July 20-22, 2019
Charlotte, NC

Host CVB: 
Visit Charlotte
Host Hotel: Marriott City Center, Charlotte


Sponsors and Exhibitors reserve your sponsorship/tabletop here.

Donate to the Silent Auction here.

For hotel reservations, click here.

Saturday, July 20th 
  9:00am -  6:00pm - AENC Registration Desk Open
  9:00am -  6:00pm - Clothing Donation - Dress for Success Charlotte and Suit Up Charlotte (Located at the AENC Registration Desk)
Afternoon Activities (optional, additional fee)
12:00pm -   2:00pm - Top Golf 
12:00pm -   2:30pm - Segway Tour of Charlotte
  1:00pm -   2:30pm - Charlotte City Tour
  6:15pm -   8:15pm - Evening Reception - Sheraton Charlotte Hotel Downtown (transportation provided from the Marriott Charlotte City Center)
  8:30pm - 10:00pm - After Party - Epicenter (shuttles will run from the Sheraton, to the Epicenter then to the Marriott)

Sunday, July 21st 
Breakfast on your own 
  7:00am -  6:00pm - AENC Registration Desk Open 
  7:00am -  7:00pm - Clothing Donation - Dress for Success Charlotte and Suit Up Charlotte (Located at the AENC Registration Desk)

  7:00am -  7:45am - FUEL (ALL AGES WELCOME) - Rooftop Pool Deck Yoga - Omni Charlotte Hotel
  8:15am -  8:45am - Orientation for First Timers/New Members
  8:45am -  9:15am - Coffee, Connect and Networking with Exhibitors
  9:15am -10:15am - Keynote 1 - Open Says Me! The System That Can Open Any Door of Opportunity 
10:15am -10:45am - Break/Networking 
10:45am -11:45am - Keynote 2 - Mastering Your Memory
11:45am -12:45pm - Lunch with Exhibitors
12:45pm -  1:45pm - Keynote 3 - Moving Beyond Active Shooter
  1:45pm -  2:15pm - Break/Networking
  2:15pm -  3:00pm - BreakoutThe Competitive Advantage: A Deeper Dive Into The Art of Networking
  2:15pm -  3:00pm - Breakout - Mastering Your Memory:  A Deeper Dive
  3:00pm -  3:30pm - Break/Networking
  3:30pm -  4:15pm - Breakout - Developing an Advocacy Plan
  3:30pm -  4:15pm - Breakout - Interviewing Skills
  4:15pm -  6:30pm - Free time
  5:45pm -  6:45pm - Connect with Young Professionals - Informal Networking - Everyone Welcome regardless of age! - Sophia's Lounge
  7:00pm -  8:45pm - Welcome Reception and Silent Auction - Omni Charlotte Hotel
  8:45pm - 11:00pm - After Party - Omni Charlotte Hotel Pool deck

Monday, July 22nd 
  8:00am -12:30pm - AENC Registration Desk Open 
  8:00am -  1:00pm - Silent Auction Pickup
  8:00am -  8:30am - Board of Directors, Committee Chairs Meeting
  8:30am -  8:45am - Early Bird Coffee with Exhibitors
  8:45am -10:15am - Awards Breakfast & Business Session - Time to Celebrate!!!
10:15am -10:45am - Coffee, Connect and Networking with Exhibitors
10:45am -11:00am - 2020 Annual Update
11:00am -12:30pm - Keynote 4 - How a US Air Force Colonel Mastered Leadership and Overcame Obstacles....Then Walked with Presidents
                 12:30pm - Adjourn


Early Bird
(By July 13)
Non Member 
Early Bird
(After July 13)
(After July 13) 
Non Member
(After July 13)
Full Registration - First Person From Organization $250 $320 $290 $360
Full Registration - Additional Person From an Association $195 $265 $230 $320
Full Registration - Emerging Leaders (under 40 years old) $175 $225 $215 $265
Saturday and Sunday Only $185 $235 $185 $235
Monday Only  $135 $170 $135 $70


Topgolf  - $50 PER PERSON
12:00pm - 2:00pm

Ever been bowling? Well, at Topgolf, you play in a “bay” rather than a lane, and from that bay, you hit micro-chipped golf balls into giant targets in the outfield to score points.  No golf experience needed!  Transportation provided from the Marriott, departing at 11:00am.

