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“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


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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



Thanks to our AENC Sponsors/Exhibitors*










Program Details 


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


    8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.:    AENC Registration Desk Open - Your badge is your admission to events.

    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.:    Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau Welcome Desk Open - Learn all there is to see and do in Durham. CVB representatives will assist with restaurant reservations or tickets to Durham events.

    9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.:    Discover Durham! -We often miss treasures in our own back yard. Give yourself time to enjoy Durham and the surrounding area.

    10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.:    Optional -AENC Golf Challenge - Shootout at Hillandale Golf Course (separate fee)
    Advance registration required before July 8. A separate fee applies. (Includes: greens fee, cart, lunch, and entry for prizes.)The format will be best 2 ball net of foursome ... total score over 18 holes. Transportation is on-your-own. The course is 3miles from the Durham Convention Center. Winners are announced Sunday at the Welcome Reception/Silent Auction.As a bonus, the top 3 teams can qualify for The Golfe Meeting Masters at the Shores Resort & Spa, Daytona Beach, Florida,November 18-23, 2015.

    3:00 - 5:00 p.m.:    Optional - AENC Giving Back: Community Service Project: In cooperation with Hospital Art, participants will work in groups to paint a mural to be presented to Duke Children’s Hospital. You don’t have to be an artist to participate; just stay within the lines.

    5:30 - 6:30 p.m.:    Informal Reception - Marriott City Center Lounge - Gather with friends to share conversation and a beverage.Make plans for the evening to enjoy the many exciting event sand venues in Durham.

    6:30 p.m. until:    An Evening in Durham - Enjoy the evening on-your-own or with friends. Within easy walking distance of the Marriott, you can go to a Durham Bulls baseball game, see a performance at the Durham Center for Performing Arts, tour the local pubs, dine at one of the many unique restaurants or simply enjoy a summer evening at the American Tobacco Campus. It’s all here!

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Sunday, July 12, 2015


    8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.:     AENC Registration Desk Open - Your badge is your admission to events.

    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.:    Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau Welcome Desk Open - Learn all there is to see and do in Durham. CVB representatives will assist with restaurant reservations or tickets to Durham events.

    10:00 - 11:30 a.m.:   Continental Breakfast - Grand Ballroom, Durham Convention Center

    11:15 a.m. - 11:45 p.m.:    Orientation for New Members and First Time Attendees

    11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.:    Enjoy a light lunch on the move while you connect with exhibitors.

    12:50 - 2:15 p.m.:    General Session: Changing the Conversation Around Millennials - Jamie Notter, Partner, Culture That Works LLC - The Millennials seem to get more attention these days for annoying their older compatriots in the workplace with their flip-flops and a perceived sense of entitlement, In this session, Jamie explores research from his latest book, When Millennials Take Over illustrating the more important role Millennials play as decoders of the key changes that are coming to the business world. Citing case studies from organizations that have cracked the code on both performance and employee engagement, Jamie will explore the four key capacities organizations need to succeed in this new normal and how to build them inside your organization,regardless of the generational mix.

    Key learning:

      Understand why and how there will be a sea-change in leadership in management over the next few years
      Understand the role each generation will play in making this important change
      Understand the importance of culture in creating organizations that thrive in this day and age

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

    2:45 - 3:45 p.m.:    Breakout Sessions - Your Choice!

          #1 - Sustaining Energy & Motivation in a Member/Customer Service Role - Denise Ryan, MBA, CSP, Owner, Firestar

    Panelists: Josie Eatmon, Executive Director, Triangle Apartment Association | Tina Gordon, CAE, MPA, FACHE, Executive Director, NC Nurses Association | Greg Griggs, MPA, CAE, Executive Director, NC Academy of Family Physicians | Malinda Harrell, CMP, CASE, Director of Sales,Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau

    If your staff isn’t engaged, your members soon won’t be. Every aspect of association operation is impacted by the attitude of your staff members. This panel of association leaders will share the trials and tribulations of creating an engaged team.

