We are full!  We are excited so many of you will be joining us in Cherokee. We wish we had room for more, but we have maxed out our space. If you would like to be added to the waiting list give us a call. 


Harrah's Cherokee Casino & Resort Conference Center (Click Here for Site Map)
777 Casino Drive
Cherokee, NC 28719


This year we will have two sessions taking place at the same time on Thursday to allow you flexibility while earning your PDHs. There is no need to preregister for the sessions. You will choose each session at time of attendance.

Thursday, February 16th
7:00am Check In & Breakfast
8:00am - 12:00pm Education (4 PDHs)

8:00-9:00 “De-escalation” by Jerry McCormick   OR   “Best Practices for Successful Workflow” by Doug Suttles
9:00-10:00  “Conflict Reimagined” by Jerry McCormick  OR “Field Tips and Tricks” by Adam Canoy 
10:00-11:00 “De-escalation” by Jerry McCormick    OR  “Andrew Ellicott & the Search for Ellicott's Rock by Tom Robertson
11:00-12:00 “Conflict Reimagined” by Jerry McCormick  OR  “Andrew Ellicott & the Search for Ellicott's Rock” Cont.

12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch with Plat Awards
1:00pm - 5:00pm Education (4 PDHs)

1:00-2:30  “Distracted Driver” by Jerry McCormick    OR   “2025 Datum Change” by Gary Thompson
 2:30-4:00  “Workplace Violence” by Jerry McCormick    OR  “Tree ID” by Brad Coe 
 4:00-5:00   “Trust But Verify” by Adam Canoy       OR   “Tree ID” Cont.

5:30pm - 6:30pm New Board/New Licensee Reception (by invitation only)
6:00pm - 8:30pm Exhibit Hall Opens with Food & Libations 

Friday, February 17th
7:00am Exhibit Hall Opens (Check In & Breakfast)
8:00am-9:00am Short Courses (1PHD)

Short Course A - “Railroad Resources” by Kristian Forslin & Cory Williams   OR   Short Course B – “A Drone Investment" by Nathan Xiques

10:00am-11:00am Short Courses (1PDH)

Short Course A – “Data Management" by Tim Guisewhite   OR   Short Course B –“RTK/GPS Techniques” by Mark White

12:00pm - 1:30pm Lunch with NCBEES /General Membership Meeting (1 PDH)
2:45pm Grand Prize Drawing – in Exhibit Hall
3:00pm - 4:00pm Education (1 PDH)

“The Value of Mentoring” Panel Discussion

5:30pm - 6:30pm Past Presidents Reception (by invitation only)
6:30pm - 10:00pm Awards Banquet

Saturday, February 18th
7:00am Board Meeting with Breakfast 

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Jerry McCormick - Speaker

We would like to introduce you to a new speaker this year, Jerry McCormick. As a retired Police Captain and Chief Safety Officer, Jerry worked with companies, associations, non-profits and universities training & empowering employees, students, customers, and staff on how to stay safe in unexpected or emergency situations. He has given over 900 motivational & inspirational talks nationally & internationally on the topics of workplace safety, personal safety and distracted driving. Learning to adapt is a lesson he learned at a young age having moved 30 times before joining the Marines. His passion has always been helping others and making sure people are safe. After a career in law enforcement where he retired as a Police Captain, Jerry founded Personal Safety at Work, where he focuses on consulting, speaking, and training. His passion is empowering individuals how to avoid being a victim of a crime or educating people on the hazards of distracted driving. This drives him to educate people on how to handle dangerous situations by providing hands-on education. In his spare time, Jerry enjoys spending time golfing, skiing, fly fishing, traveling or hanging out with family and friends. Click Here for More Details


GUEST NOTE:  Registration types with Guests DO NOT include lunches or education (only evening meals). Due to space constraints this year, we may NOT be able to accommodate last-minute additions. If you would like to purchase lunch for your guest please call the office. 

