Winter Conference & Luncheon/Keynote CEO Power Panel!

February 28-March 1, 2019

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JB Duke Hotel
230 Science Dr, Durham, NC 27708  (919) 660-6400

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For Hotel reservations by phone, contact the JB Duke Hotel at (919) 660-6400 and request reservations.  When inquiring about your group, please reference the AENC Winter Conference, group ID 728799. 


Host Venue Sponsor
JB Duke Hotel



 Luncheon Keynote Sponsor
Caesars Entertainment


Morning Seminar Sponsor
New Bern Riverfront Convention Center


Networking Social Sponsor
Chetola Resort  & Spa


 Photography Sponsor
Open Water Communication



Badge Sponsor
Greenville-Pitt County CVB







Audio Visual Sponsor



Earn 1 hour of CE credit for each 1 hour of seminar/round table time attended.
CAE - Approved
CMP - This program has been submitted to the Events Industry Council for CMP Preferred Provider Review.

Schedule at a Glance:
THURSDAY, February 28  
12:00 Noon - 5:00 PM Registration, Exhibits, Networking
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Choice of 3 Roundtables (CE 1.00 hour)
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Exhibits and Networking
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Choice of 3 Roundtables (CE 1.00 hour)
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Networking Social
FRIDAY, March 1  
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Continental Breakfast & Networking, Visit with Exhibitors
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Choice of Two Breakouts (CE 1.00 hours)
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Networking & Visit with Exhibitors
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Choice of Two Breakouts (CE 1.00 hours)
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM Networking & Visit with Exhibitors
12:15 PM - 2:15 PM Luncheon & Keynote Presentation (CE 1.0 hour)

THURSDAY, February 28
(Table top exhibits 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM)

1:00 PM – Registration

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Visit with Exhibitors

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Roundtables (Choose 1 of 3)
(CAE CE Credit: 1.0 per roundtable)
Roundtable 1 - FUEL - “Wired Differently” – Approaches to Overcoming Indifference & Challenges (For anyone under age 40)  
Need some ideas to overcome indifference & challenges in the workplace and amongst members?   Come hear different approaches from our peers with years of expertise!
**Facilitator:  Doug Blizzard, CAI Services Corporation
**Panel:  Sharon Bryson, M.Ed., NC Association of Certified Public Accountants, Brent Hazelett , MPA, CAE, Najauna White, Discover Durham

Roundtable 2 - Affiliate Roundtable:  Improving Sales  
Sales or business development can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be! It’s important to create a memorable customer experience. Join us for a candid conversation about sales and how to improve in a way that is a more natural and rewarding experience, while also learning how to turn sales conversations into collaborative ones.  
**Facilitator:  Andora Gandy, President, REPEATit Excellence

Roundtable 3 - Best Practices on Sponsorships (For Association Staff Only)  
The importance of preparing for sponsorship success is often an underestimated stage of creating a sponsorship strategy.  In this session you will learn about best practices when managing your associations sponsorships.  These best practices reflect the highest operational standards for any organization operating in the public interest.
**Facilitator:  Jim Thompson, CAE, Capitol Hill Management Services.

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

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM – Roundtables (Choose 1 of 3)
(CAE CE Credit: 1.0 per roundtable)
Roundtable 1 - Tips for Organizing Yourself for a More Productive Day
The essence of time choices is knowing the difference between what’s important now, later, or never. Improving time choices requires a consistent commitment to reduce time wasters in your personal and professional life. By reflecting on how specific meetings, conversations, and tasks build your foundation for success, you will begin to raise your expectation for how your time is invested.    
**Facilitator:  Donald Thompson, CEO Walk West

Roundtable 2 - Best Practices to Acquire, Engage and Retain Employees
In a world of endless to-do lists, regular career or industry switches, and a high demand for quality talent, it is imperative companies are taking the necessary steps to acquire, engage, and retain employees from the get go.  From company culture to onboarding, there are several best practices and processes every business owner and hiring manager needs to know in order to achieve this trifecta - acquire, engage, retain.  Join us to hear how to find the right culture fit during the interview process, how to engage your new employees and the best activities to retain them long term.
**Facilitator:  Stephany Connelly, Business Development Manager, AppleOne

Roundtable 3 - Social Media as a Lobbying Tool
Social media has the benefit of reaching a significant number of people and allows lobbyists to have access to information at their fingertips.  In this session you will learn how to use social media as a highly effective and engaging lobbying tool.
**Elizabeth Ruf, Walk West

4:30 PM –5:00 PM - Visit with Exhibitors

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM – Networking Social 
(Cash bar) 

Hors d'oeuvres provided 

Dinner – On-your-own


FRIDAY, March 1
(Table top exhibits 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM)

