May 2017 Print

President's Report

Greetings and welcome to Twin Cities NACE!

Grow your skills and networking power by becoming a member of Nace.  Each meeting has an education compenent, networking opportunities and of course exceptional food and beverages! 

Click on JOIN NACE to learn more about growing your professional career. 

NACE National has partnered with ThriveHive to provide members with an exclusive new benefit that helps small businesses grow.  ThriveHive provides a professional website, a marketing plan, and the tools and expertise to carry it out - all in one place.  CLICK HERE to learn more about ThriveHive and sign up for your 30-day free trial.

Another big compenent in growing your profesional career is by attending the NACE EXPERIENCE Conference, July 16-19 in Houston Texas - hope to see you there!  To continue the EXPERIENCE please save the date of August 2 for our recap of the conference  And while you are saving the dates, place November 13 on your calendar for our full day EDU Conference at the Hilton Minneapolis.

Thank you for your continued support by attending meetings and providing great feed back through the surveys.  We want to make sure you are getting all the nourishment to grow your professional career!

I look forward to seeing you at the next NACE meeting!

Thank you,

Greg Geiger, President

NACE Minneapolis / St. Paul Chapter




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Welcome New Members

Please welcome

Kathryn Frankson

Catersource Conference & Tradeshow


Brittney Blaiser

Mercy Dining Room & Bar


Jayne Bredlau

Kahler Grand Hotel


Hanna Michael

Kahler Grand Hotel


Kelly Retterath

Kahler Grand Hotel


Rebecca Tesch

Kahler Grand Hotel




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Calendar of Events



July 13, 2017 | Snapchat and Social Media with Guest Speaker Cody McClendon

Minnesota Boat Club

1 South Wabasha Street, Raspberry Island, St. Paul, MN 

 July 16-19, 2017 | Experience Conference | Houston, TX

 August 2, 2017 | EXPERIENCE Recap

 September 6, 2017 | Solar Arts by Chowgirls

 October 4, 2017 | Octoberfest | Lakes & Legions

 November 13, 2017 | EDU Conference | 9am-5pm | Hilton Minneapolis

   December 6, 2017 | Holiday and Awards






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Job Openings/Classifieds

Kahler Hospitality Group

Director of Catering and Convention Services, Rochester, MN

Click here for full details: Kahler Hospitality Group Position Overview

The Director of Catering and Conference Services (DOCCS) is responsible for the solicitation, planning and execution of catering events for the Kahler Hospitality Group.  The DOCCS recognizes opportunities to maximize revenue by up-selling and offering enhancements to create outstanding and memorable events.  This position is also responsible for the oversight of the catering and conference services team by providing leadership and motivation, while making the team accountable for their revenue goals.  The DOCCS is also responsible for maximizing revenue through effective contract negotiation and accurate forecasting.  Will be responsible for the wedding and social markets.  This position requires a "hunter" mentality, with strong capability to expand and grow existing accounts while driving new business to Kahler Hospitality Group portfolio.

The catering is currently comprised of the following positions*:

  • Senior Catering Manager
  • Conference Services Manager
  • Corporate Catering Manager
  • Catering Coordinator

*These positions may change reflecting the changing needs of the hotel.

The DOCCS will report directly to the Director of Sales and Marketing.  This position is a property onsite position.

If this could be a great opportunity to extend your professional reach, please respond through the link above website or email your resume to the following SearchWide Executive:

Elizabeth McHeffey, Recruiter | SearchWide | | 732.598.5766 (mobile)



Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington Hotel

Catering/Events Manager 

Catering/Events Manager - (170001FG)

Description:  This is a spectacular opportunity for a Catering Sales Manager to help cultivate catering business for the Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington Hotel, managed by Marcus Hotels and Resorts. The ideal professional will be capable of skillfully merchandising banquet space to the social and wedding markets while developing relationships with new and existing accounts to maximize revenue potential. Success will be measured by the achievement of monthly goals, development and implementation of sales plans, maintenance of positive interdepartmental communications and completion of special projects as assigned by the Director of Catering.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:  Account prospecting, solicitation, and development via telephone, personal contact, outside calls, correspondence, email and other means of communication. Conduct hotel site inspections, entertain both in house and off property, and maintain thorough follow up methods. -Achieve weekly and monthly solicitation goals -Represent hotel at trade shows, wedding fairs, civic/business functions, industry-related associations, reservation centers, and other events to promote the hotel and/or the city. -Prepare and present proposals and contracts both written and verbal in a prompt, accurate, profitable, pleasant and professional manner. -Assist Events Manager with detailing of short-turnaround meetings and events -Attend meetings including, but not limited to, pre-convention, business review, departmental and weekly staff meetings.

