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CPCE Spotlight: Allison Meyer-Tucker, CPCE

Our CPCE Spotlight is where professionals share their motivation behind earning the Certified Professional in Catering and Events (CPCE). This month we are featuring Allison Meyer-Tucker, CPCE, Catering and Events Manager at Bechtler Museum of Modern Art at Levine Center for the Arts.

If you are interested in being featured, please contact cpce@nace.net.

Q.Please provide some background on your current position and organization, as well as your path to getting there.

A: I am the Events Manager at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in Charlotte, North Carolina. As part of my role at the Bechtler, I coordinate both private external rental events and internal museum member-based events at the museum. I have been at the Bechtler since February 2017 and started as a part-time coordinator at the museum. Over the past 4 and a half years, I’ve worked my way up to manage the department at the museum. My experience background is in coordinating events as a venue manager at a university, gallery, and now a non-profit museum level. My educational background is in art history; I graduated with a B.A. in Art History from the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 2015. As an Events Manager at a modern art museum, I’m lucky enough to use both my professional and educational background at the Bechtler.

Q: How has CPCE certification helped your career to date?

A: The CPCE certification has helped me gain confidence in other event fields like catering and foodservice that I didn’t have direct professional experience with before the certification. It helps me understand the roles and needs of catering partners, not to mention better anticipate the needs and questions of rental clients.

Q: What are your professional goals for the next 5, 10, 20+ years?

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A. I am about to welcome my first child this September, exactly one year after obtaining my CPCE. My goals have drastically shifted in this past year with this change in my personal life. Now my focus is on balancing motherhood and a professional career over the next several years. I have a wonderful support system at the museum and in the local Charlotte NACE Chapter that has encouraged me that I can be a working mother with this dual support system behind me. In the next 5 to 10 years, I want to find a healthy work/life balance while growing my experience as a venue manager at the Bechtler. Museums are unique and interesting venues for events, so I would like to become an expert at managing events at museums and other non-traditional event spaces. Also, work/life balance is already hard in the events industry, and striking that balance as a parent will be a goalpost in addition to my professional goals at the museum.

Q. Did you have a mentor or a group of colleagues who encouraged you to pursue CPCE? How did their encouragement help you through the process?

A. The local Charlotte Chapter is a tight-knit community. When I expressed interest in obtaining my CPCE, the executive team connected me with other members in the chapter who were also interested in CPCE. Once we got together, we created a study group and kept each other accountable during the process. Choosing a date when we could all take the CPCE exam helped create a goalpost for our group and something to work towards. It was also so much fun to celebrate once our whole group passed the exam!

Q. Any tips for future applicants of CPCE?

A. Find a group of NACE members with who you can study and keep you motivated!

Q. Do you have a favorite CPCE memory?

A. Celebrating with the Charlotte Chapter study group of 2020 when we all passed our exams!

Q. What is your favorite or most memorable part of working in the catering and events industry?

A. Every time a wedding couple tells me that I made their most important day easier, my heart just melts. It’s what keeps me going through all the little fires you have to put out while managing events. The knowledge that you are a part of someone’s happiest experience is the best reward for all the hard work I put into my job.

Q: Are there any other thoughts you’d like to share in the CPCE Spotlight?

A: The events industry moves so fast that it’s hard to take the time to work on professional development. NACE has helped me take the time to focus on my professional development by giving me a community to rely on and resources to expand my education.

 

 

Get to know Allison a bit more:

Allison Meyer-Tucker, CPCE has been the Events Manager at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art since February 2017. Previously she lived and worked in Asheville, North Carolina for 6 years. During her time in Asheville, she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and worked multiple event-inspired jobs at local galleries and auction houses to pay the bills. Moving to Charlotte and joining the Bechtler was the perfect opportunity to merge her love of art and events. When she’s not creating excel spreadsheets, Allison loves to bake and play board games with her husband.

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