Charlotte Segway Tour - $60 PER PERSON
12:00pm - 1:00pm (Training) 1:00pm - 2:30pm (Tour) 
(Departs from the Marriott Lobby)

You will glide throughout Center City by on this hour and a half tour. The Uptown tour is perfect for those who have an interest in hearing about some of Charlotte's fascinating history, current happenings, and enjoying Charlotte's diverse architecture and urban design.

Charlotte City Tour - $40 PER PERSON 
1:00pm - 2:30pm
 (Departs from the Marriott Lobby)

Climb aboard, sit back and enjoy your official welcome to “The Queen City.” This 1.5-hour tour of Charlotte will take place in the comfort of an air-conditioned luxury motor coach. Our professional tour guide will educate you about Charlotte's early history and its fascinating involvement in the birth of this nation. You will get to experience the gleaming, vibrant Center City as your guide points out fascinating works of arts, architecture, public parks, museums and entertainment venues. You will experience some of the most visually stunning aspects of Charlotte’s historic neighborhoods, their mansions, landmarks and gardens, including the historical Duke Mansion. 



Keynote 1 - Open Says Me! The Networking That Can Open Any Door of Opportunity 
Carlos V. Davis, I Stand and Deliver, LLC

At some point in your career, you feel stuck: You feel like you can't move up in your job. You feel like no one is buying from you. You feel like no one wants to do business with you. Everyone wants to get a lot out of their career, but not everybody knows how. This seminar will teach Carlos Davis’s proven system that can take you wherever you want to go in your professional career. He will uncover the secrets of how to improve your face to face interactions to make you the magnet of opportunity and influence. He will also share the ONE WORD that can break down any barrier in starting a professional relationship. All of this along with some fun, interactive exercises will begin opening the doors of new success for you and your career! 
Click here for Carlos' BIO.

Keynote 2
- Mastering Your Memory
Tyler Enslin, Tyler Enslin International

The human brain possesses an incredible amount of power to store and recall information. Unfortunately most people are never taught how to fully access this ability. In this fun and highly engaging training program you will learn unique and exciting methods to increase your memory skills to extraordinary levels. Most importantly, discover how to use these new skills in daily life. Tyler delivers the training in an energetic fashion with no notes or PowerPoint to encourage maximum audience participation and to impart as much value as possible to all who attend. 
Click here for Tyler's BIO.

Keynote 3 - Moving Beyond Active Shooter
Jerry McCormick, Chief Safety Officer, Personal Safety at Work

An Employee’s Guide to Personal Safety at Work, at Home, & In-Between is a turnkey program for employees’ personal safety.  The training is based on 20 years of research and training police officers, along with teachers and security professionals about Active Shooter and other critical incidents that they might face.  This course is designed for you to understand how you can learn what a police officer knows to keep you safe.  It shows the employee how to assess danger, determine how they will respond physiologically to the danger and how to limit the impact on them.  It also shows why you should trust your natural instincts, take immediate action steps to limit or avoid the threat all together, and how to use buildings and commercial grade construction to make yourself safer and protected from dangers in the event of a dangerous situation.  This training covers Active Shooter response and goes well beyond Active Shooter to train the employee or community members in the concepts needed from everyday situations that are much more likely to occur.
Click here for Jerry's BIO.

Keyote 4
- How a US Air Force Colonel Mastered Leadership and Overcame Obstacles… then Walked with Presidents.  
Dr. Jennifer Hesterman, Colonel, US Air Force (retired)

Women have a unique set of challenges, whether working in male-oriented workplaces or C-Suite positions - yet they can be extraordinarily successful! We will discuss the traits women bring to the workplace and how to harness and leverage them for success. We’ll also identify barriers, some we unknowingly create, and provide solutions for making them turnstiles to success. We'll have an honest conversation about the difficulties of achieving balance and ultimate impact on career, health and relationships. A retired senior military officer, now counter terrorism expert, author and professor will present this session, intended for everyone - female executives and leaders, as well as men who supervise, work for or work with them.
Click here for Jenni's BIO.

Breakout 1 - The Competitive Advantage: A Deeper Dive Into The Art of Networking 
Carlos V. Davis, Stand and Deliver, LLC
So you got a chance to hear Carlos Davis’s talk on professional networking. NOW WHAT??!! Now that you got some foundational aspects of networking, now it’s time to have your networking stand out from others in your profession! This session will take a deeper dive into personal branding, the proper tools for professional networking, follow up secrets, and other key strategies that will give your the competitive advantage in any networking situation!
Click here for Carlos' BIO.