JOB REQUIREMENTS: Candidates must possess extensive hotels sales and catering experience, preferably working in Minneapolis and/or the Bloomington, Minnesota markets. Past experience successfully selling and/or detailing catering events. Past experience with and strong knowledge of Delphi, and/or Hilton systems would provide a significant advantage to a candidates consideration. Possessing a 4 year degree in a related field of study is preferred but not required.  Must be available to work Tuesdays through Saturdays. For each position, we require at least two positive verifiable references, a stable work history verified by a background check, a positive attitude, a willingness to be a team player, and the ability to work weekends and holidays. 

We will verify through E-Verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired. TSSHO

Primary Location: United States-Minnesota-Bloomington

Work Locations: Hilton Hotel Bloomington, 3900 American Blvd West,  Bloomington 55437

Job: Catering

Organization: Hotels

Schedule: Full-time

Employee Status: Regular

Job Type: Experienced

Job Level: Manager without Direct Reports

Travel: No

Job Posting: May 16, 2017, 6:33:44 PM

Click here to apply




Hotel Wedding Sales Manager Job Opening


The Historic St. James Hotel, located in Red Wing, Minnesota on the beautiful Mississippi River, has an opening for a Hotel Wedding Sales Manager.


The position is responsible for producing full-scale weddings and events. If you are passionate about wedding event planning and enjoy the process beginning to end, this job is for you!


The Hotel is part of the Red Wing Shoe family of businesses and offers excellent compensation and a full benefit package including medical, dental, 401(k) with employer match, paid vacation and sick time, discounts and more!


Please contact Human Resources at 651-385-5545 or e-mail resumes to



Sales Assistant



We are currently looking for a Sales Assistant to work on a full time basis.  Ideal candidates should be positive and ambitious professionals who are confident with client/customer contact.  They should also have previous administrative expereince supporting a sales team and/or event industry experiences.


  • Assist sales staff with updating customer and order tracking database
  • Assist with preparing work order paperwork and completing internal checklists
  • Assist with building and maintaining relationships with clients and prospective clients by providing customer service including acting as a contact to support clients throughout their event project
  • Assist coordinating with third party vendors as needed
  • Attend sales meetings and share information as neccessary
  • Maintain all sales operations tasks and ensure timely follow up regarding specific inquires and issues
  • Assist in maintaining the appearance of the showroom and products as dictated by corporate visual direction


Skills and Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equlvalent
  • 1-3 years' experience in a sales support or administrative role, with event industry strongly prefered
  • Aptitude for industry specific software, as well as Microsoft Suite and email
  • High quality customer service skills with strong professional demeanor
  • Must be proactive, positive and have a strong eye for details and process
  • Ability to work on multiple event projects, using time and effort efficeintly
  • Self-motivated and disciplined; able to work independently
  • Possess outstanding problem solving skills, follow through and is resourceful and creative
  • Exceptional communication skills (verbal and written). Ability to convey information in a clear and concise manner, asks probing questions for clearity


Email your resume to Charlie Feldbaum at


Events and Facility Sales Coordinator

The Minnesota Orchestra is the largest performing arts organization in the state and one of America’s top symphonic ensembles. Now in its second century, the Orchestra continues a tradition of world-renowned artistic excellence, adventurous programming, and a visionary commitment to building the orchestra of tomorrow, under the musical direction of Osmo Vanska. 

Primary Purpose:

The Events and Facility Sales Coordinator serves as the primary contact for assigned rental events. Responsible for the coordination and communication (with clients, vendors, and MOA administrative staff) of all details related to assigned rental events at Orchestra Hall… Assists with rental sales calls and facility tours as necessary.

