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January 16, 2018

Branding: It's Not Just for Cattle Anymore!
January 16, 2018
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Foss Waterway Seaport
705 Dock St.
Tacoma, WA 98402
Save $5 by registering before 5 p.m. Friday, January 12!

$40.00 NACE Tacoma Member
$45.00 after 3:00 pm January 12

$60.00 Guest Ticket
$65.00 after 3:00 pm January 12

$40.00 Member Spouse
$45.00 after 3:00 pm January 12

$0.00 Member Caterer

$40.00 Seattle (or other) NACE Chapter Member
$45.00 after 3:00 pm January 12

$40.00 2nd Person from Member Office
$45.00 after 3:00 pm January 12

$25.00 Vendor/Sponsor

$1.00 Raffle Ticket

Saddle up and Kick off 2018 with Tacoma NACE!

Rich Kaalaas will tell you honestly: Branding for your business is one of those elusive things that we THINK we understand, while at the same time in our guts we KNOW we understand.

Join us Tuesday evening, January 16th at Foss Waterway Seaport, where Rich will to share some thoughts about branding (both "the kind that is red hot at the end of a metal pole," and the potentially dry topic that he plans to spice up for us).  Rich will give tips on how to go from THINK →to KNOW. Please read on to see Rich's impressive bio, and WHY we're thrilled to see him kick off our new year. As a contemporary in the events business, we think he's uniquely and highly qualified to help NACE professionals understand branding.


Our Caterer:

Jònz Catering is your full service resource for event planning, management and execution. If your goal is to bring the wow factor to your corporate party, wedding or special occasion, contacting Jònz is the first step.

Stationary Appetizers

Jamaican Jerk Spiced Shrimp Skewers Served w/Tropical Fruit Salsa
Savory Flower Tartlet Caramel apples, brie with candied pecans

First Course
Curried Pumpkin Soup

Plated Dinner

Smoked Duck Breast with roasted garlic & fig mascarpone cream sauce

Roasted Tri-Colored Potatoes with leeks & bacon
Charred Brocollini w/ truffle oil

Black & White "Moose"



Our Speaker: 



Rich has been active in the design industry for 32 years, during which he has worked from doing simple paste-up for a small textile company to being Digi/Graphix Supervisor at Sun Sportswear, Vice President of Creative Development at Wizards of the Coast (producer of Magic: The Gathering & Pokemon Trading Card Games, as well as Dungeons & Dragons), Consulting Creative Director for and as President of True North Consultants, Inc Web Design Firm. In 2011, Rich’s professional life shifted gears as he and his husband George undertook converting their 45 acre horse ranch in Ravensdale, into the award winning event & wedding venue, Rein Fire Ranch.


Rein Fire Ranch, an award winning rustic wedding and event venue just 45 min from downtown Seattle & Tacoma.
The ideal setting for your ideal moments.



Our DJ: 


"If you want a fun, happy, party rocking, show stomping reception then Adam is your man! He went way above and beyond what we asked of him and we couldn't of asked for anything more! On a scale of 1-10 Adam is a 12!! Do yourself a favor and hire the best DJ in the Pacific NW! You won't regret it."  




DJ, MC, Lighting &AV

Our Rental Sponsor: 

Family owned and operated, Alexander Party Rentals has provided the Puget Sound Region with quality and affordable event rental equipment since 1991. Recently in our second generation of ownership, we are proud to be one of the fastest growing companies in the industry, sporting some of the youngest equipment and newest products.

We offer a huge range of equipment from engineered tents and staging down to basic table settings and linens. We work with all manner of organizations and individuals to plan events large and small, from the annual corporate party to an intimate backyard wedding. We pride ourselves on our award winning customer service and are happy to apply our expertise and knowledge to all aspects of an event – not just to our equipment!


Our Decor Sponsor: 


Our Mission -- Create that wow factor each and every time. Our team approaches each event design as a story that wants to be told. We leave no detail overlooked and no stone unturned.



Enchanted Whimsy Design - Event & Floral Design


Our Linen Sponsor: 

Featuring never before seen linen at this January debut!


Our Photographer:



Event Photography offered by 1000 Words is where our clients turn when they need a professional photographer. With over 25 years in the business, we know what it takes to create a great photo. Whether it’s an awards ceremony, golf tournament or fashion show, we will always get the perfect shot! Our event photography can be offered on its own or along with photo booth services.


A professional event photographer will capture those key moments that make your event so special. While you're making memories, the photographer will make those memories last. From posed group shots to candids, 1000 Words event photography caters to the type of occasion whether fancy or casual. Leave the picture-taking to the professionals while you play host and entertain your guests!


Mike Abella - 1000 Words Photography & Event Entertainment

Our Venue: 

Foss Waterway Seaport

Enjoy the extraordinary beauty of our historic Balfour Dock building with its dramatic window wall and intricate bridge truss-style ceilings soaring 55 feet above the exhibit hall floor with direct access to our beautiful esplanade. 



Future Meetings

August 21, 2018

Field and Farmer to Fork and Flask - Where does your food and drink come from?

August 21, 2018
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Ocean5 and Table 47
5268 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Join us for fun and food as we hear from a panel including farmers, brewer/distiller and Chef Doug Hudson about where our food comes from.