Compensation Matters



April 2014

Volume 20, Issue 2

Table of Contents

  1. From the Chair
  2. Member Meeting
  3. Education
  4. Membership
  5. Mentoring
  6. Member Spotlight
  7. Miscellaneous

















































































From the Chair

Spring is finally here!  I hope everyone has completed all year-end projects and is on their way to a productive 2014. I have truly enjoyed my relationships with CACC members and appreciate the opportunity to serve as CACC’s Chair this year. 
To be successful, our association relies on all of our members. Our board and committee members do a great job in volunteering their time and hard work to put together great networking events and education opportunities. We always need more committee members, please reach out to a Board member for more information. We also rely on great members like you. We welcome feedback to continue to help CACC grow and be a great networking and development experience.
CACC kicked off 2014 at our February meeting. Moira Quinn, SVP Communications and COO of Charlotte Center City Partners presented the economic development in Charlotte. And Becky Keenan, President of The Keenan Convergence presented, “The Evolving Work-Life Needs of Today’s Workforce”. We would like to thank them for great topics and presentations.
Please join us for our April Social on Thursday, April 24. Jake Stewart and his committee have arranged a fun outing. The socials are a great way to network. If you don’t know anyone, feel free to find someone on the board and we will introduce you to other members. Please click here to register on the website.
I’d like to say a special “Thank you!” to Tracy Solida, 2013 CACC Chairperson.  Tracy was an insightful leader in 2013. I look forward to working with Tracy again this year.
Karly Allison-Poe, CCP
2014 CACC Chair 

CACC Member Meeting

The Charlotte Area Compensation Council is very pleased to announce our next Member Meeting speaker will be Mitch Barnes, Sr. Consultant with Towers Watson.  Mitch will be presenting on how today’s employees are driving Rewards trends.  In particular, findings from Towers Watson’s 2013-2014 Talent Management & Rewards Survey and specific case studies will drive the discussion around global employee needs, desires, and how employers are responding.


  • Registration and breakfast buffet 
  • Networking
  • Organization Business 
  • Speaker from Classroom Central 
  • Legislative Update 
  • Mitch Barnes presentation

Please mark your calendars now for this meeting: 

  • Date: Wednesday, May 14, 2014
  • Time: 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM 
  • Location: Crowne Plaza Charlotte Executive Park; 5700 Westpark Drive, Charlotte NC 28217 (Tyvola at I-77) 
    Cost: CACC Members are Free; Guests — $35

This May, we are again partnering with Classroom Central to restock their school supplies. Schools are in session until mid-June and supplies are still very much needed. This can also help lay a strong foundation for supplies in the fall. Please bring pens, pencils, paper and any other school supplies to the meeting. Classroom Central uses the donations to supply Charlotte area teachers and students with the materials they need for learning all year long.  Your support is needed so no child goes without. For more information on Classroom Central, go to

Click here to register!  Or, visit and click on Member Meetings. You must be logged in for the registration to receive your member discount. For your convenience, payments can now be made online. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, May 14, 2014.  Please register by noon on Monday, May 12, 2014.

Jake Stewart, PHR
2014 Member Meeting Director


Make plans to register!
Compensation & Benefits Education Courses

Partnering with WorldatWork, CACC is committed to providing the compensation and benefits professionals within our community the tools, resources and quality education for you to succeed.  The WorldatWork Society of Certified Professionals provides HR professionals worldwide with six prestigious designations in key areas of total rewards: compensation, benefits and work-life.

Already started? Review the Certification Status page to see your progress on the WorldatWork Society of Certified Professionals’ designations.

Not certified? Take the first step to enhancing your professional future… 

Space is limited, so sign up now for WorldatWork Courses Sponsored by the Charlotte Area Compensation Council. All classes include breakfast & lunch!

May 5 – 6, 2014
C4/GR4 Base Pay Administration and Pay for Performance
ESC Elements of Sales Compensation* (Skill Building Seminar)

July 14 - 15, 2014
B2 Retirement Plans – Design Considerations and Administration
T4 Strategic Communication in Total Rewards

October 6 - 7, 2014
T2 Accounting and Finance for the HR Professional

C1 Regulatory Environments for Compensation Programs

Course Delivery Method

CACC Member Pricing

WorldatWork Member Pricing   (non CACC member)

WorldatWork Non-Member Pricing   (non CACC member)

2 Day Course   with Exam

$100 discount off WorldatWork rate



2 Day Course   without Exam




* 2 Day Skill Building Seminar

$100 off [email protected] rate



  Prices subject to change without notice.


