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May 2017  

President's Report

Yep!  Two more days and it's gonna be May! 

Hope you're planning on attending our meeting at Indian Summer Golf and Country Club.  It will be great.

NACEBFF code expires 4/30 for $75 new professional memberships.

Come on flowers, we've been patient.

 

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Chapter Meetings

State Capitol

Map your event in Thurston County

Join us for the Tuesday, May 16 meeting at Indian Summer Golf & Country Club in Olympia. Speakers: Moira Davin, director of marketing and communications, and Jeff Bowe, director of sales, from the Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau.

Learn about Thurston County's Bountiful Byway, wineries, distilleries and breweries -- and all the unique offerings in Thurston County for your client's event or wedding. Plus learn about the new brand identification. Jeff Bowe will talk about the newly-formed Wedding Collaborative and what it is doing to increase weddings and events in the county.

Meeting sponsors are Adam's DJ Service, NW Event Lighting, 1000 Words Events, Rachelle Erickson Photography, Creative Coverings and Indian Summer Golf & Country Club.

Register by May 11 online.

 

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Member Spotlight

One of our newest members, Jacques Henry, is the owner of JDH Events in Gig Harbor.

The first Tacoma NACE meeting Jacques attended was the February meeting at The INN at Gig Harbor where he met many members. Following that meeting, he joined Tacoma and Seattle NACE.

“I appreciate that this is a national organization,” said Jacques Henry. “I noticed that this organization is made up of professionals who work full-time in this industry. I look forward to making connections with other professionals and learning from them. I enjoy sharing my knowledge and connections with others and I look forward to learning new skills and finding new professionals to work with – it’s a give and take – a professional trade of information.”

Learn about JDH Events

“I’m not an ordinary planner,” says Jacques. “Our business does the complete event – full service -- from planning to cleaning up following the event. We’re the first people to arrive and last people to leave.”

From the first day they start planning an event, they help their clients find venues, caterers, talk to them about how to design menus, help them find rentals and tell them how to find discounts. They create custom timelines and custom floor plans.

“I literally have anything you can possibly want for an event,” says Jacques. “I have access to people who have everything and I get better pricing.” From a Lamborghini to fireworks, he has all the connections – all at wholesale pricing because he books them often. He passes on the wholesale prices to his clients who directly pay those invoices.

He has large vehicles so he can deliver rentals easily and quickly. Plus he and his team set up lighting, linens, drape and more, so he can control the timeline, quality of work and the expenses.

JDH Events offers free consultations, and he’s happy to give advice to couples about how to do-it-themselves or recommend rentals. At his wedding consultations, more than 90 percent of the potential clients book his services for weddings.

Variety of events

JDH produces a variety of events. “I have never said no,” says Jacques. The company produces about 40 to 50 non-profit events a year. This year he has mostly weddings and private parties to produce.

He also produces cultural events, memorials and more. He loves helping people at events in his community.

“I like doing large productions for non-profits, weddings and memorials,” says Jacques. “Weddings are the biggest day of your life and memorials are your last day – you can’t botch it. I want to be sure everyone is taken care of. I offer memorials at a low rate so family and friends can focus on visiting and not logistics,” says Jacques.

Jacques offers unlimited meetings at no cost and he is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. He has an assistant director, plus a lot of staff who help produce these events.

Jacques is happy to help with rentals or special needs for events. “There are always last-minute requests at events.” He is a one-stop shop for all your event needs. JDH Events can also do a la carte service.

He covers the Puget Sound area, but will travel. He has a wedding in China that he’s producing soon.

The largest wedding he worked on was especially challenging because he had short notice. The couple’s wedding planner took their money and disappeared. The venue called JDH Events to arrange this 300-guest Eastern Indian wedding. He arranged all of the vendors in less than 12 hours and produced the wedding 18 hours later. Feeling proud of that accomplishment, Jacques says, “Now I can say I’m the producer of the 18-hour wedding.”

Jacques started working at 16 years old in the restaurant industry and has had nearly every job in the food-catering-restaurant field. “When I’m at an event, and the bartender or caterer needs help, I’m there,” says Jacques.

When Jacques is not at work, he’s at home with his wife and son doing chores at home. “I am always working,” says Jacques.

Contact Jacques Henry at 253-777-7301 or info@jdh.events. www.jdh.events

 

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