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  • August 04, 2018 11:46 AM | Jenni Porshakin (Administrator)


    NTCA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to 

    promoting the total rewards field and the professional interests of 

    those engaged in its practice throughout the North Texas area.

    Message from President - Changes

    Happy Summer NTCA Members & Associates! This year marks North Texas Compensation Association 25th Anniversary and we've been making big changes for the future. My commitment in 2018 was to get NTCA back on track financially, streamline inefficient operations and bring the organizations technology forward.   I'm happy to announce the work done to gain better solutions is visible in our 2018 YTD financial numbers shown below. 

    We implemented a membership system with new website that streamlined our operations, financial transactions and provided digital tool offerings to further membership engagement.  Strong business knowledge and the negotiating with venues on hosted certification courses and member luncheons along with replacing our digital platforms (G-Suite, Zoom) reduced expenses and still delivering value.

    In June, we changed our association management company, which is NTCA largest expense.  After 5 years with previous AMC and assessment of performance, value and costs it was time to make that change.  All the work happened through volunteers acting in the best interest for NTCA.

    We also wanted to understand what membership wanted; so, we launched the Voice of Membership survey to guide decisions around future programs/communications and value.  In addition, we launched a NTCA newsletter, Total Rewards Topics and Forums to promote engagement and information for membership.

    In 4 months, I will complete my Presidency and will be moving onward.  Who in our membership will step up as the next President of NTCA?

    Thank you for your commitment and membership to North Texas Compensation Association!

    Jenni Porshakin,  President

    NTCA is offering sponsorship and marketing opportunities to North Texas and HR/Total Rewards communities.  Benefits include opportunities to interact with membership, recognition and most importantly supporting the work of North Texas Compensation Association.


    • Mutually build and sustain a strong total rewards community
    • Provide a platform to share intellectual capital in the compensation field.
    • Provide access to membership through our website and educational programming.

    Learn more HERE on current sponsorships

    April & June Luncheon Raffle Winners

    Have you networked at our luncheons and can name 3 out of 5 of our raffle winners below?Want a free registration for our next luncheon?    Send entries with your full name to president@ntcassoc.org

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    Announcement College Alliance Chair

    What is the College Alliance Program?  

    The College Alliance Program engages local professors & students with HR/Total Rewards education, networking and development opportunities through North Texas Compensation Association membership.

    We are happy to announce Dr.Brian Martinson as our chosen College Alliance Committee Chair. 

    Dr.Brian Martinson

    Dr. Martinson is an assistant professor and assistant chair of the Management Department at Tarleton State University. He is currently the president of the Cross Timbers SHRM chapter and also serves as the faculty advisor for the Stephenville and Fort Worth campuses’ Student SHRM chapters. 

    He holds a PhD in Management with an emphasis in Strategic Human Resource Management from UTA, an MBA with an emphasis in International Business from the American University in Cairo, and a BA in Philosophy and Theater from the University of Minnesota.

    He holds the SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications and is an Enrolled Agent admitted to practice before the Internal Revenue Service.

    He founded and served as CEO of a nonprofit, professional theater company in Minnesota for 10 years before moving to Egypt and founded and served as CEO of a multibranch tax preparation firm in north Mississippi upon returning to the US. He also served as the assistant director of employment and employee relations at Ithaca College and as the Director of Human Resources for the Faculty of Computing and Information Science at Cornell University in upstate New York before moving to Arlington, Tx.

    Voice of Membership Survey Results

    North Texas Compensation Association Board of Directors reached out to membership to help define what programs, education or events that would benefit the profession by voice of membership survey. We completed the 2018 Member survey and tallied up the results last month! Last membership survey was 2013...check out the results from 2013. 

    Check out what membership said in the 2018 VOM survey results.  

    The NTCA Board will focus its programming for 2019 around these metrics.

    Membership Survey Raffle Winners!

    Members who participated in the Voice of Membership Survey had opportunity to win a $25 Amazon gift card.  Thank you to all that participated. 

    Armetrice Johnson, PHR, SHRM-CP has been a member since January 2018 and works for Vistra Energy.  Check out her Member Directory Page

    Daniel Ames is a Compensation & Benefits Manager at NEC and has been member since May 2015.  Directory Page

    Conference Coverage with Brooke Birdsong 

    The Total Rewards Conference 2018 with World at Work this year was hosted in our backyard in Grapevine, and I was so pleased to see such a great turnout of compensation and benefits professionals from the north TX area. The benefit in being able to network with colleagues at an event like this and discuss so valuable. I found myself engaging in thought provoking discussion and challenged to return to my role with fresh ideas, relevant solutions, and encouragement that I’m not facing opportunities in my organization alone.

