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June 2017  

President's Report

Hi Tacoma South Puget Sound NACE family!

 

I'm very excited to report that we have THREE Tacoma members attending the EXPERIENCE! Conference starting next week in Houston.  We've been coordinating with our sister chapter in Seattle and getting ready for a great #EXPERIENCE17!

 

Our next meeting is going to be awesome.   

 

 

Our speakers Alyssa Miller, East Coast Regional Managerand Ben Prescott, resident Certified Cicerone of Ninkasi Brewing will be demonstrating proper technique, pairing and the "art of the pour"!

Alyssa is flying in from he East Coast to speak to us, and Ben is coming up from Eugene.   We'll be featuring Pacific Rain.

We'll be at the new Hillside Farms venue, which can be a little deep sooo.....

make plans to stay!  We have a hotel block and are working towards a shuttle if we get enough participation.  

$99 NACE Rate at Hotel RL - 

The block code they will want to use to book is NATI0815, they can use this online at www.redlion.com or call 1-800-RED-LION.  The link is:

 https://reservations.redlion.com/ibe/details.aspx?hotelID=13753&langID=1&group=nati0815&hgID=280&currID=0&dt1=6436&nights=1&rooms=1&adults=1&child1=0

 

Who's Catering?   Karla Curry – Occasions Catering

Where at?  Paul and Lisa Wendler - Hillside Farms Venue

Who's helping out? Debbie McNairy - Ruby Red Shoes Weddings & Events

 

 

See you there!  Registration is open!

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Upcoming Events

MORE INFO COMING SOON but you don't want to miss this event! 

Our speakers Alyssa Miller, East Coast Regional Managerand Ben Prescott, resident Certified Cicerone of Ninkasi Brewing will be demonstrating proper technique, pairing and the "art of the pour"!

Featuring Pacific Rain Northwest Pale paired with Occasions Catering, this is a meeting you want to stick around for.

Make plans to stay!  We have a hotel block and are working towards a shuttle if we get enough participation.  

$99 NACE Rate at Hotel RL - The block code you want to use to book is NATI0815, they can use this online at www.redlion.com or call 1-800-RED-LION.  The link is:

 https://reservations.redlion.com/ibe/details.aspx?hotelID=13753&langID=1&group=nati0815&hgID=280&currID=0&dt1=6436&nights=1&rooms=1&adults=1&child1=0

 

Karla Curry – Occasions Catering

Paul and Lisa Wendler - Hillside Farms Venue

Debbie McNairy - Ruby Red Shoes Weddings & Events

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Member Spotlight

Keniesha Pritchett joined our Tacoma NACE Chapter in February.

For 12 years she has worked at CORT Party Rentals in Fife. When asked about what she does for her job, she responded, “Everything.” She helps customers by phone or in person. She works with a lot of brides-to-be, but their largest clients are caterers and event planners.

When talking to brides-to-be, she says, “We listen to their vision of what they want for their wedding.” Keniesha invites them to look at their showroom where they will see place settings, displays of dishware, glassware and chargers, plus linens. “I help them find the products they need for their wedding and wedding reception,” says Keniesha.

Keniesha also works with customers by phone to help them find the products they need.

“I always encourage brides-to-be to work with a professional caterer and event planner to get the best results for their wedding and reception,” says Keniesha.

Their busiest season of the year is summer for weddings and other events, and their second busiest time is from November to December for holiday rentals.

“Our busiest day of the year is the day before Thanksgiving,” says Keniesha. “It’s the day that people are getting ready for Thanksgiving and they need an extra table or chairs, plates, flatware or linens, for their Thanksgiving guests. We usually have about 100 walk-in customers that day,” she says.

“We have a great team in Fife, and we appreciate all you folks at NACE”, says Keniesha.

 

What do you like about NACE?

“I like going to see different venues, so I can tell brides about venues,” says Keniesha. “When they come in and wonder about the layout of the venue and I’m familiar with the venue, it helps me with my job.”

Because Keniesha does a lot of her customer service work by phone, Tacoma NACE helps her put “names with faces.” “I enjoy going to see the different venues that the brides love.”

What do you hope to gain from being a member?

“I would love for everyone to come talk to me, so I can help them find what they need for their event,” says Keniesha. “Being a member of NACE, even though I know a lot of people use CORT, it puts CORT into the forefront of their minds when they talk to their brides,” Now that they see the CORT event specialists every month at NACE, they see we’re playing a part in this industry by giving back to the community and hopefully we’re seen as a great resource to them.”

Many of our readers remember that the company was AA Party Rentals for many years. CORT purchased the company and retained many of the employees, so your many of your favorite staffers are still there at the Fife office and showroom. “We have a long-time staff,” says Keniesha

 

Family life and fun

Keniesha has three daughters. The eldest is a junior in college, the middle daughter graduated from high school in June and her youngest, 16, is a high school junior.
In her spare time, Keniesha says that she is a bargain shopper and enjoys retail therapy.

To order or inquire about products at CORT Party Rental, contact Keniesha Pritchett, 253-248-7019, Keniesha.pritchett@cort.com.

 

Written by Paula R. Lowe, Public Relations Chair, Tacoma / South Puget Sound NACE. Paula is the publisher of South Sound Wedding & Event magazine.

 

 

 

 

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