October 2017  

President's Report

Don't forget to register for our meeting next Tuesday!  It's Great Expectations as well as our elections and installation of your 2018 Board of Directors! Late fee goes into effect tomorrow.


South Sound Summit NACE Booth a rousing success

Several of our Tacoma South Puget Sound NACE members manned our booth at the Tacoma Pierce County Chamber of Commerce's South Sound Summitt. 

Special thanks to Mike Abella for his kick-ass photobooth and Nems Scarim for getting us former Seahawk safety Nesby Glasgow to sign autographs and be the cherry on top of our Seahawks - get in the game with NACE themed booth!   We gained multiple members on site!  A true success story indeed.


It's been a helluva year.  I'm proud to be your President.  I'm giving y'all one more year until I hand the gavel over in November of 2018.  We've had amazing, unprecedented growth and are in wonderful shape for succession.

Heading out to Chambers Bay to go plan our Spring 2018 Fundraiser! 

More to come,




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Chapter Meetings

We will be conducting elections and installation of our 2018 board in addition to our speaker. Note the 11/7 Meeting Date


Our Speaker: Jennifer Taylor, Taylor'd Events Group

Taylor'd Events Group

Jen Taylor of Taylor’d Events Group is more than just a talented wedding & event planner. She is an award-winning event professional, a thought leader in the events industry, a columnist for Catersource Magazine, co-founder of Wedding Network USA and also provides regular contributions to WeddingWire EDU and Special Events Magazine. In addition, she has shared her expert advice with, Huffington Post, HGTV and The Knot. In her spare time, she just launched Wedding Planner Educator, a place for new wedding planners to gain knowledge through coaching and online classes.

Our Program: Great Expectations: Managing Client Expectations and Boundaries

Work/life balance may sound like a myth, but it’s actually an essential component of a healthy and effective workload.  By setting expectations and taking time to unwind, you’ll be more efficient in the office while still keeping your clients satisfied.


Our Venue:

Cort Party Rental in Fife


For over 40 years, AA Party Rentals and ABC Special Event Rentals have led the Seattle market in customer service and quality of product. In 2015, these two businesses merged and rebranded under CORT Party Rental. While the name and look of the company may have changed, the same great people are here to provide you the exceptional service and solutions you can rely on for another 40 years and beyond.


CORT, a Berkshire Hathaway Company, is the world's largest provider of furniture rental, trade show and event furnishings, and relocation and transition services. With more than 100 offices, showrooms and clearance centers across the United States, operations in the United Kingdom and a proprietary global network in over 70 countries around the world, CORT is dedicated to helping people and companies create environments that make a house a home, an office a great place to work, and an event memorable - no matter where, when or for how long. For more information, please visit


Our Caterer:


Gallucci's Catering - Adrielle and Jeff Flinders


Gallucci’s Catering was founded on October 8, 1988 by Ronald Gallucci. Located in the back of a small delicatessen in Tacoma, Washington, the catering company started by producing boxed lunches for schools and offices throughout the city.  Several years later, Ronald Gallucci grew the company to offering the finest in catering and specialty foods and has grown into a premier catering company.  Gallucci’s Catering is on the list of most of the finest venues throughout the Puget Sound and surrounding areas.  In August 2013,  at age 49, Ron Gallucci lost his life to a heart attack.  It was very tough on family, friends, and all of those that knew this great man.  The company continued to operate under the reigns of Ron’s wife, Treia Gallucci.


In March 2015, Adrielle Flinders purchased the company from Treia Gallucci.  Adrielle had previously worked along side Ron for six years, shadowing him and learning everything he had to offer.  Gallucci’s Catering continues to offer the same quality of food presentation, food quality and service. Having catered over 1800 Weddings, 1700 Luncheons, 700 Christmas Parties and 850 Corporate Parties, Gallucci’s will produce a truly memorable experience for any business, social event or wedding.

