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NACE and the Foundation of NACE Welcome 2021 Boards

The National Association for Catering and Events (NACE), the go-to resource and community for catering and event professionals nationwide, and the Foundation of NACE (FON), the charitable arm of NACE, have welcomed their 2021 Boards.

NACE National Board

  • President: Morgan Montgomery, CPCE, CMP, Paisley & Jade, Richmond, Virginia
  • President-Elect: James Filtz, CPCE, CMP, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Vice President: Amber Allen, CPCE, Hotel Valley Ho, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Treasurer: Michelle Dunnick, MBA, CPCE, United Way of Southeast Louisiana, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Secretary: Karen Tucker, CPCE, Relish Catering and Events, Lakewood, Colorado
  • Chapter Leaders Council Chair: Justen Hix, CPCE, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Past President: Doug Quattrini, CPCE, Catering and Event Executive, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“I am looking forward to a 2021 that shows the promise of recovery for the catering and events industry and the NACE community. Through collaboration with my fellow national board members, the Foundation of NACE, and our vibrant community we are positioned to weather the pandemic. Our diverse community brings incredible talent, expertise and passion for NACE to the table and I’m looking forward to the reopening and regrowth we will all see together,” said Morgan Montgomery, CPCE, CMP, NACE National President.

Foundation of NACE Board of Trustees

  • President: Terry Shields, CPCE, CSEP, Terry Shields Event Design, Dallas, Texas
  • President-Elect: Tracey Amernick, CPCE, Cohn Restaurant Group, San Diego, California
  • Treasurer/Secretary: Gary McCreary, CPCE, CMP, CSEP, Venetian and Palazzo Hotels, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Past President: Harvey Stern, CPCE, CMP, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Trustee: Christina Alvarado, MBA, CPCE, San Antonio, Texas
  • Trustee: Dana Blaugrund, CPCE, CWE, Social by Dana, Dallas, Texas
  • Trustee: David Buckley, CSEP, New York Life Insurance Company, Atlantic City, New Jersey
  • Trustee: Kevin Dennis, CPCE, Fantasy Sound Event Services, Livermore, California
  • Trustee: Timothy Lam, CHT, CGSP, The International School of Hospitality, Las Vegas, Nevada

Reflecting on the year ahead, Terry Shields, CPCE, CSEP, Foundation President 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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