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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.

Telework SIG Meeting: Time Management for the Teleworker  – 1 CAE hour
Join us for a discussion on how to effectively manage your time in a remote office. There will also be a Q&A session with Lori K. Spear, CAE, Executive Vice President, SAIS, whose organization is completely virtual. We’ll also be sharing some flex work options, as the I-85 bridge collapse is prompting organizations to examine the ways they support their staff during a time of increased traffic congestion.

Tech Ninjas Meeting – 1 CAE hour
Formerly the Web Warriors and Technology SIG, we’ve combined to create a forum for association staff to learn and share about techie-stuff as it relates to associations. This group will also assist GSAE staff with online awareness and social media messaging. All are welcome to join us Wednesday morning to help shape the direction of the group and learn about all the cool social media stuff we’re planning in celebration of GSAE’s centennial year!
10:30-11:30 a.m.: SIG Meetings
10:30-11:30 a.m.: Member Orientation
11:30 am-12 p.m.: Networking Reception
12-1:30 p.m.: Luncheon and Keynote featuring William Pate
1:45-3 p.m.: 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. 
Back by Popular Demand – "Set GSAE Afire with Your Great Ideas" 
GSAE is accepting proposals from our talented members to present a five minute, up to 15 slide session during a Friday morning breakout at the Annual Meeting in Macon, GA. We are especially interested in lessons learned, experiences created, and other success stories from the association and supplier community. To be considered, please contact Wendy by Monday, April 24.
Macon Marriott City Center
Emerald Coast CVB, Inc.
Member News
David Ellis, CAE, executive vice president of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association since 2005, will become the new executive vice president of the Charleston Home Builders Association by mid-April. He has served 27 years as an executive with local building industry organizations, has been recognized by the National Association of Home Builders as the best new executive officer in the nation and was honored in 2003 as the group's executive officer of the year. David is a past chair of GSAE, past president of the Home Builders Association of Georgia Executive Officers Council and the NAHB Executive Officers Council. We wish you all the best, David!

Six inspiring association leaders have been chosen for ASAE’s 2017 Class of Fellows, including Atlanta CVB's own Mark Vaughan, FASAE and 2017 GSAE Annual Meeting speaker Greg Fine, FASAE, CAE. The Fellows program recognizes individual accomplishments and contributions to ASAE and the association sector, and it is a call to service for the profession. Read more here.

Mark Vaughan, FASAE 
Executive Vice President & Chief Sales Officer 
Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
Gregory J. Fine, FASAE, CAE
Turnaround Management Association 

  • Sheryl Ehlers, Senior Sales Manager, Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center,
  • Jill McKenzie, CAE, Manager, Meetings & Sponsorship, Construction Owners Association of America
Thanks to Emily Howard, Ed Dalere and Association Trends for featuring the GSAE delegation to Washington, D.C., last month for ASAE's annual fly-in. We had a great time sharing The Power of A story with our congressional offices.
The Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) announces the appointment of Damon Bell, a proven sales leader with more than two decades of hospitality industry experience, as the new Sr. Director of Convention Sales. Bell will oversee sales and booking of the entire complex, which features 1.4 million square feet of exhibit space, 106 meeting rooms, 12 exhibit halls, two grand ballrooms and various outdoor spaces and plazas. Bell’s resume includes eight years with Omni Hotels and Resorts, and the last seven years with White Lodging, one of the largest and fastest-growing hotel ownership, development and management companies in America. Read more here.
MemberClicks is pleased to be recognized as the 5th Best Place to Work in Atlanta in the Small Business category by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and to awarded with the AJC's 2017 New Ideas award for innovation. Mark Sedgley, president and CEO of MemberClicks, said "We work hard to create a culture that encapsulates our company values – work hard, play hard, be shockingly refreshing, forgive and be forgiven, etc. – and we’re thrilled that our employees not only embrace those values, but really take them to heart." For more information about The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Top Workplaces, click here
After a dramatic $30 million transformation, Tania Lynn, sales manager, is delighted to announce that the newly unveiled Sheraton Bay Point Resort has attained the prestigious AAA Four Diamond distinction. AAA Diamond hotel ratings represent a combination of the overall quality, range of facilities and level of services offered by the property. Sheraton Bay Point Resort is proud to be designated as an upscale, full-service resort offering a refined experience for leisure, meetings and corporate guests to the destination. Read the full press release here.

