AENC Awards Program
“To recognize and reward AENC members who exemplify excellence and enduring service to AENC.”
AENC invites all members to consider submitting nominations for deserving members who meet the awards criteria.
Awards offered by AENC
James J. Lowry Award (Outstanding CEO)
James (Jim) Joseph Lowry, Jr., for whom this award is named, was an extremely active member of AENC for over 20 years. He served as both a Trade Show Co-Chair and chaired the Legislative Committee. He also served on the AENC Board of Directors. Lowry won the Outstanding CEO Award in 2006-2007. The award was named in his honor shortly after his passing in November 2010. This award represents AENC’s highest honor for an association’s chief executive officer (CEO). The award reflects outstanding leadership and achievement in association management. “Outstanding” executives serve AENC, their industry, and participate in various civic and community affairs. This individual exemplifies the best in association management by continually bringing credit to the profession and the association community.
- The candidate for this award must be employed as a full-time paid chief executive officer of an association for a minimum of one year at the time of nomination. The nominee must have been a member of AENC for at least the past five consecutive years.
Patsy B. Smith Award (Outstanding Affiliate Member)
Patsy B. Smith, for whom this award is named, was the first Affiliate member to serve on the AENC Board of Directors. She was a member for several years, during which time she maintained an active interest in the organization and its members. In memory of her outstanding contributions, AENC presents this award as the highest honor bestowed upon an individual in the Allied or Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) membership category. While recognizing outstanding professionalism and exemplary service to the association community, the award also recognizes a member’s contribution to his or her employing organization and to other professional organizations.
- At the time of nomination, the candidate must be employed in his or her present position for a minimum of one year and must have been an Affiliate member for at least the past five consecutive years.
Distinguished Service Award (Outstanding Association Member who is not the CEO)
This award represents the highest honor AENC can bestow upon a key association staff member, excluding the CEO. This award reflects extraordinary achievements and the promise of future accomplishments within the association management profession. AENC awards this honor in recognition of a member’s exceptional contributions to his or her employing association. It also honors distinguished service to AENC and other professional organizations, as well as continuing professional development and participation in community and civic affairs.
- The candidate for this award must be employed as a full-time association staff member for a minimum of one year at the time of nomination. The candidate must also have been a member of AENC for at least the past five consecutive years.
Bob Slocum Award (Outstanding Government Affairs and Advocacy)
Bob Slocum, for whom this award is named, was a dedicated association professional who in his 24 years at the helm of the NC Forestry Association truly embodied professionalism in his conduct and dedication to his members’ interest in regard to government affairs and advocacy at both the state and federal level. To be effective, association professionals endeavoring to advance the political agenda of their members must not only be keen practitioners in the area of legislative and governmental process, but must work to establish and maintain a personal and professional reputation with both association members and elected officials for being honest, reliable and consistent. In presenting this award AENC seeks to recognize an individual who has a sustained tenure of consistently outstanding professional conduct in this important functional area of association operations, as well as provide younger association government affairs and advocacy professionals a role model to emulate.
- The candidate for this award must have at least ten (10) years employment in a position for which the individual has primary or singular responsibility for government affairs and/or advocacy efforts on behalf of an association. The nominee must have been a member of AENC for at least the past five consecutive years.
*NEW* AENC FUEL Young Professionals Award (Outstanding AENC FUEL participant)
Honors an AENC member under the age of 40 that participates in FUEL events/meetings. The goal of this Award is to recognize an AENC member for outstanding AENC/Association involvement or personal community involvement that also participates in FUEL events/meetings.
- Current AENC Board Members are ineligible for scholarships or awards.
- Scholarship and Awards committee members are ineligible for scholarships and awards.
- Individuals who have received an award within the past three years are not eligible for re-nomination for the same award.
- Applicants may receive a maximum of one award in the year under consideration.
Submission of Nominations
Please submit your nomination/s to AENC, using the following guidelines:
(Note: Electronic submission is preferred.)
- Please type the award name in the subject line of your email or letter.
- In the body of your email or letter, please indicate the name of the person you are nominating and the organization where the individual is employed.
- Briefly state your reasons for nominating the individual for the award. (1-2 paragraphs)
- Send your nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org or in writing to Attn: Member Services Manager, 7511 Mourning Dove Rd., Ste 102, Raleigh, NC 27615
Award nominations are due by Monday, February 20, 2017.
January - The awards nomination process begins. AENC invites all members to consider submitting nominations for deserving members who meet the awards criteria.
February 20, 2017 – Deadline for nominations. The committee meets to determine eligibility of all nominees. Nominees who meet the requirements are contacted by committee members and asked to respond with the required supporting documentation.
March 17, 2017 – Deadline for award nominees to submit all required documentation in support of their award nomination.
Mid/late March – The committee meets to determine award recipients by grading each nominee per category and submitting to the AENC Board of Directors a list of recommended recipients.
April – The Board of Directors reviews and approve the award recipients.
Early May - AENC staff notifies and coordinates with the award recipients to obtain photos and bios, and to ensure recipients will be present at the AENC annual meeting in July.
July 23, 2017 – The awards are presented at the AENC Annual Meeting.
James J. Lowry, Jr. Award (formerly the Outstanding CEO)
Past award winners include:
2016 - William (Bill) Arent (Posthumous), previously Carolinas Ready Mixed Concrete Association
2013 - Gregory K. Griggs, MPA, CAE, NC Academy of Family Physicians
2012 - Tina C. Gordon, CAE, NC Nurses Association
2011 - Wendy W. Scott, CAE, Wendy Scott & Associates, Inc.