    Key learning:

      Ideas that worked to motivate staff (and some that didn’t)

      Key things a CEO must do to engage and retain top talent

      How to motivate different generations

      Ideas for retaining key member relationships when a staff member leaves/retires


          #2 - 7 Deadly Sins of Online Communities - Ben Martin, CAE, Chief Engagement Officer, Online Community Results

    Increasing member engagement in an online community is as much science as art. Associations have been using private social communities long enough now that community management tactics and methods have been tested in the field. We know what works, and just as importantly –what doesn't. Attend this session to hear from experienced community managers about 7 mistakes executives and community managers commonly commit. Perhaps better than simply avoiding pitfalls, you'll learn how to seize opportunities in your private community that you didn't know existed. Walk away from this session informed about misguided tactics and equipped with tools to help you grow your community.

    Key learning:

      Know 7 things that will negatively affect participation in an online community.

      Understand the opposites of the mistakes: 7 tactics that engage members.

      Have solutions to atone for past sins.


          #3 - What's Your Ethics IQ? - Featuring Jonathan Kraftchick, CPA, Manager of Training & Development, Cherry Bekaert, LLP “Triangle’s Funniest Accountant 2014”

    Before fraud occurs, it is most likely preceded by a series of small ethical dilemmas. Is there a fraudster in all of us or are ethical breaches a result of a few bad apples? This session will look at the transition from these forgettable lapses in judgment to making the headlines with many more zeroes attached. No matter your role in an organization, we all face a multitude of complex decisions on a daily basis. This session will help you think about the factors that influence these decisions.


    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 - Moderator:Linda Stinson, Partner, RLS Focused Solutions

    Panelists: Kathryn Atkinson, Manager, Meetings & Events, NC Academy of Family Physicians | Jennifer Johnson, CMP, President, The Johnson Meetings Group | Nancy Lowe, CMP, Associate Director, Specialty Society & Meeting Services

    What are your meeting planning challenges? Share your biggest problems and successes with panelists and others.Take away ideas gleaned from real world experience.

          #5 - Creating a Culture that Attracts...the Best Members, Employees and Partners - Jamie Notter, Partner, Culture That Works LLC

    In a follow-up session to his keynote presentation, Jamie will dig deeper into what it takes to create organizations that attract the best employees, the best members/customers,and the best partners in this new Millennial era. This session will include practical advice on organizational culture and how to shape it (regardless of your position in the hierarchy). Explore specific changes that can be made to organizational processes like performance reviews, and internal information sharing that will help you become more digital, clear, fluid, and fast. Make an immediate difference.

          #6 - Writing Engaging Content for Online Readers - Deirdre Reid, CAE, Freelance Writer, Deirdre Reid, LLC

    Everyone’s a publisher, but, not everyone knows how to write for the web. You will after this session. You’ll learn the basics of search engine optimization (SEO), how to write and format content that appeals to online readers, and how to avoid rookie online publishing mistakes.


    7:00 - 9:00 p.m.:    Welcome Reception (Heavy Hor D'oeuvres) Silent Auction & Entertainment | Bay 7 at the American Tobacco Campus!

    Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverages as you connect with others and bid on amazing items at the Silent Auction. Winning bidders can pick up and pay for their items on Monday at the Durham Convention Center. Experience this beautiful 10,000 sq .ft. venue in downtown Durham.

    9:00 p.m.:    Bus Transportation leaves to take guests to 21C Museum Hotel Durham for informal reception - Buses will leave at 9:00 PM to take guests to the 21c Museum Hotel for an After Party.

    9:00 - 10:30 p.m.:    Afterparty – 21C Museum Hotel Durham (opening Spring 2015) - Be among the first to see this new boutique hotel in Durham featuring world class art. Enjoy the art, food and drinks while you tour the hotel’s unique event spaces. When you are ready to retire for the evening, the hotel is a short 1 ½ block stroll to the Marriott/Durham Convention Center.

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Monday, July 13, 2015


    7:15 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.:     AENC Registration Desk Open - Your badge is your admission to events.

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

    7:45 - 8:00 a.m.:     Early Bird Coffee Service - Arrive early for coffee and talk with exhibitors.

    8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.:    Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau Welcome Desk Open - Learn all there is to see and do in Durham. CVB representatives will assist with restaurant reservations or tickets to Durham events.

    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.). Celebrate AENC’s 60th Anniversary as we honor Past Presidents and elect new officers and directors for 2015-16.

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


    9:45 - 11:00 a.m.:    Breakout Sessions - Your Choice!