Breakout 2 - Mastering Your Memory:  A Deeper Dive
Tyler Enslin, Tyler Enslin International
As a natural follow up to “Mastering Your Memory”, this program examines specific, practical applications of an improved memory. It is designed for those who are serious about using their newly acquired memory skills to impact their careers and daily lives in a positive way. Giving presentations without notes, instantly recalling people’s names, and improved mental organization are just a few of the areas that we will discuss. 
Click here for Tyler's BIO.

Breakout 3 - Developing an Advocacy Plan
Seth Palmer, External Communications and Regulatory Affairs, NC REALTORS
This session will cover the basics of advocacy planning to ensure you know what you want to accomplish before you start thinking about how much it’s going to cost, the effective way to use social media as an advocacy tool, and how you can empower your members to be your advocate. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear real world case studies of past success, as well as take away tools and plan structures that they can apply to their own situations.  Advocacy success doesn’t have to be dictated by the size of your budget or the number of lobbyists who you can commit to a project. Through this workshop, attendees will learn how associations can leverage tools, many of which are free or low cost.
Click here for Seth's BIO.

Breakout 4
 - Interviewing Skills
Donald Thompson, CEO, Walk West
Often, we as hiring managers confuse buzzwords with value in interviews when the reality is that we need examples of how a candidate's skills a can be applied to your business outcomes and goals.  In his 25 year career, Donald has interviewed hundreds of job candidates in many industries for roles from receptionist to CEO. In his opinion, the most vital set of decisions in any business is the team that you select. To recruit effectively, you must understand how to recognize gaps in experience, identify those who can scale to leadership and evaluate candidates for cultural fit. In this discussion, we will explore how to map candidates' skills to organizational goals with specificity and understand how to create pressure points in the interview in four categories: problems solved, conflict resolution, time management and communication.
Click here for Donald's BIO. 



Host                      Visit Charlotte

AV                         EZAV

Headshots            Freeze-Frame Photography

Photography        Open Water Communications

Diamond              Cabarrus County CVB

Diamond              Caesars Entertainment

Diamond              Memberclicks

Diamond               Pinehurst-Southern Pines-Aberdeen CVB

Badge                   Mooresville CVB

Platinum               Hilton Gastonia

Platinum               Novi AMS

Platinum               Sheraton Raleigh Hotel

Platinum               The Employers Association 

Gold                      Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Gold                      Crowne Plaza Executive Park

Gold                      New Bern Riverfront Convention Center

Gold                      Paragon a Division of TowneBank

Gold                      Pinehurst Resort

Gold                      Visit Greenville NC

Silver                     Accrisoft Corporation

Silver                     Alabama Theatre

Silver                     Alamance County Visitors Bureau

Silver                     Associated Luxury Hotels International  (ALHI)

Silver                     Bold Commercial Real Estate

Silver                     Charlotte Marriott City Center

Silver                     Chetola Resort & Spa at Blowing Rock

Silver                     Colonial Williamsburg Hotels

Silver                     DesignHammer

Silver                     DoubleTree by Hilton Atlanta Perimeter Dunwoody

Silver                     DoubleTree by Hilton Atlantic Beach Oceanfront

Silver                     DoubleTree by Hilton Raleigh Durham Airport at Research Triangle Park

Silver                     Embassy Suites by Hilton Wilmington Riverfront

Silver                     Fayetteville CVB

Silver                     Fern Exposition

Silver                     FiveStar Awards and Engraving

Silver                     Francis Marion

Silver                     Great Wolf Lodge

Silver                     HALO Branded Solutions

Silver                     HillStaffer

Silver                     Hilton Charlotte Executive Park Hotel

Silver                     Hyatt Place + Hyatt House Charleston/Historic District

Silver                     Jekyll Island Authority

Silver                     Kiawah Resort

Silver                     Map Dynamics

Silver                     On Course Human Resource Consulting

Silver                     Pensionmark

Silver                     Pioneer Strategies

Silver                     S.T.A.R Resources

Silver                     Sheraton Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach Convention Center

Silver                     Southport Graphics

Silver                     The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel

Silver                     The Village at River Landing

Silver                     TriNet

Silver                     Twin City Quarter (Winston-Salem Marriott, Embassy Suites and Benton Convention Center)

Silver                     Visit Norfolk

Silver                     Visit Raleigh

Silver                     Visit St.Petersburg/Clearwater

Silver                     Visit Winston-Salem

Bronze                  Greensboro Area CVB