Appalachian NACE Board 2018

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President

Samantha Radandt, Owner of B & R Events and rsvp wedding coordination

 

Why you love the event world: I love events because I love creating beautiful experiences and seeing my clients face light up.  I have been blessed to have been a member of the event community since 2006 and have seen Greenville expand and grow with beautiful venues and talented professionals.  The best feeling in the world is when your client realizes that everything you have planned for them has come to fruition.

How do you want to support the Appalachian chapter: I would be positively honored to be the president of the Appalachian Chapter of NACE because I believe it is extremely important to have continuing education for event professionals and have a national association.

 

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Vice President

Melisa Nordmeyer, Director of Sales for Tri-County Rentals

I love a challenge and every event presents a few. It’s is so rewarding to work with clients to help create the event of their dreams. 

How do you want to support the Appalachian chapter: I feel that Greenville has grown in so many positive directions that we need a national organization dedicated to training and event recognition in order to keep gaining momentum. It is vital to support not only our event community but, to continue to build Greenville as an event destination. 

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Secretary

Nicole DiFulio, Golf Sales Manager at The Cliffs

 

Why you love the event world: I love taking the stress out of planning events for my clients. It allows them to attend their own event versus working their own event. Seeing the finished product is always the best reward for the client and myself.

How do you want to support the Appalachian chapter: By sharing my love of organization, communication and education with our growing community.

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Treasurer

Holly Bowers, Owner/Decorator of Holly’s Cakes

Why you love the event world:  I love being able to have our cakes be a small part of so many celebrations, making them happy makes me happy!

How do you want to support the Appalachian chapter:  Networking and supporting each other in the industry is key to success and NACE offers the opportunities to learn on a national level.  Helping with that association will ultimately help other vendors.

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Membership Director

Sarah Hobbs, Social Catering Manager at the Hilton Greenville

Why you love the event world: I love to work closely with a variety of groups and see their event become real. On top of that, I love being able to work with diverse groups and expanding my knowledge on others cultures and expectations.

How do you want to support the Appalachian chapter: I want people in the area to know that they have a community to go to when seeking out event professionals

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Programs Chair

Kate Freeman, Wedding and Special Event Sales Manager for Embassy Suites Greenville Golf Resort and Conference Center

Why you love the event world: I get to help you create that one moment and memory in time you will always remember.

How do you want to support the Appalachian chapter: I want to create a strong support and resource network for chapter members.

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Communication Chair

Stephen Gossett, Owner of Noveli Photography, FamZing Photography, and My Wedding Group

Why do you love the event world: I love the emotion and the personal connection I can capture.  Being a part of client’s event and working with creative partners to capture a meaningful and special day is what my job is all about.

How do you want to support the Appalachian chapter: Comradery and education are very important in the event community.  I really believe that giving our community the proper tools to expand their knowledge through national and local association's that values education will raise the bar for Greenville’s event professionals.

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Education Chair

Kristina Murphy, Vice President of Catering at Larkin’s Catering and Events

Why do you love the event world: I love to create unforgettable events and experiences for all clients.  I don’t care if it is dinner for 10 or a corporate event for 3000, they all deserve to have the best event possible.

How do you want to support the Appalachian chapter: I have been a member of NACE for the past 17 years.  I would love for our event community to see how we can all grow by taking that next step in our education

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Gala Chairperson

Nicole Swinson, Event Sales Specialist for Larkin’s Catering & Events

Why you love the event world: I love making connections with new people daily whether it is a vendor, bride, or a corporate client. I feel so good when I have turned someone’s dream into a reality. Having a successful event guarantees that the client will think of me if they need an event in the future. Building lasting relationships with people makes me happy in my personal and professional life as well as connects me to my community.

How do you want to support the Appalachian chapter: I think it is so important to be involved in this community. I want to make sure our industry colleagues understand the importance of having a National Association. 

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Fundraising Chair

Rachael Benson, Event Sales Manager with Embassy Suites Greenville Golf Resort & Conference Center

Why you love the event world: Creating memorable moments and connecting with clients

How I want to support the Appalachian chapter: By giving it a voice! We have so many unique and creative individuals within the Appalachian chapter and I wish to see this organization continuing growing and further expanding. I wish to help as best I can, in any way that I can/is needed.

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Hospitality Chair

Kimberly Adams,Catering and Events Sales Manager for CHEF360 Catering and VENUE360

Why you love the event world: The event industry appeals to me on many different levels. I love working with clients and being a part of one of the biggest days of their lives. From food trends to tablescapes to every-changing trends, this industry is never stagnate. It is also amazing to be part of such a talented, tight-knit group of professionals, who become an extended dysfunctional family.

How do you want to support the Appalachian chapter: Our NACE chapter has unlimited room for growth. I want to be a part of expanding the impact the Appalachian Chapter has for all event vendors. Having a National Association available to all vendors in the area affords us the opportunity to increase education, networking, and involvement in the industry we all love. I am excited to be a part of that.

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Membership and Gala Assistant

Tiffany Ford, Catering Sales Manager at Spartanburg Marriott and lead assistant to Mandy Powell

Why you love the event world: I love making peoples dreams a reality and making the best day of their life perfect

How do you want to support the Appalachian chapter: I would like keep growing our group and help continue to bring us together for learning and fellowship