Compensation Matters



July 2013

Volume 19, Issue 4

Table of Contents

  1. From the Chair
  2. Member Meeting
  3. Education
  4. Community Outreach Update
  5. Mentoring
  6. Membership
  7. Member Social
  8. Work-Life Initiative
  9. Miscellaneous



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From the Chair

CACC Members:

I was happy to see so many of you at our September meeting.   Alison French from Kenexa was an enthusiastic speaker with a great message.  From the charitable perspective, with both financial and in-kind donations, our group raised the equivalent of 1,565 pounds of food for the Second Harvest Food Bank!  What an excellent way to begin our fall season.

But that’s just the start of several exciting activities we’ve got planned for autumn.  Please see the other sections of this newsletter for information on CACC’s:

  • Membership Campaign – We recognize the importance of continuing to grow our association.  The campaign is currently underway and you as a member can play a key role and even win a prize!
  • October Education Classes as well as the Courses Scheduled for 2014 – Offering these WorldatWork courses allows us to meet our mission of providing our members with professional education opportunities.
  • October Member Social – We’re returning to a favorite location for this networking event!
  • Membership Survey – Your feedback is extremely valuable and is used for planning purposes.  We appreciate you taking a few minutes to complete the survey to help us ensure our association activities are meeting your needs.
  • November Member Meeting – This is our last of 2013 and several CACC members know the guest speaker.  Check out the article and see if you know him too!  In addition, we’re sponsoring a special guest – a professional photographer who will be on site to take head shots.  The photos will be made available to members for your use, i.e. CACC website profile, LinkedIn .

Whew!  There’s a lot going on before the holidays arrive.  If you haven’t had a chance lately, be sure to check out the CACC Website.  We’ve added a Work-Life page and it’s a wonderful resource.  Also, keep an eye out for your membership renewal which will be sent soon.  We’re already planning to make 2014 a great year and hope you will continue to be a part of CACC!

Tracy Solida, CBP, CCP, SPHR
2013 CACC Chair


CACC Member Meeting

The Charlotte Area Compensation Council (CACC) is pleased to announce our next Member Meeting speaker will be Nick Yacabucci, CEO and Managing Partner for Nick Yacabucci and Associates and Managing Director of JL Board Advisors. Nick has served as an Adjunct Professor at Wake Forest University’s Babcock Graduate School and is a WorldatWork-approved speaker and instructor (including teaching CACC’s sponsored T3-Quantitative Methods course). Nick’s topic will be “CEO Performance Review--Board Alignment Process” and will be based on his consulting work with executive management in Fortune 100 companies. In addition to our special time to network with colleagues, we will have 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
  • 8:30 am – CACC Organization Business
  • 8:45 am – Legislative Update
  • 9:00 am – Presentation - CEO Performance Review

 *Headshot photos will be taken for members who are interested by Michael C. Hernandez, founder and owner of Happy Capture Photography from 7:30 a.m. through 9 a.m.

Please mark your calendars for this interactive meeting:

  • Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2013  
  • 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

CACC is also continuing its partnership with Charlotte Rescue Mission, an organization that has a long history of reaching out to the homeless and to those battling addictions. Today, the mission provides an intensive drug and alcohol recovery program to homeless or about to become homeless men and women. Their goal is to address the spiritual, mental, physical, emotional, social and vocational issues of addiction with each person and return them as contributing members of society.  Please see the community outreach article below to find out how you can support!  In addition, you can Click here for more information or visit

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, November 13, 2013.  Please register by noon on Monday, November 11, 2013.

Eileen Ekey, CCP, SPHR
2013 Member Meeting Director


At the November Member Meeting

As Tracy shared above, we are very excited to have Michael C. Hernandez, founder and owner of Capture Happy Photography at our November meeting.  He has an impressive portfolio, which you can view on his website along with some of his featured work. Michael served as the official photographer for the Susan G. Komen Charlotte “Race for the Cure” events in 2010, 2011, and 2012 and was recently honored with the request to photograph the 2013 event. In addition, Michael was the photographer for the Susan G. Komen Charlotte 2011 “Survivors Campaign,” which was has been promoted through a variety of media outlets and public showings around the Charlotte region. 

Below you will find the link to Michael’s website where he shares a little bit about himself and his passion. In addition, you can view some of the incredible work that he has done to date. We are truly fortunate that Michael is sharing his time and talent with us, and I sincerely hope that everyone takes advantage of this special opportunity. 

