WINSTON-SALEM, NC – July 25, 2023 – The Association Executives of North Carolina (AENC) is proud to announce the election of Phil Lucey, the Executive Director of the North Carolina Press Association (NCPA), as its new President. The election took place during the annual meeting held on Tuesday, July 25, 2023, in Winston-Salem, NC.

As the newly elected President of AENC, Phil Lucey brings with him a wealth of experience and a deep-rooted commitment to the field of association management. Throughout his career, Mr. Lucey has consistently demonstrated exceptional leadership skills, spearheading numerous successful initiatives and advancing the interests of both NCPA and the broader community of association professionals in North Carolina.

Established in 1955, AENC is committed to providing high quality professional development and networking opportunities to help develop and foster the recognition and respect of the association management profession. Members include CEOs and staff of associations across North Carolina, as well as representatives from the association service and hospitality industries.

Under Phil Lucey's guidance, the North Carolina Press Association has achieved significant milestones and received accolades for its impactful contributions to the press industry. As Executive Director, Mr. Lucey has been instrumental in advocating for press freedom, promoting journalistic excellence, and supporting the interests of media organizations across the state.

"I am honored to serve as the President of the Association Executives of North Carolina," said Phil Lucey. "AENC has played a pivotal role in enhancing professional growth and fostering a spirit of collaboration among association executives in our state. I am committed to building upon the exceptional work of my predecessors and working alongside our diverse membership to navigate the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead."

About the Association Executives of North Carolina (AENC):

The Association Executives of North Carolina (AENC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the growth, professional development, and success of association executives across the state. AENC provides a platform for collaboration, networking, and learning opportunities, fostering excellence in association management.

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About the North Carolina Press Association (NCPA):

The North Carolina Press Association (NCPA) represents newspapers and media organizations throughout the state, advocating for the First Amendment and the interests of the press industry. NCPA strives to advance the cause of journalism, promote media literacy, and support the vital role of the free press in a democratic society.

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