Gabriel Fredericks is a professional photographer and owner of Philip Gabriel Photography. Gabriel started his company in 2002 while attending Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. While he attended Tyler, Gabriel studied the world’s greatest photographers, researched museum-quality photography and mastered the nature of light and how to shape it. In 2004, Gabriel graduated from Tyler, magna cum laude, with a BFA in photography and fine arts. Philip Gabriel Photography has now grown into a full service photography and design company. Gabriel and his team have spent years producing and perfecting still life/product, portrait, architectural, photojournalism and artistic styles of photography. They strive to capture and service all of their clients’ photographic needs. Philip Gabriel Photography is located in Media, Pennsylvania and provides their services to new and current clients in and around the Tri-state area. The company’s main goal is to create and capture high quality images in a fun and relaxed environment comprised of the affable personalities of the Philip Gabriel Photography team. Outside of work, Gabriel enjoys spending time with his family and is very active in the local community and is always helping out and giving back to others in need. He is currently a President of the National Association of Catering and Events for the Philadelphia and South Jersey chapter. And, he has been involved with other non-profit organizations, including the Alex’s Lemonade Foundation, Susan G. Komen, and the Vetri Foundation to name a few.
Leah Berry is the Senior Sales Manager for Aramark at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Leah began her career with Aramark in 2011 as a Catering Sales Coordinator, and quickly established herself as a key partner at the PACC. Her efforts led to promotions in both 2013 to Sales Manager and in 2015 to her current role as Senior Sales Manager. In this role, Leah manages the timelines, budgets and planning of conventions both internally and with clients. Leah currently serves as Immediate Past President for the Philadelphia/South Jersey/Delaware Chapter of the National Association for Catering and Events, and has previously served as Director of Membership in 2014 and Chapter President in 2015 and 2016. Leah also serves on the Curriculum Advisory Board for Delaware County Community College’s Hospitality and Culinary Program where she participates in discussions to develop the curriculum for the undergraduate program based on industry needs. Leah is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University and is presently pursuing her Masters of Business Administration at the Temple University Fox School of Business.
Marley Alig is the Director of Sales for Brulee Catering at Please Touch Museum and has bachelors degree in Marketing and an MBA in Strategic Management from Temple University. She has served on the board of NACE as the Director of Membership and now as the Vice President of Programs and Education. Marley is an avid networker and has a passion for connecting others. You can also find her on a spin bike, yoga mat or trying out a new restaurant in the city in her free time.
Vice President - Venues
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.
As one of Philadelphia’s most popular and diverse musicians, Bill Handy has been a leader in the music industry for over ten years. Trained by pioneers in the field, Bill has the know-how and experience to craft personalized musical entertainment to suit any occasion. After joining the BVTlive! Family in 2013, Bill has established himself as a leader in the events industry and now serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Catering and Events. A versatile jazz pianist, drummer, and bandleader, Bill’s commitment to excellence has been proven time after time. Whether it be your wedding or private party, as BVTLive!’s Executive Entertainment Consultant, it is Bill’s goal to make your event a success!
Richard Portney CPCE
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 17 years with his NACE family.
Marketing & Communications Director
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 Marketing & Sales Manager 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. In her free time, she likes to run and spend time with family.
Director of Fundraising
Taz has had a lifelong love affair with music! He holds degrees in Audio Engineering, Music and Music Business from both Full Sail University and Berklee College of Music. Taz is an accomplished audio engineer, musician, producer and voiceover artist. His DJ Career started while still in high school spinning at the historic Main Line landmark, Radnor Rolls Roller Rink. He continued on DJing at nightclubs in Florida, Philly and Boston while earning his degrees or when not in the recording studios working with notable artists as well as on the road touring as a sound engineer for The Spin Doctors, Third World, Chubby Checker etc. Taz is a former champion ballroom dancer and instructor, while showcasing ballroom dancing at Bryn Mawr, College Taz met DJ Paul Evans Silver Sounds founder in 1997. Taz served as General Manager for 9 years before taking a 5 year leave from management to pursue an opportunity with Apple Computer as a Pro-applications trainer and Manager of the Apple Creative program but continued to DJ and immerse himself in music. While at Apple he earned his Apple Professional Certifications and is an expert in all things Apple. Upon his exit from Apple Taz returned to Silver Sound in his current role of Director of Sales and Marketing. Taz is a technology guru and loves to implement the latest and greatest gadgets into his personal and DJ life. Taz enjoys meeting people, attending industry events, sharing knowledge with other industry associates, but most of all he relishes helping to create the most amazing events for Silver Sound clients. When not DJing and being part of NACE, Taz enjoys spending time with his family and friends, riding his Harley, working out, and loves to BBQ year round.
Gilbert Hall CMP, CPCE
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.
Director of Programs
Bio coming soon.
Treasurer and Secretary
With over 20 years' experience in the Audio Visual and Event Staging Industry, performing in a variety of roles, Steve Kearney has designed, managed, and produced events of all sizes. Partnering directly with organizations and individuals having events, as well as premiere venues, Steve’s gained a reputation for consistently delivering the successful technical execution of corporate and special events, through good communication; a common understanding of goals; and the excellent execution of their audio, video, and lighting requirements.
Thrilled to be involved with the “Members First” focus of NACE, Steve is passionate about connecting, learning from, and sharing industry experience with other event professionals and students. When not at work, Steve loves spending time with his wife, daughter, and son; cooking for the same; playing poker; and capturing as many fun moments on video as possible.
“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