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Join us for an update from William Pate, CEO, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, on all the exciting things coming to Atlanta and the Southeast Region. 
As president and CEO of Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB), William Pate is in charge of maintaining tourism as one of the city's top economic drivers. The industry brought nearly 51 million visitors to metro Atlanta in 2015, generating $15 billion in visitor spending and sustaining approximately 250,000 jobs.

10:30-11:30 am: Telework SIG Meeting
10:30-11:30 am: Technology SIG/Web Warriors Meeting
10:30-11:30 am: Member Orientation
11:30 am-12 pm: Networking Reception
12-1:30 pm: Luncheon and Keynote featuring William Pate
1:45-3 pm: Tour of Mercedes-Benz Stadium is sold out, contact Jane Anne to be placed on the waiting list
$39 GSAE member
$49 guest
Thank you to our Sponsor: 
Thank you to our Host:

As a CAE Approved Provider educational program related to the CAE exam content outline, this luncheon program may be applied for 1 credit; SIG meeting attendance may also be applied for 1 credit toward your CAE application or renewal of professional development requirements. 
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 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 9 am to 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 am ($40).

Macon Marriott City Center
Emerald Coast CVB, Inc.
Member News
The best and brightest were spotlighted at the Southeast Festivals and Events Association’s Kaleidoscope Awards. The top festivals and events throughout the southeast were recognized for their outstanding contribution to the events industry. Kevin Udell, Director of Sales & Marketing and Maria Weiss, Sales Manager, Jekyll Island Authority/Convention & Visitors Bureau, are delighted to share that the Jekyll Island Shrimp and Grits Festival won gold for both Best Festival in the Southeast and Best Poster, beating out more than 115 overall entries from 20 organizations for the top prize! Read the press release here.

Deborah Bouchea, Cruise and Event Specialist, River Street Riverboat Company, is delighted to share news of its newest ship, the Georgia Queen. On February 24, Savannah Riverboat Cruises held a grand affair to officially christen the 1,000-passenger cruise ship and to commemorate the company’s 25th anniversary sailing the Savannah River. The luxury vessel is the largest and grandest ship of its kind, which makes her a special addition to Georgia’s beautiful coastline and an important contributing factor in Georgia and Savannah’s tourism and economic development. Learn more here.

MemberClicks, the leading provider of membership management software for small-staff associations, announced an investment in the company by growth equity firms Five Elms Capital and Level Equity. The investment will allow MemberClicks to further enhance its product offering and to expand its sales and marketing efforts, according to MemberClicks CEO Mark Sedgley. "Their growth investment will act as a catalyst for our mission to empower organizations to thrive through refreshing technology and a heart for service, " he said. Read the press release here.
Robin North, formerly with the Macon CVB, has taken a sabbatical and is writing a blog to keep everyone updated! Beach Nana Travels is "an open journal of our adventures – taking a full year off from jobs and responsibilities to enjoy a bit of travel, and take the time to consider what we might like to do with the next stretch of life. To choose our work or, perhaps, for it to choose us." Safe travels, Robin!
Dianne Lovett, National Sales Manager, Cobb Travel & Tourism, is delighted to share that the Atlanta Braves' new $672 million home in Cobb County finally has its ball field. Over the weekend, long-time head groundskeeper Ed Mangan installed about 109,000 square feet of grass from Bent Oak Sod Farm in Foley, AL, at the 41,500-seat SunTrust Park. The Braves will open the 2017 season on the road with games at New York, Pittsburgh and Miami, before their inaugural homestand at SunTrust Park beginning April 14. Single-game tickets go on sale March 10.
Macon - Bibb County CVB
Peachtree City Tourism Association
GSAE News & Events
In addition to the April 19 Luncheon and SIG meetings, mark your calendars and plan to join us for upcoming events, including the T.E.A. Group Luncheon on March 28 and Global Meetings Industry Day on April 6.
Live webinars are scheduled for March 9 and 23, April 5 and 18, May 3 and 16 and June 1. Worth 1 CAE hour each.
Did you know? Over 92 CAE-qualifying recorded webinars are available 24/7 on our GSAE website.
The GSAE Governance Task Force would like your help to measure the value of the volunteer experience. We hope to use the results to increase member engagement and perhaps to suggest changes to GSAE’s volunteer opportunities and governance structure. Click here to participate by March 31.
Please contact the GSAE office if your organization has a CAE on staff and space for up to 10 candidates on Friday, May 5 and Friday, December 1, 2017 from 8 am to 2 pm. Other stipulations apply. Email Wendy at for more information.
The Certified Association Executive (CAE) program is designed to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance, and designate association professionals who demonstrate the knowledge essential to the practice of association management.
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
News Briefs
Eight representatives of GSAE will be in DC March 15-16 to discuss association issues with our Congressional delegation. Show your support by clicking here to give a safe, one-time access to your Twitter, Facebook and/or Tumblr accounts. By signing up, the Power of A post will be automatically shared on all participants’ social media channels on March 16th at 9 am!
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.
On April 6, 2017, leaders from across the meetings and events industry will come together to support the second annual Global Meetings Industry Day. Make plans to join us at the Crowne-Plaza Atlanta Midtown for a panel discussion and networking reception. Registration will open Monday, March 13.
Upcoming CAE-accredited webinars from Mary Byers, CAE and HighRoad U, plus blogs and podcasts from around the Web, and a new "Healthy by Association" Facebook group from our friends at Event Garde.
If you are a Senior Level Executive responsible for your company’s critical data, you are cordially invited to the annual Cyber Security Summit: Atlanta on Thursday, April 6th. Engage in discussions with renowned information security experts from the FBI, U.S. DOJ. Discover innovative technologies from best in class cyber companies. For full details & registration, please click here. Use promo code GSAE17 to receive 50% off admission (only $175 with code).
This workshop on March 14 at Fleming's Steakhouse will train leaders and trainers on a simple and repeatable process that is designed to improve coaching conversations and increase employee performance. GSAE Members are being offered a special rate of $349. Registration includes 6.75 CCE, HR, ICF, HRCI, SHRM credits, coaching kit, IOD support, and ongoing access to the IOD coaching website with coaching videos and downloadable tools.
GeorgiaFIRST Robotics is seeking volunteers for the upcoming series of high school level robotics competitions in all event areas: judges, inspectors, queuing, field reset, field set-up, field management, photography, host, crowd control, etc. GeorgiaFIRST Robotics, Inc. is a registered 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders.
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. If you are interested in this scholarship opportunity, contact Wendy Kavanagh, CAE, at (404) 577-7850 or by March 17.
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