Fall Conference & Luncheon/Keynote

Thursday-Friday, October 18-19, 2018

Durham Convention Center
301 West Morgan St., Durham, NC 27701

(919) 956-9404

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For Information on Sponsorships - Table Top Exhibits:
Contact Madi McDougald (919) 848-8255 ext 1 or [email protected]



Host Venue Sponsor  


    Luncheon Keynote Sponsor

Kingsmill logo     

Morning Seminars Sponsor

Networking Social Sponsor
Presidents Club Partner


Badge Sponsor
Pinnacle Financial Partners






Host Sponsor: Durham Convention Center

Luncheon Keynote Sponsor: Kingsmill Resort

Morning Seminar Sponsor: AARP North Carolina

Networking Social: Caesars Entertainment

Badge Sponsor:  Pinnacle Financial Partners

Audio Visual Sponsor: EZAV

Event Photography: Open Water Communications


Event Sponsors

Audio Visual - EZAV

Event Photography - Open Water Communications



CAE Credit: Earn 1 hour of CE credit for each 1 hour of seminar/round table time attended.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Lunch (on-your-own)

1:00 PM – Registration

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Visit with Exhibitors

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Choose 1 of 3 Round Tables
(CAE CE Credit: 1.0 per round table)

  • Affiliate/CVB Round Table:  Affiliate to Association Marketing - Lessons Learned from "Jumping the Fence". They were affiliate members; now they work for an association. AENC’s own Rich Phaneuf and Madi McDougald will share what they have learned about marketing – from the other side.  Bring your insights, successes and tips to share. 
  • Government Relations: Best Practices for Having "Hill Days" for Members/Legislators  

    Learn from association leaders who have successful Hill Days.
    • Tina Gordon, MPA, CAE, FACHE. CEO, NC Nurses Association
    • Tim Kent, CAE, CEO, NC Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association
    • Amy McConkey, CEO, NC Beverage Association
    • Jim Thompson, CAE, IOM, Vice President of Association Management and Strategic Development. Capitol Hill Management Services
    • Moderator: Lisa Ward, CAE, Associate Executive Director, NC Dental Society

  • Events Management: Best Ideas/Practices for Sponsorship  Sponsors enable organizations to hold outstanding events while keeping registrations fees at a level that enable more attendees. Planners - share best ideas/practices on identifying, securing and the “care and feeding” or our partners.  Sponsors – share what is important to you as a sponsor/participant

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM – Visit with Exhibitors

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM – Choose 1 of 3 Round Tables
(CAE CE Credit: 1.0 per round table)

  • FUEL (for young professionals under age 40): Government Affairs and Me - How it Works with Jonathan Kappler, NC FreeEnterprise Foundation - The political and legislative process affects everyone. Learn the ins and outs of how it works and how you can get engaged to have an impact.
  • After the Disaster - You want to help - but how?

    Following Hurricane Florence (or any disaster), everyone wants to help those affected.  But what is the best way? Join in this facilitated discussion and learn how your organization and members can maximize the impact of your support for those in need.  You'll come away with the tools you need to have a plan in place in advance of a disaster.
    Facilitator:  Tru Pettigrew, President, Tru-Access.

  • Professional/Personal Development:  Maximize Impact, Energy & Focus - Becky Jacobs, Chief Engagement Officer, Simple Change
    Are you struggling to stay focused and productive in a world of constant distractions, interruptions and conflicting priorities? Learn how to implement simple changes to achieve a sense of control and maximize your impact by:
  1. Setting intentions and limiting distractions to concentrate on your priorities
  2. Creating strategies to maintain the energy you need to feel successful at work and in your personal life
  3. Maximizing productivity with strategies to manage tasks, email, scheduling and communications

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM – Networking Social Sponsored by Caesars Entertainment
(Cash bar) Marriott Bar

Dinner – On-your-own or join with others for a group dinner (Pay on your own)

Friday, October 19, 2018
(Table top exhibits 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM)

8:00 AM – Registration, Continental Breakfast, Networking with Exhibitors

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM  - FOR ASSOCIATION CEOS ONLY - Coffee with Speakers

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM – Choose 1  of 2 Seminar Options
(CAE CE Credit: 1.0 hour)

The DASH...Making Sure Your Obituary Won't S**k - Tom Morrison
You can't hide it, throw it away, or lose it. You have it from beginning to the end of life. Your Dash represents everything in your life, both personally and professionally...all the joy, hurt, pain, success, and failures are in your Dash. For associations, if your members are not personally fulfilled, they will never be professionally fulfilled. If they are not professionally fulfilled, they will never be passionate about your association. With studies showing most people in debt, not taking care of their health regularly, and unhappy in their jobs or relationships, this session will inspire them to make change, chase their dreams, and live in the moment to enjoy life today. During this presentation, Tom unpacks the 3 components that makes up everyone's "Personal GDP." Your Personal GDP is the driving force to your success. This session will present the highlights on his new book – The DASH 19xx – 20xx, released August 2018.

