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Register today to join us at The Commerce Club Atlanta.
Ever wonder about our lecture series? Meet Mr. Abit
Meet our 2016 Lecturer John Graham, IV, FASAE, CAE, President & CEO, ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership
10:30 am: New & Prospective Member Orientation
10:30 am: Communications SIG meeting 
11:30 am: Networking Reception
12 pm: Luncheon, Leadership Academy Graduation and Keynote featuring John Graham, IV, FASAE, CAE
1:30 pm: Supplier Council Meeting   
GSAE Member: $39 Early Bird ($49 after September 16)
Guest: $49 Early Bird ($59 after September 16)
Communications SIG Meeting: E-mail Hacks for Jacked-Up Engagement?
Join the Communications SIG at 10:30 am for a lively round table on how to get your membership more engaged in your emails and increase your conversion rates. All GSAE members are welcome; please RSVP to Debra Berliner.

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A heartfelt thank you to our distinguished Leadership Academy faculty for a successful 2015-2016 session. Facilitators led sessions on topics ranging from governance and innovation to creating member value and career pathways. Participants learned from association professionals and supplier members who gave of their time and talents to help shape the future of association leaders in Georgia. We'll be celebrating the 14 graduates at the September 21 Luncheon & Abit Massey Lecture Series.
Membership dues for 2017 remain unchanged and are due January 1. Luncheons in February, April, July and September are $39 for all GSAE members. The 2017 Annual Meeting is in Macon, GA, May 31-June 2. Registration fee for the first association executive attendee – $349; corporate suppliers – $409; additional attendees from the same organization – $249 each; room rates at Macon Marriott City Center Hotel – $129 run of house.
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Member News

Gabriel Eckert, FASAE, CAE, Executive Director, Building Owners and Managers Association of Georgia, was elected to serve as the 30th international president of FarmHouse Fraternity at the 49th Biennial FarmHouse Conclave in Denver. "FarmHouse has made a tremendously positive impact on my life, and it is rewarding to see the impact it's making on so many young men across North America today," said Eckert.
Photo credit: GreekYearbook Photography 

