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Shannon Hutchings
Chapter President

Chief Operating Officer
rsvp wedding coordination

Events have the ability to mold our lives and the lives of those around us. Having the opportunity to be a part of a company’s business growth, a family celebration, or an organization's movement for change is profound. It is humbling to experience the impact a well-planned and executed event can have on our lives and futures.

I enthusiastically bring more than 20 years of hospitality experience to the NACE leadership board. My mission is to become a community connector, encouraging collaboration efforts, to enable our members to become innovators and trendsetters in our industry.

Tia McAlister, CPCE

Chapter Immediate Past President


Complete Weddings + Events

Tia’s industry experience spans two decades from food and beverage to event planning. She’s the owner of Complete weddings + events in North and South Carolina as well as Blo Blow Dry Bar in Greenville, SC. She’s served on three NACE national committees and is currently serving on the national CLC committee. She has served as Secretary and VP locally and is this year’s Appalachian President of NACE.


Tim Fletcher
Treasurer,  Director of Programs
Owner & DJ
Kestrel Productions

Tim’s Music Journey Began in 1982 as a School musician and later as a church Musician before entering the US NAVY. Upon returning home in 1992, Tim’s Music Journey Continued as a Church Sound Engineer, which continues today along with being a 20 yr. Upstate first responder.

In 2013, He began DJing events for Nonprofit organizations and friends/family, which begat Kestrel Productions in 2018.

Tim resides in Ft. Inn with his wife, Nicki. Combined, they have 3 children, 1 grand and 1 fur baby.

“To me, there is no better high than to watch someone lose themselves on a dance floor or be caught away within a song.”  “I joined NACE to network with like-minded individuals, where together, we can work to make the event industry the best that it can be for all people of all budgets and all ideas.”


Christie Gander
Chapter Vice President

Sapphire Creek

I truly enjoy watching events come together, and the satisfaction of being a part of making other people's dreams come true. I'm looking forward to being a part of Nace and having the opportunity to learn and grow, as well as building new relationships with a variety of others in the community. 

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