Election 2018 & The 2019-20 General Assembly

Hear from seasoned professionals on the 2018 Elections and what we can expect from the NC General Assembly when they convene in January. Tim Boyum, News Anchor and Capital Tonight Host, Spectrum News and Colin Campbell, NC Political Reporter, NC Insider
Moderator:  Joe Stewart, Vice President of Government Affairs, Independent Insurance Agents of NC

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM – Networking with Exhibitors

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM – Choose 1 of 2 Seminar Options
(CAE CE Credit: 1.0 hour)

Transforming Organizations: “It’s not about Strategic Plans.” Your Success Formula of the Past is not Your Recipe for the Future.
Cynthia Mills, FASAE, CAE, CMC, CPC, CCRC, Founder, President & CEO, The Leaders Haven - The Board Whisperer™
“The only way you survive is you continuously transform into something else. It’s this idea of continuous transformation that makes you an innovation company.” — Ginni Rometty
Yes, we need strategic plans, aligned resources, and relevant products and services but most importantly – high performance governance. Transformation requires an in-depth examination of strategic vision, human capacity, resources, messaging, and willingness to be something other than what has been present to date.

  • Do you have the leadership know how to create the alchemy/chemistry to "translate strategic events into ongoing strategic & innovative dynamics?©"
  • How can you ensure in your next board meeting that your leadership talent can finesse willingness?
  • Do you know how to put a transformation road map together?
  • Do your leaders know what behaviors they must commit to?
  • What are the elements that must be in place?
  • What are the outcomes of real transformation?
  • Who owns the result?
  • What happens when you experience it?
  • How do you sustain it?
  • Where does personalization and institutionalization of transformation occur?
    Find out when The Board Whisperer™ visits AENC & helps you become a Transformation Architect.™

How to Your Build Your Curation Toolbox and Become a Go-To Source for Knowledge and Insight
Jeff Cobb & Celisa Steele, Tagoras

It's no secret that you need to stay top of current and emerging knowledge in your field if you want to be seen as a high value resource - whether to members, your employer, or colleagues. But how can you tame the information overload we all experience and turn it into an asset? The answer is curation. In this session we'll cover:
• What curation is and why it matters
• A framework for effective curation
• Concrete tools and practices you can start using today
You'll leave with the insights and tools you need to conquer information overload and become a knowledge champion

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM – Networking with Exhibitors

12:15 PM – 2:15 PM – Luncheon and Keynote Presentation: What's Your Uber? Getting Members to Scream Your Name & Beg for More
Featuring Tom Morrison, CEO, Metal Treating Institute; Author; Speaker

(CAE CE Credit: 1.0 hour)

Associations and members are seeing market disruption all around them. Trends, technology and habits are having a bigger impact than ever on membership and bottom lines. The question is, “Are you embracing it, or ignoring it?” In this energetic session Tom Morrison will unpack the chaotic trends coming at associations and the 10-keys to maximizing member value, member engagement and building revenues in the midst of disruption. This session is highly informative and motivating on making change that will push your association into the future. In this session, you will learn:
• The keys to recruiting members
• The keys to engaging them in your programs
• How to choose and build non-dues revenue programs
• How to create a culture of innovation in your Board
• The key metrics you need to be following to make change effective and timely
• How to reach the younger generation for volunteerism & membership
• The 2 hidden keys to member value for the next generation


QUESTIONS: Contact Jovita Mask (919) 848-8255 [email protected]
INTERESTED IN SPONSORSHIP/EXHIBIT: Contact Madi McDougald (919) 848-8255
[email protected]

Registration Fees


Early rate:
Before 5 PM, Oct 15

Regular rate:
After 5 PM, Oct 15






Full Conference & Luncheon/Keynote

(all events Thursday & Friday)

$ 70


 $ 80


Luncheon & Keynote Only - Friday


$ 45

 $  40

 $  55

 Thursday Only - Round Tables, 

Networking Social






Hotel Reservations deadline EXTENDED TO Sept 25th~~

Durham Marriott City Center (connected to the Convention Center
$169/night plus taxes  -- Book your hotel here
201 Foster Street, Durham, NC  27701 (919) 768-6010  Alisha McKenzie
(Complimentary WiFi)