Schedule at a Glance


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Educational Sessions


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Hotel Information


Golf Tournament


Fun Activities


Speakers' Bios



“The AENC Annual Meeting provided me a great mix of educational and networking opportunities on a condensed schedule that did not keep me away from the office.”

Andrew Schmidt,
Greenville-Pitt County CVB


"I strongly recommend all Association Execs to schedule their time and budget funds to attend the next AENC Annual Meeting. It is a CAN’T MISS Event."

John T. Long Ill, CAE, IOM,
JTCK Associates


Event Sponsors


Host CVB Sponsor

Durham CVB


Host Hotel Sponsor

Durham Marriott City Center, Durham NC


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2015 - AENC 60th Annual Meeting


July 11-13, 2015 (Sunday through Monday)

Durham Convention Center / Durham Marriott City Center, Durham NC


 Durham Convention Center
 Durham Marriott City Center
 Durham, NC





Schedule at a Glance 


Saturday, July 11, 2015 (Unless otherwise indicated, all events are at the Durham Convention Center connected to the Durham Marriott)

8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.:    AENC Registration Desk Open

10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.:    Optional -AENC Golf Challenge - Shootout at Hillandale Golf Course (separate fee)

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.:    Optional - AENC Giving Back: Community Service Project: Create a Mural for the Duke Children's Hospital

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.:    Optional - Informal Get Together Reception

Evening:    On Your Own to Explore Durham

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.:     AENC Registration Desk (will reopen at The Cotton Room at 7:00 PM for late arrivals)

10:00 - 11:30 a.m.:    Sunday Morning at the Durham Hotel - (Opening July 2015) - Mid-Morning Continental Breakfast and Roof Top Experience

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.:    Walk Around Light Lunch & Visit with Exhibitors to learn about products, programs and services to help you grow and succeed!

12:50 - 2:15 p.m.:    General Session: Chaning the Conversation Around Millennials - James Notter

2:15 - 2:45 p.m.:    Refreshment Break & Visit Exhibitors

2:45 - 3:45 p.m.:    Breakout Sessions - Your Choice!
      #1 - 7 Deadly Sins of Online Communities - Ben Martin, CAE
      #2 - Sustaining Energy & Motivation in a Member/Customer Service Role - Denise Ryan, MBA, CSP
      #3 - What's Your Ethics IQ? - Jonathan Kraftchick, CPA

3:45 - 4:15 p.m.:    Refreshment Break & Visit Exhibitors

4:15 - 5:30p.m.:     Breakout Sessions - Your Choice!
      #4 - The Situation Room: Secrets of Successful Planners - Linda Stinson, Facilitator
      #5 - Writing Engaging Content for Online Readers - Deirdre Reid, CAE
      #6 - Creating a Culture that Attracts...the Best Members, Employees and Partners - James Notter

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.:    Welcome Reception (Heavy Hor D'oeuvres) Silent Auction & Entertainment- The Cotton Room - Buses leave Marriott at 6:45 PM

9:05 p.m.:    Bus Transportation leaves The Cotton Room to take guests to 21C Museum Hotel Durham for informal reception

9:00 - 10:30 p.m.:    Afterparty – 21C Museum Hotel Durham - Art, Food, Drinks and Conversation - New hotel in downtown Durham!

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Monday, July 13, 2015

8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.:     AENC Registration Desk Open

7:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.:     Silent Auction - Pickup & Pay Items - Winning Bidders - Durham Convention Center

7:30 - 11:00 a.m.:     Visit with Exhibitors to learn about products, programs and services to help you grow and succeed!

8:00 - 9:30 a.m.:    Awards Breakfast & 60th AENC Annual Business Session (Event begins with a plated sit down meal at 8:00 AM.)

9:30 - 9:45 a.m.:    Refreshment Break & Visit Exhibitors

9:45 - 11:00 a.m.:    Breakout Sessions - Your Choice!
      #7 - Crisis Response Planning - Lisa Ward
      #8 - The Changing Face of Volunteerism: Building a Dedicated Tribe - Peggy Hoffman, CAE
      #9 - Generating Non Dues Revenue - Panel Moderated by Jim Thompson, CAE, IOM

11:00 - 11:30 a.m.:   Break & Visit Exhibitors

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.:   Closing General Session: Service Beyond Sacrifice - Sgt. 1st Class Gregory A. Stube (US Army Retired)


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Peggy Hoffman, CAE, Mariner Management & Marketing

Peggy is Founder and Owner of Mariner Management, an association management company providing full management services to small associations, and counsel to global associations seeking to improve member communities and volunteer development. She is a member community strategist, volunteer management consultant, national speaker and trainer for volunteers and staff. Previous roles include director of communications, director of membership and state affiliates and director of public relations; trade association, professional society and non-profit charitable experience. As a member of ASAE & The Center, her activities include: past chair of the Component Relations Council; current chair of the Executive Management Section Council; service on the Decision To Volunteer team; co-creator of the level I and III Components Relations web-based courses and author of a chapter in the Component Relations Handbook: Tools & Tips for the Component Relations Professional; frequent contributor to ASAE's e-letters, Associations Now and conferences.