    While there were a thousand topics around everything from sales compensation, employee recognition, and pay equity, there were really two themes that really stood out to me that each of the keynote speakers touched on: the strength of organizational culture to move into the next era of total rewards and our capability to plan for a dynamic and quickly changing workforce. These are two huge buckets, and World at Work provided plenty of jam-packed presenters to address specific challenges around both of these themes. From round table and panel discussions to authors and fortune 500 company testimonials, conference attendees received first-hand experience on what is working, what is failing, and what is coming.

    The breakouts where I took the most notes involved 3 key things: data and automation, changing performance management, and planning for the 2020 workforce.

     Benefits of AI and Data Automation in HR impact to Total Rewards:

    • Crowdsourced data is becoming a broadly accepted source for personalized data – helping employers create spaces for virtual workplace capabilities, customized pay structures, and benefits platforms for individual employees at various stages in life and career.

    • Employees can receive tailored, relevant communications from the compilation of individual inputs.

    • HR professionals are leveraging predictive analytics more than ever before for greater precision in budget planning, labor market supply/demand, and attrition predictions.

    • HR Leaders have optimized capability to better match employees to jobs for increased productivity and motivation.

    • Streamlined job analysis, documentation, and evaluation tools for compensation professionals.  

    • Customized benefits strategies that are tailored to individual employees at a particular stage in life/career.

    Revamping the traditional performance management process– a universally hated process through removing performance ratings all together.

    • Focusing on driving actual organizational goals of development, equitable rewards, and organizational performance.

    • Strategic HR Shifts:

      • From “need-to-know”  to TRANPARENCY
      • From Management-driven  to  EMPLOYEE POWERED
      • From past performance  to  FUTURE CAPABILITY
      • From “one-size-fits-all”  to  CUSTOMIZED SOLUTION
      • From a chosen few  to  DIVERSE INPUT AND RICH DIALOGUE
      • From control & oversight  to  STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT

    I recommend looking into Tamra Chandler’s work at PeopleFirm and her book How Performance Management is Killing Performance, and What to do About it!”

    The 2020 Workforce Assessment:

    • Technology continues to change at a breakneck pace.

    • Organizational structure and norms are shifting.

    • The Social & Digital Revolution is here.

    • Broad diversity is the new reality.

    • New ways of working create challenges for employer branding.

    Overall – the conference was chock full of relevant information to take back to organizations. If nothing else it validated that the concept of strategic total rewards is not just the latest hot HR term, but that the profession itself will be pivotal in creating and supporting organizational competitive advantage in the near future.

    Brooke Birdsong, VP Education

  • May 21, 2018 5:33 PM | Jenni Porshakin (Administrator)

    Board Positions

    NTCA has immediate need to fill the role of President for 2019-2020.  The position will officially begin Jan 1st 2019. NTCA is at a pivotal point where we need a successor in place as soon as possible.

    The President is responsible for directing NTCA strategy and presides at membership and Board of Directors meetings. This position is the official spokesperson for NTCA and guides the directors and committees in carrying out the goals and objectives for NTCA. The President handles group public relations and the ongoing solicitation of new members.  

    The following positions are available:

     Open/Immediate   Term: 2019-2020

    VP Programs

    VP Sponsorship

    VP Technology


    Find out more about this roles here and to notify us of your interest by contacting president@ntcassoc.org or by filling in our form

  • April 09, 2018 9:14 PM | Jenni Porshakin (Administrator)

    Use your voice to shape the future of NTCA

    Voice of Membership Survey

    "I believe in process. I believe in four seasons. I believe that winter's tough, but spring's coming. I believe that there's a growing season. And I think that you realize that in life, you grow. You get better." --Steve Southerland

    North Texas Compensation Association Board of Directors has begun planning for 2018 & beyond and reaching out to membership to help define what programs, education or events that would benefit you in the profession. 

    The last membership survey was done in 2013 and results can be reviewed here.

    The survey should take no longer than 10 minutes and will greatly help NTCA where to focus its resources. To incent taking the survey, your name will be added for raffle drawing for an amazon gift-card.  We have 2 gift-cards to give away.

    We value your membership and feedback.  


