatives, operating metrics, the ongoing response to Covid-19 and other topics of interest to members. Results from the 2020 NACE National Elections will also be announced. 

This event is free to attend.

Register here:

August 2020 Virtual Event

Date: August 5, 2020

Time: 4:00pm

Location: Online - Virtual Meeting

**NOTE: We will send out an email with the live replay of the meeting for those of you who register, but can’t attend. Even if you can’t attend the day of please make sure to register so you don’t miss out on our speaker.

Future-Proof Your Business by Building Relationships and Growing Your Email List

Running a business comes with its fair share of uncertainty, especially in an industry that is constantly evolving. Designing a long-lasting and sustainable company falls on your ability to develop strong relationships and reach your target market where they already are: in their inboxes. In this session, Aleya will shed light on the strategies behind an effective marketing funnel and how email marketing ensures your brand remains top-of-mind while generating revenue on demand.

Takeaways include:

  • How to design your marketing funnel around your Ideal Customer Avatar (ICA)
  • A comprehensive look at email list-building and how to get started
  • How to discover stability and peace of mind in an ever-changing industry
  • Actionable strategies to start, grow and engage your email list today

About Aleya Harris

Most catering and events business owners fail at making money doing what they love because they don’t know how to market themselves. Aleya Harris offers marketing education and tools that help catering and events business owners stop staring at a blank calendar and start getting and keeping a consistent stream of clients.

Aleya knows that your audience members want to be successful business owners. In order to do that, they need to get and keep a consistent stream of their ideal clients. The problem is, they are great at catering and events, but don’t have expertise in running a profitable business. That makes them feel discouraged.

Your audience members deserve to make money doing what they love. As a former catering company owner and chef, Aleya knows how important it is to work in your passion. That’s why for the past 12 years, she has been focused on helping over 1,000 accounts, brands, and business owners to be successful.

Her engaging, interactive, and actionable sessions help audiences stop feeling discouraged and broke and instead become the wildly successful owners of the businesses of their dreams.

Visit Aleya Harris’ website at FLOURISHMARKETING.CO/

Register for our August virtual meeting here!

July 2020 Virtual Meeting

Date: July 8, 2020

Time: 1:00pm

Location: Online - Virtual Meeting

The battle for relevancy is the new differentiator that will create a competitive advantage, profitability, growth opportunities, and ultimately, career success. With the rapid development of technology and the changing business climate today, staying relevant is a challenge that all event professionals must take on to be innovative. Whether you need to learn a new skill, reskill or upskill, flexibility and change are vital to ensure a continual and consistent approach to innovation. The time is now to learn actionable ways to be innovative, bring your best self, stay relevant, and increase your position as an industry thought leader.

As a result of this interactive webinar, you will understand how to apply the Top Ten Ways to Be Innovative for your benefit both personally and professionally, as well as receive an Innovation Resource Guide and Innovation Assessment Workbook to use to continue to cultivate and grow your personal brand. 

Click this link to register here.