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president'smessage

Oh, What a Year I've
Had as AENC President

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lot has taken place since I took office on September
1, 2016 - transition in our CEO position, sale of the
AENC's office and migration to a virtual working
environment, significant changes to our program
schedule and content delivery strategies, as well as revision
of outdated bylaws, plus all the usual work of serving as
emcee at events, helping staff with membership recruitment
and retention efforts, and presiding over the AENC Executive
Committee and Board of Directors meetings.
It's all been great!
My colleagues on the Board have been super supportive
and engaged, and the arrival of Rich Phaneuf as CEO and
addition of Madi McDougal to the staff (joining the incredible
Jovita Mask - who, by the way, was the glue that held the
organization together during the search for a new executive
director) has provided a tremendous boost of energy to
AENC.
So for this, my official farewell message in Success, I want to
leave you with three thoughts on lessons learned during this
past year. These are, I think, embodied by three Grooks, short
poems written by Danish scientist Piet Hein in the 1940s.
Problems worthy
of attack,
prove their worth
by hitting back.
It's been a challenging year filled with lots of tough decisions
and hard work, but the reason we HAD to take these items
on is that they WERE challenging and tough. Our reward is
that we've accomplished much that will make AENC a better,
stronger organization for both Association Professional and
Affiliate members.
The road to wisdom? - Well, it's plain
and simple to express:
Err
and err
and err again
but less
and less
and less.
We all want AENC to be the best association it can be, and
that requires a commitment to trying new things from time to
time - that's been confirmed during the past year.
AENC is now better positioned to be entrepreneurial and
innovative, with the stated goal of always looking to innovate

to ensure we are providing the highest possible ROI for your
membership and sponsorship investment.
We will do the homework necessary to research, evaluate
and analyze before making changes or adjustments - and
what works we will adopt and expand on, but when something
doesn't work we will acknowledge that fact, using the
opportunity to learn from the experience. That's the right
disposition to ensure AENC remains strong and relevant.
You'll conquer the present
suspiciously fast
if you smell of the future -and stink of the past.
AENC is more than 60 years old. We have a storied history
and success-filled track record for doing what best helps
sustain, promote and enhance the association management
profession.
Our leadership team - both staff and key volunteers - have
and will continue to build on this foundation. Look in the
near future for more on the launch of the AENC Futures
Commission, an effort to identify what specifically AENC
needs to be doing NOW to ensure we can provide for our
members' needs going forward.
NOTE: A special thanks to our friends at Walk West (www.
walkwest.com) who sponsored a lunch conversation on June
9th at 18 Seaboard Restaurant in Raleigh, where a mix of
Association Professional and Affiliate members identified
- as a starting point - some of the key areas AENC should
be looking at relative to the programs and services that will
provide our members what they need for the challenges
coming down the pike.
So, let me conclude by saying it's been my honor and
privilege to serve as AENC President this past year. This
is a great organization and I love it dearly - I count among
its members some of my closest personal and professional
relationships. As Past President, I remain a member of the
Executive Committee and Board for one additional year,
and am looking forward to another 12 months helping shape
and guide the work of making AENC a model membership
association.
I look forward to seeing many of you as I perform my final
official duty as President, turning over the Board gavel to
Susan Nelson, AENC President-elect, at the AENC Annual
Meeting in Winston-Salem on July 22-24, 2017. z

JOE STEWART
2016-2017 AENC President
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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
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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
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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
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Success by Association - July/August 2017 - Get the Message
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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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