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For Early Bird Discount, Register by Friday, Feb. 10! Watch a quick preview of Ron here

Luncheon Keynote: Quest for Community: Creating a Brand that Connects, Engages and Energizes your Members! – Ron Rosenberg
Today, people are becoming more disconnected than ever despite the constant presence of "virtual communities" like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and many others. That’s why associations are becoming increasingly important to help build a sense of community with people who share common interests – both personally and professionally. In this enlightening program, based on his upcoming book, Quest for Community, Ron will offer you specific strategies to help you create a cohesive brand that will attract and retain members through a community of connected, engaged and energized members. 
Morning Workshop: Outrageous Association Marketing: How to Dominate Your Market Niche – $119
9-11:30 am, 2.5 CAE credits
Tired of wasting time, money, and effort on marketing campaigns that just don’t work anymore? Isn’t it time for a change ... with a wildly effective approach to marketing that will help you double or even triple the return on each marketing dollar you spend? In this highly interactive and entertaining program, marketing and service expert Ron Rosenberg will share his proven strategies for unprecedented association and business growth, and he’ll show you how to get more members, increase non-dues revenue and cut expenses in the process!

Luncheon Cost
GSAE Members – $39 Early Bird ($49 after February 10)
Guests – $49 Early Bird ($59 after February 10)
9 am-11:30 am – Workshop
10:30 am-11:30 am – Member Orientation
11:30 am-12 pm – Participation Fair & Networking Reception
12-1:30 pm – Luncheon and Keynote
1:45 pm – Leadership Orientation

Thank you to our host: Hilton Atlanta Northeast
Thank you to our AV sponsor: PRG

GSAE is a CAE Approved Provider

As a CAE Approved Provider of educational program related to the CAE exam content outline, this luncheon program may be applied for 1 credit and the workshop for 2.5 credits toward your CAE application or renewal of professional development requirements. For more information about the CAE credential or Approved Provider program, please visit
Note: This program is not endorsed, accredited, or affiliated with ASAE or the CAE program. Applicants may use any program that meets eligibility requirements in the specific timeframe towards the exam application or renewal. There are no specific individual courses required as part of the applications – selection of eligible education is up to the applicant based on his/her needs.
It's never too early to start thinking of ways to expand your GSAE involvement! If you're ready to join a Committee, Task Force or Shared Interest Group, simply login to your profile and click on Groups to view and join any you are interested in. Learn more about our committees here and about our SIGs here.
Arrive early to take advantage of Wednesday morning golf or kayaking or stay an extra night and enjoy the sights and sounds of Macon!
Golf at Brickyard Golf Club
When the Brickyard Golf Club was redesigned by PGA TOUR Pro Mark McCumber, every fairway, green and tee was reshaped. Measuring over 7200 yards from the tips, the par 72 championship course is challenging for low handicappers, yet fun and enjoyable for a casual golfer. Directions. Transportation on your own. Tee times start at 9:00 am. Prize sponsorships available. Contact GSAE Board member Lee Lemke, CAE for more information. $75 includes lunch.

Kayak the Ocmulgee River
Ocmulgee Outdoor Expeditions is Macon's only canoe, kayak and inner tube rental service for the Ocmulgee River. Join us from 9am -12 pm to experience the river’s beauty and enjoy a fantastic view of Macon as you wind through town. Transportation provided from the Macon Marriott at 9:00 am. $40.

Macon Marriott City Center
Emerald Coast CVB, Inc.
Member News
The Winter 2017 class of CAEs successfully completed the CAE examination administered nationwide in December 2016. They will be honored, along with the summer class of CAEs, during the 2017 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition in Toronto, Canada, August 12-15. Read ASAE's press release, congratulating all 148 new CAEs, here.
Congratulations to the newest CAEs in Georgia:

Terry Izaguirre, CAE
Business Manager
Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.
Janell Martin, CAE
Senior Specialist, Membership
American College of Rheumatology
Jan Price, CAE, LCSW, CEAP
Director, Education & Credentialing
Employee Assistance Professionals Association
John Roch, CAE
Communications & Projects Manager
Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.

