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President's Report

Hello Palm Springs NACE!

Welcome to November!  I'm not sure where the past year has gone, but it has been a busy one!  We have had some great programs this year and have welcomed some amazing new members.  Most chapters struggle and close within a year or two of hosting an Experience Conference. I'm so happy to see that we survived and have thrived. 

This will be my last newsletter as the President of the Palm Springs Chapter.  My tenure is coming to an end, but my involvement will continue.  I can't believe how far this chapter has come over the last 34 months.  From the first gathering and re-introduction of NACE to the desert at the Westin Mission HIlls in January of 2017, to the dinner in Adobe where the creation of the Greater Palm Springs Chapter of NACE began and the first Executive Board was formed.  The most memorable moments for me since that initial meeting were, being introduced as the newest chapter of NACE at the 2017 Experience in Houston and being handed our charter.  Welcoming over 500  of our Industry peers to the JW Marriott Desert Springs, in record breaking heat, for the 2018 Experience.  The merging of NACE with Greater Palm Springs Wedding Association.  And hosting our first (hopefully of many) CPCE Fast Track classes in the desert. 

It has been a honor to serve as the chapter's first President.  A lot of work (and hiccups) went into the creation of our chapter and I would be remiss if I didn't thank the board members that were here at the beginning, including Sandy Maurin, Aimee Jones, Brandon Lindley, CPCE, CMP, CSEP, Nicole Benvenutti and Malia LaFleur. They were instrumental in getting this chapter off the ground.  I would like to thank Marc Lehman, Christine Gorman and Sandy Maurin for keeping this chapter going in 2018, as Aimee and I shifted our focus on planning and executing an Experience Conference that would make our members and community proud.  Lastly, I would like to thank our current board, Sandy Maurin, Aimee Jones, Marc Lehman, Christine Gorman, Cindy Burreson and Lisa Acosta, for embracing the NACE mission and vision and your continued support over the last year.  This chapter wouldn't be where it is today without all of you and your hard work.  I am excited to see what our next Executive Board has in store for us and their continued dedication to NACE's mission of creating a strong and vibrant commuity here in the desert.  Thank you for letting me represent this chapter!  I hope I did you proud!


Michelle Stansfield, CPCE


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Chapter Elections

Elections are here!  We are excited to be electing our new Chapter Officers at our November meeting on the 20th.  The candidates and their profiles have been added to the chapter website under the "Elections". You will need to log into the website to view it!  Only Professional, Primary members will be permitted to vote for the chapter officers and you must be present at the meeting to vote. 

We look forward to seeing everyone there!

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Welcome New Members

Our Fall Campaign welcomed 8 new NACE members for our family!  Bringing our chapter to 58 Professional Members and Partners.

Michelle Garibay, Michelle Garibay Events

Carly Dahan, Michelle Garibay Events
Ric Simmons, National Gay Wedding Association
Mackenzie Simmons, National Gay Wedding Association
Jessica Fauls
Chrisine Arnold, Christine Arnold Photography
Jared Dineen Shanstrom, Westin Mission Hills Resort
Robbie Lome, Desert Willow Golf Resort

Be sure to introduce yourself to them when you see them at our next event!

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Calendar of Events


Here are our upcoming events!  Be sure to add them to your calendar.

Wednesday, Novembr 20th 
Renaissance Indian Wells Resort
5:30pm - 8:30pm
Annual Meeting and Elections
Educational Topic: Learn How to Renovate Your Personal Brand

Wednesday, December 11th
Venue: TBA
5:30pm - 8:30pm
Inaugural Chapter Awards Dinner and Board Installation
Cocktail Attire Requested
Don't forget your toy for our Toys for Tots Drive

2020 Dates (Venues and Topics TBA)
Wednesday, January 15th
Wednesday, February 12th
Wednesday, March 11th

August 2 - 5, 2020
Bellagio Las Vegas
If you have never attended an Experience, this is the one you won't want to miss.

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Palm Springs hosted our first CPCE Fast Track Class.  6 NACE members joined me for a day packed full of learning.  For those members that are interested in taking the CPCE exam and joining the CPCE family, we will be setup up study group to help you along.  If you are interested in being a part of the study group or to learn more about the CPCE, please reach out to Michelle Stansfield, CPCE or visit the website.

If you have taken the Fast Track and have the study materials, I recommend you take the exam before the new exam is published in February or March.  I would love to see Palm Springs with a group of new CPCEs on the stage when they are announced in Vegas! 

Happy Studying!

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