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

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM - CEO Coffee & Conversation (For CEOs Only)

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM - Seminars – (Choose 1 of 2)
(CAE CE Credit: 1.0 hour)
Seminar 1 - Situational Leadership-A More Effective Management Style
Situational Leadership II (SLII) is the world’s most taught leadership model – because it works! The foundation of SLII lies in teaching leaders to diagnose the needs of an individual or a team and then use the appropriate leadership style to respond to the needs of the person, team, and the situation. Situational Leadership II satisfies the brain’s need for certainty, autonomy and relatedness, creating a safe workplace where individuals are free to problem solve, innovate, and collaborate.
**Presenter:  Andora Gandy, President, REPEATit Excellence

Seminar 2 - Legal Risks and Liabilities with Volunteers
Many nonprofit organizations depend on volunteers and could not accomplish their mission without the volunteers' dedication and hard work. However, volunteers also generate potential liability. Your organization, and you personally, may be liable for negligently selecting, monitoring or retaining volunteers who cause harm.  Learn how to identify and manage potential risks and liabilities with volunteers.
**Presenter:  David Heinen and Salima Thomas, NC Center for Nonprofits

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

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM –  Seminars - (Choose 1 of 2)
(CAE CE Credit: 1.0 hour)
Seminar 1 - Healthcare Update
Health insurance has been a roller coaster ride issue for the past decade. Rates, coverage options, rules and regulations impacting both individuals and employers have been a moving target with the swirl of political wrangling on this subject both in Raleigh and Washington, DC.  Former AENC Board Chair Joe Stewart, VP for Gov Affairs for the Independent Insurance Agents of NC, (and lobbyist for the NC Association of Health Underwriters) will be joined by David Smith, VP for Compliance and Risk Management of EbenConcepts (an insurance agency and benefits consulting firm headquartered in Fayetteville) for a discussion of the most recent updates and insights on latest developments impact health insurance markets here in North Carolina.
Facilitators:  Joe Stewart, Vice President Governmental Affairs, Independent Insurance Agents of NC and DAVID C. SMITH, JD REBC, EbenConcepts

Seminar 2 - Inaugural AENC Women in Leadership
Did you know……..Women make up 50.8 percent of the U.S. population.  They earn nearly 60 percent of undergraduate degrees, and 60 percent of all master’s degrees.  They earn 47 percent of all law degrees, and 48 percent of all medical degrees.  They comprise 59 percent of the college-educated, entry-level workforce.  AENC appreciates and applauds women’s impact in the workplace and invites the women of AENC, to join us for the Inaugural “AENC Women in Leadership” session at our winter conference.  This interactive panel discussion will be led by AENC President, Lisa Ward, CAE and will dive into how best to empower and provide leadership support to the current and emerging women leaders of our organization.  She will be accompanied by a panel of other respected women who have worked their way into leadership roles throughout their own careers. 
**Moderator:  Lisa Ward, CAE, Associate Executive Director, NC Dental Society
**Panelists: Malinda Harrell, CMP, CASE, Visit Raleigh, Andra Zarins, National Association of REALTORS, Beth Denny, CMP, FirstPoint Management Resources

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

12:15 PM – 2:15 PM – Luncheon and Program
(CAE CE Credit: 1.0 hour)


Ever wonder what's on the mind of the great Association CEO's? Ever want to ask these industry titans a question but never had the chance? Here's your opportunity, the 2019 Winter Conference features the CEO Power Panel.
**Moderator:  Tim Kent, CAE Executive Director, NC Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association
**Panelists: Dave Simpson, CAE, President and CEO, Carolinas AGC, Inc., Tina Gordon, MPA, CAE, FACHE, CEO, NC Nurses Association, Amy McConkey, President, NC Beverage Association, Robert Broome, Executive Director, State Employees Association of NC, Bob Glaser, CAE, CEO NC Automobile Dealers Association



QUESTIONS: Contact Alison Harding (919) 848-8255 [email protected]

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

Registration Fees:


Early rate:
Before 5PM, Feb 26

Regular rate:
After 5PM, Feb 26






Full Conference & Luncheon/Keynote

$ 70


 $ 80


Luncheon & Keynote Only 

$30   $45  $40 $55 

ONLY ATTENDING Thursday Roundtables & Social


$ 0

 $  0

 $  0


Thank you to our sponsors:

Host  Venue Sponsor: JB Duke Hotel

Keynote Sponsor: CAESARS Entertainment

Morning Sessions Sponsor: New Bern Riverfront Convention Center

Networking Social Sponsor: Chetola Resort & Spa

Badge Sponsor: Greenville Pitt-County CVB

Audio Visual Sponsor: EZAV

Event Photography: Open Water Communications