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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/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. 

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Dawn Mitchell

Director of Membership/Marketing

 

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

Shas 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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Kate Frey

Director of Fundraising & Community Service

Bio coming soon.

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Dave Schaffer

Treasurer

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