Jeff Hewitt, CDME, senior vice president, and Jen Thompson, national sales manager, are thrilled to share that Savannah has been named No. 2 on Harper’s Bazaar Magazine’s list of "10 Best Summer Vacation Hotspots that will Save You Money This Year," touting Savannah as a "walkable city with an abundance of historic charms." Southern Living Magazine named Savannah the No. 2 "South’s Best City" and  Tybee Island as one of the "South’s Best Islands." Read more here.

Scheduled to open in spring of 2018, the Homewood Suites – Athens is located just behind The Classic Center. The Homewood Suites – Athens will open following the Hyatt Place – Athens, which is scheduled to open in August 2017. Missy Wilson, Director of Sales, Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau, is delighted to announce that along with a new Springhill Suites on Broad Street and additional rooms under construction at the Best Western, Athens expects to add 600 downtown hotel rooms within the next 24 months. 
The GSAE Foundation is accepting internship grant applications through May 1! Summer and fall are perfect times to hire extra help at your organization and introduce a college student to the wonders of the association management profession. Since 2002, the Foundation has supported 30 organizations and awarded nearly $45,000 to support the association profession. View examples of some sections of the application to help you craft a compelling job description. Download and send in your organization’s form by May 1. Recipients will be recognized during the Annual Meeting May 31-June 2.
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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 April 25, CAE Study Group Kick-off Meeting on May 4 and our Annual Meeting in Macon, May 31-June 2.
Live webinars are scheduled for April 18, May 3 and 16, June 1 and 20 and July 13. Worth 1 CAE hour each. Did you know? Over 92 CAE-qualifying recorded webinars are available 24/7 on our GSAE website.
We need 2 CAEs to act as proctors for the 2017 CAE exam on May 5 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at Meeting Expectations (3525 Piedmont Road, Building 5, Suite 300, Atlanta, GA 30305). To act as a proctor, you must meet the requirements set out by the CAE Commission.
Join us on May 4 for the kick-off meeting of GSAE's CAE Study Group. Take this opportunity to connect with your fellow study group participants, meet some of our esteemed facilitators and learn more about the study group format.
GSAE has partnered with the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation (MPLC) to offer a discount to all GSAE members on their license for showing scenes from motion pictures and other audiovisual programs. Through your membership with GSAE, you will receive a 10 percent annual discount.
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University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
News Briefs
ASAE created The Power of A Awards to showcase how associations leverage their unique resources to solve problems, advance industry/professional performance, kick start innovation and improve world conditions. You may read more about Georgia Poultry Federation’s silver award-winning entry from 2016 here.
The ASAE Foundation Roadshow’s "Keys to Governance" program on Tuesday, April 11 was sponsored by the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau and Georgia Aquarium. The Foundation’s studies and the academic projects it supports can serve as a framework for having important conversations with your own board of directors. Visit today and consider donating to continue their important work for the association community. Atlanta will match donations to the Annual Fund from the ASAE community up to $10,000.
This study explores what members look for when it comes to professional development and continuing education, including the importance of content, sources members turn to for education, how members prefer to pay for learning and how different generations view the value of education.
Earlier this week, a broad coalition of charitable nonprofit groups urged Congress to maintain current law that prohibits 501(c)(3) groups from endorsing political candidates. ASAE believes the Johnson Amendment is an important safeguard for the charitable sector. "Public trust is critical to the credibility and effectiveness of donor-based nonprofits," said ASAE President and CEO John Graham, FASAE, CAE.
JP Guilbault, president, is pleased to announce that Abila and Aptify have joined forces with YourMembership to form a powerful and unified family of technology-leading brands to better serve associations, nonprofits and government entities, as well as the communities they serve. Together, we will operate under the name of Community Brands, building a connected eco-system of software and services. We are creating one of the world’s largest technology and services groups dedicated to helping member- and donor-centric organizations. Read the full press release here.
Upcoming CAE-accredited webinars from HighRoad U, new podcasts from Lighthouse Counsel, a member engagement blog post from MemberClicks and more.

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