Hello Twin Cities NACE! Happy March.
This month’s newsletter is hitting on upcoming programs and important dates. Although it doesn’t feel like it, Spring will be her before we know it. Outdoor event season, wedding season and working insane hours season is right around the corner. We want to get a few important dates on your calendar before things get too crazy:
March 11 | Twin Cities NACE 2019 Education Conference | Registration is still open on our website!
April 3 | Monthly Program | Summit Manor
May 1 | Monthly Program | Mystic Lake Center
June 5 | Monthly Program | Details to come
July 14-17 | NACE Experience Conference | Cincinnati, OH
July 31 | Boat Cruise (That’s right, it’s back!)
What’s up in MARCH:
This month is PACKED with education because this month is the Twin Cities NACE Education Conference! (In case you have missed all of our email blasts, social posts and event promotion the conference in on March 11 at the Minneapolis Hilton. Visit our website for rates, breakout session info, speaker details and meet our creative partners and sponsors.)
The theme of this conference is “Route 66: Culinary Road Trip”. The concept is fitting, as the day has been designed to have a lot of attractions along the way (breakout sessions), a few big features (general sessions), pit stops (themed food and beverage breaks) and will leave you with a lot of new trends, design concepts and catering content to bring home (or back to your office). We look forward to “hitting the open road” with all of you. The day will conclude with a 1950’s diner after party that feels just like something you would pull into off Route 66 after a long day of driving.
We cannot believe the lineup of speakers, the culinary design and 2019 trend exposure we have been able to create for all of you. Here is a list of highlights you can expect to see at the conference (this would also be a great list to send to your boss when you ask them to send you):
- Kristen Brown, National Speaker, who is going to talk to us about the happy hour effect. This season will help us all reevaluate how we sell, the benefits of a happy hour like setting and how we can really do it all.
- The Wedding Guys, Matthew Trettel and Bruce Vassar, take us through the Pantone Colors of the Years. This lunch general session will help us understand color trends, how to use them and how to know what your clients expect.
- Brian Glockzin, Owner of Somm-Sult, is ready to talk all things wine! This tasting general session will help us understand who is in charge of your beverage program, pairing selections and all the 2019 wine trends to come. (Yes way, there are more hip things than just rose.)
We have 9 additional breakout sessions for you to choose from. You can customize your selection of breakouts to fit the following interests:
- Catering Sales
- Banquet Operations
- Culinary and Menu Design
- Audio Visual
- Décor and Design
- Personal Development
- Non-Profit / Gala Events
What’s up in APRIL:
We have been busily working on the rest of the programs for 2019. April is going to educate us all on all things historical venues. We are hosting a panel style event with some of the biggest “who’s who” in the Twin Cities historical venue scene. Let’s meet the panelist (more being announced next week):
- Linda DeRoode, Director of Cultural Programming, German American Institute
- Jessica Sutherland, Program Supervisor, James J. Hill House, Minnesota Historical Society
For this program we are putting together a panel of professionals who work in historic venues. We would like to talk in depth about how historic venues work, the ways they are different from other places, and how they can stay relevant in the ever changing event industry. Registration goes live next week on the website! Stay tuned for more details on this can’t miss session.
That’s all for now!
See you next week at the EDU Conference!
Twin Cities NACE Chapter President
Paloma Mohler is a Sales Executive at BeTHINGS, a boutique rental company that provides curated designer furniture, bars, and chandeliers to help event professionals transform everyday spaces into remarkable places. Paloma is a Midwest-featured events specialist with 20 years of experience in the events industry. Her work has been featured in industry blogs and magazines to include: The Knot, Minnesota Bride, Dainty Obsessions, Mpls St. Paul magazine, Twin Cities Business, Swooned and Knotsvilla.
Paloma, we are thrilled to have you. We look forward to welcoming you to the chapter at the education conference!