Teresa Newman, Public Relations, SPHR

Capture Happy Website:



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!

October 7 - 8, 2013
C2      Job Analysis, Documentation and Evaluation
T3      Quantitative Methods 


Coming in 2014:

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
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 over the past year!   CACC donated 25 pounds of food plus $320, so the equivalent of 1565 pounds during the September member meeting in support of Second Harvest.   Shay Merritt of Second Harvest sends her greatest appreciation of our support for the organization. 

In November, CACC will host the Charlotte Rescue Mission (CRM).  CRM’s mission is “to minister the Good News of Christianity to individuals caught in the crisis of poverty, hopelessness, or addictions by meeting their spiritual, physical and emotional needs”.  We would like to challenge all CACC members to participate in our November activity.  We are asking each member to bring one can/jar of coffee or non-dairy creamer for our CRM food drive for the November 13th member meeting.  Non-perishable food items like coffee and non-diary creamer are very much needed items for CRM.  Can we count on CACC to donate a total of 100 items?  Any brand or form of coffee and non-diary creamer is gladly appreciated.    

Lastly, if you have a charity that you would like CACC to sponsor in 2014, please share you recommendations with a member of the Board or the Outreach Committee.  The fantastic members of the Committee are  Sheila Fetner, Brandy Maxwell, Susan Germuth, Joanette West and me.

Past Chair, Caroline Haynes, SPHR, CCP



Mentee – Year Three!

Three years in the mentoring program.  I can’t believe how fast the time has passed.  What a great experience!!  And it’s not over yet!  As I am in full swing of my third year, I look forward to building a great relationship with my new mentor.

The reasons I chose to become a mentee were to build strong professional relationships, continue to develop as a HR Compensation professional, and to give back as a way to support others in the profession.  Great strides have been accomplished and more to come!

The opportunity to connect with each mentor has given me the chance to gather different insights, perspectives, and experiences in the areas of leadership styles, handling difficult situations, and navigating the career landscape.  The lessons have been invaluable and I appreciate each mentor for sharing their time with me.

I have used the mentoring lessons learned to develop better working relationships along with self-development initiatives for growth as a compensation professional.  I have even become a mentor to a college student at Winthrop University.  I am honored to assist him as he navigates through his college program, in pursuit of internship opportunities, and in preparation for work life after college.  It has been a rewarding experience as we’ve wrapped up the first year of our mentoring relationship.

In my mentoring relationships during these three years, I’ve asked each mentor how I can support them during this process as well.  I never want this to be a one-sided experience where I reap all the benefits.  A relationship is more meaningful when the outcomes are beneficial to both mentee and mentor.

Maybe one day, this “three year old” mentee will become a mentor in the CACCs Mentoring Program.  I do believe it is worth the time to develop and give back on both sides of the mentoring table!

Mia Miles, HR Systems Analyst, Coca Cola Bottling
Mentoring Program Committee




We all know that CACC is one of the best kept secrets in Charlotte.  Where else can you experience great networking, a fantastic breakfast and knowledgeable speakers…all  for $100 a year!   Current CACC members who recruit a new member will be entered into a drawing for one of three prizes.  Grand prize is a $100 gift card.  Two $50 gift cards will also be awarded!  The campaign begins October 1, 2013  and ends January 15, 2014.  Winners will be announced at the February 2014 CACC meeting and will be featured in the first 2014 edition of “Compensation Matters!”  Share the wealth!  Recruit a new member today!

Members, please be on the lookout for your membership renewal!

Cathy Graham, SPHR
Membership Chair


Member Social

The CACC Member Social is also coming up on October 17, 2013.  Come join your Charlotte Area Compensation Council colleagues during this second member social of 2013.  We will be returning to The Village Tavern in South Park to enjoy a wonderful evening of good food and casual networking on their patio! 

  • Thursday, October 17, 2013
  • 6 pm – 8 pm
  • 4021 Congress St, Ste 190  Charlotte, NC 28203
  • 704. 552.9983

Please understand that as a benefit of your CACC membership, the social is a free event only for CACC members

We look forward to seeing you there.

Eileen Ekey, CCP, SPHR 2013 Member Meeting Director 


Work-Life Initiative

October is National Work and Family Month!

Visit the Work-Life Progress website to view informative videos for the National Work and Family Month!

Daryl Bennett, CCP, CBP, GRP, GPHR, SPHR, WLCP 
Committee Chair



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