She is co-founder of Association Network Exchange, a networking group for association executives in suburban MD. Peggy is active as a community volunteer and involved with the dance guild, Mid Maryland Triathlon Club and church; Certified RPM Cycling instructor.

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Jonathan Cory Kraftchick, CPA, Cherry Bekaert LLP, Raleigh, NC

Jonathan Kraftchick is the manager of training and development at Cherry, Bekaert & Holland in their Raleigh office, where he is responsible for implementing and evaluating the firm’s training strategies through course development and delivery.

Jonathan attended the University of Georgia, studying theater before setting off to become an actor in 1998. Realizing that waiting tables and begging for tips was not the career path he anticipated, he transferred to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received a BA in economics before continuing on to their master’s of accounting program, graduating in 2001. Since that time, he has spent most of his time conducting audit and consulting engagements for a wide variety of companies and industries throughout the Southeast. Jonathan won the 2014 competition as the Triangle’s Funniest Accountant.

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Ben Martin, CAE, Online Community Results

Ben has helped hundreds of associations launch and nurture their own private online communities through consulting, coaching and training. He has worked for lots of different types of organizations over his 12 year association career, concluding as VP for Marketing & Communications at the 40,000-member Virginia Association of Realtors. At VAR he selected, implemented, and launched a private online community, garnering recognition in the association community as well as the real estate trade press, and a Technology Spotlight Award from the National Association of Realtors.

As Chief Engagement Officer for Online Community Results, he provides field-tested guidance to achieve the ROI you expect from your online community.  Ben is a subject matter expert with extensive experience designing, launching and maintaining private social communities. Ben’s knowledge and experience with social communities was an incredible asset as he assisted organizations in identifying strategic goals and tying those to specific tactics to ensure the success of online communities. Furthermore, Ben is a talented and engaging public speaker, with a rare ability to be both highly engaging and informative.

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Jamie Notter, Partner, Culture That Works

Jamie Notter has been consulting and speaking for organizations since 2001, applying his expertise and unique ability to work through the most challenging conversations to deliver powerful results for clients of all sizes and from a variety of industries. Starting originally in the field of international conflict resolution, Jamie leveraged his experience working in areas of ethnic conflict into a successful management consulting practice, specializing in nonprofit trade associations and professional societies.

An early adopter of social media, Jamie has been actively blogging on his own site ( since 2005 and now on and Switch and Shift. Jamie was a pioneer in articulating the potential of social business, connecting the principles of social media with innovative practices in leadership and management. His book, Humanize, co-authored with social media expert, Maddie Grant, garnered industry attention for its foresight and comprehensive approach to building organizations that are more compatible with today’s digital age.

After the release of Humanize, his speaking career took off and his consulting work became more and more focused on organizational culture. Seeking to make some plain sense out of a topic that confounds many, he published an ebook on workplace culture, and then he and Maddie started a consulting company – Culture That Works LLC – to help clients create stronger cultures and manage culture change, particularly around technology change.

In 2015 Maddie and Jamie published their second book—When Millennials Take Over—which ties together several different threads from their combined 35 years of experience careers into a short but powerful guide to creating organizations that will thrive in these revolutionary times. Jamie holds a master’s degree in conflict resolution from George Mason University, and a Certificate in Organization Development from Georgetown, where he serves as adjunct faculty.

Jamie lives in the Washington, DC area, where his three millennial daughters have certainly “taken over” the household for the time being. Contact Jamie:;



Deirdre Reid, CAE, Reid All About It

Deirdre Reid is a freelance writer and ghostwriter who provides case studies, white papers, articles, blog posts, marketing copy and website content to clients in the association technology market. She's also writing a book for publication in 2016 on strategies for small space living. Before moving to Raleigh in 2009, Deirdre was the Director of Member Services at the California Building Industry Association. She began her association career at the National Association of Home Builders in Washington, DC. Before that, she was a restaurant general manager and operations manager at Georgetown University’s English as a Foreign Language School. Deirdre has a BA in History from Georgetown University, a diploma in Pastry Arts from L’Academie Française and a Certified Association Executive designation from the American Society of Association Executives. 

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Denise Ryan, MBA, CSP, Firestar Speaking

Raleigh, North Carolina based professional speaker Denise Ryan is a motivational pyromaniac. Her infectious energy and enthusiasm will set a room ablaze.  After earning millions for clients in the corporate world, Denise realized she had a talent for firing people up. She parlayed this gift into FireStar, a company specializing in enthusiasm. Fifteen years later, Denise motivates and energizes large corporations and small businesses across America at conferences, board retreats and annual meetings. Her no nonsense, direct delivery coupled with her astute business savvy and irreverent wit leave audiences not only laughing, but with actionable tips.

Denise is genuine and highly skilled – she holds the title of Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), a designation awarded to fewer than 10 percent of professional speakers. She is an author, keynote speaker and most notably, a fire starter extraordinaire. Denise’s trademark interactive programs address workplace issues like dealing with change, getting along with others, staying motivated and the secrets of successful selling. She also offers customized training sessions. Denise is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of South Carolina with a master’s degree in business.

