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Room block extended to Saturday, May 13
Educational Opportunities Abound! Download the full schedule
  • Executive Presence Workshop with Cynthia Mills, FASAE, CAE, CMC, CPC, CCRC & Greg Fine, CAE
  • Hotel Contracts Workshop with Tyra Hilliard, PhD, JD, CMP
  • Keynote speakers include Beth Z., Your Nerdy Best Friend & Shelly Alcorn, CAE
  • Breakouts featuring nationally known speakers
  • Association Executive Members – $349
  • Corporate Supplier Members – $649-$2,909 based on package
  • Additional staff from same organization – $249
  • Download the paper registration form here
As a CAE Approved Provider educational program related to the CAE exam content outline, the Annual Meeting may be applied for up to 12 CAE credits (if you attend a pre-conference workshop) toward your CAE application or renewal of professional development requirements.

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Member News
Former GSAE member Sid Kaminsky passed away on Wednesday, May 3. Sid retired from the Columbus, GA Convention & Visitors Bureau in 2014, where he was serving as the Vice President of Leisure Travel and Convention Sales. Shortly before his passing, he told his daughter what he’d like written on his gravestone: He never knew a stranger. Anyone who knew Sid, knew that statement to be true. As one GSAE member pointed out, "Sid was one of the first GSAE members I met when I joined. He taught me and others how to get the most out of GSAE."
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Sid's memory to Shearith Israel Synagogue, The Columbus Jazz Society or to Columbus Hospice. Read the full obituary here
The Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau has won an outstanding achievement award in the Web Marketing Association’s annual Internet Advertising Competition. The Augusta Convention & Visitor’s Bureau website,, is proud to have earned the IAC Award for "Outstanding Website," in an international competition that highlights the best in online advertising over the span of 96 industries. "We are honored to be a winner of the 2017 IAC Awards," said Barry White, IOM, CDME, President & CEO of the ACVB, particularly because the internet is such an important tool for modern travelers." Learn more...
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GSAE News & Events
In addition to the Annual Meeting, mark your calendars and plan to join us for upcoming events, including the T.E.A. Group Luncheon on May 23, the July 12 GSAE Luncheon at Holiday Inn & Suites Atlanta Airport North and ASAE's Annual Meeting & Expo, August 12-15 in Toronto.
CAE Study Group Registration form ($89): The next formal CAE Study Group will  begin June 15 at Georgia Association for Water Professionals (GAWP). Each session is eligible for CAE hours based on instruction time. Registration is required and includes lunch or snacks plus a Mock CAE Exam session in November. View the full schedule and learn more here.
GSAE uses ASAE's CAE Study Guide in our review sessions – 2015 Edition, Kathleen M. Edwards, CAE, Executive Editor. Member and non-member price is $100. Order now – includes official CAE Practice Exam!

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. 
We are launching a new virtual discussion group, CAEs After Dark, this summer. Let Wendy know if you are interested in joining, or send an email to, and we’ll be sure you are on the list for the ZOOM discussion group announcement.
$149 Members; $199 Non-Members
This survey is conducted every two years by a group of state, local and regional societies of association executives with support from Whorton Marketing & Research. 
  • 1,315 associations across the U.S. participated in this year’s survey, including members and non-members of 26 SAEs.  
  • Participation included 11 South, 8 Northeast, 8 Midwest, and 5 West states and areas.
  • Each SAE report features its own data, state-wide or for its region. 
  • The national study compares compensation across states for 39 positions. 
  • Meets IRS requirements for third party data.
The full national and state reports present detailed compensation overall by budget and staff ranges, geographic scope and membership structure, and by state. Available in PDF format. Order online – after signing into your profile to receive the member pricing. 
Live webinars are scheduled for May 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.
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  3. If you have any questions about the validity of a message from GSAE – from staff, our officers, our website or our e-newsletter provider, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly.
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News Briefs
On April 25, Naylor Association Solutions opened the annual Association Communications Benchmarking Survey, which helps define communications best practices for organizations of all sizes within the trade and professional association community.

Your input will add a vital component to our collective knowledge and will help build a more relevant, informative and insightful communications benchmarking report for the entire association community. To get started, please take a moment to sign up.

The survey will remain open through Friday, May 19. As a small token of our appreciation, all participants completing at least 50 percent of the survey will receive a $10 Amazon gift card.
Plan to join AENC, FSAE, SCSAE, TNSAE, VSAE, and GSAE members for an attendee reception at Amsterdam BrewHouse on Monday, August 14 before The Classic. Drop by between 5:15 and 6:30 p.m. for the opportunity to connect with your Southern SAE peers and industry partners over munchies and your choice of beer and wine selections.

Thank you to our sponsors (and be sure to stop by their booths during the Expo):
Booth 721 Booth 1137
See Public Policy Booth
Booth 603

The Convention Industry Council, which represents 33 organizations in the meetings, conventions, and exhibitions industries, has just announced a change to its name and its look to better reflect a broad range of constituents.
Upcoming CAE-accredited webinars from HighRoad U, a vendor engagement blog post from MemberClicks and more.

Learn more about how GSAE's Internship Grant Program is helping our members.

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