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 Paula R. Fenner, Director of Catering at The Adolphus, 
Named "Caterer of the Year" by the National
Association of Catering Executives


DALLAS, TX (July 28, 2004) - Paula R. Fenner, director of catering at The Adolphus, has been named "Caterer of the Year" by the National Association of Catering Executives (NACE).  This award, considered the top honor for caterers in the industry, recognizes those individuals who exemplify the goals and values of NACE.  It also acknowledges the recipient's contribution to the association on the local and national level.  The award was presented on July 21, 2004, at the annual NACE convention in San Diego.  Tom E. Garcia, managing director of The Adolphus, made the announcement.

"Paula's dedication to her profession sets her apart," said Mr. Garcia.  "Her gift for guiding people through event planning has endeared her to a long list of clients.  She has distinguished herself among her peers and her coworkers, and we are very proud that her achievements have been recognized nationally."

Paula Fenner has been a member of the National Association of Catering Executives since 1985.  Active from the start, she has served NACE in virtually every capacity.  Earlier this year, Ms. Fenner became the only hotelier in Dallas to hold the Certified Professional Catering Executive (CPCE) designation.  Highly prized, the CPCE designation is earned after rigorous testing and evaluation.

"Part of the judging included an examination of Paula's leadership abilities," Mr. Garcia said.  "Her career has taken her all over the country.  In every position she has held, Paula has been a mentor to her associates and encouraged others to excel.  She has even founded new NACE chapters where none existed.  Paula is truly the epitome of a NACE ambassador."

A native Texan, Ms. Fenner joined The Adolphus as director of catering in 2003.  She oversees a staff of seven catering and conference services professionals, generating more than $5 million in sales annually.  Her other professional and civic involvements include treasurer of the local International Special Events Society (ISES) chapter and a Big Sister in the local Big Brothers Big Sisters program.  She was elected national secretary treasurer of the National Association of Catering Executives at the NACE convention in July.


Built by beer baron Adolphus Busch in 1912, The Adolphus has been a Dallas landmark for over 90 years.  The 429-room hotel is a famed venue for social events and business affairs.  It is also home to The French Room restaurant and plentiful meeting and event space, classic accommodations and the legendary afternoon tea in the lobby living room.  The Adolphus is a place where commerce reigns, and the social elite entertain. The Adolphus is located at 1321 Commerce Street, Dallas, TX 75202.   


Noble House Hotels & Resorts is a privately-held hotel management and development company based in Seattle, Washington.  The company owns and manages 12 boutique hotels and resorts located in seven states and spanning the four coastal corners of the U.S.  Founded in 1980, the Noble House collection includes such renowned properties as The Adolphus in Dallas, Texas; Little Palm Island Resort & Spa in the Florida Keys and The Edgewater in Seattle, Washington.  For more information or to book reservations, visit the Noble House Hotels & Resorts website at

David Davis
The Adolphus
(214) 651-3535

Brad Packer
Noble House Hotels & Resorts
(305) 860-4385

Also See: Marc Pujalet Appointed President and Chief Marketing Officer for Noble House Hotels and Resorts / April 2004
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