NACE Becomes The National Association for Catering and Events; Cites Growing Industry That is Creating Jobs and Career Opportunities

Jul 19, 2012, 13:28 ET from National Association for Catering and Events

More Than Half of NACE Members Say Their Companies Are Looking for Workers; Many Say That Catering and Events is a Viable Second Career

COLUMBIA, Md., July 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NACE, formerly the National Association of Catering Executives, announced today that it has become the National Association for Catering and Events, citing an emerging industry in which catering and event professionals must be trained and knowledgeable in all aspects of event planning, design and execution.

"Our industry today is made of people who are trained and experienced not only in helping clients select a menu, but in choosing a venue, creating an environment and setting the stage for a memorable event that exceeds the client's expectations," said Lisa Hopkins, CPCE, CMP, director of catering and conferences at the Houstonian Hotel, Club and Spa in Houston.

In a recent survey conducted by NACE, 51 percent of  its members said that their companies have open positions that they are currently looking to fill. Twenty-one percent said that the workers they are looking for represent an expansion.

In the survey, 44 percent of NACE members said that their work in catering and events is a second career. And, of those, 67 percent said that they chose catering and events to follow their passion. More than 40 percent said that the barriers to entry in establishing a career in catering and events is low.

NACE member delegates approved the change to its new name, which is subject to final administrative filings, at its Experience! Conference in New Orleans this week, said Bonnie Fedchock, CAE, NACE's executive director.

"We have members who are caterers, event planners and event professionals," Fedchock said. "We needed to better communicate to everyone in our industry that we provide education, networking, a professional certification and many resources not only to caterers, but also to the many different kinds of talented professionals who create fantastic events."

With more than 4,000 members, the National Association for Catering and Events (NACE), is the oldest and largest professional association dedicated to all aspects of the catering and event industry. Dedicated to promoting career success for its members and the professionalism of the industry, NACE offers educational programs, professional certification (CPCE), chapter initiatives, networking opportunities, recognition and awards programs, a job bank, community service projects and the industry's most prestigious annual conference. In helping its members enhance their business and careers, NACE helps the industry reach its highest potential.

SOURCE National Association for Catering and Events