Compensation Matters



July 2013

Volume 20, Issue 1

Table of Contents

  1. From the Chair
  2. Member Meeting
  3. Education
  4. Community Outreach Update
  5. Mentoring
  6. Member Spotlight
  7. WorldatWork Updates for the New Year
  8. Miscellaneous

















































































From the Chair

Happy New Year and best wishes to all of you in achieving your personal objectives in 2014!

Regarding professional objectives, 2014 looks to be a year full of exciting opportunities for CACC members.  The Board will continue to strive to fulfill CACC’s mission by:

  • bringing you informative member meetings with engaging guest speakers on a quarterly basis 
  • offering six WorldatWork certification courses locally 
  • providing an opportunity for further professional development through the mentoring program

and MORE.  I encourage you to get involved.  There is still time to join a committee and I’m convinced that you will find serving the association a satisfying professional growth opportunity.

I have found my time on the Board to date to be very rewarding and look forward to my responsibilities as Past Chair beginning in February.  In retrospect, we accomplished a lot in 2013 and while I can’t mention everything or everyone here, I would like to recognize two dedicated individuals: 

  • Karly Allison-Poe, your 2014 Chair, for partnering with each Board Member and then developing a Business Continuity Guide for reference going forward.  CACC will certainly be in good hands under her leadership. 
  • Daryl Bennett, a long-time CACC member and prior Board Member, whose passion resulted in the development of our Work-Life initiative.  Best of luck to Daryl as he leaves Charlotte for an exciting new job!

As my year as Chair ends, I’d like to focus you on a beginning – the beginning of CACC’s 22nd year!  Please see Eileen Ekey’s article for specifics about our annual meeting in February where we’ll be kicking off the year with a little extra something (or should I say someone?) exciting for you!

I’d like to extend a special thanks to all of the 2013 Board and Committee members for their service and commitment to making CACC such a successful association.


Tracy Solida, CBP, CCP, SPHR
2013 CACC Chair


CACC Member Meeting

We are excited to announce that the first Charlotte Area Compensation Council (CACC) member meeting of 2014, will have two excellent presentations. First, Moira Quinn, SVP Communications and COO of Charlotte Center City Partners will present an overview of economic development in Charlotte and South End. Next, Becky Keenan, President of The Keenan Convergence will present, “The Evolving Work-Life Needs of Today’s Workforce”. Approved for HRCI Strategic Credit, this presentation will cover the evolving work life needs and lifestyle of today’s workforce and explore how HR professionals can drive organizational change to remain competitive in the 21st Century. (Please note: The presentation has been submitted for approval for 1.0 HRCI Strategic Credits.) Ms. Keenan will also be demonstrating the new Work-Life tab on our CACC website.

In addition to this terrific lineup, we will have our Annual Business Meeting, including the introduction of our new Board, as well as time to network with colleagues and our regular Legal Update from the Employers’ Association. 

The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

  • 7:30 am – Registration and breakfast buffet
  • 8:00 am – Networking
  • 8:15 am – CACC Annual Meeting
  • 8:40 am – Dress for Success presentation
  • 8:50 am – Legislative Update
  • 9:00 am – Economic Development in Charlotte
  • 9:15 am – The Evolving Work-Life Needs of Today’s Workforce

Please mark your calendars for this interactive meeting:

  • Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2014  
  • Time: 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM
  • Location:  Crowne Plaza Executive Park; 5700 Westpark Drive, Charlotte NC 28217 (Tyvola at I-77)
  • Cost: CACC Members are Free; Guests - $35 - Note: Your membership must be current in order to attend our February meeting at no charge - For Membership Renewal, Click here.

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, February 12, 2014Please register by noon on Monday, February 10, 2014.


