Letter from the 2016 CCA President

Dear Columbus Compensation Association Member,


Thank you! Thanks to each of you, 2015 was another strong year and we can proudly proclaim that we are part of a national award-winning local World at Work chapter!


As announced this fall, the Columbus Compensation Association was honored with the WorldatWork Membership Star Award, selected out of 72 local chapters. Criteria for recognition included exemplifying excellence in programming for local network members, excellence in membership recruitment, and strong member engagement.


We maintained our 2014 record-setting membership level with over 180 members in central Ohio! In 2015, our members continued to take advantage of the professional development events CCA offers, including five meetings with top-notch programming, four locally hosted WorldatWork certification courses, and one locally-hosted sales operations roundtable. We were fortunate to have Dr. Bob Nelson, PhD as our June speaker and as a special workshop facilitator, especially since he is one of the world’s leading experts on employee motivation, performance, engagement, recognition and rewards.  He provided all attendees with a free copy of his latest book, 1501 Ways to Reward Employees. In 2015 members also participated in networking opportunities via our two CCA Happy Hour events.


I was especially proud of how our members gave back to the community by donating toys for 70 needy children during our holiday Toys for Tots campaign, an event coordinated by Past President Maureen Koblentz. Thank you, Maureen! This was the second year for this philanthropic activity, and thanks to the efforts of members like you, we nearly doubled the number of toys donated for 2015.  A second important philanthropic activity was the purchase of an external salary survey, which was used to market price positions for a local non-profit, Flying Horse Farms. Special thanks to John Groves of Cardinal Health for spearheading this project and conducting the market research.


A big thank you to our outgoing President, Rebekah Marette, whose superb leadership on the board for the past two years as President and in her capacity of Membership Chair prior to that has helped grow CCA to new heights.  Thank you also to departing board member, Mark Briggs, for his many contributions and long tenure on the CCA Board.  He most recently served as the Treasurer and prior to that held other Board positions including Technology Chair and Programming Chair. Mark will continue to assist the organization in 2016 as co-coordinator of the Sales Operations Roundtables with Chad Ackerman. For 2016, I would like to welcome our newest board members, Treasurer, Anne Horinek, and Communications Chair, Chris Baker. 


Sincere appreciation to Board members for their 2014/2015 service in the following capacity:  Christy Whittaker -Professional Development, Alton Lynum – Secretary, Greg Beaverson – Communications Chair, with me serving as Facilities Chair.   And thank you to the Board members who served in 2015 and will do so again in the same role in 2016: Dana Hall – Membership VP, and Brian Bulkowski- Technology Chair.   These board members volunteer, on average, 10 hours per month to help make the organization activities run smoothly.


Your 2016 board members are:


President: Fran Wahrman, Huntington National Bank

Past President: Rebekah Marette, Express

Vice President, Programming: Greg Beaverson, City of Columbus

Vice President, Membership: Dana Hall, DSW

Treasurer: Anne Horinek, The Ohio State University

Secretary: Christy Whittaker, L Brands

Technology Chair: Brian Bulkowski, Huntington National Bank

Facilities Chair: John Groves, Cardinal Health

Communications Chair: Chris Baker, Nationwide Insurance

Professional Development Chair: Alton Lynum, Nationwide Insurance


Sales Operations Roundtable Coordinators: Mark Briggs and Chad Ackerman, Cardinal Health


Our February 18th meeting was a huge success with 83 attendees. Feedback on speaker Fred Pressley, Jr. of the law firm of Porter Wright on the topic of FLSA was well-received.


As I announced at the meeting, the Board is looking for members to get involved in some short-term volunteer opportunities on two committees in particular, in 2016. The first is “member and student engagement” and the other is “communications”. Thank you to the 16 members who have indicated an interest in participating. We will be contacting you soon.  And it’s not too late to still raise your hand.  If you have an interest in becoming more involved in CCA without making a big time commitment, please contact me.


I look forward to continuing our CCA mission of developing and connecting compensation professionals and expanding awareness of the compensation profession in central Ohio through educational seminars, member forums, cost-effective access to certification classes, and networking opportunities in 2016.  I look forwarding to seeing you at the next CCA function!





Fran Wahrman

President, Columbus Compensation Association