NACAS East CX 2019
Annual Regional Conference
June 2-5, 2019 | Virginia Beach, VA


Event Details

Between dynamic general session speakers, golf tournaments, networking opportunities, and campus tours, the NACAS East CX conference will have plenty of events to keep you occupied and engaged.

Speaker: Chuck Salem

Sunday Dinner Keynote Speaker

Motivating Your Team: Genuine Practices for Genuine Results

As a former Auxiliary Services professional, and now the owner of two companies, Chuck Salem has come to realize that motivation comes from within. Each and every one of us is driven to succeed both personally and professionally because of an event that triggers a response to move forward. After cumulatively supervising over 500 different employees throughout his professional life, Chuck has learned that motivating others has limits and boundaries but is also a tool that can help create employee success, which subsequently leads to team success. During the short time together, Chuck will provide practices that can be implemented for leaders to tap into and use as motivating factors for those we work with and impact each day; to help them progress as individuals and ultimately, help the team reach goals.

Chuck Salem Is co-owner of two companies, Unique Venues and Event Guru Software. Previous to working in private industry, Chuck served as the Assistant Vice President for Auxiliary Services at the University of Pittsburgh campus in Johnstown PA. There, Chuck led the effort to develop an award-winning conference services program as well as supervising areas such as dining and food services, motor pool, centralized scheduling, laundry, vending contracts, and other areas. Chuck has also worked at Indiana University of PA in Housing and Residence Life, and Duquesne University as Assistant to the Dean of Students.

Speaker: Bart Berkey

Monday General Session

Most People Don’t, So You Should

Recognized as one of the “Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales and Marketing,” Bart will inspire members of NACAS by sharing his passion. As a sales leader and former recruiter, his personal mission for the past twenty-five years has been to seek excellence, purpose, and balance for himself and others.

Bart has delivered his message to thousands and continues to instill positivity to those looking to differentiate themselves and their organizations from others. His first book, “Most People Don’t” has been published and offers another resource to help others maximize their lives.

Attend this general session to:

  • Realize the importance of your work and how you influence the lives of others
  • Create better teamwork among your groups
  • Understand fulfillment and the hidden benefits of “doing” for others
  • Accomplish the most important things in your life and how to overcome the greatest obstacles
  • Hit “pause” to think strategically
  • Prioritize tasks based on benefits of doing and consequences of not doing
  • Allow yourself to “live in the present”
  • Learn why showing kindness is better than being right
  • Encourage people to take initiative
  • Make an impact by “surprising” others

Speaker: Elisa Zhai Autry, PhD

Tuesday General Session

Over one million international students are currently studying in the United States. International students make significant financial contributions to American college campuses. Yet, less known are the challenges that international students often face while studying abroad. In this session, Dr. Autry will share insights into the overall development of international students in the U.S., the common struggles that international students encounter, and how auxiliary services can better support the international student experience on our campuses.

ABOUT: Dr. Elisa Zhai Autry is the co-founder and Executive Director at the Washington Center for International Education (WCIE), a Washington based non-profit organization that is committed to international students’ growth and study abroad success. As a trained sociologist, Dr. Autry combines her years of academic expertise on China and the global Chinese diaspora with her passion for international education and non-profit management. She actively engages in the international education communities in the U.S. and Asia, linking academic studies to best educational practices and policy circles in Washington. In addition to her work at WCIE, Dr. Autry teaches regularly as a professor in universities in the D.C. area, including the Catholic University of America and the George Mason University.

Prior to her work at WCIE, Dr. Autry held various roles at think tanks and organizations in Washington, D.C. During her time at the US-China Education Trust (USCET), Dr. Autry worked with students, educators, and administrators from over 75 Asian universities. She led programs on American society and culture in East Asia, facilitated international conferences, and managed relationships with partners and stakeholders. Dr. Autry also served as a program officer and a global fellow at the Institute for Global Engagement (IGE), leading IGE’s programs in China, where she partnered with academics, government officials, and civic communities to implement global religious freedom initiatives.

Before coming to Washington, Dr. Autry was an assistant professor of sociology at Miami University. She helped Miami launch its Asian/Asian American Studies program, creating its global themed curricula and strengthening the school’s efforts toward increased internationalization. Dr. Autry received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas-Austin and B.A. from Peking University. She and her family live in Alexandria, Virginia.

Campus Tour

Old Dominion University

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Old Dominion University (ODU), located in the coastal city of Norfolk, is Virginia’s entrepreneurial-minded doctoral research university with more than 24,000 students, rigorous academics, an energetic residential community, and initiatives that contribute $2.6 billion annually to Virginia’s economy.

On the ODU tour, attendees will have the opportunity to explore and learn more about the day-to-day operations of the university’s top auxiliary services units, including:

Details: $10 fee. Lunch and transportation will be provided

The campus tour is an add-on event. Make sure to select it as you are going through the registration process. 

Opening Event

Virginia Beach Pirate Ship

Kick off the beginning of East CX by setting sail on the Lost Pearl! The Lost Pearl was custom built to strict U.S. Coast Guard requirements and is a perfect replica of a 65 ft Spanish Galleon, complete with a 20ft beam.

Enjoy libations and merriment — and maybe spot a dolphin or two! — on this seafaring journey!