APEX Conference Registration without Guest Includes... Click Here to Register
  • All Education Thur. - Fri.
  • All Meals Thur.-Sat.
  • Board Meeting Sat.
  • Earn up to 12 PDHs
  • 2 Tickets in Grand Prize Drawing*
APEX Conference Registration with Guest Includes... Click Here to Register
  • All Education Thur. - Fri.
  • All Meals Thur.-Sat.
  • Board Meeting Sat.
  • Earn up to 12 PDHs
  • 2 Tickets in Grand Prize Drawing*
  • 1 Guest Thursday & Friday Evening
  • Guest lunches must be purchased separately.
BENCHMARK Conference Registration without Guest Includes... Click Here to Register
  • All Education Thur. - Fri.
  • All Meals Thursday
  • Breakfast & Lunch Fri.
  • Earn up to 12 PDHs
  • 2 Tickets in Grand Prize Drawing*
  • Friday Evening Not Included
BENCHMARK Conference Registration with Guest Includes... Click Here to Register
  •  All Education Thur. - Fri. 
  • All Meals Thursday
  • Breakfast & Lunch Fri.
  • Earn up to 12 PDHs
  • 2 Tickets in Grand Prize Drawing*
  • Friday Evening Not Included
  • 1 Guest Thursday Evening
  • Guest lunches must be purchased separately.
CONTROL Registration without Guest Includes... Click Here to Register
  • All Education Thur.
  • Breakfast & Lunch Thursday
  • Earn up to 8 PDHs

DEVELOPMENT Registration without Guest Includes... Click Here to Register

  • Breakfast & Lunch Friday
  • Short Courses Friday
  • Trade Show
  • Earn up to 4 PDHs
  • 1 Ticket in Grand Prize Drawing*
  • Friday Evening Not Included
*Tickets for the grand prize drawing are only included for Apex, Benchmark & Development Conference Registrants. You must be present during the drawing on Friday to win. Cancellations after February 1st will incur a 40% cancellation fee to cover incurred expenses.

Click Here if you Need a Paper Registration Form 

DISCLAIMER: It is the sole responsibility of each member to ensure their personal dietary needs are met at each event. While NCSS is happy to provide your request to our host property, we have no way of ensuring host property compliance or regulating host property kitchen activities. It is imperative we know of your dietary allergies in advance as it is cost-prohibitive to make modifications during the event.
NOTE: Your allergy plus your email address will be shared with the host venue. Should further clarification be needed, a member of their team will connect with you. Please call the office to communicate your dietary restrictions. 919.556.9848



  • All NCSS Conference Events Will Take Place on the Third Floor of the Cherokee Convention Center.
  • All conference hotel rooms are located in the Cherokee Hotel tower. (Check-In is on the 1st floor.)
  • Valet Parking is included with your room reservation OR you may park in the Cherokee Convention Center & Hotel Parking Garage. 

OUR HOTEL BLOCK IS FULL. You may still be able to make reservations outside our block at a reasonable rate using the link below.

Click Here to Visit Hotel Booking Site

  • Click Calendar Date to Update Your Room Nights, Click Apply
  • Click "Update" to View Rates

Make Advanced Reservations - If you plan on taking advantage of the spa, golf or restaurants make your reservations well in advance as they fill up quickly.


See registration types to determine how many times you will be entered. Click Here for Details



Stay connected with what is going on and where you need to be with the LineUpr conference app. Click Here to visit our LineUp page and add it to your home screen on your phone.




Enter your best plats from 2022 for a chance to gain recognition among your peers and you just might bring home $100 for the Best Overall Plat! All plats must be received in the NCSS Office on or before January 25, 2023.

Click Here for Details



Incoming President, David Lee and the conference committee are excited to offer an opportunity to make a difference this year during the Conference. David has chosen the ALS Association as the organization he would like to support as his choice for this year's President's Charity Choice. Click Here for more details about the organization.




Our vendors are critical in keeping us up to date with the latest and greatest tools of our profession. The knowledge and expertise of equipment and services help us make the right decisions as we are always looking for ways to accomplish more in less time. If you remove vendors from the equation, it becomes nearly impossible for our Society to put on our annual conference. We cannot thank our vendors enough for the ways they support NCSS! Click Here for Vendor Packet



The Education Foundation will be holding two raffles this year. Proceeds go to the Scholarship Fund of the NCSS Education Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit corporation. Contact Mike Adams for tickets. Click Here for Email


Reverse Drawing: $100 per ticket 
Grand Prize: $2,000
2nd Place: $500
3rd Place (1st out):
Seller of Winning Ticket: $100


Tickets: $30 a ticket