From the Desk of...

March 2018

From Donnell
The transformation of NACE to a strategic, aligned, and transparent organization continues these few months with much activity on every front. A new set of national bylaws that govern the association in accordance with New York state non-profit laws was approved in January. Key changes include clarification of membership types and governance.  Each chapter will soon be adopting new bylaws to align with national.
Also in January, the Evolve conference in New Orleans was a success, including a kick-off of NACE's 60th anniversary celebrations kicked off. More than 150 chapter leaders attended and took home with solid knowledge of chapter leadership. Thank you to the NACE Chapter Leaders Council and to the NACE New Orleans Chapter for all the coordination and hard work.
NACE was represented at both The Special Event (TSE) and Catersource. Kim and I had a meeting with the leadership team at Catersource to plan for closer collaboration in the coming years. The Foundation of NACE event during Catersource was a great success with more than 130 in attendance. Thank you to Kay Kolbo and the Virgil’s team for their generosity. Congratulations to Dave Buckley, CSEP and the Foundation Board of Trustees!
Lastly, the Executive Director search is moving into a new phase with job postings taking place next week. Many members have contributed to the different interviews conducted by Bloch and Reed, thank you all so much. Much thanks also to the search committee for their diligence

Donnell Bayot, Ph.D., CPCE, CHE, CFBE

From Kim
In true
fashion, March is coming in like a lion, fierce and ready to pounce. With our new strategic plan in place, an outstanding energy has been swirling around the NACE office. While considering the future and tradition, I have put into place a work plan for the staff that will foster and encourage a highly collaborative environment in order to, putting it plainly, make stuff happen!
Together with chapter leaders, national committee members, and National Board, we have activated many initiatives outlined in the priorities of this plan. In fact, we have already delivered on some of those efforts such as the NACE Chapter Toolkit, updated national and chapter bylaws and a new business partner program. Your national Membership Committee is currently working to enhance member value by addressing member pain points and identifying solutions, the Governance Committee is leading the way to finding new national leadership, and the Education Committee is reviewing the 140+ speaker submissions for the 2018 NACE Experience conference.
Donnell and I have been meeting with NACE’ allied partners to further strengthen our ties with them to produce meaningful, mutually beneficial relationships, and I have had the honor of representing NACE on the Events Industry Council [EIC], where my association colleagues share insights on topics like the Economic Significance of Meetings to the US Economy study, that directly affect our industry. But there is more…OH so much more, and it’s all for you!
If you’d like to chat about NACE’s new direction, the work plan, or how you can get involved, shoot me an email or give me a ring. I’d love to hear from you!

Kim Grimm
Interim Executive Director