National Standing Committees

NACE national committees are representative groups of NACE members working together to offer the NACE National Board guidance on programs and policies pertaining to strategic initiatives. Committee members serve at the discretion of the board and may review and suggest policies and programs if they are aligned with the organization’s strategic direction. National committee efforts are led by committee chairs who bring the committees’ suggestions to the board for review and approval. Committees meet at least once a month as well as at the NACE Experience Conference. The time and commitment volunteers spend on national endeavors create an invaluable network of knowledge and expertise to help cultivate an environment of learning and growth for our members and the organization as a whole.

Interested in serving on a NACE national committee? Be on the lookout for our call for volunteers this fall. Contact info@nace.net if you have any additional questions.

The Awards Committee is responsible for setting awards criteria for chapter and industry awards. The annual NACE One Awards program is held each year in July/August.

  • The Awards committee will work to identify and standardize the methods in which the organization recognizes professional and chapter work.
  • The committee will continually work to review and improve on the NACE awards program.
  • The committee will review and judge all awards to ensure award program integrity.

Committee Chair: Leigh Tidwell, CSEP
Board Liaison: James Filtz, CPCE, CMP, CHE, NACE President-Elect

Committee Members:
Ashley Marie, CPCE
Brett Ihde, CPCE
Courtney Fields, DMCP
Debbie Meyers-Shock, CSEP, CTEP
Edilia Bendel
Jennifer Jenkins, CPCE
Tia McAlister

This committee meets once a month or as needed.

The Business Development committee works to develop a solid plan for the overall success of future business partnerships in our industry and beyond.

  • The Business Development committee will develop a strategic plan for past, present, and future Business Partners and recommend a streamlined approach to secure future partnerships.
  • The committee will discuss the pros and cons of custom-tailored vs. specific level of partners with add-ons as a bonus option.
  • The committee’s recommendations to the board will include ideas for various levels of partner sponsorship, what potential additions partners may like to see, possible costs structure, and the future of tradeshows.

Committee Chair: Kay Kolbo
Board Liaison: Karen Tucker, CPCE, NACE Secretary

Committee Members:
Lisa Hopkins Barry, CPCE, CMP
Niki Jorgensen
Trish Simitakos

This committee meets once a month or as needed.

The Certification committee works to continue the advancement of the CPCE certification by recommending standards and creating new programs based on NACE’s strategic plan that assist candidates in attaining the certification.

  • Approval policies and training of CPCE trainers along with the approved CPCE training materials.
  • CPCE policy issues including guidelines, procedures, recognition, and outreach.
  • CPCE exam writing including analyzing current exam questions and the creation of new questions.
  • Oversee CPCE competencies and body of knowledge to rewrite the CPCE Professional Reference Guide on a 3-year schedule.

Committee Chair: Robin Denny, CPCE, CERP, MBA
Board Liaison: Amber Allen, CPCE, NACE Vice President
Foundation of NACE Liaison: Christina Alvarado, MBA, CPCE, Foundation Trustee

Committee Members:
Gabriela Tamayo, CPCE
Lyndsey Bunn, CPCE
Mitchell Meconi, CPCE
Patrick Higgins, CPCE
Taylor Kyte, CPCE, CMP

This committee will meet once a month or as needed.

The Chapter Leaders’ Council (CLC) is comprised of all of chapter leaders. It plays an integral role in creating training programs and offering support to help chapters operate appropriately and efficiently. The council collaborates with the organization by providing support and input on national strategic initiatives that affect members at the local level. The council is represented by a Chair that sits on the National Board as a voting member, a Vice Chair, and a committee of members who mentor current leaders. They also scan the health and welfare of all NACE chapters to recommend appropriate training, tools, and resources to help NACE achieve its mission and goals.

Responsibilities

  • CLC Chair will sit on the NACE National Board as a voting member.
  • Work with NACE staff to organize and lead committee members to evaluate tools and resources that are currently available as well as what might be needed.
  • Provide input on chapter leader education, including the NACE Evolve conferences for chapter leaders.
  • Encourage a culture of mentorship and support within chapter leadership.
  • Carry out the duties of this position as decided by the president with the advice and consent of the board of directors.

Council Chair: Justen Hix, CPCE
Vice Chair: Sarah James, CPCE

Committee Members:
Aaron Shook, CPCE
Dana Kadwell
Erin Kenyan
Jill Vidal-Raines, CPCE
Katie McNulty, CPCE
Lexi Rodriguez, CPCE

This committee will meet once a month or as needed.