  • March 19, 2018 10:51 PM | Jenni Porshakin (Administrator)


    NTCA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to promoting the total rewards field and the professional interests of those engaged in its practice throughout the North Texas area.

    Using Technology to Increase Member Engagement & Simplify Operations

    Happy Spring NTCA Members & Associates. My name is Jenni Porshakin and have taken on the role as NTCA President for 2018. Previously, I was Vice-President & Sales Compensation Chair where I focused on streamlining the operations of our organization to better serve membership.  Last year, I worked towards implementing a membership management system and new website which launched at beginning of this year.  My goal is ensure NTCA continues to flourish in it's mission while making sure our decisions are fiscally appropriate. The new system provides functionalities that improve interactions for our members at the same time reducing NTCA operational expenses.  I work with our Board of Directors, Committee Chairs and Management Company to provide you with the best membership value possible.

    Check out some of the new features that are available to you by clicking link…

    Members Only Portal, Self-Service, Members Mobile App and Total Rewards Blog & Specialty Compensation Forums.  

    We appreciate your commitment to North Texas Compensation Association & looking forward to a great 2018 together!

    Jenni Porshakin

    Board of Directors Announcement

    We are happy to announce the appointment of two remarkable leaders to NTCA Board of Directors: Brooke Birdsong as VP Education and Vita Taylor as VP Marketing.  Both ladies bring to NTCA a wealth of experience, ideas and passion.  Please help us in congratulating Brooke and Vita to the NTCA Board of Directors.

    Brooke Birdsong 

    VP Education

    Brooke Birdsong has been elected into NTCA Board of Directors as our VP Education.  Brooke is the Director of Total Rewards at Associa based in Dallas, TX. Brooke’s background includes corporate strategy development, plan design, analysis, and cost control of corporate health, welfare and benefit plans. She has supported both public and private sector markets including consumer products and goods, manufacturing, IT, and real estate.  

    Brooke obtained her MBA from Dallas Baptist University.   She resides in Rowlett with husband Scott, four children and two dogs. In Brooke’s free-time, she loves traveling, riding motorcycles, cheering on her favorite sports teams or heading out to the range.

    Vita Taylor

    VP Marketing

    Vita Taylor has been elected into NTCA Board of Directors as our VP Marketing.  Ms.Taylor comes to us with over 30 years’ compensation experience and has previously held board positions at Houston Compensation & Benefit Association, Association of Human Resource Systems Professionals and has been on several Compensation Survey Groups’ Steering Committees.  

    Vita founded Compensation Solutions in 1994, an independent compensation and compliance consultation firm, where she provides services in the areas of compensation program design, total compensation market analysis, programs and practices examination and study, merger integration of HR programs and systems and compliance evaluation/counsel.

    She has worked within a wide array of industries. Vita obtained a BBA from the University of Houston and a Master’s from the University of California, Irvine. In her free time, Vita enjoys friendship with colleagues, photography, and watching movies with her husband and cat. She’s a native Texan, who has enjoyed traveling and seeing life through the eyes of others.

    Winner of February Membership Raffle

    NTCA had a membership raffle at February luncheon for IPAD Mini. All active members who were currently paid as of 2/1/18 were eligible for 1 (one) ticket in raffle.

    Our winner is Trang Nguyen Chance.  Trang works at AccentCare in Dallas and has been an NTCA member since January 2017

    Member Trang Chance is pictured with our prize donor, Madeleine Crouch.

    Voice of Membership Survey

    North Texas Compensation Association Board of Directors has begun planning for 2018 & beyond. This annual membership survey will examine ways in which NTCA can better meet your needs. We appreciate your membership and feedback!  


    By taking the survey, your name will be added into a raffle drawing for gift-card.  We have 2 amazon gift-cards for this raffle.


    NTCA is offering sponsorship and marketing opportunities for 2018.  Benefits include opportunities to interact with membership, recognition and most importantly supporting the work of North Texas Compensation Association.


    • Mutually build and sustain a strong total rewards community
    • Provide a platform to share intellectual capital in the compensation field.
    • Provide access to membership through our website and educational programming.
    Contact President@ntcassoc.org

  • March 15, 2018 8:29 AM | Jenni Porshakin (Administrator)

    The hosted certification course, Strategic Communication in Total Rewards (T4/GR9) that was scheduled for March 29-30th, 2018 has been cancelled due to low registrants.  In order for us to host WorldatWork certification courses, we need at least 15 people registered to meet expense threshold. 

    WorldatWork will communicate directly to those that did sign up for course.

