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NACE is the oldest and largest professional association
that addresses all aspects of the catering industry.

Through the collective efforts of members, local chapters, committees, and the Foundation of NACE, NACE is at the forefront

of the issues that directly affect you and your business.

From practical tips that you can use to provide better service to

your clients, to recognition and marketing programs that enhance

the credibility and professionalism of the field. 

NACE is on the cutting edge.

From educational programs, to standards, to ethics,

to legislative monitoring, NACE leads the way. 

Richmond Chapter Mission Statement: 
We are a community of dedicated leaders seeking to provide an inclusive space;
rooted in compassion and empathy, while providing education and personal growth.
NACE Chapters - Your involvement begins at home 

When you join NACE, you instantly become part of a local chapter. NACE has over 40 chapters offering monthly meetings that feature nationally

renown speakers, educational programs, idea sharing and networking. There is a chapter fee to attend local events. 


Through Chapter involvement, you'll have an opportunity to work on community service projects and voice your opinion about issues that

affect you locally and nationally. The NACE Executive Committee and national headquarters listen and respond to the needs, concerns and

suggestions of local chapters. Your chapter involvement is at the very heart of what NACE is all about -- learning, sharing ,and growing. 

If you believe in your career and the catering/events profession; if you believe in the value of education, networking, information and resources;

if you believe that individuals can accomplish more together than alone, NACE is for you! 

By working together, there are no limits to what we can accomplish for our profession, our employers and ourselves.

National Awards

The Richmond VA Chapter

is proud to have been recognized by

NACE National

with the following awards:



Best Hybrid/Virtual Program of the Year

The 2021 NACEYs


Chapter Program of the Year 2021

(Chapters with 20-49 members)


Jamie Adams, CPCE won Emerging NACE Member of the Year 2021


Chapter Program of the Year 2020 (Chapters with 51-100 members)


Chapter Program of the Year 2019 (Chapters with 51-100 members)


Chapter Fundraiser of the Year 2019 (Chapters with 51-100 members) 

The 2019 NACEYs


Chapter Program of the Year 2016 (Chapters with under 100 members) 

The 2016 NACEYs


​Chapter of the Year 2015

(Chapters with under 100 members)


Educational Program of the Year 2013 

(Chapters with under 100 members)


Photography for Event Professionals Half-Day Educational Workshop

August 2013


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Congratulations to these

wonderful NACE members:

Stephanie, MaryBeth, & Angela

are the winners of the

scholarships to attend the

NACE 2016 Experience

in Florida July 2016!

(Photo credit: 

Mary Otanez Photography)

Chapter History

The Richmond VA NACE Chapter held its

first general interest meeting in August 2010, and

the first educational meeting in October 2010.

Our members are active on National NACE committees, organize 8 educational meetings each year, host an annual Awards Gala recognizing excellence in local events, and support the community through quarterly service projects.

August 2022 Half-Day Day Workshop

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The 2018 Richmond Chapter Board of Directors

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