The Conference Advisory Committee consults and provides feedback for future planning, themes, trends, and goals for the NACE Experience Conference. This committee’s year is July-July to accommodate the Experience conference planning cycle.

The NACE Experience Conference Advisory Committee consults and provides feedback for the future planning, themes, trends, and goals for the Experience Conference and makes recommendations to the Board, staff, and other committees, including the Education Committee regarding the overall development and advancement of the Experience Conference. This is a committee that consults and advises only.

The Experience Conference Advisory Committee will monitor and identify industry trends, business development opportunities, and partnership opportunities in order to provide recommendations for a framework for current and future planning of the NACE Experience Conference.

Committee Chair: Adam Rineer, CPCE, CMP
Board Liaison: Karen Tucker, CPCE, NACE Secretary

Committee Members:
Dawn Peterson, CPCE
Margery Reinheardt, CPCE
Michele Edison
Andy Bomberger, CPCE
Steve Kemble
Cindy Marshall, CPCE
Lisa Carruth, CPCE

The Education committee works to continue the advancement of NACE’s education programs by identifying new market segments, recommending speakers and education topics, reviewing speaker presentations, and developing and reviewing original content.

Committee Chair: Lynn Graham
Board Liaison: Amber Allen, CPCE, NACE Vice President
Foundation of NACE Liaison: Kevin Dennis, CPCE, JWIC, Foundation Trustee

Committee Members:
Cristina DePoy
Joshua Riggs, CPCE
Kara Landrith, MS, CPCE, CMP, PBC
Marci Guttenberg, CPCE
Meaghan DeNino, CMP
Melanie Brennan, CPCE, CMP
Stacey Messina, CPCE
Stephanie Olivares, CPCE
Sydney Archer, CPCE
Troy Adams
Valerie Ward, CPCE

This committee meets once a month or as needed.

The Finance committee, which is a committee of the NACE National Board, develops and monitors NACE’s annual budget, income, and expenditures. It is comprised of the president, vice president, and secretary-treasurer.

Committee Chair: Michelle Dunnick, MBA, CPCE

Committee Members:
Amber Allen, CPCE
Karen Tucker, CPCE

The Investment committee, which is a committee of the NACE National Board, reviews NACE’s financial situation and works on a regular basis with the investment advisor to monitor the association’s financial standing and current investment accounts.

Committee Chair: Michelle Dunnick, MBA, CPCE

Committee Members:
Amber Allen, CPCE
Doug Quattrini, CPCE
Justen Hix, CPCE

The Marketing and Technology committee shall advise and work with staff on encouraging engagement in the NACE community and improving and expanding the delivery of NACE messaging, programs, resources and technology.

Committee Chair: Aleya Harris, CPCE
Board Liaison: Michelle Dunnick, MBA, CPCE, NACE Treasurer

Committee Members:
Joel Rabe
Christie Osborne
Kimberly Rhodes

This committee will meet once a month or as needed.

NACE will be an engaged membership organization for the catering and events industry.

  • The Membership Committee will look at ways to implement potential changes to bring up the retention rate 3 percentage points a year within the association.
  • The committee will discuss methods to improve retention within the association, decide if the benefits currently being offered are in the best interest to drive membership, and what NACE can do to give members what they are looking for with their NACE Membership.
  • The committee will recommend what is needed to improve NACE membership retention rates, which will, in turn, drive new membership.

Committee Chair: Dawn Peterson, CPCE
Board Liaison: James Filtz, CPCE, CMP, CHE, NACE President-Elect

Committee Members:
Cindy Marshall, CPCE
Courtney Hopper
Don Mamone
Jodi Harris
Josette Murai, CPCE, CMP
Megan Applegate
Rachel Sheerin, CPBA

This committee will meet once a month or as needed.

The Nominations and Elections committee upholds the standards and integrity of NACE’s national election process. It coordinates election efforts, reviews all potential candidates for elections to ensure they meet the minimum criteria required for each position, and conducts the election process at the NACE Experience Conference, where elections take place every year.

Committee Chair: Ed DiAntonio, CPCE, CMP
Board Liaison: Doug Quattrini, CPCE

Committee Members:
Julie Brown Pflueger, CPCE
Sarah James, CPCE
Joe Mahoney, CPCE
Gabrielle Mourino, CPCE

The committee meets a minimum of four times annually, and when necessary at the call of the committee chair, with 24-hour notice. The committee holds one in-person meeting in conjunction with the NACE Experience Conference. Most of the committee’s work takes place between January and August.

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