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Make plans to join us next Wednesday, December 14 for our annual Holiday Luncheon, Awards Show, Silent Auction & Annual Business Meeting at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Midtown.

Register by Friday, December 9 for early bird pricing! 
To register multiple people from the same organization, please use this form.
GSAE Member: Early Bird – $49 (after Dec. 9, $59)
Additional attendees from the same company: Early Bird – $39 (after Dec. 9, $49)
Valet & self-parking available for $15 (up to 4 hours) 

Want to support GSAE’s educational initiatives? You may still donate using this form. Thanks so much!
10 am-12 pm – Silent Auction & Networking Reception
12-1:30 pm – Luncheon, Officer Installation and Awards Show
1:30 pm – Silent Auction Cash-out

Our 2016 Award Recipients: 
  • Clifford M. Clarke Award – Karl M. Kirsch, CAE
  • Alan R. Johnson Award – Russ Webb
  • Sharon Hunt Emerging Leader – Erin Hall
  • Chair’s Award – Missy Brandt Wilson
  • Stephen Styron Award – Sheryl Ehlers and Meg Caldwell, CMP
  • Peggy Seigler Corporate Member of the Year – Elizabeth J. Hovell, JD, CGMP
  • Skelton-Massey Award – Val Smith
All donors will be entered in a drawing to win a $50 gift card. A list of suggested items is available online.
Thank you to our luncheon sponsor: Coral Hospitality

Thank you to our luncheon sponsors: Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau and The Classic Center

Thank you to our host: Crowne Plaza Atlanta Midtown Thank you to our AV Sponsor: PRG Thank you to the "Voice of GSAE" - Tom Branch, Lava Post Production



AMA Executive Conference Centers
Emerald Coast CVB, Inc.
Member News
Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau President/CEO Barry White, CDME joined the CVB as Director of Sales in 1991 and became President/CEO in 1994. Barry has led the organization through substantial growth, beginning with transitioning the organization from a public entity to a private non-profit corporation. Through his leadership, the city has enjoyed consistent year-over-year growth in annual gross hotel revenue and related taxes, even through the recession. Another major milestone for Barry and the CVB included successfully spearheading the effort for an expansion of the city’s convention center. In addition to numerous other leadership roles, he is the only CVB executive to chair GSAE. Read more about his career here.
Congratulations to Cherokee County's Lisa-Marie Haygood, president of Georgia PTA and the 2016 winner of the Georgia School Public Relations Association's award for Outstanding Leadership in School-Community Relations. The award was presented for her outstanding advocacy on behalf of public schools. CCSD Superintendent Dr. Brian Hightower and School Board Chair Kyla Cromer attended the luncheon to show their support for Lisa-Marie's tireless efforts on behalf of Georgia's public schools. 
Executive Director Al Garver, CAE and Chief Operating Officer Karl Kirsch, CAE are thrilled to announce the innovative "THEgame of Drones" activity at the Oracle Applications User Group Conference (OAUG) and the OAUG Membership Booth were the subject of the award nomination. THEgame of Drones is a one-of-a-kind tradeshow engagement journey designed and sold by Meeting Expectations. Conference participants "earned their wings" by visiting different key sponsor booths. After earning their wings, participants trained for actual drone races at the OAUG Membership booth; while they engaged in interactive flight training, the OAUG staff engaged with them to share the benefits of association membership. Check out The Drone Zone for more information.

David Canady
Market Director for Central and South Georgia
Standard Press
Gabrielle Nicolini
Director of Membership Development
Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC)
Jeff Hewitt, CDME, Senior Vice President, and Jennifer Thompson, National Sales Manager, Visit Savannah, are delighted to share a recent article, What's New in Savannah: Hotels, Boutiques and More, with GSAE: "Savannah, Georgia, has seen a growth spurt of new boutiques, hotels, eateries, upscale bars and upscale retail in the downtown historic district the last two years that continues to be nothing short of startling." Read more about the transformation of the shopping, dining, drinking and lodging landscape of downtown Savannah here

It was an incredible year for dining across the U.S. in 2016 with culinary innovation booming in cities big and small. Zagat editors from around the country made a case for the city they believe had the biggest year in food by assessing the number of exciting new openings, award recognition and national media attention. Congratulations to GSAE members' whose city made The 26 Hottest Food Cities of 2016 list: #7 Asheville, NC; #10 Atlanta, GA; #11 Charleston, SC; #12 Savannah, GA; #16 Nashville, TN.

Deborah Bouchea, cruise and event specialist, is pleased to announce Savannah Riverboat Cruises' newest cruise ship, The Georgia Queen. The exquisite, 1,000-passenger riverboat is the largest and grandest of its kind in the U.S. "Not only will the new Georgia Queen be one of the most unique social gathering destinations in Georgia, but the impact on local tourism and economic development will be substantial with the addition of 100 high-paying jobs and the added ability to attract large conferences and conventions" said Capt. Johnathan Claughton, owner of Savannah Riverboat Cruises. Learn more here.
Macon - Bibb County CVB
Peachtree City Tourism Association
GSAE News & Events
February 15 Luncheon featuring Ron Rosenberg April 19 Luncheon, sponsored by Jekyll Island Authority/Convention & Visitors Bureau July 12 Summer Luncheon at Holiday Inn & Suites Atlanta Airport North September 20 Abit Massey Lecture Series & Luncheon, sponsored by Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau November 15 Luncheon (may move to November 8) December 13 Holiday Luncheon, Awards Show & Silent Auction 2017 Annual Meeting in Macon, Georgia May 31–June 2 Speakers include Beth Z., Your Nerdy Best Friend; Greg Fine, CAE; Shelly Alcorn, CAE; Cynthia Mills, FASAE, CAE, CMC, CPC, CCRC And, what's more fun than golfing with your GSAE buddies? Kayaking down the Ocmulgee River with your GSAE buddies! Macon is thrilled to offer this exciting activity prior to the conference on Wednesday, May 31.
Thanks to the generosity of Tecker International, GSAE is embarking on an assessment process to review existing volunteer infrastructure and realign processes/structures to better support the association’s strategy and to reshape volunteer opportunities to be more effective and more attractive to a larger number of our talented volunteers. Led by Jon Krueger and Sarah Berke, CAE, the TF will begin its work during the first two quarters of 2017. If you are interested in participating, please let Wendy know by the end of the year.
We are pleased to announce that GSAE’s online member community is being upgraded in late December, and we think you are going to love it!
Live webinars scheduled for December 13, January 10 and 25, and February 8 and 22, March 23 and May 3. Worth 1 CAE hour each.
Membership dues for 2017 remain unchanged and are due in January. Luncheons in February, April, July and September are $39 for all GSAE members.
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education
News Briefs
The Labor Department’s contentious overtime rule was blocked Tuesday, November 22, by a federal judge in Texas, putting one of President Obama's top regulatory initiatives in jeopardy. In a 20-page order, Texas U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant issued a temporary injunction halting the rule nationwide.
Check out these exciting podcasts from our industry friends, including The Beacon Podcast from Lighthouse Counsel, podcasts from a favorite GSAE speaker, Doug Eadie, Extraordinary CEO, and Association Mavens by Aptify, featuring several well known past GSAE speakers.

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 CAE-accredited webinars from and HighRoad U.

 Register by January 31, 2017 to save $100 or qualify for a group rate when you register 2 or more using the promo code Group2017! The Xperience School of Membership and Engagement, April 23-27 in Orlando, will feature workshops, topical discussions and interactive sessions to provide you with the tools, technology and know-how to create the ultimate member experience for your organization.




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