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Richard Portney CPCE

President

 

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 has enjoyed great partnerships and friendships that have grown over the past 19 years with his NACE family.

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Tim Sudall

Immediate Past President 

 

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.

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Sue Cunnane

President-Elect

 

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. 

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Dawn Mitchell

Director of Membership

 

Dawn Mitchell is the Director of Membership. She has previously served as Director of Venues, and three years as Director of Marketing & Communications.

She 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 enjoys her role in Membership. In her free time, she likes to run and spend time with family.

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Scott Goldoor

Secretary

 

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.

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Marley Alig

Advisory Board Member 

 

Marley is honored to serve as the Advisory Board Member of the Greater Philadelphia/S. Jersey/Delaware Chapter of NACE! She previously served as President, Immediate Past President, Director of Programs as well as Director of Membership.

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.

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Paul Sottile

Director of Venues

Paul Sottile serves as the Director of Venues and Director of Sales for BVTLive! Sottile meaning “fine quality” in Italian, is exactly what you can expect to get with his outstanding jazz experience. They are available in various forms ranging from a single pianist to a quintet available with or without vocalists.

Paul Sottile is a performer, a composer/arranger and producer who plays the piano, organ, electronic keyboards and synthesizers. Paul was born, raised and is currently living and working in Philadelphia and began playing piano at the age of 7. Since then, he has studied classical and jazz piano at West Chester University and graduated, with honors, from University of the Arts with a degree in piano performance.

Paul has performed with many of the top Jazz artists in Philadelphia at many of the most prestigious venues in the area. He has also privately entertained various celebrities including cast members of The Sopranos, Joe Namath and Barry Bonds, to name a few. In addition to performing, Paul is creative partners with world renowned DJ and producer Junior Sanchez and has played, and recorded on songs and remixes for Bush, Timbaland, Cece Peniston, Mya, Madonna, Shakira, Katy Perry, Good Charlotte, The Gorillaz and Morningwood.

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Dave Schaffer

Treasurer

Bio coming soon.

 

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Carol Berger

Director of Marketing & Communication 

 

Carol is the Owner and Founder of All Places Traveled, LLC, a Greater Philadelphia area boutique travel agency awakening the senses to local & global culinary cultures through immersive travel and event experiences. After a successful career in the travel industry for the last 19 years, Carol now uses her expertise not only to send travelers away on uniquely customized vacations, but believes in the importance of bringing in tourism here to Pennsylvania.

As an Ambassador to the World Food Travel Association for the Greater Philadelphia area, she believes culinary tourism bonds travelers to the unique dishes, the people, the culture and the history while spotlighting our local businesses in the food, beverage and hospitality industries. Through her Destination Pairing Events, a unique "food tour" experience of both a region's top-rated hot spots and hidden gems, Carol collaborates with these local businesses to create customized travel and culinary driven events to show visitors, and locals, what is unique, unusual or unexpected in the area.

She believes in taking the time to learn as much as she can to paint a portrait of our small business owners and what motivates them to provide quality service. One of the very reasons she became a member of NACE.

 

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Chuck Zerambo

Director of Programs

Chuck is the founder of Sir Charles Distinctive Entertainment and DJ Services.  Sir Charles launched in 1987, which is proudly veteran owned and a family operated small business.  Sir Charles has grown to be recognized as People Choice in the Happens List Top Wedding DJ category in Bucks County and has been inducted into the Philadelphia Region Hall of Fame. 

Notably, Chuck worked as a Regional Manager at a Fortune 500 Company and lead his team to become the number one ranking region within the company.  Chuck credits much of his success to the skills that he learned in scouting, where he obtained the highest rank, Eagle Scout. His experience in industry, Boy Scouts of America and in the US Army instilled a core of leadership, empowerment, & philanthropy. Chuck refined his knowledge at Rider University’s College of Business and remains sharp by continually attending personal & professional development classes, workshops and educational groups.

Chuck has a passion for empowering and inspires others with his solid foundation in customer service, employee engagement, workplace culture, diversity, sales, marketing, business, and leadership as a premier Professional Development Trainer, Speaker, and Consultant. He has authored and led many related discussions, workshops, and keynotes.  Chuck continues to share his experience in management and teambuilding with governmental, non-profit, and business organizations across the country. Chuck received the unique credentials as a Certified Zig Ziglar Legacy Trainer and holds the respected Leadership & Sales Coaching certification from Profit Builders.  He is a life-long learner who contagiously shares his positivity and enthusiasm for life!

He is a strong proponent of life balance and is dedicated to spending quality time with family and friends.  One of Chuck’s favorite activities is serving his community.  He serves on several business leadership, entrepreneurial and marketing advisory boards and committees within the community. 

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Kate Frey

Director of Fundraising & Community Service

Bio coming soon.

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Lauren Westerman, CWEP

Director of Student Affairs, Diversity & Inclusion 

 

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 Savino
    CPCE, CEO, General Manager, Drexelbrook Catering & Special Event Center, Drexel Hill, PA