Spring Conference, Luncheon/Keynote - Exhibits - Round Tables

Thursday, May 2/Friday, May 3, 2019

Hilton Durham Near Duke University  - RENOVATED!
3800 Hillsborough Road, Durham, NC  27705 (919) 383-0833


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Accommodations: Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown
$129/night plus taxes. Call 919-872-2323 (OPTION 1) to reserve via phone or online at www.northraleigh.hilton.com Group code: AENC


Host Venue Sponsor  

Hilton North Raleigh/ Midtown Hotel          




 Keynote Program Sponsor

Caesars Entertainment


     Morning Seminars Sponsor

     Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau


Networking Social Sponsor

Chetola Resort at Blowing Rock



Photography Sponsor

Open Water Communication


Badge Sponsor

 Pinehurst Resort 






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.

THURSDAY, March 22

1:00 PM – Registration

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

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

Operations – HR: Recruiting, Hiring, Onboarding and Performance Evaluations – Join in the discussion on challenges and best practices. Ask your questions and share experiences.Facilitator:  Doug Blizzard, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Vice President, Membership, CAI (Capital Associated Industries)
Event Management - Creative Marketing for Your Events – You have a great program and venue…now, how do you get participants/sponsors/exhibitors. Doing the same thing you have always done might not work so well as email boxes get full and events compete for attention. Get and give your ideas on creative ways to grab attention and attendance!  Facilitator: Andrew Schmidt, CHME, MPA, Executive Director, Greenville-Pitt County CVB
Technology – Tools for Efficient Daily Operations – You don’t have to be a virtual office or work remotely to take advantage of technology to make your daily tasks more efficient. Whether it is software/hardware or just a process, share the tools/tips you use to maximize your time so you can spend more of it on the really important things! Facilitator: Jim Booth, CAE, Director of Operations & Business Development, FirstPoint Management Resources

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/Young Professionals Strategic Networking (For anyone under age 40) Facilitator:  Camille Stell, VP of Client Services, Lawyers Mutual Insurance Co. of NC
Government Relations –Getting MoreROI: PAC Distribution & State Days on the Hill and Fly-Ins. For      association staff whose responsibilities include legislative and regulatory activities. What are the best strategies for distribution of your PAC contributions? You invest a lot in a state legislative event. Learn and Share tips for getting long term benefits after everyone goes home. Facilitator:  Joe Stewart, Vice President of Government Affairs, Independent Insurance Agents of NC
Facilitation –Expand your Skills!Whether it’s among aboard, staff, team or even your family, (particularly in complex discussions or those where people have different views and interests), good facilitation can make the difference between success and failure. Learn the techniques that can make your role as a facilitator easier. Facilitator:  Linda Stinson, Partner, RLS Focused Solutions, Sunset Beach, NC

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

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM – Networking Social Sponsored by Chetola Resort at Blowing Rock (Cash bar) 

Dinner – On-your-own

FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 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 - CEO Coffee & Conversation (For CEOs Only)

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

Pathway to Leadership – What I Need to Know to Advance My Career - Panel: Amy McConkey, President, NC Beverage Association; Butch Gunnells, Retired President, NC Beverage Association, Heather Wrenn, CAE, Chief Executive Officer, NC Chiropractic Assoiciation; Moderator: Jim Thompson, CAE, IOM, VIce President of Association Management & Strategic Development, Capitol Hill Management Services
“Playing by the Rules – Roberts Rules That Is!” Avoid legal trouble! – Tannis Nelson
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM – Networking with Exhibitors
  • 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM – Choose 1 Seminar

(CAE CE Credit: 1.0 hour)

Association Members and the Economic Environment
Associations understand and care about the economic environment and outlook in North Carolina.  Why? Nothing matters more to their Members…Come learn from the person in charge, NC Chamber of Commerce CEO, Lew Ebert.

Team Building 4.0! Workshop – Empowing Strategies that Build Highly Performing Teams! – Dr. Kevin Snyder

The #1 determinant of an organization’s success is its people working together effectively. Based on his extensive experience working with over 1,150 organizations in 50 states, this session is power-packed with strategies, engaging activities, and discussion that will help you build and empower your team to the next higher level. You’ll learn ideas to break through common challenges impacting teams and discover new ways to increase engagement, enhance team communication, and raise performance. Kevin has customized this session for AENC and will integrate several of his most popular exercises that are proven to impact organizational culture and team dynamic within any size organization..                                   

Learn the success principles of building effective teams, inspiring innovation and achieving peak performance.
Discover empowering strategies and exercises to take back and apply with your own team within any size organization.
Moderator:  Robert Broome, Executive Director, State Employees Association of NC

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

12:15 PM – 2:15 PM – Luncheon and Program

The HERO Effect with Kevin Brown

(CAE CE Credit: 1.0 hour)

The Hero Effect™ - Being your best when it matters the most!
In a fresh and entertaining style, Kevin shares ideas, strategies and principles that will inspire and equip participants to show up every day and make a positive difference. At the heart of Kevin's message is a simple, yet powerful philosophy for life that drives every thought, every action and ultimately every result we achieve both personally and professionally. Your team will be motivated to reach beyond what is required and do something remarkable!
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QUESTIONS: Contact Jovita Mask (919) 848-8255 j[email protected]
INTERESTED IN SPONSORSHIP/EXHIBIT: Contact Madi McDougald (919) 848-8255
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Registration Fees


Early rate:
Before 5PM, April 30

Regular rate:
After 5PM, April 30






Full Conference & Luncheon/Keynote

$ 70


 $ 80


Luncheon & Keynote Only 

$30   $45  $40 $55 

ONLY ATTENDING Thursday Round Tables & Social


$ 0

 $  0

 $  0

THURSDAY, March 22  
12:00 Noon - 5:00 PM Registration, Exhibits, Networking
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Choice of 3 Round Tables (CE 1.00 hour)
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Exhibits and Networking
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Choice of 3 Round Tables (CE 1.00 hour)
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Networking Social
FRIDAY, March 23  
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)