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CPCE Spotlight: Andy Bomberger, 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 Andy Bomberger, CPCE, Catering Sales Manager for the Whitney Peak Hotel.

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

Q. Please provide some background on your current position and company. 

A. Currently, I am the Director of Sales for the Whitney Peak Hotel in Reno, Nevada. I started with the property as a coordinator and moved up through various positions. Although I am currently over the sales department, I’ve worked heavily in various catering sales and event management roles. These experiences definitely gave me a bit of an edge on understanding the whole operation from sales through completion of a program.

Q. Do you believe CPCE certification helped you achieve your current position?

A.Absolutely. Adding a professional designation really helps show that you care about what you do and that you are dedicated to taking extra steps to establish yourself as a professional.

Q: Do you have professional goals you’d like to share with readers?

A. I want to continue the path I am on. I feel like I’ve learned so much, but there is also so much more to learn. My goal is to always keep learning and developing.

Q. How and when did you first learn about CPCE?

A. I first learned about CPCE when I joined NACE in college. All the really established professionals had obtained theirs and I knew it was something I wanted to obtain as well.

Q. Who or what encouraged you to apply?

A. I was motivated to apply on my own merit but had a lot of support from fellow CPCEs.

Q. Any tips for future applicants of CPCE?

A. Quit procrastinating and just do it 🙂

Q. Is there a reason you chose CPCE as opposed to other industry certifications? If you have other certifications also, do you feel they complement each other?

A. NACE is the organization in the events world that I spend most of my time with on a professional and volunteer side, so it was a no brainer. I don’t have any other designations, but I am planning to get my CMP in the next year or so.

Q. How the CPCE letters behind your name helped express to colleagues, clients, employers, or others your knowledge and experience in the industry?

A. Most certifications require a certain amount of time working in the designated industry and I think people notice that and instantly recognize your credibility. If helps send a message of “I am a professional you can trust”.

Q. Do you have a favorite CPCE memory?

A. I LOVED the feeling of passing the exam and being paraded on the stage at the NACE Experience conference. You can tell that everyone in the room is really happy for you and wants you to succeed. It was a very lovey-dovey moment where I become re-obsessed with this organization.

Q. Do you have a funny or surprising story about CPCE or working in the catering and events industry?

A. EVERY. DAY. IS. DIFFERENT. Most recently I was helping execute a wedding at our property. As the bride was supposed to go down the aisle, she realized her bouquet was in her room…I’ve never run so hard in my life lol – people that got on the elevators had a genuine concern about my bewildered look until I explained the situation – from there they cheered me on and helped me keep the elevator door open so I didn’t have to wait again.

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

A. The people. From clients to vendors, everyone is so different. Everyone operates in a different way. I have done so much adapting to different people and building a genuine connection. I feel like it is my job to establish that rapport on solid ground and I make sure I have my integrity in everything I do.

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

A. NACE is about community. If you ever feel lost, just remember that.

Get to know Andy a bit more:

Andy Bomberger, CPCE, is a committed sales and catering professional who found his love for the industry early on. While obtaining his Bachelor’s in Hospitality Management at UNLV, he fell in love with NACE and the mission that it stands for. Currently, he is the Director of Sales for the Whitney Peak Hotel in Reno, NV and is the Reno Tahoe NACE chapter president. When he isn’t working, you will find him running around with his two dogs – Cane & Newt, watching movies with his partner Jeremy, or exploring the vast Reno/Tahoe wilderness.

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