Tim is the award-winning owner of Video One Productions and Allure Films - video firms that specialize in Corporate Training Films, Corporate Identity Films, Interviews and Testimonials, Social Media Films, Non-Profit Events and Campaigns, Political Promotional Films, Music Videos, and Wedding Videos.
His goal is to capture moments in time and allow those moments to become an important part of each client's story. He aims to make each film unique, attractive, and a perfect visual representation of the message the client wishes to convey.
Immediate Past President
Marley is honored to serve as Immediate Past President of the Greater Philadelphia/S. Jersey/Delaware Chapter of NACE! Marley holds a bachelors degree in Marketing and an MBA in Strategic Management from Temple University. Marley is the owner of Marley Alig Creative Consulting with a mission to help her clients make the right move.
Before starting her creative consulting firm, Marley was a 15 year veteran of the hospitality industry working as a Director of Sales for a leading catering company, as well as a service consultant for a restaurant conglomerate: both in the Greater Philadelphia area. After a successful career helping clients plan and strategize large scale events, and building and coaching service teams, Marley now uses her expertise to help clients develop marketing and networking strategies, plan events, and bring teams together.
Vice President / President-Elect
Richard is a graduate of Florida International University’s School of Hospitality Management and has worked in the hotel, restaurant, and private club industry for over 35 years. He have enjoyed a great partnerships and friendships that have grown over the past 19 years with his NACE family.
Director of Membership
Dawn Mitchell has always been passionate about advertising and marketing. She entered the field of journalism after earning a B.A. from Arizona State University upon the recommendation of an ad executive. After working several years in the Features department at a Gannett newspaper and a guest feature in Main Line Today, she covered local government for 10 years as a reporter at The Daily Times.
Now in Marketing & Business Development at PartySpace, she enjoys fostering personal relationships with clients, striving to meet their needs and developing innovative ideas to drive traffic and increase brand awareness. Drawn to NACE by its programming, networking with top industry professionals and connecting with newcomers, she now serves as NACE Director of Marketing and Communications for its Philadelphia, South Jersey and Delaware Chapter. Dawn served three years as Director of Marketing for our chapter. In her free time, she likes to run and spend time with family.
Director of Venues
Joe Napoli is the Director of Business Development with EBE Talent. Joe received a BA in Jazz Guitar Performance from Temple University and began his career as a performing musician as a teenager. Over the years Joe has performed for private parties as well as in clubs, theaters, cruise ships, and many other settings. Joe was an adjunct music professor at both Drexel University and Cabrini College for over a decade teaching music before becoming a part of EBE.
Joe still performs regularly on events for EBE but for the last six years he has also managed Business Development for EBE, fostering and growing EBE's business relationships. Joe's goal is to grow stronger partnerships for EBE as well as to deliver the kind of quality entertainment that EBE's clients have come to expect. NACE has become a wonderful way for him to maintain and grow those relationships and help his company to grow.
Director of Programs
Sue Cunnane is the Director of Sales & Events for ONE North Broad. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI. Sue’s career in the hospitality industry has encompassed management positions with Marriott and Interstate Hotels Corporations, catering sales and event design with off-premises catering firms and venue sales management and leadership in museums and historic venues in Philadelphia and its suburbs. Sue has been active with our NACE chapter for a number of years and has participated as a member of the Venues Committee.
Director of Marketing & Communications
J A B L O...hMyGodIHaveNoClueHowToSayThat! (You’re not the only one, and we promise you’ll read her bio quicker than it takes to pronounce her last name)
To Julia, event planning and design is more than a career, it’s a way of life—literally. Having grown up in events industry, she has a unique perspective and skill set that covers it all from the not always glamorous (but infinitely important) behind the scenes jobs, to those high-profile, client-facing, make-or-break moments.Her background as a floral and event designer, event planner, operations specialist, historic venue manager, social media and WebDev guru, art historian, and journalist have led her to where she is today –as the Creative Director of Eventricity.
No matter if its's her client or industry colleagues, she is always there to listen, brainstorm, and create the most unique, visually impactful, logistically viable, personalized experiences and solutions that fit and reflect the mission of the project and the client(s) involved.
Director of Diversity & Inclusion
Lauren Hudnell is an event planner, culinarian, and mentor with 17+ years of catering, culinary, and hospitality experience. As the First African American and Woman Director of Catering at the Westin Philadelphia she led a team that generated close to $6 million in Banquet and Catering Revenue yearly. Today, Lauren is the owner of Elle C Events LLC an Event planning and consulting company. Lauren also uses her vast knowledge of the hospitality and Wedding industry to mentor mainly young Black and help them reach their true potential by helping them discover their true self-worth. As the Director of Diversity and Inclusion Lauren is excited to bring a fresh perspective to the NACE community.
