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September 2017  

President's Report

Hi All!

Happy September! 

I'm excited for this month.  We'll have our annual joint meeting with Seattle on 9/12 -- please notice the date and rate changes for this exciting meeting.

On another note -- We all know what's happened to our NACE family in Houston.  

Here is how you can help our friends in Houston:

(From Clara Hough)I wanted to ask you to please help me spread the word and share the link to the Go Fund Me account through your social media outlets and local communities.

Please keep us in your prayers and continue sending lots of positive energy our way.

Love, Clara

Clara Hough, CPCE


Register early and encourage carpooling as we travel up North to SODO this month. 


Hearts and Puppies,




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Chapter Meetings

September 12, 2017

The Taming of the Social Beast on 9/12
September 12, 2017
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Sodo Park
3200 1st Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98134
Why the latest in social media is your best weapon for targeting Millennials

$60.00 Guest Ticket
$70.00 after 12:00 pm September 8

$40.00 Member Spouse
$50.00 after 12:00 pm September 8

$40.00 Seattle (or other) NACE Chapter Member
$50.00 after 12:00 pm September 8

$45.00 2nd Person from Member Office
$55.00 after 12:00 pm September 8

$1.00 Raffle Ticket

$40.00 NACE Tacoma Member
$50.00 after 12:00 pm September 8

Join us at our next chapter meeting - joint with the Seattle NACE chapter! - as Sonny Ganguly, Chief Marketing Officer of WeddingWire, reveals his best advice for reaching Millennial couples and growing your business. Learn how to use the latest marketing strategies and tactics to reach your goals in 2017 and beyond!



Our Speaker: Sonny Ganguly, CMO,

Sonny leads WeddingWire's B2C/B2B marketing strategy, customer acquisition, and community development. Today, WeddingWire is the leading marketplace connecting consumers with event merchants, with an audience of over 40 million visitors each month across its network. In addition, Sonny is a widely acclaimed speaker, giving over 50 presentations across the globe each year on technology, marketing and strategy. Prior to joining WeddingWire, Sonny was in a management program at Wal-Mart where he led marketing, sales, and retail strategy development. Before this experience, Sonny spent four years at Kraft Foods where he managed numerous consumer brands, including the JELL-O business with P&L responsibility for over $800 Million.

Sonny holds a B.A. in Economics with a focus in Management and Marketing from The University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, where he served as President of the Marketing Club. Sonny is a founding member of NextGen Angels and an active member of the CMO Club, where he was awarded as a CMO Rising Star.


Our Venue/Caterer:

Sodo Park
3200 1st Ave S, 
Seattle, Washington 98134


Our Rental Sponsor:

Cort Party Rentals


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Member Spotlight

Meet Angela Strecker

Angela Strecker is the owner/event planner at Blue Wings Events in Tacoma. She joined Tacoma NACE in the spring.

Blue Wings Events is a full-service planning business that opened in January 2016. The business specializes in planning weddings and corporate events. For weddings, they offer three packages: month-of (not day-of), partial and full-service. Angela and her three assistants serve as the planning and production team.

“We like to help couples personalize weddings,” says Angela. “I encourage them to focus on what, as a couple, makes them unique and then we create a special wedding day for them.”

Their team also helps businesses plan and produce events. The team works on open houses, conferences, trade shows, golf tournaments, and more. She helps the client with their events to be sure the event helps them get sales / return on investment (ROI).

What do you enjoy about working in your field?

“I truly like helping people,” says Angela. “If I can make life easier for the mom of the bride, I’ve done my job. I’m so thrilled when a mom says, ‘I love you.’ I like allowing people to enjoy their day at a work meeting or open house, or at a wedding. When they enjoy their day with no problems, it’s a good day.”

However, when unanticipated problems arise Angela says, “I’m a quick thinker and I like resolving problem issues quickly. I like guiding people through experiences and using all my knowledge to help make events easier for people. I enjoy being in charge.”

What did you do before you had this business?

For 26 years Angela worked for Bank of America. For the last 16 years there, she was a sales performance executive manager and an events coordinator. Her territory covered 11 states and New York City. “I had a huge team,” says Angela. They planned and produced golf tournaments, sales meetings, small business meetings, forums, conferences, and trade shows.

She left that position to study entrepreneurship at Pierce College where she earned an Associate degree. The education helped her prepare to start her new business.

What do you hope to gain from being a Tacoma NACE member?

“I enjoy networking with my peers – people who understand this business,” says Angela. “I want to learn from others who are there and feel free to ask them questions.”

In turn she is willing to be a speaker at a chapter meeting on topics such as public speaking, etiquette, how to write speeches and more. She is also willing to help organize meetings.

Free time means fun time

When Angela isn’t working – usually week days – she fishes for trout with her dad near Mount Vernon, WA.

She and her husband come from big families, so they spend a lot of time with family “We have organized monthly events that we call FFF,” she says. “It stands for Forced Family Fun.” She describes the events, “Everyone in the family is forced to attend, to be with their family and to have fun.” The activities vary from standup paddle boarding where 30 may attend to picnics when 100 might attend. She and her husband also like to travel around the state and Oregon.

Contact Angela Strecker at Blue Wings Events, LLC. Phone: 253-720-8522




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