    Thank you for your understanding. 

  • March 05, 2018 11:18 PM | Jenni Porshakin (Administrator)



    Beginning in 2016, NTCA created specialty forums for unique compensation areas such as executive compensation and sales compensation. In order to help us learn how the executive compensation forum could be made more effective, we are taking a very brief poll to help direct our efforts.  This survey should take no more than 2 minutes of your time and will help us tremendously in tailoring this forum for 2018 and beyond.


    Jon Szabo

    NTCA Executive Compensation Chair

  • March 01, 2018 10:42 PM | Jenni Porshakin (Administrator)

    On May 7th, 2017, WorldatWork awarded NTCA Local Association of the Year for 2016


    The Local Association of the Year award honors one association in the WorldatWork Local Network for its outstanding support of the profession in the local community and partnership with WorldatWork. The honoree is presented with their award at the WorldatWork Local Network Leadership Conference and honored throughout the year with other points of recognition.

    "Our local associations are a vital part of the WorldatWork network and bring to life our goals of learning, growing, and connecting. We are always impressed with the work that they do for their local HR professionals.  This award is our chance to identify one association that has truly exceeded in all of our judging categories. NTCA set goals for 2016 that would increase its education, outreach and mentorship for HR professionals. They enthusiastically met those goals and we salute the association's hard work," 

    -WorldatWork President and CEO Scott Cawood, Ed.D.

    Read more about this accomplishment...

    WorldatWork Presents 2016 Local Association of the Year Award

  • December 22, 2017 7:58 PM | Jenni Porshakin (Administrator)

    Dear Members and Associates,

    We want to make you aware that the North Texas Compensation Association website (www.ntcassoc.org) is scheduled to be down starting 12/23/2017 to 1/5/2018. We will be using this time to upgrade to a membership management system and preparing the launch of our new NTCA website.

    To safeguard stability of the new platform, we are performing the upgrade over the holidays to ensure a smooth transition.

    During this maintenance window, the site www.ntcassoc.org will be inaccessible. NTCA new website will launch on January 6, 2018.

    Expect to receive a launch communication providing you with the enhancements & benefits gained from the system upgrade & new website. Additionally, we will provide a tutorial on how to maneuver through the new site including updating member profiles, registering for events, etc.

    ***Please insure that your email server setting ISP (internet service provider) or spam filter are set to allow communications from @wildapricot.org and @ntcassoc.org.

    Happy Holidays! 

    North Texas Compensation Association

  • August 30, 2017 4:25 PM | Jenni Porshakin (Administrator)

    The Texas Total Rewards Conference is geared to provide total rewards professionals with an opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills on current trends of total rewards.  It is also a great opportunity to obtain HRCI and other credits for Human Resources professionals with accreditations. It is a two-day regional conference with multiple speakers and topics offered as 30 to 40 concurrent sessions.  A typical breakout session is 60 to 75 minutes including Q&A and may be repeated.  Topics which fall into the following categories are ideal for this Conference:

    • Total Rewards
    • Executive and All Employee Compensation
    • Employee Benefits
    • Performance and Recognition
    • Development and Career Opportunities
    • Work-Life Balance

    Background:  In 2007, the idea was conceived to have all four Texas WorldatWork associations work together to implement a statewide Total Rewards conference.  Thus, the Texas Total Rewards Alliance was born. Incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2010, the Texas Total Rewards Alliance is committed to ensuring that human resources professionals across Texas have access to a high-quality, cost effective annual conference that educates them and provides them with current information that they can use to better their workplaces.

    September 14 - 15, 2017
    Fort Worth, TX

    We are excited to announce the dates for the 2017 Texas Total Rewards Conference are September 14–15 at the Norris Conference Center in Fort Worth, Texas. The TTR Conference is geared to provide total rewards professionals with an opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills on current trends of total rewards. It is also a great opportunity to obtain HRCI and other credits for Human Resources professionals with accreditations. Don't miss your opportunity to attend this year's Texas Total Rewards Conference!

    DATES: September 14-15 — One or Two Day Options

    LOCATION: Norris Conference Center — Fort Worth / Sundance Square, 304 Houston St, Fort Worth, TX 76102


    EARLY BIRD ENDS July 14! — Register Now

    Hotel Accommodations

    The Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel
    200 Main St
    Fort Worth, TX 76102

    Conference attendee rate: $189/night
    Rates available between September 13-16, 2017
    Book by August 23, 2017
    Click here to book your room.

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