Prepares invoice for final review by Events and Facility Sales Manager. Provides assistance to the Manager of Concert Enhancements, Concessions, and Special Events as assigned as well as other departments as necessary with event planning. This position is the primary contact for venue use scheduled by internal clients/departments, including Symphony Ball related events. Serves as on-site Event Manager approximately once per week depending on event load.

Major Job Functions:

Assists Event and Facilities Sales Manager with coordination and execution of private, community, and business rentals for Orchestra Hall including:

  • Performances
  • Community non-profit events
  • Donor-hosted events
  • Business meetings and presentations
  • Lectures
  • Parties and banquets
  • Weddings and receptions
  • Fundraisers
  • Special occasions
  • Graduation ceremonies
  • Political gatherings
  • Educational activities
  • Conventions and trade shows
  • Exhibits and displays
  • Internal events


Provides exceptional client services that exceed customer expectations. Assures that events are well produced through correspondence with clients and staff, production meetings with clients and staff, staff scheduling and additional arrangements.

  • Acts as primary contact for assigned Rental clients.
  • Responds to event inquires and requests with information, facility tours, and pricing, demonstrating creativity in meeting client’s needs. Responds to all customer calls and requests within 48 hours.
  • Builds and sustains customer relationships. Foster ongoing relationships through persistence, professionalism and organization. Follow-up with accounts on a regular basis.
  • Diagrams and communicates room set-up and overall preparation for event. Suggest and revise Orchestral Hall room layouts.
  • Communicates both verbally and in writing to prospects, clients, and internal administrative staff to ensure high quality of service.
  • Produces event information documents for Orchestra Hall Staff and vendors.
  • Manages events (as needed/scheduled) and/or initiates rental event launch by greeting client and providing work direction to front-of-house and production staff.
  • Prepares final settlement documents and any post show briefing notes in a timely manner.


Collaborate with Marketing Manager on marketing and communications plan

  • Ensures that rental clients marketing needs (i.e. digital signage, web site listing, and front-drive signage) are scheduled and coordinated with marketing design and production team.


Coordinate with internal staff to achieve successful event outcomes

  • Communicate effectively with internal events team to effectively and efficiently process assigned incoming sales business.
  • Serve as an active member of Audience Services event management team by attending routinely scheduled meetings and serving as back-up for event staffing.



  • Four-year college degree.

  • Minimum two years event coordinating experience in: a performing arts or events venue; hotel or hospitality industry; corporate or convention center; or non-profit arts.

  • Exceptional communication skills, verbal and written.

  • Flexible schedule: must be available to work weekdays, weekends and some holidays due to events.

To Apply: Please send resume and salary requirements to:


Minnesota Orchestral Association, 1111 Nicollet Mall Minneapolis, MN 55403

Fax: 612-371-7170   No Phone Calls Please

The Minnesota Orchestra is committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace.  We welcome and encourage applicants from all racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds.  The Minnesota Orchestra embraces its commitment to equal opportunity for all applicants, regardless of race, color, creed, sex, religion, age, marital or veteran’s status, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by local, state or federal law.







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Recipe of the Month

Inspired by a friend and just happens to be a chef

a perfect summer dish to share with friends and family- note that it dosen't contain potatoes

 Potato Salad with Asparagus and Mozzarella


  • 2 pounds fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 pound fresh mozzarella cheese, cubed
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes
  • 1 medium red onion, halved and sliced
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil


Yield: 15 servings, 2/3 cup each


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustart
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice



  • In a large sauce pan, bring 1/2 inch of water to a boil.  Add asparagus; cover and boil for 3 minutes.  Drain and immediatley place asparagus in ice water.  Drain and pat dry.  Transfer to a large bowl.  Add the cheese, tomatoes, onion and basil.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the oil, vinegar, garlic, salt, mustard and pepper.  Pour over salad; toss to coat.  Drizzle with lemon juice. Chill.


Nutritional Facts

  • 2/3 cup equals 135 calories, 10 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 24 mg cholesterol, 132 mg sodium, 4 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 6 g protein



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