President's Message

Dear AACA Members,

As we (gladly) turn the calendar and welcome in 2021, it is important not to lose sight of what was accomplished in the challenging year that 2020 turned out to be.  While an unprecedented year in so many ways, I am proud of AACA’s 2020 accomplishments. We were able to successfully celebrate our 30th anniversary, hosted a total of 7 meetings/roundtables, and facilitated a well-attended and engaging Annual Forum.  I am also personally proud of the organization’s commitment to the greater community with financial contributions to the Atlanta Food Bank and Toys for Tots during 2020.

It is with credit to our Board and the partnership we have with our Sponsors, that we were able to pivot, almost overnight, to hosting virtual meetings.  In our 30-year history, we had never hosted a virtual meeting, nor did we have a WebEx account at the beginning of 2020.  While quite successful, I do look forward to returning to in-person meetings!

Moving ahead, I am delighted to welcome two new members to the Board in 2021:

  • Nat Estes- VP, Programs; and
  • Sean MacHale- Director, University Liaison

Special thanks to all the returning Board members who agreed to continue their service to AACA, particularly with full knowledge of the challenges that lie ahead as we enter 2021 still in the midst of a global pandemic.

  • President
Lisa Burkard
  • VP, Membership
Lisa Kidd
  • VP, Programs
Nat Estes
  • Treasurer
R. Wayne Camp
  • Secretary
Kate Ihetu
  • Director, WorldatWork Liason
Jim Robinson
  • Director, Meetings
Diane Tuccito
  • Director, Sponsorship
Gayla Jenkins
  • Director, University Relations
Sean MacHale
  • Past President
Crystal Hodges

Our #1 goal continues to be responding to the needs of our members while serving the Atlanta compensation community.  Following our annual strategy planning meeting in early January (virtually, of course…), we identified the following key initiatives for the year:

  • Increased Membership and Engagement
  • University Relations/Student Mentorship
  • Enhanced Member Communication and Outreach

Our 2021 programming will be exploring the theme, “Redefining Total Rewards in Dynamic Times”.  Our meetings and workshops this year will focus on this theme as we examine the short-term and long-term impacts of the pandemic on our total rewards philosophies and program designs.   Your speaker suggestions, topic ideas and other feedback is always appreciated and welcomed.

Thank you for your continued support of AACA and we can’t wait to welcome everyone back to in-person meetings, just as soon as we can do so safely!

Wishing you a terrific year,

Lisa F. Burkard
AACA President— 2020-2021

About The President

Lisa Burkard is President of AACA for 2021.

She is the founder of Spectrum Group Consulting Services, LLC. With nearly 30 years of industry experience encompassing insurance underwriting, U.S. benefits consulting and extensive international corporate experience, Lisa brings a unique blend of skills and expertise to AACA leadership.

As the former Director of International Compensation, Benefits and Global Mobility of UPS, she understands the intricacies of working for a large corporation and the associated demands and expectations. She has also lived abroad in Brussels, Belgium where she was responsibility for ensuring the competitiveness and compliance of all compensation, benefit and mobility programs across 35 countries in Europe, Middle East and Africa.