2010 - F. Carlyle Teague, N.C. Specialty Foods Association
2009 - Beth Bowen, N.C. Association of Medical Equipment Services
2008 - Bob Glaser, CAE, NC Automobile Dealers Association
2007 - James Joseph Lowry, Jr., CPO, N.C. Utility Contractors Association
2006 - William D. Stricker, Carolinas AGC, Inc.
2005 - Charles F. McDonald, Jr., CAE, Safety and Health Council of N.C.
2004 - Teresa L. Saylor, CAE, N.C. Press Association
2003 - Larry W. Adams, Southern Building Materials Association
2002 - Chris A. Valauri, N.C. Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association
2001 - James T. Ahler, CAE, N.C. Association of CPAs
2000 - Sue L. Makey, CAE, N.C. Academy of Family Physicians
1999 - Randall D. Lisk, Automotive Aftermarket Association of the Carolinas & Tennessee
1998 - Ken Morgan, CAE, N.C. Association of Life Underwriters
1997 - Timothy D. Kent, CAE, AIA North Carolina
1996 - Hazel B. Moore, N.C. Nurses Association
1993 - Craig Souza, N.C. Health Care Facilities Association
1992 - Lewis Huff, Independent Garage Owners of N.C.
1991 - Elbert Peters, N.C. Trucking Association
1990 - Carl F. Sapp, N.C. Telephone Association
1989 - Eleanor F. Upton, Upton Associates
1988 - Don Ward, N.C. Petroleum Marketers Association
1987 - Michael Olson, CAE, Olson Management Group, Inc.
Distinguished Service Award
Past award winners include:
2016 - Brent Hazelett, MPA, CAE, NC Academy of Family Physicians
2014 - Lisa Ward, NC Dental Society
2013 - Kristen L. Feneley, MPA, CAE, NC Nurses Association
2012 - Anne Shoemaker, IOM, NC Association of REALTORS®.
2011 - Ginny Fountain, CMP, PHR, N.C. Association of Electric Cooperatives
2009 - Diane Weems, AENC
2008 - Joan Elliott, Southern Building Material Association
2007 - Penny R. Cummings, N.C. Association of County Commissioners
2006 - Mary K. Doherty, Carolinas Center for Hospice & End of Life Care
2005 - David N. Simpson, CAE, Carolinas AGC, Inc.
2004 - Sharon H. Bryson, M.Ed., N.C. Association of CPAs
2003 - James A. Rouse, III, N.C. Association of Electric Cooperatives
2001 - Irma R. Ceglia, N.C. Academy of Family Physicians
2000 - Joseph P. Logan, CAE, American Home Furnishings Alliance
1996 - Jo Ellen Mitchell, AIA North Carolina
1994 - Sindy Barker, N.C. Nurses Association
1993 - Barbara A. Tilton, CMP, N.C. Association of CPAs
1992 - Stephen Morrisette, CAE, N.C. Hospital Association
1991 - Fran E. Preston, N.C. Retail Merchants Association
1990 - Willie Feather, N.C. Petroleum Marketers Association
1989 - W. Alan Skipper, CMP, N.C. Medical Society
1988 - Randall D. Lisk, Automotive Aftermarket Association of the Carolinas & Tennessee
1987 - Betty M.Tysinger, Tysinger's Management Services
Patsy B. Smith. Award
Past award winners include:
2016 - Teri Saylor, CAE, Open Water Communications
2014 - Sara Green, Pinehurst Resort
2013 - Denise D. Ryan, MBA, CSP, FireStar
2012 - John W, Sneed, II, CHSP, Wilmington and Beaches CVB
2011 - Andrew D. Schmidt, CHME, Greenville CVB
2010 - Michelle Streath, Hilton Wilmington Riverside & Riverview Suites
2009 - Ed Currie, Piedmont Triad Productions
2008 - Malinda Pettaway, CASE, Greater Raleigh CVB
2007 - Candy Cline, Visit Winston-Salem
2006 - Kathy B. Flowe, CMP, Alabama Theatre
2005 - Donna F. Rabon, Hilton Wilmington Riverside & Riverview Suites
2004 - Laurie Okun, Sheraton Imperial Hotel
2003 - Kim T. Hufham, Cape Fear Coast CVB
2002 - Nancy S. Barney, The Sheraton Raleigh Hotel
2001 - Joseph E. Blake, Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau
2000 - Jan S. Hogan, MC Benton Convention Center
1999 - Ron Stephens, CHME, High Point CVB
1998 - John J. Mead, CAE, APR, Mead Management Support
1997 - Cheryl R. Hutto, Hilton North Raleigh
1996 - Burchill T. Sweeney, Marriott Frenchman's Reef Beach Resort
1996 - John Phillips, See North Carolina First
1994 - Angela Beattie, The Grove Park Inn
1993 - Sandra Hale, Kiawah Island Golf & Tennis Resorts
1992 - Petra Alberici, Sheraton Imperial Hotel
1991 - Janet Harrington, Grandover Resort and Conference Center
1990 - Sarah Hamm Wade, CHA, CHME, Sunbelt Hospitality, Inc.
1989 - Charlotte M. Young, High Point CVB
1988 - Judy Green, CHME, The Siena Hotel
1987 - Patsy B. Smith, Grove Park Inn & Country Club
Bob Slocum Award (Outstanding Government Affairs & Advocacy)
2016 - James (Jim) T. Ahler, CAE, NC Association of Certified Public Accountants