Compensation Matters



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February 2020

Volume 26, Issue 2

Table of Contents

  1. From the Chair
  2. Member Meeting
  3. Education
  4. Membership



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From the Chair

Allie Woody
2020 Board Chair

Hello CACC Members!

So much has changed since we were all together in February.  These are unprecedented times and we are all learning how to live and work in our new circumstances.  We are being called upon to rapidly update compensation and benefits programs to support our organizations, employees, and their families.  Many of us are mixing parenting with our workday and have taken on the added responsibility of educator.  I sincerely hope that each of you are settling into a routine in the new normal and are also able to find time for yourselves.

Your CACC Board has been working to ensure that we are able to continue to provide opportunities which support your ongoing professional development.  You will see that we are hosting our May member meeting virtually and have taken advantage of WorldatWork's e-learning platform for our upcoming course offerings.

We recognize that these virtual events do not afford the same opportunity to network and share with peers.  We look forward to resuming in person meetings, courses, and scheduling informal social events later this year once it is safe to do so.

Thank you for your continued membership with CACC.  We look forward to seeing you virtually in May!

 Member Meeting

Brad Van Pelt, CCP, PHR, SHRM-CP
2020 Member Meetings Director

Wellness Program Incentives

Now more than ever, we know that healthier, more engaged employees are not only more productive, but help create a healthier bottom line and a greater ROI. How can your organization's wellness program incentive structure increase participation to achieve (and exceed) your goals? Please join us for our next meeting on May 6, where Dean Kiradjieff from Interactive Health will be leading a discussion on "Wellness Program Incentives - Starting with the end in mind to impact your bottom line." Interactive Health helps organizations across the country improve employee health and understands the positive financial impact of a more engaged, active workforce. Dean will walk through specific steps as to how to implement these programs, provide actual case studies, and strategies that you can apply with your own teams.

Mark your calendars and plan to join us for our first ever virtual member meeting on Wednesday, May 6th from 9:00-10:30am. Registration for the webinar can be completed on the CACC website via the event calendar here.


Becky K. Drozdz, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
2020 Education Director

The way we are working, and learning has changed during the Coronavirus pandemic, but they have not stopped!  Take advantage of e-learning to enhance your knowledge of Total Rewards while practicing social distancing.  E-learning is self-paced and the student learns through recorded content.  This is a great method to use while we navigate our changing work environment.  Register for e-learning before June 30, 2020 and use the code CACCTR2020.

Our on-site classes scheduled for May have been converted to e-learning in order to keep everyone safe during the Coronavirus pandemic.  In July we will resume with our previously scheduled on site classes if it is safe to do so.  Space is limited, so sign up now for WorldatWork Courses Sponsored by the Charlotte Area Compensation Council.

For more information or to register, contact: WorldatWork Customer Relations at (877) 951-9191 or visit

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... 

CACC classes will be held at The Employers Association.  All classes include breakfast & lunch!

Location of CACC Classes:
The Employers Association
3020 West Arrowood Rd
Charlotte, NC 28273
Phone: 704-522-8011


Eric McMillan
2020 Membership Director

It's difficult to not mention the challenging environment we find ourselves navigating in early 2020 with the COVID-19 pandemic.  I think the year started with much optimism that over the course of just a few weeks in March has been severely curtailed in many ways - furloughs, layoffs, pay reductions, toilet paper demand (!), stay-at-home orders, remote work when some lives aren't set up to do it (and maybe your family isn't either), etc.  Many of you are working hard to keep your businesses operating through pay strategies, information sharing, and perhaps coaching colleagues more often than usual.

Whatever the next 'normal' will be, my hope is that we can safely and swiftly make our path through these rough waters.

Your CACC membership offers you the opportunity to get to know the ever-growing Compensation and Human Resources community in the Greater Charlotte Area, WorldatWork certification courses, providing/receiving mentoring, and so much more!

Please welcome these eleven new 2020 CACC members!

  • Valerie Able, Compensation Consultant at Wells Fargo
  • Tenaya Burrus, Compensation Analyst at Cardinal Innovations Healthcare
  • Eric Gutierrez, Managing Director at Texture HR Consulting
  • Erin Hatfield, CCP, GRP, CSCP, Senior Manager Total Rewards at Carrier
  • Melanie Jennings, Corporate Compensation Manager at Cedar Fair, LP
  • Ann Marie Katalenas, Director of Compensation and Payroll at the YMCA of Greater Charlotte
  • Brian Maxwell, CPA, Director of Global Mobility at PwC
  • Jocelynn Ramirez, CCP, Compensation Manager at Mecklenburg County
  • Adam Rosen, Global Mobility Manager Administrator at BDO USA, LLP
  • LaShawn Sassnet, Senior Compensation Analyst at Charter Communications
  • James Walker, Senior Compensation Analyst at AvidXchange

Do you know other compensation professionals that should join the CACC?  Feel free to send them my contact information if they have questions or direct them the site to apply for membership.

Our board is interested to know how we can best serve the interest of our membership - share your thoughts with me or anyone on the board.  And of course you can participate in our upcoming annual membership survey.

CACC Membership includes:

  • (4) 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;
  • Social Networking Events, that gives members the opportunity to meet in an informal social setting, held at various locations;
  • The CACC Website [] for easy access to member directory, member meetings calendar and content, and job postings;
  • The CACC Membership Directory for contacting and networking with other CACC members; 
  • The Annual Membership Needs Survey to ensure that members have direct input into the planning and scheduling of programs and events; 
  • Access to the CACC LinkedIn group (CACC - Charlotte Area Compensation Council on LinkedIn).

 Thank you for your continued membership and support! 

Stay healthy & safe!

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