Compensation Matters



January 2016

Volume 22, Issue 1

Table of Contents

  1. From the Chair
  2. Member Meeting
  3. Education
  4. Membership Renewal
  5. Membership
  6. Mentoring
  7. Social Update
  8. Miscellaneous


































































From the Chair

Happy New Year CACC Members!

Hope that everyone had both a safe and festive holiday season with friends and family.   We are looking forward to another fantastic year and I have appreciated all of your time and willingness to share with one another.   This is a special group that I've grown to appreciate and have been honored to be the 2015 Chair. 

I'm very excited to transition to Past Chair/Community Engagement in 2016 and hope that you are able to join us in some of the charitable activities that we will participate in this year.  We still have opportunities for committee members; your time and feedback will certainly be valued! 

I have learned so much this year and grateful for the 2015 Board Members.   They supported me and CACC with much dedication and fun!  


Teresa Newman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
2015 CACC Chair

Congratulations and Welcome to the 2016 CACC Board!

  • Chair - Megan Blankemeyer (Sunbelt Rentals)
  • Vice Chair - Jake Stewart (Duke Energy)
  • Treasurer - Lee Diamond (Employee Benefits Communications)
  • Secretary - Shannon Caldwell (Duke Energy)
  • Education - Sarah Holmes (Wells Fargo)
  • Public Relations - Stephanie Oberg (The Employers Association)
  • Member Meetings - Sheryl Solomon (Compass Group)
  • Membership - Caroline Dellinger (Carolinas Healthcare Systems)
  • Past Chair - Teresa Newman (Balfour Beatty)
  • Mentor Program - Kris Eddy (SPX)

Member Meeting

Please join us for our first CACC meeting of 2016 where our featured speaker will be Jean Harpootlan Thomas, SCRP.  She is the President of Relocation and Corporate Services at Wilkinson ERA and the current President of CMARC, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Area Relocation Council.  


By the time Joan moved to Charlotte in the fourth grade, she had already moved eight times. It turned out to be her last move, as her family found a home here and settled down.  This experience of moving from city to city and then putting down roots in Charlotte was perfect preparation for her current roles.   One of the industrys leading relocation experts, her entire career has been dedicated to real estate with almost 35 years of experience.  That wealth of experience coupled with her longtime insiders view of Charlotte promises to provide for an information-filled morning.

  • Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
  • Time: 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM
  • Location: Crowne Plaza Charlotte Executive Park at 5700 Westpark Drive, Charlotte, NC 28217
  • Cost: CACC Members are Free; Guests $35

Event Registration! Or, visit You must be logged in for the registration to receive your member discount. For your convenience, payments can now be made online.

Please register by Noon on Monday, February 8, 2016.  

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting on Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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


Make plans to register for 2016 courses!

Compensation & Benefits Education Courses in 2016 available at reduced rates!

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!

Upcoming 2016 Courses - offered with a price reduction! 

May 9-10, 2016
T1 Total Rewards Management 
T7 International Financial Reporting Standards for Compensation Professionals

July 18-19, 2016
C2 Job Analysis, Documentation and Evaluation
B3 Health and Welfare Plans Plan Types and Administration

October 10-11, 2016
C12 Variable Pay Improving Performance with Variable Pay 
T4 Strategic Communication in Total Rewards

Course Delivery Method

CACC Member Pricing

WorldatWork Member Pricing   (non CACC member)

WorldatWork Non-Member Pricing   (non CACC member)

2 Day Course   with Exam

10% discount off [email protected] rate



2 Day Course   without Exam




  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

Membership Renewal

It's that time of year again!  Now is the time to renew your membership in the Charlotte Area Compensation Council. 

CACC membership offers you great networking and educational activities each year including:

  • Four membership meetings with a full breakfast at no cost;
  • Two social events with your fellow CACC members;
  • A discount on the CACC-sponsored WorldatWork Certification Courses; 
  • A discount on registration for the WorldatWork National Conference.

You can renew your membership on the CACC website,, or by contacting the CACC administrator ([email protected]).

Your continued membership and your support of CACC are very important to the group!  See you at the next meeting!


Caroline Dellinger
2015 Membership Director


 Welcome New Members!

  • Shannon Caldwell, MHR, PHR - HR Consultant, Duke Energy
  • Lisa Cowart, CCP - Compensation Manager, UTC Aerospace Systems, Inc.
  • Matt Depp - Vice President, Pearl Meyer & Partners
  • Kristopher Eddy, CSCP - Manager, Sales Compensation, SPX Flow Inc.
  • Kate Ferguson, CPA - Duke Energy
  • Nicole Giles - Sr. Compensation Analyst, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated
  • Michelle Gruslin, PHR - Compensation Analyst, JS Gilreath Consulting 
  • Lauren Gulak, CPA - Compensation Consultant, Duke Energy
  • Asheley Hayes - Manager, Performance and Total Rewards, BDO
  • Ramona Jackson - HR Consultant - Class and Comp, Mecklenburg County Government
  • Michelle Johnson, PHR - Sr. HR Consultant, Compensation Planning, Carolinas HealthCare System
  • Nikiya Johnson - Skanska
  • Ronald Kaufman - THORLO, Inc.
  • Tom Kelly, CE, CP - Director, Executive Compensation, Towers Watson
  • Daniel Kim, CCP - The Fresh Market
  • Daren Manley - Manager, Corporate Compensation, Belk
  • Natica Mansel, PHR - Senior HR Generalist, Balfour Beatty Construction
  • Allison McNeely, CCP - Subject Matter Expert, HRIS, Bon Secours
  • Denesha Pusha-Jones - Belk
  • Wyndy Russell - HR Analyst, City of Concord
  • Sarah Schuldt, CCP - Manager, Compensation, Lowe's Companies, Inc.

 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.
  • Acccess to the new CACC LinkedIn group.

Caroline Dellinger
2015 Membership Director


2015 Mentoring Program Year Comes to a Close2016 Mentoring Program to Launch in February!

Once again we had a successful Mentoring Program year 2015 marked our 7th anniversary for the CACC Mentoring Program!  Many of the participants have commented on their positive experience.  December/January ends the official relationship for the 2015 Mentoring participants, but for many, the relationship, or more like friendship, continues.

We will be launching the 2016 Mentoring Program in March under the leadership of Kris Eddy.  Please watch for announcements and let Kris (or me) know of your interest as a Mentee or Mentor.

Megan Blankemeyer 
2016 Chairperson

Social Update

We kicked off our Fall Social at Queen City Q uptown, after which we made our way to Time Warner Arena for an exciting night at the Hive where our Charlotte Hornets beat the Chicago Bulls with a final score of 130 105!   The Hornets put on a great show, and even if we lose, its always fun to watch the Honeybees, the Little Stingers and all the various halftime activities.  In case you missed this event, not to worry we have more fun excursions planned for 2016! 



  • 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 continuing our contest for a Free World at Work course in 2016. To be eligible for the drawing, you must have attended the May, September, and November Meetings in 2015, and be present when the drawing is done at our 2016 Annual Member Meeting. Good Luck everyone!

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


Contact: [email protected]
Tel: 704.785.4485