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It's a better, smarter way to get connected to the Georgia association community. Register today!

Spend the day with us at GICC for the ONLY event created by and for GSAE members to connect leaders and advance associations. Register by Friday, November 11.

Learn Together – Traditional and experiential breakout sessions on the topics y'all care about most (and that might be keeping you up at night!)
  • Mock Board Meeting
  • Meetings on the Move
  • Active Shooter Survival, including Meeting Security
  • The New Face of Georgia (demographics)
  • Communications SIG Meeting
Talk Together – Focus and discussion groups by subject, challenge and solution, led by our Rock Star Corporate Supplier Facilitators to help all y'all be better at your jobs. This will be crowd-sourcing at its best as we solicit umbrella topics from both the suppliers and the association community.

Do Good Together – GSAE is proud to partner with Stop Hunger Now to create an activity-based experience designed to promote connections and give back to our community. In an hour together, WE can package more than 10,000 meals! Please watch this video to learn more about Stop Hunger Now's important work.
Association Exec & 3rd Party Meeting Planner: $39
Corporate Supplier Facilitator: $450*
2nd Corporate Supplier from the same company: $100*
*Please note: In order to maximize the ROI of interacting with an appropriate ratio of association executives, only registered corporate supplier facilitators will be allowed to attend (max of 5 per topic table and per community do good-ers team). This is the only event with this type of registration limitation and capped at 100 corporate suppliers. Onsite registration is not available. Thanks!
Thank you to our sponsors and host:

Luncheon by CulinAero
Signage & Tables

GSAE App AV Host

Donating to the silent auction is a great way to show your support and raise funds to help continue GSAE’s mission of advancing the profession of association management and enhancing the professionalism of association executives. We're asking all GSAE members and friends for support of the Silent Auction this year. Any donation of any size will be most appreciated and welcomed – we can even package smaller donations together to create a fabulous gift basket or experience! Start planning your shopping list today – view a list of current donations here.
AMA Executive Conference Centers
Emerald Coast CVB, Inc.
Member News

David Martin, Ph.D. will be retiring after 38 years as executive director of the Georgia Council on Economic Education, effective June 20, 2017. The Georgia Council was founded in 1972; Martin joined the staff in 1979 and became its first full-time executive director in 1982. Martin said the organization will be halfway through its 2016-2018 campaign, making it a good time to step down.

He plans to spend more time with his grandchildren. Congratulations, Dr. Dave, and best wishes for your retirement!

Gary Wheat will join the Macon-Bibb County CVB team on January 3, succeeding former CEO Monica Smith. Gary is relocating from Aurora, CO, where he served as CEO of Visit Aurora, a destination-marketing organization he launched in 2010. We look forward to working with Gary and the rest of Team Macon for the 2017 GSAE Annual Meeting, May 31-June 2.
Associated General Contractors of Georgia (AGC Georgia) received one of only two Chapter Public Relations Awards presented in 2016 by Associated General Contractors of America for their workforce development campaign. The campaign, One School, One Instructor, One Student, You, builds interest in construction skilled trade careers with grassroots efforts that begin in schools all across Georgia. AGC Georgia’s leadership, including Mike Dunham, CEO, accepted the award during an AGC of America gala hosted in Washington, DC, for representatives from all 92 AGC chapters. Learn more about their winning campaign here.  
Jim Fowler, CAE, President, and Russ Webb, Vice President, Atlanta/Georgia Apartment Association, are proud to share that the Atlanta Apartment Association’s (AAA) 29th Annual Food-A-Thon raised enough food items and money this year to provide 7.87 million meals to hungry families in metro Atlanta and north Georgia through its partnership with the Atlanta Community Food Bank. The record amount is an increase from last year’s Food-A-Thon, which provided 7.29 million meals. The event is believed to be the largest food-and-fund drive in the United States. Read more.
Kamilah Lewis and Wendell Greene were married October 7, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. The ceremony and reception took place at The Stave Room at American Spirit Works. The ceremony was performed by Reverend Anthony R. Scott Jr., step-father of the groom. The couple celebrated their nuptial in Saint Lucia. 

