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Plan to join SCSAE, TNSAE, VSAE and GSAE members for an attendee reception on Monday, August 15 before The Classic. Drop by Christopher's Prime Steak House & Grill between 5:15 and 6:30 p.m. to connect with your Southern SAE peers and industry partners. RSVP here. Menu will include light munchies, fantastic house wines and various beer options (soft drinks too).

Christopher's Prime Steak House & Grill
134 W. Pierpont Ave.
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Phone: (801) 519-8515
Thank you to our sponsors: MemberClicks (booth 805), Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart (booth 1213) and Naylor Association Solutions (booth 121).
Don't Forget!! One Heckuva Party for Association Pros
MemberClicks is hosting their annual Small Staff Reception on Sunday, August 14 at 5 pm. and a Heckuva Party at 6 p.m. All the fab info and RSVP form is available online. Plus, their small staff lounge will be open in rooms 150 D-E of the Salt Palace all three days of the show, with some super special events just for association executives.

Want to make an appointment with MemberClicks, Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart or Naylor Association Solutions? Click here.
AMA Executive Conference Centers
Emerald Coast CVB, Inc.
Member News

The Summer 2016 class of CAEs successfully completed the CAE examination administered nationwide in May. They will be honored, along with the winter class of CAEs, during the 2016 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition in Salt Lake City, Utah, August 13-16. Read ASAE's press release, congratulating all 110 new CAEs, here. The next CAE examination will be administered on December 2, 2016. The application deadline is September 23. For more details about the CAE exam, contact Credentialing at or (202) 626-2759. Congratulations to the newest CAEs in Georgia.

Ashley Goodin, CAE
Technical Services Manager
Architectural Woodwork Institute

Mike Levin, CAE
Executive Director
International Concrete Repair Institute
Ian's Friends Foundation (IFF) is thrilled to announce its new Executive Director, Amy Kane, CAE. IFF is a nonprofit organization committed to funding the support of pediatric brain tumor research. Amy joins IFF from the American College of Rheumatology where she worked for more than seven years, most recently as the Director of Awards and Grants for the association's nonprofit, the Rheumatology Research Foundation. Amy currently serves as GSAE's Membership Work Group committee chair.
Emma Catherine Wilson was born on Friday, June 24 at 10:28 a.m., weighing 7 lbs. 7 oz. and 20 inches long. Proud parents Missy Brandt Wilson, Senior Sales Manager, Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Will, along with big sister Georganna and big brother Brantley, are thrilled to bits!
  • Coleen Briley has joined the team at the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront; Rita Matthews has taken over her market at VisitNorfolk – welcome Rita!
  • Erin Hall has taken a position with Elevanta, LLC as the Association Manager for the National Franchisee Association.
  • Amy Peralta is the new Sales Manager for Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism.
Please join GSAE in congratulating long-time supporter of all things association land and Annual Meeting presenter Greg Melia, CAE as he embarks on a new position as VP of Program Development USA, Industry News, ITN Productions. Greg will help introduce Industry News to the U.S. association community at ASAE’s Annual Meeting, August 13-16 in Salt Lake City (and join us at the Southern SAE Reception Monday so you may say hey in person).
Check out Greg's interview with ITN Productions from the Associations World Congress. Read more about ITN here.
The American Agricultural Editors’ Association (AAEA) has selected Association Services Group (ASG) for full-service management, effective August 1. The AAEA is a 450 membership organization dedicated to the professional improvement of all communicators across ag media. Samantha Kilgore will serve as the AAEA executive director. She joined ASG in 2011 as an intern and currently serves executive director of the Georgia Watermelon Association and the Georgia Self-Storage Association. 
Chris Hendrix, CMP, Assistant Director of Sales, Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, is thrilled to share that Charleston, South Carolina, has been voted the #1 City in the World and #1 City in the U.S. and Canada in the Travel Leisure 2016 World’s Best Awards. Charleston is the first domestic destination to earn the coveted ranking of #1 City in the World. This is the fourth consecutive year Charleston is ranked the #1 City in the United States and Canada. 

Jeff Hewitt, CDME, Senior Vice President, and Jen Thompson, National Sales Manager, Visit Savannah, are thrilled to announce that Savannah was named Travel Leisure's #9 Best City in the World. Read the full list here.

2016 GSAE Annual Meeting host city Athens, Georgia, is set to add 192 hotel rooms connected to The Classic Center with the opening of a Hyatt Place in spring 2017. The new hotel will be the first connected property to The Classic Center and bring the total number of rooms within one-mile radius of the convention center to more than 1,400 rooms. "We are proud to welcome Hyatt Place to Athens," said Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Chuck Jones. "The Classic Center is thrilled to now have a connected hotel to complement the convention complex," said Classic Center Executive Director Paul Cramer. Read more here.
Macon - Bibb County CVB
Peachtree City Tourism Association
GSAE News & Events
Mark your calendars and plan to join us for upcoming events, including the T.E.A. Group Luncheon on July 26; ASAE's Annual Meeting & Expo August 13-16; GSAE Fundraising/Development Professionals SIG Meeting on August 17; GSAE Leadership & Strategic Planning Retreat, August 25-26.
Live webinars scheduled for July 21, August 10, 23 and 30, September 15 and 29 and October 11. Worth 1 CAE hour each.
Join GSAE's Membership Work Group on August 18 to begin planning our fall membership campaign. We'll provide updates from the spring campaign and Supplier Challenge as well as dive more deeply into our prospective member list.
After committee members have evaluated potential speakers, the committee will meet on October 4 to discuss options and make recommendations for speakers and topics relevant to association professionals and the community.
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education
News Briefs
Attention Association Leaders: Within your workforce do you have eager professionals under the age of 40 who are doing great things and show leadership potential? Association Forum and USAE weekly newspaper are again partnering to produce the 4th annual Forty Under 40® Awards.
We surveyed both professional member organizations and members to better understand how the attitudes, values and preferences of members align or diverge with what professional membership organizations think.
Check out these free webinars from and HighRoad U, each eligible for CAE hours.



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