Jennifer Sanford, CAE
Senior Association Manager
Meeting Expectations
Val Smith, CAE
Executive Director
Georgia Chiropractic Association, Inc.
Molly Whobrey, CAE
Association Manager
Meeting Expectations
Jacob Wilder, CAE
Director of Communications and Technology
Building Owners and Managers Association of Georgia
The Elevanta Board of Directors has named Christy Williams, EMBA, MPH as Chief Executive Officer. Elevanta, a professional services firm, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the National Franchisee Association (NFA), an association of Burger King® franchisees. Prior to her new role, Williams focused her time with Elevanta on researching, developing and implementing programs and services for franchisees to increase their bottom lines. She developed national programs for franchisees, including payroll processing and accounting solutions, and she was instrumental in developing a self-funded health care program for franchisees and their employees. Read the press release here.
The Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS® (ACBR) congratulates Kristin Lamb, RCE on 28 years of dedicated service to the membership and the real estate community! Kristin was hired by ACBR directly out of college and is retiring from the organization as CEO. She has represented the organization with distinction, serving as the first ever appointed Commercial Executive to the Association Executive Committee of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR); Chairman of the NAR Commercial Leadership Forum; and the Chairman of the Association Executive Committee of the Georgia Association of REALTORS® (GAR). Read more...
Brenda Yuhas, PMP, LEED GA, Vice President of Member Services, is retiring from the Associated Builders and Contractors of Georgia, Inc., effective February 24. She has been with ABC Georgia since January, 2010. During the past 25 years, she has been involved in the construction industry as a project manager for both general building construction and alternative fuels. She plans to travel (a lot) in her free time - congratulations, Brenda!
Abby Hicks, Director of Sales for the Hotel Indigo-Athens, is a true all-star partner, not only to the Athens CVB but to her hotel's clients and guests as well. Abby is a long-time Athenian, who is an invaluable source of ideas that produce inspired gatherings. Hotel Indigo-Athens was a host hotel for the 2016 GSAE Annual Meeting, and Abby created and led the popular "Meetings Safari" breakout session. Read an interview with Abby here.
Athens is honored to be named part of Georgia's culture and music scene that landed the state on National Geographic Traveler's list of "Best Trips for 2017." The profile puts the spotlight on Georgia's rich music scene, including music festivals such as AthFest. 

SportsEvents Media Group has named Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau as one of its 2017 Readers' Choice Award winners. Sports event professionals were asked to nominate destinations and sports venues that they believe display exemplary creativity and professionalism toward the groups they host. 
Congratulations to Missy B. Wilson, MBA, Director of Sales, Nick Arnold, Senior Sales Manager, and the entire Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau team! 
Macon - Bibb County CVB
Peachtree City Tourism Association
GSAE News & Events
In addition to the February 15 Luncheon and the March 1 Telecommuting SIG meeting, mark your calendars and plan to join us for upcoming events, including the T.E.A. Group Luncheon on February 28 and the April 19 GSAE Luncheon at Georgia World Congress Center, featuring William Pate.
Live webinars scheduled for February 22, March 9 and 23, April 5 and 18, May 3 and 16 and June 1. Worth 1 CAE hour each.
Join the new Telecommuting SIG for our kickoff meeting on Wednesday, March 1st. Anyone who works from home full time, part time, or wants to just learn more about working from home is welcome to join us. At this kickoff meeting, we will discuss the goals of the group and how we can come together to support each other. Contact Amy Kane, CAE with any questions. Location is TBD; check the calendar for updates or join the SIG to get reminder emails (simply login to your profile and click on Groups to join). 
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education
News Briefs

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). Scholarships are still available and we need a few more delegates to cover our legislative visits effectively; contact Wendy for more details. If you plan to join the Georgia delegation, please make your room reservation ASAP. The room block expires Friday, February 10. Learn more

MSAE’s CMP Virtual Prep Course begins with orientation on March 6 for the August 2017 Exam. For over a decade, MSAE has successfully helped candidates achieve their CMP designation through a classroom setting. We are now offering a five-month Spring Course Online and are ready to help meeting planners nationally! 
The deadline to apply for the 2017-2019 class of the Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP) is Monday, March 20, 2017. DELP is an accelerated leadership program of education, mentoring and volunteer service in the association community. Members of a racial/ethnic minority group, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender, or who have a disability are encouraged to apply.
ASAE created the Power of A Awards to showcase how associations leverage their unique resources to solve problems, advance industry/professional performance, kickstart innovation and improve world conditions.
Upcoming CAE-accredited webinars from HighRoad U, plus blogs and podcasts from around the Web.
Travelers who live in states that don't meet minimum security standards for their driver's license issuing process will need an alternative form of ID at the airport beginning January, 2018.
The Georgia Society of Association Executives is proud to partner with Institute for Organization Management, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s professional development program for non-profit executives, and offer two $500 partial tuition scholarships to one of Institute’s 2017 sites.
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