W266: How will NFTs impact Association business models in the future: A Panel Discussion
Wednesday, March 2, 2022
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EASTERN TIME

You may have heard the term NFT but aren’t really clear on what it means, or how NFTs could impact your Association and members. Join us for a dynamic panel discussion touching on many aspects of NFTs and their potential impact on your organization and membership.

Learning Objectives
  • Learn what an NFT is
  • Become a resource to inform and educate your members looking to understand NFTs
  • Leverage NFTs to create added value for members
  • Learn how NFTs can impact content-delivering capabilities
Chad Faison
Executive Director, American Council of Engineering Companies of Maryland (ACEC/MD)
I’ve been a part of associations and worked around state, national, and worldwide conferences my entire life. While growing up, my family owned and operated a worldwide trade publication, National Drillers Buyers Guide. I helped with mail-outs, designed layouts, worked with QuarkXpress, took photos, ran the booth during conferences, and anything else I could help with! Summers were spent traveling for weeks at a time to a show in Orlando, Myrtle Beach, Hershey, New York, Little Rock, Anchorage, Sydney, Australia, Chile, Argentina, etc. We would stop at towns in-between to see advertisers, manufacturers, and drillers to give personal customer service. These unique circumstances have led me to be very well versed with interacting with current and potential members, executive boards, vendors, sponsors, and everyone in between. After obtaining my Bachelor of Science in Communications from Florida State University, I found a career position as the Director of Marketing and Communications for a Tallahassee association management company. Working for Membership Services Inc. allowed me to gain marketing and communication experience in a wide variety of industries. I soon realized that I had found my home working with associations, but that I wanted to focus on a single industry. In November 2015, I found my single industry and was hired by the Florida Engineering Society (FES) and the American Council of Engineering Companies of Florida (ACEC-FL). FES/ACEC-FL has afforded me with outstanding additional learning experiences, especially in the scope of branding, event/educational session planning, budgeting/accounting, human resources, and building an integrated organizational culture. Also, I’ve gained invaluable interpersonal skills and coaching techniques through supervising a team with greatly differing generational backgrounds and personalities. During my time with FES/ACEC-FL, I have led multiple complex projects. Before 2018, ACEC-FL was known as the Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers (FICE). After Board approval, I was responsible for developing, planning, and implementing all of the branding, marketing, and communications of the name change. The prior year, I spearheaded the transition of both organizations from a custom-built ColdFusion database and extremely outdated website to YourMembership, an association management system (AMS) that included a new, more reliable database and mobile-friendly website. The transition to an AMS had failed twice before I arrived, but was successful under my technical expertise and leadership.
Austin McHenry
Crypto Practice Leader, U.S. Transactions Corp.
A highly enthusiastic Texan that really values the social energy around communities, organizations and businesses. Previous work as a vehicle technology solutions engineer, working on improving advanced driver assistance systems for consumer safety. Also has experience in manufacturing, CDC machinery operation and sales. Researching today's cutting edge technologies as well as utilizing the technologies. Today the world is moving very quickly with the advancements in financial tech, VR/AR tech, Biotech, Machine learning, Artificial Intelligence and many others. It is important that today's Associations, Organizations, Corporations, and Businesses stay ahead of the curve to gain market share, increase profits, and improve consumer and partner relationships. Having spent a lot of personal time on the research and education of emerging technologies, Austin now focuses on sharing this knowledge.
Dustin Ray
Level Intermediate Delivery Group Internet-Based
CPE(NASBA Category) Economics Reviewer Wade Tetsuka, CPA
CAE (Field of Study) Operations CPE/CAE Credits 1.5
Prerequisites and advance preparation needed 1 year business operations experience. Advance Prep: None Cost $0.00
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