Senior Sales Manager Missy Brandt Wilson, MBA has accepted the promotion to Director of Sales for the Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau, effective upon her return from maternity leave in August. Missy has a proven track record in Athens and was instrumental to the success of GSAE's Annual Meeting in Athens this past June. She has a strong background in hotel management and travel and tourism sales, in addition to attaining a Master in Business Administration. Congratulations, Missy! Read more...
The most influential young people in association and specialty meetings and events are mavericks and change-makers. The Next List: 2016 40 Under 40 includes next-gen planning phenoms and meetings marvels creating next-level event tech and design, as well as hospitality headliners changing the future of the industry. Congratulations to GSAE's own Elizabeth Baranik, CMP, National Account Manager, Experient, A Maritz Global Events Company, for her inclusion on this list. Read more...
The Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) announces the appointment of Joe Bocherer – an experienced and proven leader within the convention, hospitality and tourism industries – as the organization’s new Chief Commercial Officer. Bocherer, who most recently served as Head of Sales and Marketing for InterContinental Hotels Group’s (IHG) U.S. franchise division, has 20 years of convention and visitors bureau and hotel sales experience with extensive knowledge of group and transient-driven business. As the GWCCA’s Chief Commercial Officer, Bocherer presides over Sales and Marketing, Business Development, Customer Analytics and Revenue Management, all products and contracted service agreements. Read more...
  • Hayley Burch – Director of Event and Conference Services, Young Harris College 
  • Rita Lowery – Director of Education & Membership for the Georgia Senior Living Association
  • Katy Murray – Sales Manager, Georgia World Congress Center
  • Courtney Stancil – Governance Support Manager, National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
  • Morgan Stincer – Senior Sales Manager, Sea Palms Resort & Conference Center
David Crenshaw, Chief Operating Officer, is proud to announce that the Industry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA) received the Exemplary Service Award for advocacy on behalf of the numismatic hobby, presented on August 11 at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Anaheim, California. The Exemplary Service Award is presented annually to individuals or entities that have performed services on behalf of the ANA that go above and beyond the norm. Read more...
The National Sales Network (NSN) presented longtime meeting management partner Meeting Expectations, Inc. with the "Team Work Makes the Dream Work" award on Aug. 5 at the National Sales Network 20th Anniversary Conference and Diversity Career Fair held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Atlanta. David Richardson, NSN executive director said the success of NSN’s annual conference was in part due to the "support and hard work" received from Meeting Expectations staff.
Synthetic Turf Council (STC), the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to serving the synthetic turf industry, announced that the Board of Directors selected Daniel K. Bond, CAE as STC's new President/CEO effective August 15, 2016. As part of the management change and growth strategy for the STC, Stringfellow Management Group (SMG) has been hired as its Association Management Company. SMG will manage the STC from its Maryland headquarters, and will continue to have a local presence in Georgia; Melanie Taylor will continue to serve as the STC's Director of Operations from Atlanta. Read more...
Every year for Travel Leisure's World’s Best Awards survey, readers are asked to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe. Readers rated cities for a number of qualities, including food, and both Charleston and Savannah came out in the Top 10! Congratulations to Chris Hendrix, CMP, Assistant Director of Sales, Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau and Jeff Hewitt, CDME, Senior Vice President and Jen Thompson, National Sales Manager, Visit Savannah. Read the full list here.
The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG), an independent, global, member-led organization that maximizes customers’ investment in Oracle and partner solutions, announced Al Garver, CAE has been appointed as its new executive director. OAUG is managed by Meeting Expectations.
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GSAE News & Events
In addition to the September 21 Luncheon, mark your calendars and plan to join us for upcoming events, including the Small Staff SIG meeting on September 23, T.E.A. Group Luncheon on September 27, Professional Development Committee meeting on October 4 and Emerging Professionals SIG Education Event on October 4.
Live webinars scheduled for September 15 and 29 and October 11 and 26. Worth 1 CAE hour each.
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. The Nominating Committee will include Past Chair, Jim Fowler, CAE; Chair, David Ellis, CAE; Chair-Elect, Tara Morrison, CAE, CMP, and two members at large, Regina Robuck and Clark Thomas, CAE.
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.
Certified: Career Path Navigation for Association Professionals. Join us as we explore career path options, certifications and professional development opportunities that impact association careers.
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News Briefs
GSAE is proud to partner with Institute for Organization Management, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s professional development program for nonprofit executives, and offer two $500 partial tuition scholarships to one of Institute’s 2017 sites. If you are interested in this scholarship opportunity, contact Wendy by October 14.
Kennesaw State University students are looking to do an organizational communication audit (pro bono) as part of their graduation requirement. A communication assessment maps and measures the value and effectiveness of communication both within an organization and to key external stakeholders.
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 CommPartners (featuring Shelly Alcorn, CAE) and HighRoad U, each eligible for CAE hours.
GSAE Membership Directory & Buyers' Guide
The 2017 GSAE Membership Directory & Buyers' Guide will go to print soon and we want to make sure everything is exactly how you want it!  Did you get a new job? Is your name spelled correctly? Do you have new contact information? Please update your profile by September 23. While you’re at it, go ahead and add your picture, Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn profiles to stay even more well-connected!  

Important Reminders:
  • Your "Nick/Screen Name" is your preferred name – update accordingly.
  • Supplier Members: For the printed directory, you will appear in a maximum of 3 Buyers' Guide categories.
Advertising space in the annual GSAE Membership Directory & Buyers' Guide is now available! Make sure your company has a lasting presence in front of GSAE members all year long. To be included, contact Debbi McClanahan, Media Director, at (352) 333-3490 or at



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