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Register today to join us on September 21, 2016 at The Commerce Club Atlanta. 
Ever Wonder About Our Lecture Series? Meet Mr. Abit
Meet our 2016 Lecturer

John H. Graham IV, FASAE, CAE became the President and Chief Executive Officer of ASAE on August 1, 2003. During the first year of his tenure, ASAE and GWSAE completed an historic merger resulting in a new, unified organization. ASAE is more than 21,000 association executives and industry partners representing 10,000 organizations. Their members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies, and voluntary organizations across the United States and in 50 countries around the globe, as well as provide products and services to the association community. Read more...
10:30-11:30 a.m. – New Member Orientation (open to all new and prospective members)
11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. – Networking Reception
12-1:30 p.m. – Luncheon and Keynote featuring John Graham, IV, FASAE, CAE, President & CEO, ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership
1:30-2:30 p.m. – Supplier Council Meeting
GSAE Member: $39 Early Bird ($49 after September 16)
Guest: $49 Early Bird ($59 after September 16)

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Does your association have a great story a la The Power of A Awards? GSAE is working on our editorial calendar for 2017 (our 100th anniversary year!!) and would love to share how our associations leverage your "unique resources to solve problems, advance industry/professional performance, kick start innovation and improve world conditions." Contact Jane Anne at the office and let us know about The Power of A in Georgia. Learn more about other association success stories here.
AMA Executive Conference Centers
Emerald Coast CVB, Inc.
Member News
It is with great sadness we share that our beloved intern for many events, Zachary Hart, passed away August 4. We want to thank you for your support and prayers during Zach's heart issues. We know he felt loved and appreciated by the GSAE family. He will be greatly missed. Read more about Zach here.
Amil Chowdhury has joined the team at Sheraton Suites Atlanta – Galleria as the new Director of Sales and Marketing. Amil was previously with Le MERIDIEN Atlanta Perimeter. 
Bay Point is undergoing a $30 million renovation, set to reopen this fall! At the completion of the renovation, Tania Lynn, Sales Manager, is thrilled to announce that they will join the Sheraton Hotels & Resorts family! The new ownership is committed to bringing back Bay Point Resort to once again be THE luxury resort destination in the Florida Panhandle. The new resort and added amenities are going to be exceptional. Read more here.
Macon - Bibb County CVB
Peachtree City Tourism Association
GSAE News & Events
In addition to the September 21 Luncheon and Supplier Council meeting (1:30-2:30 p.m.), mark your calendars and plan to join us for upcoming events, including the Southern SAE Reception at ASAE on August 15; GSAE's Fundraising/Development Professionals SIG Meeting on August 17; GSAE Membership Work Group Meeting on August 18; T.E.A. Group Luncheon on August 30.
Live webinars scheduled for August 23 and 30, September 15 and 29, and October 11 and 26. 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.
The GSAE Nominating Committee is soliciting names of members interested in serving on the GSAE Board of Directors. Five seats for individual association member directors and one seat for a corporate supplier director will be available for two-year terms, beginning January 1, 2017. If you or someone you know would like to be considered, please send the name and a brief description of qualifications to by September 30, 2016.
GSAE recognizes excellence by presenting a variety of awards to members. To nominate a member for an award, simply email The deadline for nominations is September 30, 2016.
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
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. for the opportunity to connect with your Southern SAE peers and industry partners.
The ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition attracts thousands of association executives and hundreds of exhibitors each year, and it’s the flagship education and exposition for associations and nonprofit organizations in the United States. After a wildly successful hosting experience in 2013, Atlanta has been named host city for August 6-9, 2022 at the Georgia World Congress Center. GSAE is excited and will look forward to providing another cadre of great volunteers.
InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta has been accepted into the distinguished portfolio of Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI). Located in the heart of the prestigious Buckhead neighborhood, the sophisticated AAA Four-Diamond hotel features 422 elegant guest rooms and suites, and more than 31,000 square feet of meeting and event space. This exceptional Meetings & Incentive hotel is now represented by ALHI to the North American Meetings & Incentive marketplace, according to ALHI President Jim Schultenover. Contact GSAE members Kathie Eddy and Michelle White-Sukala for more information.
ASAE Foundation is accepting applications for its Innovation Grants Program (IGP) through September 30. IGP provides monetary awards to support innovation exploration and development in the association community. There will be up to four grants awarded in three categories: travel, exploration and hybrid (a combination of travel and exploration). Grant recipients will receive awards up to $10,000.
AMS Fest 2016 plus free webinars from and HighRoad U, each eligible for CAE hours.
Earlier this year The Power of A unveiled a revamped, more mobile-responsive website, The website is designed to educate policymakers and the public about the role associations play in creating a stronger America and world. In order to tell the story better visually and to provide more in-depth resource, The Power of A updated the website in several ways, among them: the Resource Center boasts the latest industry issue updates, our Inroads newsletter, a calendar of events and details on American Associations Day (March 15-16, 2017).
This ICF and HRCI accredited manager-as-coach training program is used by organizations worldwide to implement or improve workplace coaching. Whether in person or live online, this event strengthens a manager’s ability to support employee development by focusing on two key elements: understanding the elements of high performance and how to influence them and learning and practicing a process for effective coaching conversations. GSAE members may sign up for the special $299 evaluator registration online for the day-long September 13 program.
The latest episode of GSAEtv is up! With each generation, associations need to change their recruitment strategies and overall structure to better attract new volunteers. Generation X is no exception. Organizations must change now if they want these workers to get – and stay – involved.



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