Compensation Matters



January 2015

Volume 21, Issue 2

Table of Contents

  1. From the Chair
  2. Spring Social
  3. Member Meeting
  4. Mentoring
  5. Education
  6. Membership
  7. People on the Move


















































































From the Chair

Hello CACC Members!

I hope that everyone enjoyed our enthusiastic speaker, Ira Bass, Your LinkedIn Guy & Virtual Media Director at the February Annual Meeting (and of course, have updated your LinkedIn account)!

We have a few exciting announcements as we enter the spring season!

April Social
We are holding our first social on Tuesday, April 21st, at 6:30pm. Sheryl Solomon, our Member Meetings Director, has identified a fun and unique event for us that involves a cooking demo, recipes and sample tasting. What a great combination! Be sure to mark your calendar and check out the details of the event below, along with information regarding our upcoming May member meeting.

People on the Move
We are excited to share a new section within our newsletter called “People on the Move”. We want to celebrate your achievements.  So, when you receive a promotion, change jobs or acquire new certifications, let us know our members can celebrate with you! I’m happy to say that our first member highlight is our own Mia Miles, Public Relations Director, as she was recently promoted to Manager, Executive Benefits & Treasury Operations with Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated. Congratulations Mia – way to go!

Upcoming Contest – FREE World at Work course and exam in 2016
Interested in a chance to win a free World at Work course and exam in 2016? We are pleased to announce that we will have a contest for this opportunity throughout 2015. To be eligible for the drawing, you must attend the next 3 member meetings (May, September, and November) and be present when the drawing is done at our 2016 Annual Member Meeting. Good Luck everyone!

In closing, I want to share that I have truly enjoyed being a part of the CACC Board over the years and I am honored to be the Chairperson for 2015. I have been fortunate to be a part of such an outstanding and supportive organization. Our board and committee members are dedicated to fulfill CACC’s mission and to have a little fun while we're at it. As reminder…. it’s not too late to sign up to be a part of one of our committees!

Teresa Newman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
2015 CACC Chair

 Spring Social

We hope you’re hungry…..for good food, new recipes, and a great time!

We’re excited to announce that our Spring Social will be held on Tuesday, April 21st at Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen, which is located inside Atherton Market at 2014 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC  28203.  Chef Alyssa will be creating delicious items, and we’ll be eating them!  The fun gets underway at 6:15 pm.

Chef Alyssa Gorelick, who grew up in Charlotte, has been involved with cooking nearly her entire life. For her, cooking has been a culmination of her love of art and fine food.  A 2005 graduate of the Art Institute of Charlotte, Alyssa started and ran her own catering company while in school. Her professional career has taken her to Italy and several restaurants in Charlotte that range from upscale restaurants, a country club, to small intimate dining.  In 2011, Alyssa was presented with the opportunity to hone her style in a brand new restaurant in Charlotte. Fern, Flavors from the Garden, appointed her the opening Executive Chef and in October 2011, Alyssa officially became “Chef Alyssa.” Working tirelessly for months, Chef Alyssa made countless connections with local farmers to ensure that all of her menu items would be healthy and local. The menu and dessert items, which changed seasonally and daily upon availability, reflected her efforts.  Most recently, Chef Alyssa’s work can be seen on the cover of the Spring Issue of Edible Charlotte.

Alyssa’s kitchen is all about sharing and enjoying the art of cooking new food, and we are looking forward to sharing this great evening with all of you!

Chef Alyssa Gorelick crowned 2014 Iron Fork Champion! 

Please click here to register by Wednesday, April 15, 2015. 

Sheryl J. Solomon, CCP, SPHR
2015 Member Meeting Director

 Member Meeting


Please mark your calendars for our May Meeting to be held at Compass Group, One Coliseum Center, 2300 Yorkmont Rd, Charlotte, NC 28217. Breakfast from 7:30 to 8:30, meeting to begin promptly at 8:30.

Feel free to park anywhere in the One Coliseum Center parking lot. The meeting will be held in Training Room 108A/108B, which is located on the ground floor. If you have any trouble finding the building or meeting room, please call me at (704) 315-8851.

Our featured speaker will be Tom Kelly, Director, Executive Compensation with Towers Watson’s Charlotte office. Tom has over 20 years of experience working with companies on issues related to executive compensation and benefits. He attended Northwestern University, where he majored in journalism and Washington University, where he received his MBA. He is a WorldatWork Certified Executive Compensation Professional.

