NACE is excited to introduce you to one of our newest members, Justine Fronzaglia! Justine works for Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor as their Event Sales Manager & Wedding Specialist and is now thrilled to get to know all of our NACE members. Before our next meeting we thought it would be nice for us to get to know Justine a bit more!
Justine was a part of DECA in high school and was able to attend their International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, CA where she attended workshops & networking events to educate herself on how to advance her business skills & career to the next level. It was this major event that is what sparked Justine’s interest in working in the events industry. She has now been in the events industry for seven years, beginning to dive into the field at Endicott College. She got her first internship freshman year at a catering company for a corporate office in downtown Boston. From there, she has worked or interned for 8 different hospitality companies, everything from a winery to working for the Boston Bruins!
Justine then became part of the Hyatt Hotel family, starting her career of 4 years with Hyatt to date at Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor. She began as a Front Desk Agent and quickly transitioned to the Events & Sales Department as a Catering Coordinator. During this position of about two years (& two complete wedding seasons) Justine fell in love with weddings & all other social events. After two years as a Coordinator, Justine left Hyatt for one year to work at Boston Metro Market for Starwood Hotels & Resorts in their Catering Sales Department. She just recently became Event Sales Manager back at Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor!
Justine has a selling market for social events, corporate meetings and events plus weddings at Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor. She loves her job and has learned that balancing between the three different markets is a challenge as their expectations & requests are always very different. Justine states, “If you really love your job and location, you can really sell to anyone! I love meeting clients or wedding couples and walking them through their visions of their wedding day and what we can do to make their dream a reality. I have a great team [at Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor], and we all become friends with our couples so it makes it a really fun planning process.” Justine’s wedding couples are what make the job fun!
In her down time, Justine visits her parents on weekends at their lake house near the Cape – she loves to be out on their boats. She is also engaged, and spends her free time planning her own wedding. When speaking with her couples Justine can really connect, as she knows exactly what it means to be a bride!
Justine is excited to join New England NACE because it will give her a chance to meet and connect with her fellow industry colleagues. She looks forward “to be able to talk about future trends and challenges in today’s industry and to learn about all of the different hospitality companies we have in Boston and how we can all work together.” Justine also told us that “having colleagues or friends who know what you go through on a daily basis, definitely helps” and we at NACE cannot be more thrilled to welcome her into our community. Make sure you look out for Justine at the next NACE meeting, and get to know her even more!
We at NACE would love to hear from you. In the comments below, let us know if you have any warm welcomes or questions for one of our newest members, Justine Fronzaglia. Thank you for sharing!
On Tuesday April 4th New England NACE hosted its annual Wine Dinner Gala at Lombardo’s Vincent Night Club; the fun and swanky dance area apart from its more formal ballrooms. Thanks to J Barry Designs & The Perfect Setting, the room was set with an elegant mix of round tables as well as an exciting use of a high bar table overlooking the stage. Centered on the tables were beautifully unique floral designs surrounded by sparkling linen & hot pink napkins featuring a beautiful menu card customized by Lynn Graham of Lynn Graham Designs & NENACE Director of Hospitality.
As guests arrived they were greeted with music, photobooth & lighting by Entertainment Specialists - the mood fun as bidding began for the silent auction. The top two auction items featured were an ad for Boston Magazine & a private Dinner Experience at Catalyst Restaurant for 6 – we had other great auction items including nights on the town and photo shoots along with other generous donations. All in all, NACE is proud to announce that the auction & dinner raised enough money to offer Rescuing Leftover Cuisine with a check for $3,000.00! For those who don’t know, Rescuing Leftover Cuisine lives to “tackle food waste at its root, aiming to eliminate as much food waste as possible and bringing the remaining excess food to where it is needed most.” This issue is close to the heart for many of our NACE members along with many other industry members in our New England community and on top of utilizing the Rescuing Leftover Cusine services as much as possible we as NACE members are thrilled to be able to give back to a company with such amazing values.
Once the auction closed, members were seated and able to enjoy four courses of Lombardo’s amazing culinary creations while hearing about which wines paired with each course and why. Gateway Productions displayed presentations & awards with the audience delighting first in fake awards – for example, George Horemiotis of SH Videography & NENACE Membership Co-Chair taking home the win for Best DJ Wannabe. Following, laughs went to cheers for many amazing real awards given out, including NACE New England 2016 Member of the Year Award going to Binita Patel of Binita Patel Photography & NENACE Director of Social Media.
Our Wine Dinner capped off with delicious favors from Mama Kiss and tunes from Entertainment Specialists’ World Premiere Band. And the night wouldn’t have been complete without a Happy Birthday song to our favorite EMCEE of the Wine Dinner, birthday boy John Zucco of Entertainment Specialists & Secretary for NENACE. Thank you to Shawn Black of Sean Black Photography & NACE Newsletter Chair for his amazing photography and Eric Boateng of Boateng Films for capturing the fun on video for all to enjoy!
If you missed the New England NACE Annual Wine Dinner this year we hope to see you next year for another exciting, engaging and charitable evening!
We at NACE would love to hear from you. In the comments below, let us know if you have any questions about or other fun stories from our Annual Wine Dinner. Thank you for sharing!
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Ashley Kirouac has been an Event Sales Manager at Hyatt Regency Cambridge for three years, primarily selling and planning weddings along with other social events. She won Manager of the Year and was one of 100 Hyatt Hyachievers in Event Sales & Planning for 2016. A NACE member for 1 year, Ashley is now a proud Social Media Committee Member for NACE and enjoys blogging by uncovering knowledge and experiences from other NACE members. When not working she enjoys traveling and spending time with her friends and family. Contact Ashley with ideas for upcoming blog posts!