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President's Message

I know we always say January is slow in our industry… 
but did anyone else have a January that felt anything BUT slow?! 
Holy cow.

Two weeks ago, NACE National hosted the Evolve Conference in our city. 
A few of our chapter leaders and chapter members were in attendance! During this two-and-a-half-day conference, we cultivated friendships with NACE leaders from across the nation, discovered new and innovative ways to produce valuable programs, and learned the importance of emotional intelligence while in leadership.
(Thanks, Brian Green!)

After the conference concluded, the 2024 Board of Directors co-hosted a round table discussion presented by Don Mamone, with a focus on finding your personal and professional purpose in 2024. It was truly an impactful few hours, which will undoubtedly result in our members taking themselves and their businesses to the next level this year.

Brittany Branson, a spotlight speaker from the Wedding Speaker Series, spoke for the January meeting. Brittany gave some incredible insight into the trends we are going to see this year and I look forward to seeing how Richmond incorporates these in our market!

Now that January has concluded, we have entered a month of observance and recognition. 


Every February, the U.S. honors the contributions and sacrifices of African Americans who have helped shape the nation. Black History Month celebrates the cultural heritage, triumphs, and adversities that are a fixture in our country's history. Annually, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, in honor of Carter G. Woodson, establishes a theme of focus for the month. 

This year, “African Americans and the Arts,” focuses on visual and performing arts, literature, fashion, music, and culinary expression, just to name a few subjects. 

Check out this awesome guide to museum installations, self-guided tours, and BIPOC businesses to support this month, written by VisitRichmondVA. 

Be sure to also follow BLK RVA, a collaborative tourism initiative that amplifies and celebrates Black culture in the Richmond Region year-round!

And if you’re wondering where to find me throughout the month, I will be attending “Patrice Renee Washington: Tendril Opening Night”, indulging in the filet medallion flight from ML Steak, getting brain freeze at Sweet Spot, and having a beverage at Annie Ruth’s in Southside.
This is absolutely an invitation to join me!

Also, don’t forget to submit your work for the NACEYs! 

NACEYs tickets are on sale now and this gala will sell out!

Your Chapter President,

Carter Sutton Aines

NACE Experience is going to Denver! Join us at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
July 21-23, 2024.
Dive into the heart of Denver, enveloping yourself in the vibrant atmosphere within the Sheraton Denver Downtown hotel and beyond its walls. Situated in proximity to the renowned 16th Street Mall and the historically rich Larimer Square, this establishment invites you to explore the cultural tapestry of the city.
Engaging in Experience means immersing yourself in education that adds value to your professional journey.
Here's a glimpse of what awaits you:
Unveiling the latest trends in the dynamic catering and events industry
Networking with influential decision-makers and like-minded professionals
Opening doors to exciting new products, services, and meaningful connections
Your Denver adventure awaits, seamlessly blending the comfort of the Sheraton with the allure of the city's iconic destinations.
Visit NACE National website for more details.

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