The bride and groom are both graduates of Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia, Athens. Kamilah is the Director of Training and Workforce at the American College of Rheumatology in Atlanta, GA. Wendell is a Distribution Manager for ULINE in Buford, GA.
The Athens CVB recently presented their annual Hospitality Awards, recognizing the outstanding work of individuals who've made a positive impact on the Athens-Clarke County visitor experience. The Partner of the Year Award was presented to Abby Hicks, Director of Sales and Assistant General Manager, Hotel Indigo Athens. This award honors a CVB partner who recognizes the value of working together, understands synergy and embodies the hospitality aspect of tourism to its fullest degree. Read more.
Nick Arnold has accepted the position of Senior Sales Manager for the Athens CVB, left open due to Missy Brandt Wilson's recent promotion to Director of Sales. Prior to joining the CVB, Nick spent almost three years at The Classic Center leading sponsorship sales and assisting with marketing initiatives. Nick graduated with a master's degree in sports management and policy from the University of Georgia in 2013, after receiving his undergraduate degree in 2006. 
Brandon Nichols has accepted a promotion to Director of Sales and moved to the Hyatt Place Atlanta/Cobb Galleria. Brandon was formerly with Hyatt Regency Suites Atlanta NW; Katie Clark, Director of Sales, is GSAE's new contact there.

Panama City Beach's first Starwood property is set to open this fall to high acclaim. Tania Lynn, Sales Manager, is delighted to share that Sheraton Bay Point Resort has undergone a $30M transformation and will feature 60,000 sq. ft. of flexible indoor/outdoor meeting space and 320 guestrooms. Located on a secluded stretch along the Emerald Coast, the resort boasts a spa, 36 holes of golf and various water activities.

Amelia Island has once again landed among the Top 10 U.S. Islands in the 2016 Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards. Finishing in the #4 spot among islands including Maui, Kauai and Oahu, only one other Florida island – Longboat Key – was named in the 29th annual competition. Two of Amelia Island's award-winning accommodations also placed among the Top 25 Florida Resorts: The Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort (#9; Jamie Wilkinson, Senior Sales Manager and Holly Wright, Senior Sales Manager, Remote – Atlanta) and The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island (#10; Karla Yeck, Senior Account Executive).
Jeff Sabourin, National Account Executive, is proud to announce that PRG Proshop relaunched their website on Monday October 17, 2016 with a more user-friendly platform. PRG Proshop is live and ready to serve you! Click here to start exploring all the new features,
Macon - Bibb County CVB
Peachtree City Tourism Association
GSAE News & Events
In addition to the November 16 Luncheon, mark your calendars and plan to join us for upcoming events, including the T.E.A. Group Luncheon on November 29 and the December 14 Holiday Luncheon, Awards Show & Silent Auction.
Live webinars scheduled for December 13, January 10 and 25, and February 21 and 22. Worth 1 CAE hour each.
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.
We are pleased to announce the following slate of officers and Board Members for 2017:

Chair: Tara Morrison, CAE, CMP
Chair-Elect: Gene Stinson, CAE, PCED, CEcD, HLM
Treasurer: Bryan Tolar
Past Chair: David Ellis, CAE
Directors: Alyson Abercrombie, CAE; Sarah Berke, CAE; Beth Chitnis, CAE; John Harrison, CAE, CMP; Kristen Hartman, CAE; Tim Kline, CAE; Lee Lemke, CAE; Tangela Monroe, CAE.
Corporate Directors: Carol Hall; Erik Lawser, CAE

Our thanks to our board members who have completed their terms this year:
Gale Macke, Julie Anderson, CAE, Jon Krueger, Joel Peacock and Mark Sedgley. We also want to thank Mike Giles, who completes his term as Past Chair, GSAE Foundation.

The Nominating Committee endorses the slate for the GSAE Foundation Board of Trustees:
Chair: LeeAnne Minnick; Chair-Elect: Robin Lane, CAE; Treasurer: Jim Fowler, CAE; Past Chair: Pat Dunwoody, CAE, LEED AP.

Respectfully submitted:
David Ellis, CAE; Tara Morrison, CAE, CMP; Jim Fowler, CAE; Sharon Ross; Clark Thomas, CAE
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education
News Briefs

Associations are the cornerstones of an average American’s daily life. Check out this new Power of A video.

Plan to join GSAE in Washington, D.C., on March 15-16, 2017 to participate in American Associations Day, the only legislative fly-in for association professionals (#pwra)Learn more

Upcoming webinar from and CAE-accredited webinars from HighRoad U.
Nonprofits across Georgia will again rally the state’s collective philanthropic spirit on November 17 for Georgia Gives Day. Since the inaugural year in 2012, more than 2,000 nonprofits across the state have raised a combined $9.3 million through GA Gives Day.

Donate to the GSAE Foundation today to ensure the future of the association management profession. Since it’s inception in 2002, our internship grant program has helped introduce 30 college-age interns to the association management and hospitality professions. More than 22 associations and CVBs have benefited from the program’s support. Your donation is tax-deductible under the applicable IRS codes. Thank you!
To help you plan your travel, the Xperience General Program Schedule is now available. During the coming months, check back often as we will continue to add details about keynote speakers, thought leadership topics, breakout sessions and one-on-one consultations.



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