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January Meeting - Celeste Hotel


January 26, 2021
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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The Celeste Hotel
4105 N Alafaya Trail
Orlando, FL 32826

Let's start the new year off on the right path - the celestial path, if you will. NACE Orlando is excited to welcome back everyone to the first meeting of the year at the Celeste Hotel! 

MEET THE SPEAKER, Barry Jacobson:

The Success Equation:  How to Create a Culture of Hospitality Excellence to "Infinity and Beyond”

Hospitality begins with creating a culture of care. It starts with the people most important to your business, your employees and customers. Barry will take you through his equation for hospitality success: People + Place + Purpose + Pride = Profits. Barry will provide you with three key tips to support your ability to lead in 2021 and to make your "Covid Comeback".

During his expansive career, Barry has compiled an impressive breadth of experience in many successful businesses.  His leadership and empowering “people first’ philosophy has guided organizations to deliver world-class, personalized guest experiences by developing a culture that supports the flawless delivery of service excellence. 

Barry’s performance-driven skill set has brought innovation to major brands.  Predominant roles have taken Barry from the 'Finest Name in Family Entertainment,' the Walt Disney Company, to the 'Greatest Name in Sports Entertainment,' the Dallas Cowboys, to the 'Worldwide Leader in Private Clubs,' ClubCorp. Barry’s passion is working with teams to provide guests with unsurpassed, memorable experiences. As a key leader in Disney resort operations, Barry managed several hotels including Disney’s flagship resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. During his tenure at the Grand Floridian, Barry was responsible for opening their 60,000 sq. ft. convention center and supporting the achievement of a 5-Diamond rating for Victoria & Albert’s fine dining restaurant. 

Barry led Disney’s Corporate Meetings and Special Events for 16 years with responsibility for the opening of Disneyland Paris, Disney’s California Adventure, Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo Disney Sea, Hong Kong Disneyland, and the launch of the Disney Cruise Line aboard the Disney Magic.  His scope also encompassed Disney’s Fairytale Weddings, Disney Park and Event Catering, and Disney’s Annual Shareholders Meetings and Investor’s Conferences, and Corporate Meetings for the Chairman and CEO for the Walt Disney Company and the Walt Disney Company Board of Directors. Barry was honored when selected to be the first General Manager to produce and deliver Disney’s inaugural convention, D23-Disney’s Official Fan Club.  He later earned a coveted national industry award for this particular achievement, Corporate Planner/Producer of the Year.

Barry completed his career with Disney in 2019, having opened Disney’s first luxury home community and private club, Golden Oak, located on Disney property.  He was credited with opening and operating Club 33 at Walt Disney World, an exclusive membership club with private clubs located in each of the Walt Disney World Theme Parks, which far exceeded expected revenue, by surpassing membership and financial goals its first year.  Barry also successfully expanded and re-branded Disney’s Spa and Salon operations and introduced ‘Character Couture’, Disney inspired hair and makeup. 

As Vice President of Special Events for the Dallas Cowboys Football Club, Barry delivered exceptional game day experiences for 347 suites, 10 private clubs, and events that included concerts, corporate on-field events, and other professional sports such as Motor Cross, Bull Riding, and Monster Trucks.  A career pinnacle was working directly with the National Football League to produce the Super Bowl XLV experience. 

Barry’s principal roles in hospitality, guest services, and customer experience included three years with ClubCorp, the leader in operating private clubs where he served as General Manager as well as supported regional membership training.  Additionally, he was the Executive Director of Catering and Convention operations for the Las Vegas Sands Corporation at the Venetian and Palazzo Resorts in Las Vegas and the Director of Events and Education for Meeting Professionals International.

Barry holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Business from the University of Central Florida and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. He currently serves as a Board Member for ‘Operation Shared Shoes’ and is the principal owner of Barry Jacobson Consulting.



Chef Curated Small Plates & Spoons

  • Miniature Crab Cakes | Horseradish Remoulade | Pickled Fennel | Pineapple Sphere Salsa
  • Parmesan Truffle Arancini | Pea Puree
  • Wild Mushroom Duxelle Vol Au Vent
  • Smoked Salmon | Herbed Cream Cheese | Caviar


Heirloom Tomato Mozzarella | Crouton | Basil Oil | Balsamic Caviar

Char Grilled Petite Filet Mignon AND Spinach & Cheese Chicken Roulade

Creamed Spinach | Carrot Puree | Baby Vegetables | Red Wine Demi


Chef's Selection 


The Celeste​ is a Tribute Portfolio hotel inspired by the stars. This transcendent experience is a true expedition through time and space, with celestial influence from corner to corner. Through luminous decor, cosmic accent pieces, and furnishings inspired by the wonders of the galaxy, we’ve crafted a one-of-a-kind hotel stay that enters a new dimension of refined service and first-class hospitality. 


Guests will enjoy the sophistication of our manicured event lawn and interior function spaces. Whether you’re getting married or hosting a corporate event, you and your guests will experience the warmth, thoughtfulness, hospitality and dedication of our entire team.




$35.00 Member Ticket

$40.00 Guest Ticket

$30.00 Student Member Ticket

$30.00 Student Guest Ticket

Future Meetings

January Meeting - Celeste Hotel


January 26, 2021


5:30 PM to 8:30 PM


The Celeste Hotel
4105 N Alafaya Trail
Orlando, FL 32826

Join us for the first meeting of 2021 to start the new year on the right path!

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