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January 2019  

President's Report

Hello my fellow Tacoma South Puget Sound NACE members.

We are off and running. Thank you to all of you that came out to our meeting last night at the Goodwill Neighborhood Bistro. A huge shout out to Chef Jeff Pratt and his crew for preparing a fabulous meal.

Thank you to all the sponsors that donated their time and services to make our first meeting of 2019 a huge success; Adam's DJ Service, the voice from behind the curtain., Krystal at South Sound Weddings, for documenting the event, Cafe Pacific Catering for hosting our bar. and American Party Place Rentals.

Looking forward to next month, we will be at The Realm on February 19th. Our speaker will be Dr. Ty Belknap. Dr Ty is the founder of Port Bell, a SEO and digital marketing firm that has been providing search engine optimization to Tacoma businesses since 2002.
Those of you that register for the meeting and pay online will receive one extra raffle ticket.

Lastly, Mark your calendars for the June meeting at The Alderbrook Lodge. If you have never been to the Alderbrook Lodge this is your opportunity to check out this classic Northwest lodge.


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Member Spotlight

Mike Abella of 1000 Words Events recently celebrated his 9 th year with Tacoma NACE. As our newly appointed
President of the Tacoma Chapter, Mike is excited to serve as a board member and create a welcoming experience to
both existing and future members.

Mike wasn’t always in the events industry though. He started out as a medical photographer in New York City for the
Rockefeller University. After a short time Mike realized New York was not for him. Mike moved on to Dallas and
became the Director of photography at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical center. His experience
ranged from surgeries and teaching photomicroscopy to medical students and even forensics ! Mike even has a bullet
that was given to him at the close of a murder case with the words, “You Die” engraved on the side of it. He will show
you at our meeting next month! It is safe to say he started out with an adventurous job! After a couple years Mike
had seen enough. When he relocated to Seattle from Dallas, there was not a lot of opportunity for Mike to stay in the
medical photography field. He started working with a corporate photographer. He was fortunate to travel all over the
United States and 15 countries . It was an amazing experience and he got to see some pretty incredible things along
the way. After 17 years on the road Mike was ready for a change.

An acquaintance contacted Mike in hopes of hiring him as a photographer for a Bar-Mitzvah. With much hesitation,
Mike agreed but with one condition. He wanted to set up an on-site studio for pictures to be taken. At this time,
photo booths were not what they are today, so it was fun and exciting to do something “outside the box” for a client.
The kids loved using props and taking pictures at the photo set and from that point on, Mike decided to start 1000
Words Events. The business took off and has now developed into the fun company it is today. It's been 12 years and
business continues to grow for him and he is able to do what he loves and make a living at the same time.

Believe it or not, Mike also takes time away from his business. He has a wonderful and loving family. He has been
happily married to his wife Dena for over 18 years. Make sure to ask them how they met, it is a great story! Together
they have both a son Zach, and a daughter Hayley. When they spend time together, they usually like to go skiing.
Mike is looking forward to a memorable year with the Tacoma NACE Chapter.

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