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Linda Stinson, RLS Focused Solutions

Linda Stinson is an owner/partner in RLS Focused Solutions, which is one of 600 affiliates of Resource Associates Corporation. She has successfully completed programs in individual and organizational development and is part of a continuing education program in those areas. Linda has been qualified to teach these programs by the American Nurses Association.

Linda has worked with for-profit and non-profit organizations throughout the Carolinas in planning and business development. With 15 years’ experience in the travel and tourism industry, serving individuals, groups of varying sizes, and corporate clientele, Linda also has 10 years’ experience with Ted Bates & Company, an international advertising and marketing firm.

Linda is a graduate of the Leadership Wilmington program and has served as a session chairperson. She is on the Board of Directors of the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce. Linda also serves on the Board of Directors of DREAMS, a youth development program which offers free classes in the visual and creative arts to the underserved youth population in southeastern North Carolina.

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SFC (R) Gregory A. Stube, US Army Special Forces – Green Beret

Son of a career Navy man, Greg Stube was born in Long Beach, CA in 1969 and enlisted in the US Army Infantry in 1988. Four years later he was selected for the Green Berets. As Special Forces Medical Sergeant, Greg’s training included surgery, anesthesia, trauma management, pharmacology, minor dentistry, veterinary subjects and more, in order to help the “A-Team” function where there was no doctor. Greg attended Defense Language Training, acquiring proficiency in the Russian Language, which he maintained throughout his Special Forces career. He received additional skill training as a Dive Medical Technician at the Special Forces Underwater Operations Facility in Key West, FL and is SERE Qualified (Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape).

As a career parachutist, Greg earned the qualification of Jumpmaster and was ultimately awarded the Master Parachutist Badge. He participated in the initial development of Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat training doctrine and completed the 10th SFG (A) SFAUC course.  Weapons capabilities and shooting remained at the core of Special Forces proficiency and competency throughout Greg’s career on the teams. Greg Stube spent what totals years in hostile fire zones with the Special Forces throughout the 1990s.  He then served as Cadre in the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School.

While serving in Combat Operations in the Global War on Terror, Greg was wounded in Afghanistan during Operation Medusa.  Greg’s A-Team encountered overwhelming numbers of Taliban fighters in the Battle of Sperwan Ghar, which lasted over a week.  Stube’s wounds from a remotely detonated IED and enemy fire seemed fatal, but instead he survived to endure months of hospitalization and surgeries.  Huge wounds to his abdomen, hip and pelvis eventually closed, his nearly severed leg was restored, and extensive full-thickness burns were grafted.

Greg Stube has since retired with 23 years of service, to become the host of his own television show on NBC Sports, “Coming Home with Greg Stube.” Since the conclusion of the TV series, Greg stays close to his beloved military community at Ft. Bragg, NC, tuning in to current defense trends.  Public speaking, consulting, and charity work make up the bulk of Greg Stube’s life after the military.

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Jim Thompson, IOM, CAE, Capitol Hill Management Services

Jim Thompson is Vice President of Association Management for Capitol Hill Management Services and serves as Executive Director for the NC Association of Nurse Anesthetists and the National Association of 4-H Agents.  Jim oversees staff who manage CHMS’s 11 other clients and is responsible for business development.

Previously Jim was Executive Director of the Association Executives of North Carolina from September 2005 until August 2014. During that time, Jim worked to grow the association membership by over 50% and increase retention. Under Jim’s leadership, AENC gained recognition with the media and North Carolina government officials. Prior to AENC, Jim was the Director of Business Development for the NC Association of REALTORS®. During his 5 years at NCAR, he substantially increased revenue for the association and streamlined the sponsor development program.

Thompson was born in Goldsboro, NC. He is a 1994 graduate of UNC-Greensboro with a degree in English and Political Science, and a concentration in Journalism.

Jim now lives in Wake Forest, NC, and is very active in the Parks & Recreation basketball program and Capital Area Soccer League (CASL). He served as chair of the town of Wake Forest’s Recreation Advisory Board and was recently elected as a Wake Forest Town Commissioner.

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Lisa C. Ward, North Carolina Dental Society

Lisa Ward is the director of Public Affairs for the North Carolina Dental Society. In this role she leads the organization’s advocacy efforts at the NC General Assembly and to other stakeholder groups. In addition, Lisa leads communications and marketing efforts for the organization’s members and stakeholders. She oversees membership retention and recruitment and is in charge of the organization’s website and database initiatives. Lisa also directs the NCDS contact dentist program, the organization’s grass roots member outreach and is the staff person in charge of the North Carolina Dental Political Action Committee.

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Notes on the Schedule: Optional events on Saturday, July 11 include afternoon AENC golf or service project followed by an informal reception at the Durham Marriott City Center. The Annual meeting officially begins at 11:45 AM on Sunday, July 12 and ends at 12:45 PM on Monday, July 13. Most events will be held at the Durham Convention Center which is connected to the Marriott by a shared lobby.

Room block begins: 7/10/15
Room block ends: 7/14/15
Last day to book: 6/19/15

Your special group rate:  Durham Marriott City Center for $109 USD per night plus taxes.

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