Our Menu:

Passed Appetizers
a rich blend of crab, vegetables and bread crumbs pan fried and served with a spicy remoulade
with creme fresh creme fraiche drizzle
halved brussels sprouts with bacon jam
Family Style Menu
Served W/Whipped Garlic Butter
Butter lettuce topped with sliced pears, walnuts, crumbled blue cheese, tossed in a pear vinaigrette
Stuffed with seasoned stuffing and cranberries garnished with fresh herbs
Sauteed in a honey ginger sauce
colorful root vegetable mashed with a honey flavor


Our Photographer:

Rachelle Erickson, Design and Photography

Our illustrative style of photography reflects my artistic eye and lends a fresh, modern spin on traditional photography. Telling your story is our passion. Simply put, we capture all the love, laughter, tears, family and friends of your special day. The quality that makes your "wedding day" priceless! We will capture the emotions, surprises and magic of one of the most significant days of our life. We are dedicated to telling a story in photographs that covers everything from the key moments to the whimsical details that you cherish forever.

Our Dessert Sponsor:

Celebrity Cake Studio

Celebrity Cake Studio is a boutique cake shop that specializes in artistically designed wedding and occasion cakes. It is family owned and operated by Odette and David D’Aniello and Mary Ann and Lance Quitugua along with cousin Wallace Bolo, the “Baker Supreme.”

Odette and Mary Ann are third generation bakery owners who literally grew up in a bakery and often joke that instead of a silver spoon, they were born with a silver spatula in hand. It is with this expertise and their love for the craft of cake decorating that Odette and Mary Ann opened their first retail bakery in 1999 in Lacey, Wa. In 2004, the family purchased The Cake Studio, Tacoma’s premier cake boutique. The two stores consolidated to become what is now Celebrity Cake Studio.

Retaining the best of both shops, Celebrity Cake Studio has customers raving about its delicious made-from-scratch products, attentive customer service and beautifully designed made-to-order cakes. It is now the most highly recommended cake shop in South Puget Sound and has recently been voted Best Cakes in Western Washington.


Our DJ:

Entertainment Masters - LeAnna Mason

Entertainment Masters has been in business since 2000 and is a local, family-owned business. We love music, having fun, and helping you enjoy your special event!

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Member Spotlight

The owner of Ruby Red Shoes Weddings & Events, Debbie McNairy, joined Tacoma NACE in February 2017.
Debbie is enjoying getting to know people in Tacoma NACE. When asked how she liked being a member, she said, “I love it. I love how we are a community and a family. Everyone collaborates together. We become friends, not just partners in business, we are really friends in life and I love that.”

Debbie especially enjoys working withvendors who are passionate about what they do. When great wedding and event professionals work together as a team to create an event, it completes the planning circle. “You will know when you don’t have that circle of vendors,” says Debbie. “I know what it is like to work with people who are passionate about what they do, those are the team players I want to work with.”

As a new member of Tacoma NACE, she wants to gain more knowledge about the wedding and event industry. “I want to learn more so I can pass along this information to my clients,” says Debbie.

“NACE is the most phenomenal group that I’ve ever been involved with,” says Debbie. “It’s a welcoming group. When I bring people to the meeting, other people want to get to know about you and what you do in the community. NACE members want to learn about you and they are excited to meet new people. It’s a place that you can be yourself and shine.”

Debbie also enjoys the good times with Tacoma NACE members. “It’s a fun time to gather and to be together,” says Debbie. “I want all of the NACE members to be my neighbors. We’d live forever because we’d be happy and laughing, and having a great time,” says Debbie.

Debbie became a certified professional wedding planner in 2009 and that’s the year she coordinated her first wedding. She is certified by ABC.

Debbie enjoys working with her clients

“I am a very positive person,” says Debbie. “I am organized and I respond quickly to requests from my clients. I have been told that I have a calming influence on people,” says Debbie, who has volunteered with hospice.

“I love listening to the client and find out what they want and need for their wedding, then finding the wedding professionals they need for their wedding,” says Debbie. She enjoys collaborating with others and creating a team to help the couple have a great wedding.

Working in this industry, she says,I am honored, truly, that I get to know a person, a couple and their family,” says Debbie. “I’m there on their special day and I enjoy seeing the day unfold exactly the way they want it.”

Free time is for fun time

After work, Debbie enjoys bike riding, hiking and being in nature, especially at the beach where she enjoys collecting heart-shaped rocks. She enjoys spending time with her husband and grandkids at the park or the beach.

Debbie has done a lot of volunteer work through the years in the fields of domestic violence, hospice as well as de-cluttering people’s homes and offices. She has also volunteered her event planning skills to organize fundraisers and galas for nonprofit organizations.

She lives with her husband in Tacoma.

To contact Debbie McNairy, 253-888-2861, Ruby Red Shoes Weddings & Events




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