NACE, formerly the National Association of Catering Executives, has changed its name — but not its acronym. It’s now the National Association for Catering and Events, a move made to more accurately reflect its 4,000-plus members.
Today’s catering and event professionals must be trained and knowledgeable in all aspects of event planning, design and executive, according to NACE, the oldest and largest professional association in its field.
“We needed to better communicate to everyone in our industry that we provide education, networking, a professional certification and many resources not only to caterers, but also to the many different kinds of talented professionals who create fantastic events,” NACE Executive Director Bonnie Fedcock, CAE, said of the change.
A recent NACE survey found that 51 percent of its members are working at companies with open positions waiting to be filled; 21 percent said that these positions represent an expansion.
The survey also found that 44 percent of NACE members work in catering and events as a second career and that 67 percent of those people chose catering and events to follow their passion.