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Foundation of NACE Announces 2021 Board of Trustees

The Foundation of NACE is pleased to announce its 2021 Board of Trustees. Terry Shields, CPCE, CSEP will serve as the Foundation President and Tracey Amernick, CPCE will serve as President-Elect. Gary McCreary, CPCE, CSEP will continue to serve as Secretary/Treasurer and Harvey Stern, CPCE, CMP will move into the Immediate Past President role.

Continuing in their terms as Trustees are Dana Blaugrund, CPCE, CWE, Dave Buckley, CSEP, and Timothy Lam, CHT, CGSP.

Joining the Board in 2021 are Kevin Dennis, CPCE and Christina Alvarado, CPCE, MBA.

Kevin Dennis is the owner of Fantasy Sound Event Services in Livermore, California. Kevin takes pride in his leadership of and involvement in industry associations. He is a past chapter president of the Silicon Valley NACE as well as the national president for WIPA. Recognizing a need for networking in his own region, Kevin founded the Tri Valley Wedding Professionals in 2010 and the association has now grown to a membership of nearly 700 pros. A respected thought leader and national speaker, Kevin was recently ranked as one of the top 3 speakers at NACE Experience. He is an ongoing contributor to Catersource and SpecialEvents.com and has been featured in BRIDES, Martha Stewart Weddings and the Travel Channel, among others. He recently received the Certified Professional in Catering and Events (CPCE) designation from NACE.

Christina Alvarado is an independent event producer in San Antonio, Texas. With more than 15 years of special event experience, Christina prides herself on her outside the box thinking and client relationship skills. She currently produces and consults on both large and small events for government, private, and non-profit clients in San Antonio and South Texas. Previously she was the Director of Venue Sales and Service for the Historic Pearl located north of downtown San Antonio, a unique experience as a top culinary and cultural destination. Christina is an avid believer in the industry and currently serves as Immediate President of the NACE Alamo Chapter. She has received recognition including local and national awards for her contribution to NACE and the Special Events Industry. She is a Certified Professional in Catering and Events (CPCE) and a current Trustee for the Foundation of NACE.

Reflecting on the year ahead, Terry Shields stated “It is my honor and my privilege to work with the Foundation trustees in 2021. I look forward to continuing the strong relationships that the Foundation has with the NACE National Board as well as NACE national committees, chapters and members. Our industry was thrown into near devastation in 2020 and, as in 2020, the Foundation will continue to do everything it can within its bylaws to provide philanthropic support to our NACE chapters and members in 2021. I look forward to working with the Foundation Trustees and all NACE members for a better tomorrow!”

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Lawrence Leonard

Lawrence Leonard, CAE, is the Executive Director of the National Association for Catering & Events. With nearly 25 years of experience, Lawrence has developed a deep understanding of the power of associations and the dynamic and complex events profession.

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