For more information or to register, contact:

WorldatWork Customer Relations at (877) 951-9191 or visit

Location of CACC Classes:
Crowne Plaza Charlotte Executive Park (formerly the Charlotte Marriott Executive Park)
5700 Westpark Dr
Charlotte, NC 28217
Phone: 704 527-9650

Megan Blankemeyer
2014 Education Director


 Welcome New Members!

  • Wenona Dege - Compensation Consultant with Carolinas HealthCare System
  • Lindsay Funderburg - Rep Total Rewards with Chiquita Brands International
  • De Borah Moore, GMS, GRP - Human Resources, Global with CB&I
  • Shamona Nichols, SPHR - Manager, Compensation & Benefits with Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions
  • Denise Pierce - Compensation Manager with Extended Stay America

Benefits to CACC Membership:

  • Quarterly Member Meetings that provide networking opportunities as well as continuing education on current topics and practice trends;
  • WorldatWork Certification Courses, offered locally – with a price discount for members – to help you achieve, and maintain, your CCP or CBP certification;
  • Compensation Matters” Newsletter, published quarterly covering hot topics, upcoming events and CACC news;
    • Semi-Annual Social Networking Event, that gives members the opportunity to meet in an informal social setting, held at various locations;
  • The CACC Website [] for easy access to member information, calendars, member meetings, and job postings;
  • The CACC Membership Directory for contacting and networking with other CACC members; and
  • The Annual Membership Needs Survey to ensure that members have direct input into the planning and scheduling of programs and events.
  • Contact Jean Gilreath at [email protected] for instructions on how to join the new CACC LinkedIn group.

Jean Gilreath, CBP, CCP, GRP, MHR, SPHR
2014 Membership Chair


 Source: Telemachus and Mentor/Charles Joseph Natoire

First, What Is Mentoring?
It was Homer’s epic tale The Odyssey that formally introduced us to the concept of mentoring: Odysseus selected his elderly friend, Mentor, to watch over his son Telemachus while he was away fighting in the Trojan War. So the story goes on to say that Mentor was responsible for guiding, teaching, and offering counsel to young Telemachus in his father’s absence. 

Today, Merriam-Webster defines mentoring as a wise and trusted counselor or teacher; an influential senior sponsor or supporter. This is a good definition, but merely a starting point in the journey of understanding mentoring. Mentoring is a relationship between two individuals, with the more experienced individual, the mentor, serving as coach, cheerleader, confidant, role model, devil’s advocate, counselor and, when possible, a “door opener” for the mentee. It is a relationship based on trust and mutual respect in which both partners, the mentor and the mentee, have responsibilities and should benefit from the relationship.  

On the surface, becoming a mentor or mentee may seem relatively easy and straight forward. However, as with all human interaction, there is potential for misunderstandings and disappointments. A common misunderstanding is the expectation that the mentor will find a job for the mentee or help the mentee get promoted. This is not a realistic expectation and we do not want mentors to feel burdened with this responsibility or mentees who are disappointed in not achieving this outcome. As such, the outcomes for the mentees must be clearly specified; the mentor program is a development and networking opportunity.

The CACC 2014 Mentoring program kicked off March 25th with mentees meeting some of CACC’s mentors and board members and getting orientation on the program. Although our season has kicked off, the committee would like to invite interested members to reach out anytime during the year if they need a mentor, and we will make our best efforts to match your needs with a senior subject matter expert in our community. To participate or volunteer, please email Chris Walker at [email protected].

Chris Walker
2014 Mentoring Program Chairperson

Member Spotlight


Susan Germuth, Rewards Specialist, Compensation
Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated

How long have you been in the compensation/benefits profession?:  5 years

Other information about your company (industry, product, success stories, etc): Most people think Coca-Cola is Cola Cola, but actually we are a separate entity from The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta.  We buy our syrup from them, then make, bottle, and distribute the products.  See recipe for Cherry Coke Cupcakes here

Location: Corporate office is in Charlotte, NC, and locations in 9 other states.

How did you find out about CACC?:  Former boss encouraged participation.

Do you have a favorite compensation or benefits project you would like to share?:  Surveys!! (Just kidding!)  I enjoy learning how we can help structure a progression hierarchy for our various departments depending on employees’ development goals.

When did you join CACC?:  2010

What do you like to do in your spare time (hobbies, etc)?:  Married to Fred, have a grown son, Greg.  Enjoy watercolor, hot yoga, Bible studies, cooking.



Contact: [email protected]
Tel: 704.785.4485