Director of Fundraising & Community Service
Justin owns Valley Creek Productions, a wedding, event and corporate video production company serving the Philadelphia area. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Temple University in Broadcasting, Telecommunications, and Mass Media in 2003. He then went on to complete his Masters in Business Administration at Penn State University in 2006. After forming Valley Creek Productions in 2005, Justin shot over 350 weddings, events, and corporate videography projects. Valley Creek was awarded Best Video Production in Main Line Today's Best of the Main Line magazine for 2018 - 2020. They have also won WeddingWire's Couples Choice Award, The Knot's Best of Weddings Hall of Fame, and Philly's Hot List best Videographer. He is always trying to better himself by keeping up to date with all the latest trends and technology with the industry. He served as President of the Greater Philadelphia Videographers Association from 2012-2018 and is currently serving as immediate past president of the association. He's also involved with various chambers of commerce and business groups. He's currently the Vice President of the West Chester County Chamber of Commerce. Justin served as the NACE Philadelphia Director of Community Relations in 2019 and Director of Marketing and Communications in 2020.
Advisory Board Member
Gil has over 30 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, working in various positions with Omni, Marriott and Hyatt Hotels. He also has extensive off premise catering and convention center experience. He is a five time Director of Catering Sales and Convention Services and was Vice President and General Manager of ProAct Events Group and Kansas City Scenery. He is a Past National Board Member and Vice President of the National Association for Catering and Events (NACE) and a current board member with the Philadelphia/South Jersey/ Delaware Chapter of NACE. He has won numerous awards for his program production, special event planning and dedicated service to the industry. Gil is actively engaged as a presenter, guest speaker, moderator and industry panelist for multiple programs and educational conferences. He currently heads GT & H Hospitality Consultants, assisting a variety of hospitality based companies and startups in achieving their goals through aggressive sales and marketing strategies, profit improvement, market expansion and superior customer service.
Scott has been an active member of NACE for over 15 years and has served on the treasurer/secretary committee since 2017. He began his career apprenticing at a high school dance at age 12 and from that day on, he was hooked! Here's his story as told by Scott:
"I performed at my very first wedding when I was 17 years old, had a 2-hour college radio show at the University of Delaware (WVUD—oh yeah, it was “Scotty G. on 91.3”). And this was before I-Tunes and Podcasts, if you can believe that?! DJ’d in and out of some clubs and bars over the years, before being hired as a Signature DJ over 25 years ago. While all of this was going on, I somehow managed to get an undergraduate degree in psychology. So go figure, I have a master’s degree in psychology and I own a DJ entertainment company. Here I am over 25 years later, owner, operator, performer, and there are still parts of each event that give me chills on my arm or the back of my neck. You may think that sounds a little hokey or contrived, but I’d rather be straight with you. As they way, “…what you see is what you get.”
When not running Signature DJs and partner with Smiles Gone Wild Photo Booths, Scott loves the golf course in the spring, summer & fall and skiing the slopes in the winter. He’s also an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan & 25+ year season ticket holder, and is still relishing in their 2017 Super Bowl Victory.
Director of Student Liason
Born in Houston, Texas, Lauren also attended college in the state of Texas. While earning a bachelor degree in Criminal Justice and graduating Cum Laud from Huston-Tillotson University; Lauren managed to maintain a dual athletic scholarship for volleyball and basketball. After spending over four years early in her career as a Catering and Sales Manager, Lauren went back to school and obtained her CWEP certification while opening her own business in Austin, TX.
In 2014, life, work, and family brought her to the Pennsylvania area, where she currently resides.
In addition to weddings and special event planning, Lauren has industry experience within large hospitality and marketing departments. Through her many roles, she has had experience in planning events during Grammy, SXSW and Emmy; non-profit Galas for organizations such as the Garces Foundation and the Friends of Rittenhouse Square; and conferences for as many as 500 guests.
Lauren continues to grow in her professional career by holding various board/committee positions in many industry specific groups. Through her networking and experience, she is constantly learning from some of the top event and marketing professionals that share trends and ideas.
“Membership has enabled me to build relationships, increase business, continue my education, and open doors to other members across the country.”
Domenick SavinoCPCE, CEO, General Manager, Drexelbrook Catering & Special Event Center, Drexel Hill, PA