With many public companies filing proxy statements in March and April, the month of May provides an ideal time to take a look at executive compensation trends based on recently disclosed information. Join us for an informative and entertaining session that will include information from Towers Watson’s annual evaluation of executive compensation data as disclosed in proxy statements. Topics to be addressed include:

  1. What are the significant trends in both pay levels and program design for top executive officers at public companies on a national basis?
  2. How do these national trends compare to what large public companies based in the Carolinas are doing?
  3. What are some key issues that might impact executive officer pay in the future?
  4. How do these trends and issues relevant to executive compensation at public companies mean for other organizations such as subsidiaries, private companies and not-for-profits?
  5. Why are there so many different ways to define CEO pay? What are the primary ones used? How does the SEC’s required “total compensation” figure differ from what we use internally and why?
  • Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2015
  • Time: 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM
  • Location: Compass Group, One Coliseum Center, 2300 Yorkmont Rd, Charlotte, NC 28217
  • Cost: CACC Members are Free; Guests — $35

Click here to register! Or, visit 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 27, 2015

Sheryl J. Solomon, CCP, SPHR
2015 Member Meeting Director


Reading this newsletter article about CACC’s mentoring program likely causes you to narrowly focus your perception of mentoring to what we do, and what we need, in this program. For a moment, think outside of CACC’s program to the countless ways you have mentored others during your entire life. If you are a parent, a grandparent, have younger siblings, have taught in Sunday school, or have been a leader in a Scouting program, then you know you have been a mentor.

Helping others gives one an incredible sense of pride, fulfillment, and satisfaction. Remember the last time you committed yourself to sharing your wisdom and know-how with someone else – a mentee? Remember the moment your mentee fully grasped what you were sharing, and a big smile expressing enlightenment appeared on his or her face? Remember the warm feelings you got in return?

CACC’s mentoring program provides the chance to experience the same feelings, and all you have to do is make yourself available to someone seeking to learn more about something you already know – compensation, benefits, total rewards – however you define yourself. We are an organization of experts in our field combined with those who are just starting out. Remember how you felt when you started, and how you may have longed for someone to answer your questions? Maybe you were faced with a dilemma and you wanted some input on how you should handle it. Those of us who have taken the CCP courses know that they teach us theory and principle, but leave the practical application to the workplace.

In 2005, I arrived in Winston-Salem, the result of a transfer from Florida. I have been a member of my local WorldatWork chapter since beginning my compensation career in 1993. They were all great organizations, but something about Charlotte’s caught my attention – the award for chapter of the year, with a specific mention of the mentoring program. It was the reason I left my local chapter and came to CACC. When you have the chance to compare what we do in CACC with what other chapters do, you know and appreciate the difference. We are part of an outstanding organization.

Now I find myself Director of the mentoring program and faced with a dilemma – we have more mentees than we have mentors. There are still three mentee candidates who want to be paired with experts and have not had the chance to do so. I will be providing compensation expertise to an individual who also needs someone from the benefits side. There are two others – one whose needs are immediate and one who can start in June.

Please contact me right away if you feel moved to be a mentor to one of these people. It’s your chance to make a contribution to someone’s career, and experience the warm feelings that will come back to you many times over.

Ken Richey
2015 Mentoring Director
(336) 473-3844


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 4 – 5, 2015
C17 Market Pricing – Conducting a Competitive Pay Analysis
B12 Benefits Outsourcing – Selecting, Contracting and Managing Service Partners

July 13 - 14, 2015
C8 Business Acumen for Compensation Professionals
GR7 International Remuneration – An Overview of Global Rewards

October 5 - 6, 2015
PER Principles of Executive Rewards* (Skill Building Seminar)
T3 Quantitative Methods

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

Jean Gilreath, MSHR, SHRM-SCP, CCP, CBP, GRP 
2015 Education Director


 Welcome New Members!

  • Lisa Cowart, CCP - Compensation Manager - UTC Aerospace Systems, Inc.
  • Matt Depp - Vice President - Pearl Meyer & Partners
  • Kate Ferguson, CPA - Duke Energy
  • Michelle Gruslin, PHR - Compensation Analyst - JS Gilreath Consulting 
  • Natica Mansel, PHR - HR Generalist - Balfour Beatty Construction

 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.
  • The new CACC LinkedIn group.

Caroline Dellinger
2015 Membership Director

 People on the Move

Mia Miles, Public Relations Chair, was recently promoted to Manager, Executive Benefits & Treasury Operations with Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated. Mia has been with Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated for 9 years, with time spent in Internal Audit, HR Compensation, and now Executive Benefits & Treasury.  She’s in her 5th year of membership in CACC and 2nd year as Public Relations Director.

 Congratulations Mia – way to go! 


If you would like to highlight somoene "on the move" in the July newsletter, please contact the CACC Administrator at [email protected].


Contact: [email protected]
Tel: 704.785.4485