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Experience 2017

July 16, 2017
1:00 PM CDT to 12:00 PM CDT
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Marriott Marquis Houston
1777 Walker Street
Houston, TX 77010

Get Ready for Houston – The City With No Limits

The National Association for Catering and Events (NACE) Experience Conference, taking place at the brand-new Marriott Marquis Houston, July 16-19, 2017, is the only major industry conference that serves everyone in the catering and events industry. This four-day event will certainly not disappoint with world-class speakers, innovative designs, and the latest and greatest in culinary arts. Experience is more than professional development and networking, it’s also the place to celebrate your creativity and passion and discuss critical issues affecting the industry.

We’re Shaking Things UpAlong with the informative sessions that you’ve come to expect from the 2017 NACE Experience, #NACEEXP17 will also offer these new program offerings: 

  • New Schedule - NACE has revamped the #NACEEXP17 schedule to enhance your onsite experience. We're bringing you four days of inspiring education sessions, networking opportunities, chapter celebration, a community service event, and more!
  • Industry Summit – Industry leaders will come together to address topics like event security, food waste management, human resources and more.
  • Interactive Marketplace – Attend education breakout sessions, exchange ideas in the hot topic room and visit with vendors showcasing the latest and greatest.

Register now for the NACE Experience Conference, taking place at the Marriott Marquis Houston, July 16-19, 2017.

Education is Key, Achieve the CPCE! Establish yourself as a successful and sophisticated professional at the Experience Conference. Take the CPCE exam on Sunday, July 16. Submit your application and documentation by June 17 for consideration for the exam. Visit for more information.

Prepare for the exam with the CPCE Fast Track on July 15, 2017. Thinking of taking the exam after the conference? Education sessions attended at the Experience Conference count as contact hours towards your CPCE application.


  • Registration is now open/Early bird registration deadline is May 19/Last day to register online June 30
  • Showcase your company and exhibit at the Marketplace Expo
  • Plan to take the CPCE at Experience
  • Refer to the NACE national site for full details

IMPORTANT LEADER INFORMATION - SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE State of NACE Meeting, Saturday, July 15, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Join the NACE National Board, CLC, and chapter leaders from across the country as we highlight the past year’s successes and plan for the future!

Chapter Leaders’ Council Meeting, Saturday, July 15, 2:00 – 3:30 PM Join the NACE National Board, CLC, and chapter leaders from across the country to discuss chapter issues and suggest solutions you can use to help grow and maintain a healthy chapter. We will also vote for the 2018 CLC Chair. Please contact Lauren Williams if you have an interest in running for the position.

We will also recognize the President’s List recipients and additional chapter awards given out by NACE National. Who will walk away with the prize for most new members for 2016? Be there to find out as well as cheer on your fellow chapter superstars that are presented with the President’s List award.

Chapter Awards, Sunday, July 16, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Award submissions will open by the end of March. Details coming soon regarding the submission process. The following awards will be presented at the Industry Summit General Session on Sunday, July 16:

  • Community Service Project of the Year
  • Education Program of the Year
  • Fundraising Event of the Year
  • Program of the Year

Please note: Chapter Awards will NOT be given out at the Awards Gala on Tuesday, July 18 except for the following awards:

  • Chapter of the Year
  • George Zell Spirit of NACE
  • Member of the Year
  • Student Member of the Year

Group Registration If three (3) or more people are registering together, you will receive $100 off the all-inclusive package for each person. This discount applies whether you register before or after May 19. If you register before the early bird deadline, you will receive the group registration discount and the early bird discount.

These discounts apply to any group of three or more people as long as you register together and pay together. The group can be a mix of non-members, student members, young professional members, and professional members. If you have questions, email to register your group.

Hotel Accommodations Reserve your room for only $199 a night, plus 17% tax, at the Marriott Marquis Houston. There are no resort fees. Book online today. Don't delay! Reservations must be made by Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Conference Attire Daytime meetings: Business Casual Opening Reception: Reception Foundation Event Fundraiser: Themed attire Awards Gala: Semi-formal


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