          #7 - Generating Non Dues Revenue - Panel Moderated by Jim Thompson, IOM, CAE, Vice President of Association Management, Capitol Hill Management Resources

    Panelists: Cub Berrian, RCE, CEO, Greater Chapel Hill Realtors Association | Jaclyn Parks, CPCE, Director of Member Services,Homebuilders Association of Raleigh-Wake County | Dr. Joe Siragusa, D.C., M.Ed., CAE, Executive Director, NC Chiropractic Association

    Hear from association professionals who have created successful programs, generating revenue to support their organizations and members.

          #8 - The Changing Face of Volunteerism: Building a Dedicated Tribe - Peggy Hoffman, CAE, Founder and Owner, Mariner Management & Marketing

    The cry is almost universal across associations and chapters– we can’t find volunteers! The problem isn’t a lack of volunteers, it’s focusing on the volunteering rather than member.It’s talking about volunteer activity rather than member engagement. This session will explore the drivers for deep engagement (aka volunteering), and hone in on tips and ideas for hitting those drivers so you can successfully recruit and retain volunteers. We will touch on how to promote volunteering and effective ways to ask members to volunteer as well as how to groom those recruits to get more deeply involved. We’ll also review tips on a warm new member welcome that sets up opportunities for volunteerism –one of the secrets to keeping them!

    Key learning:

      An understanding of how volunteerism and volunteers have changed, including the key drivers for volunteering and differences between generations.

      A working definition for member engagement and how this strategy connects members to active volunteering.

      Examples from innovative associations which have shifted their volunteerism to a member engagement conversation.

      Concrete ideas and examples that you can apply to your own organization.

          #9 - Crisis Response Planning - Lisa Ward, Director of Public Affairs, NC Dental Society

    Embezzlement. Hacked database. Death. Server crash .Workplace violence. Electrical outage. Every organization is vulnerable to a crisis and there’s usually no advance warning about what the crisis will be or when it will happen. Proper crisis planning can help your organization handle the issue calmly and efficiently, minimizing the impact to your members, your employees and your key stakeholders. Learn how to create the plan you need to ensure you’re ready when the unthinkable happens.

    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 Greg A. Stube (US Army Retired)

    Taking lessons learned from his life experiences, Greg Stube is a living example of leadership and response to adverse conditions; solving problems and making decisions in real time; recognizing the contributions of others and practicing values in every daily task/challenge that is presented.

    In 2006, Greg was seriously wounded during Operation Medusa in Afghanistan when his fighting vehicle was hit by an IED. Focusing on his wounds and pulling from his Special Forces medical training, he guided other SF A-team members in combat trauma care until he was moved out of danger. Today, Greg is in the midst of his newest mission in life –his post-retirement objective of bringing home the leadership principles and values that he learned on the battlefield; and perhaps more significantly, those he learned in the hospital during his long recovery. His renewed purpose in life is the application of those principles and values to the betterment of our society, and the preservation of our outdoor culture.

    In his book, Shadow Warriors, Stube notes that “In an age where we attempt to apply units of measure to service and sacrifice, such as Purple Hearts and wounds, is it possible that we’ve missed the mark in recognizing what service and sacrifice really are? Our culture and heritage are built upon these things, and they do not originate on any battlefield. In my opinion, service and sacrifice should be measured more realistically. They are a real part of daily lives in America.”


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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, Deirdre Reid, LLC

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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AENC Golf Challenge


Saturday, July 11, 2015 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM

AENC Golf – Summer Shootout | Hillandale Golf Course, Durham, NC

Advanced registration required before July 8. A separate fee applies. Fee includes: greens fee, cart, lunch, and entry for prizes. Transportation is on-your- own. The course is located 3 miles from the Durham Convention Center. Winners are announced Sunday at the Welcome Reception/Silent Auction. As a bonus, the top 3 teams can qualify for The Golfe Meeting Masters at the Shores Resort & Spa, Daytona Beach, Florida, November 18-23, 2015.


Hillandale Golf Course is one of the most popular public golf course layouts in the entire Durham/Research Triangle area. The golf course boasts:

  • Open to the public
  • Par-71, 6,339-yard layout
  • Beautifully-manicured bent grass greens
  • Well-sculpted Bermuda grass fairways
  • Nine of the holes bring water into play
  • Several well-placed doglegs
  • Fun and challenging for golfers of all ability levels


Originally opened in 1911, Hillandale relocated to its current spot in 1961, and was redesigned by George Cobb, after the original 18 holes were built by the legendary Donald Ross and Perry Maxwell. Featuring four distinct teeing areas, the track can stretch from 4,954 yards to the 6,339-yard distance from the back tees.


