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NACE Headquarters staff works to fulfill the NACE mission and help NACE members and chapters whenever needed. Our diverse and talented team is eager to hear from you!

Staff Photos by Dave McIntosh Photographics

Mailing address:
National Association for Catering and Events (NACE)
10440 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 300
Columbia, MD 21044
P: 410-290-5410
F: 410-630-5768

Sylvia Buell

Sylvia Buell

Operations Coordinator
Ext 222

I am the first point of contact for customer service including membership applications and renewals and provide administrative support to NACE programs and operations.

Lawrence Leonard

Lawrence Leonard, CAE, CMP

Executive Director
Ext. 231

I oversee our entire association operations in addition to managing the governance, strategic planning, vision and long-term goals of the association. I am the primary liaison with the Board of Directors and manage the NACE Foundation.

Cathi Horner

Cathi Horner, CAE

Chapter & Partner Relations Director
Ext. 221

I work in partnership with the NACE team on strategies to build and deliver member value, strengthen and grow our chapters, and the development and expansion of our business partner/sponsorship program.

Anne Harper

Anne Harper, CAE

Programs & Operations Director
Ext 240

I oversee NACE’s education and certification programs including the CPCE program and the logistics, volunteers, and education for the Experience Conference.  In addition, I also provide support for the operations of the organization including human resources, technology, accounting, and administration.

Crystal Irwin

Program Coordinator
Ext 226

Also known as the “CPCE Concierge,” I support NACE’s education and certification programs including the Certified Professional in Catering and Events (CPCE) designation, CPCE Fast Track and NACE online courses. I also support education and registration for the NACE Experience Conference.

Amanda Scharff

Amanda Scharff

Chapter and Partner Relations Manager
Ext 228

I support NACE Chapters and Chapter Leaders to continue to grow and strengthen chapters. I also assist business partners and the sponsorship program.

Charmayne Branch

Marketing and Communications Manager
Ext 225

I oversee NACE’s marketing, communications, and external outreach efforts. I also collaborate with industry experts to create and curate relevant written, visual, and video content.

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