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Young Leader Profile

What My Association Does:
We promote the interests of engineering
companies through legislative advocacy and
business services.

Name
Meredith Houston, CAE
Association
American Council of
Engineering Companies of
North Carolina
Title
Administrative &
Communications Manager
Working With
Associations Since
2007
Contact Information
mhouston@acecnc.org
919.781.7934

"Volunteer
in different
professional
associations and
develop skills in
your volunteer life
to transfer over to
your business life
and vice-versa."

Number of Members:
200 firms representing over 7,500 North
Carolina employees.
Staff Size:
4
What I Do:
I wear many hats. I focus on pitching
membership to prospective members
and once approved for membership, I
concentrate on getting them engaged
into the committees. I do a little bit of
fundraising for National PAC, State PAC
and IE. I also solicit sponsorships for events,
oversee the day-to-day operations, and I'm
the board's assistant. I also supervise our
Administrative Assistant who controls the
social media feeds and who oversees our
database and website.
What I Like About My Job:
This is a two-fold answer. I enjoy getting to
know the members and what's important

to them, and how we can connect them
to each other and to representatives in
the legislature. Behind the scenes, it's
motivating seeing the results of applying
techniques and strategies. In the last two
years, we have increased new members by
9% and member engagement by 15%. Also,
each day is different with new challenges
and opportunities.
My Proudest Work/Life Moment:
Achieving the Certified Association
Executive (CAE) credential in 2016. If you
are sitting on the fence, you should go for it.
AENC provides a wonderful opportunity with
a study group which helped me see other
areas in Associations that I don't work with
on a day to day basis.
One Piece of Advice for Someone New to
the Association World:
Learn from everyone, learn everything
that you can and get involved. Volunteer
in different professional associations and
develop skills in your volunteer life to
transfer over to your business life and viceversa. z

Save These Dates for
FUEL/AENC YOUNG PROFESSIONALS Events
FUEL Meet Ups (5 pm)
Join other young professionals for an informal social the evening before each
round table. Thanks to our Greenville-Pitt County CVB for providing snacks at
the Meet Ups.
u September 25 | Raleigh/Durham Area

u October (date TBD) | Concord

FUEL Round Tables (9 to 10:30 am)
u September 26 | Raleigh/Durham Area

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u October (date TBD) | Concord



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Success by Association - July/August 2017

President’s Message
Event Calendar
Four Ways Managers Can Help Improve Employee Performance
Attract Millennials to Your Meeting
Address These Employee Needs for Maximum Retention
Seven Ways to Improve Panel Presentations
Growing Event Attendance Through Content: Very Useful for Associations
Thank You to our Annual Meeting Sponsors
Creating a Pocket of Excellence When Surrounded by Mediocrity
Get the Message
Member Updates
5 Reasons to Consider Live Streaming Your Next Event
Strategies for Effective Business Networking for Young Professionals
Young Leader Profile
Buyers’ Guide
Advertiser Showcase
Advertiser Index
Executive Director’s Message
Success by Association - July/August 2017 - intro
Success by Association - July/August 2017 - cover1
Success by Association - July/August 2017 - cover2
Success by Association - July/August 2017 - 3
Success by Association - July/August 2017 - President’s Message
Success by Association - July/August 2017 - Event Calendar
Success by Association - July/August 2017 - 6
Success by Association - July/August 2017 - Four Ways Managers Can Help Improve Employee Performance
Success by Association - July/August 2017 - Attract Millennials to Your Meeting
Success by Association - July/August 2017 - 9
Success by Association - July/August 2017 - 10
Success by Association - July/August 2017 - Address These Employee Needs for Maximum Retention
Success by Association - July/August 2017 - Seven Ways to Improve Panel Presentations
Success by Association - July/August 2017 - 13
Success by Association - July/August 2017 - Growing Event Attendance Through Content: Very Useful for Associations
Success by Association - July/August 2017 - 15
Success by Association - July/August 2017 - Thank You to our Annual Meeting Sponsors
Success by Association - July/August 2017 - 17
Success by Association - July/August 2017 - Creating a Pocket of Excellence When Surrounded by Mediocrity
Success by Association - July/August 2017 - 19
Success by Association - July/August 2017 - Get the Message
Success by Association - July/August 2017 - 21
Success by Association - July/August 2017 - Member Updates
Success by Association - July/August 2017 - 5 Reasons to Consider Live Streaming Your Next Event
Success by Association - July/August 2017 - Strategies for Effective Business Networking for Young Professionals
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Success by Association - July/August 2017 - Young Leader Profile
Success by Association - July/August 2017 - Buyers’ Guide
Success by Association - July/August 2017 - Advertiser Showcase
Success by Association - July/August 2017 - Advertiser Index
Success by Association - July/August 2017 - Executive Director’s Message
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