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Hotel Information/Reservations


Optional events on Saturday, July 11 include afternoon golf or service project followed by an informal reception at the Durham Marriott City Center. The annual meeting officially begins on Sunday, July 12 with a casual continental breakfast at the new Durham Hotel from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. The meeting 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.

See schedule for details.


Host Hotel:

Durham Marriott City Center, 201 Foster St., Durham, NC  27701
(Located in the same building as the Durham Convention Center)
Rate: $109/night plus taxes
Valet Parking $12/night)
Deadline:  June 19 or when the block is sold, whichever is earlier.
Online: Book your group rate for AENC Annual Meeting
Phone: (919) 768-6000 and ask for AENC room rate. If you book online, be sure to manually enter your arrival and departure dates and check that the dates are correct on your confirmation.



The Durham Hotel, 315 East Chapel Hill St., Durham, NC  27701  
(Opening July 9, 2015; located
1½ blocks from the Durham Convention Center)
Special AENC rate: contact Craig Shipley (919) 757-9614;  (Valet Parking $14/night)


21c Museum Hotel Durham, 111 N. Corcoran St., Durham, NC  27701
(Located 1½ blocks from the Durham Convention Center)
Rate: $169/night plus taxes - Group Code 1507ASSOCI
(Valet parking $15/night)
Online: 21c Museum Hotel Durham; enter the Group code 1507ASSOCI
Phone: Eli Kahan, Reservations Manager, (919) 956-6715; 24 hour reservations – (919) 956-6700




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Parking Information


Day Visitors:

Durham Center Parking Garage, 300 West Morgan St., Durham, NC

    (Located across the street from the Durham Convention Center)
    ► $3.00/day Event Parking – pay cash as you enter the deck – not for overnight parking.
    ► Pay regular rates: $1.00/hour – maximum $8.00/day Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM (cash, debit, credit)
    ► Parking is FREE after 7:00 PM – Monday – Friday and all day on weekends and holidays.

There are various parking decks in the downtown area.  Visit


Hotel Guests:

Durham Marriott City Center, 201 Foster St., Durham, NC  27701
(Located in the same building as the Durham Convention Center)
Guest Valet Parking $12/night)

The Durham Hotel, 315 East Chapel Hill St., Durham, NC  27701 
(Located 1½ blocks from the Durham Convention Center)
Guest Valet Parking $14/night

21c Museum Hotel Durham, 111 N. Corcoran St., Durham, NC  27701
(Located 1½ blocks from the Durham Convention Center)
Guest Valet parking $15/night

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Fun Activities



Saturday Golf at Hillandale Golf Course

See details above.


AENC Giving Back Community Service Project

AENC members will participate in a service project that will benefit the needs of our community and support AENC’s mission and objectives. This event is in cooperation with Hospital Art. Participants will work in groups to paint a mural knowing that the product of their efforts will be presented to Duke Children’s Hospital.


Informal Reception at the Marriott Durham City Center

Gather with friends (old and new) to share a beverage. Make plans for the evening to enjoy the many exciting events and venues in Durham.


Saturday Evening in Durham Durham is a “walking around town”.

Take in a Durham Bulls Game; see a performance from the American Dance Festival at the Durham Center for Performing Arts, or wander the American Tobacco Campus and take in the shops and restaurants, and bars. In January 2013, Durham's food scene was catapulted into the national spotlight by inclusion on Southern Living magazine's "Top 10 Tastiest Towns in the South." It shared company with culinary megastar destinations like New Orleans, Charleston, and Miami. The winner was chosen by popular vote through an online poll. Despite the difference in size between Durham and many of its competitors, the Bull City took home the title.


Sunday Continental Breakfast at The Durham Hotel (Opening July 10, 2015)

Take a morning stroll over to the new Durham Hotel just 1block from the Durham Convention Center. Enjoy a mid-morning continental breakfast and experience the view from the rooftop lounge. Be one of the first to tour the 53 room independent hotel, restaurant, garden patio and rooftop lounge.


Sunday Evening After Party at 21c Museum Hotel Durham

Opening in the Spring of 2015, this new boutique hotel in Durham features world class art. Come and enjoy the art, food, drinks and tour the hotel’s very unique event spaces. It is a short 1 ½ block stroll to the Marriott at the end of the evening.


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