May 2021 Meeting

Date: Wed, May 5, 2021

Time: 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Location: Parkway Experiences - 14555 Dallas Pkwy, Dallas, TX, 75254

Purveyors of Pixie Dust – How to Use the Magic of Storytelling to Drive Results

Summer Jelinek

Have you ever attended a meeting, conference, or educational event and when someone asks what you learned, you find yourself sharing a story from the speaker instead of a statistic? Do you love hearing the story of how a long-married couple first met? If so, you are living proof that as humans, we are hardwired to focus on stories. As a business owner, why does this matter to you? If you can translate what you do into a story for your client, or even better, use what you do to elevate their story, then you are tapping into the secret weapon used by many successful companies and entrepreneurs. Join Summer Jelinek as she shares her love and passion for storytelling; learned from some of the best companies in the world, including Walt Disney World, The Disney Institute, and H-E-B, to help you use the magic of storytelling to drive results for your clients. 

  • Understand why the most important part of the story is not the Once Upon a Time 
  • Learn how a consistent sprinkle of the story will enhance the client experience and keep them  coming back for more 
  • Receive specific examples on how the best story tellers are able to see a happily ever after that the Client hasn’t even imagined
Event Details

Wednesday, May 5th, 2021

Arrival & Registration:

Dinner & Program:

*We will be outdoors. Masks are encouraged.

Parkway Experiences
14555 Dallas Pkwy
Dallas, TX 75254
(Our rain plan is at Alora Event Venue)

Meeting Registration Fees:
Members $45, Guests $60, Student $35, Virtual $15

Pricing increases on Friday, April 30th. Registration closes on Monday, May 3rd.

**If you’re not comfortable attending in person or you are feeling sick, register for our virtual option!**

Thank you to our May Meeting sponsors!

Community Service: TeamConnor 3 Forks Golf Classic

Date: Mon, May 3, 2021

Time: Varies (Choose your time slot)

Location: Gleneagles Country Club

Serve the community with your fellow NACE members at the TeamConnor 3 Forks Golf Classic.

General volunteer help is needed to help set up, checking people in, manning the hole-in-one and beverage stations, and tear down.

Sign up for a time slot to volunteer at

April 2021 Meeting

Date: Wed, April 7, 2021

Time: 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Location: The Mason Dallas (115 S Beckley Ave, Dallas, TX 75203)

Good People Make Great Communicators

Few of us need to give speeches and even fewer want to hear from them, but we all have to communicate well to do our jobs well. This is especially true for those of us in service industries because our success often depends on how well we interact with people under high levels of stress, which can make monsters out of the best of us. 

David Henderson will share a few techniques he learned as an SVU prosecutor that will help manage difficult personalities on your job the way they helped him manage them in court. 

Meeting Registration Fees:
Members $45
Guests $60
Student $35
Virtual $15

*Don’t wait to register! Space is limited in order to create a COVID-safe environment.*

Pricing increases on Friday, April 2nd.
Registration closes on Tuesday, April 6th.

Register Here

Annual Awards Gala

Date: Wed, 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: Wed, 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: Wed, 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: Wed, 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

The Hotel Association’s Annual HALLOWEEN PARTY, co-hosted with DFW NACE

Date: Tue, October 27, 2020

Time: 6:00pm-10:00pm

Location: Lorenzo Hotel


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: Wed, 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: Wed, 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.