Eileen Ekey, CCP, SPHR
2013 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 


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
2013 Education Director


Community Outreach Update

Thank you to all CACC members who have assisted with our successful support of the charitable organizations that we have sponsored in 2013!  It was a very successful year. In November, our membership donated 28 items and $70 cash towards the “coffee and non-diary creamer” drive for the Charlotte Rescue Mission.  Kristin Kelly, Director of Development, for Charlotte Rescue Mission, expressed her appreciation of the donations, but also for the opportunity to speak with the membership.  The coffee and creamer will assist them during this busy time of the year.

CACC is partnering with Dress for Success Charlotte on February 12, 2014.  The mission of Dress for Success is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.  This year we would like to ask members to participate in an administrative needs drive for the charity.  With 1,000 people utilizing the services of Dress for Success Charlotte annually, donations of white copy paper, bathroom tissue and paper towels would greatly benefit the organization.  Of course, financial donations are always welcomed! Checks should be made out to Dress for Charlotte.  

Click here for more information or visit Your donations and support of this charitable event is greatly appreciated. 


Past Chair, Caroline Haynes, SPHR, CCP



2013 Mentoring Program Year Comes to a Close…2014 Mentoring Program to Launch in February!

Once again we had a successful Mentoring Program year – 2013 marked our 5th anniversary for the CACC Mentoring Program!  Many of the participants have commented on their positive experience; and I for one looked forward to my meetings with my Mentee.  December/January ends the “official” relationship for the 2013 Mentoring participants, but from my own experience, the relationship, or more like friendship, continues.

We will be launching the 2014 Mentoring Program in February under the leadership of Chris Walker.  Please watch for announcements and let Chris (or me) know of your interest as a Mentee or Mentor.


Jean Gilreath
2013 Mentoring Program Chairperson


Member Spotlight


Becky Keenan, CFP, RFC, WLCP

We would like to welcome one of our newest CACC Members, Becky Keenan, Founder and President of The Keenan Convergence and Network Legal.  She is a Certified Estate Planner, Register Financial Advisor, and Work Life Certified Professional.

Becky Keenan has over 27 years experience working with Charlotte area businesses providing work-life consulting and educational programs to employees and key management. She has successfully guided thousands of business-minded people through the minefields of life planning and introduced with clarity the complex matters pertaining to work-life issues. As a Work Life Certified Professional, Becky champions the cause of Work-Life as one of the five critical components of the Total Rewards Model.

As a business owner, speaker, and community advocate, she understands the changing demands of the business environment and has broadened her focus to include the creation of The Work Life Forum, a platform for the Charlotte business community to explore innovative strategies and best practices on the critical work life issues facing the 21st century workforce.

In addition to work life consulting, Becky is founder and President of Network Legal an estate planning firm specializing in pre-planning and executor support services. Network Legal is a leading provider of  employee - estate and financial planning education, products and services across the US.  In Becky’s free time, she enjoys painting pet portraits.  She is a fourth generation native Charlottean, and Is married with four children and five grandchildren!

Teresa Newman, SPHR
Public Relations Chair


WorldatWork Updates for the New Year

The WorldatWork Total Rewards 2014 Conference & Exhibition is being held in Dallas, TX from May 19-21, 2014.  As a CACC member, you are eligible to receive a reduced rate – whether or not you are a member of WorldatWork.  As in past years, the earlier you register, the more you save.   Be sure to use this promo code:  LNPROMO2014.  Visit to learn more.

If you are a new CACC member, be aware that WorldatWork recently converted to a new database and the process for assigning passwords to their website has changed.  Please go to the WorldatWork website, enter your ID# and press the login button.  Once you are given a new screen, click on “Send Me a Temporary Password” then you will be able to login using that password.

WorldatWork launched the Compensation Institute, a professional development framework that guides practitioners through every stage of a career – from technical mastery to strategic business proficiency, positioning practitioners for success as they advance into more senior management roles.  To learn more, visit

WorldatWork announced two new courses will be offered in 2014:  Business Acumen for Compensation Professionals and International Financial Reporting Standards for Compensation Professionals.




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