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There is no bigger thanks from our association exec attendees than scheduling your OWN meeting in Macon, GA! Huge thanks to the hosts of our 2017 GSAE Annual Meeting – Macon-Bibb County Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Macon Marriott City Center Hotel.
Macon Marriott City Center
Emerald Coast CVB, Inc.
Member News
Jane Anne and Bill Sutphin welcomed their second son, Bennett Michael, on Monday, June 12 at 6:03 a.m. Bennett weighed 7 lbs., 7 oz. and was 19.5 inches long. Mom, baby and big brother Harrison are all doing great!
The Certified Association Executive (CAE) program serves to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance, and designate those who have acquired and have demonstrated knowledge essential to the practice of association management. Congratulations to Erin Hall, CAE, Product Manager, MemberClicks, our newest GSAE member to earn the designation.
Carol Hall, Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center, has been awarded the 2017 Hayward C. Cox Award, given to the person with the longest time-valued service to the MPI Georgia Chapter. Congratulations, Carol!
Dr. David V. Martin, Georgia Council on Economic Education, retired June 30 after 38 years of service, the last 35 years as Executive Director. Dr. Dave was also recently recognized as a "Father of the Year" by the American Diabetes Association on June 29.


Long-time GSAE member Cheryl Brimer, Vice President of Membership Services at the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA), has announced her retirement and will end her 39-year career on July 28.  Brimer joined GHA as a secretary in February 1978 and was promoted to the association’s lead meeting planner role in 1984. Since then, she has planned and coordinated all of the major meetings for the state’s largest hospital association.  
Congratulations to former GSAE community member Steven C. Echard, IOM, CAE, chief executive officer, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, Alexandria, VA, on being slated to serve on ASAE Board of Directors and ASAE Foundation.
Congratulations to Jan Price, CEAP, CAE and Damian Kavanagh, Ed.S., CAE for completing the Bike Ride Across Georgia (BRAG) in June.
Jennifer Thompson and Jeffrey Hewitt, Visit Savannah, really have something to celebrate. Travel and Leisure Magazine readers voted the city one of the 10 best affordable cities to visit due to its history and charm. Learn more...
Cvent has listed Atlanta as the No. 4 meeting destination in the United States. Learn more...

Risa Epstein is starting a new position as Membership and Certification Coordinator at United States Professional Tennis Association.
GSAE member Andrew McElhannon is pleased to announce his new company – Association Project Management. APM offers a variety of services including completing projects such as data reconciliation, member surveying, member resource marketing, and phone banking to promote upcoming events, continuing education programs, legislative luncheons, and more. Please email Andrew to set up an appointment to discuss what challenges APM can help your organization overcome.

Jamie Koshofer is starting a new position as Director of Sales and Marketing at The Westin Huntsville.

GSAE member Jim Peniston is offering a unique opportunity to enhance the holiday spirit for your customers, clients and/or employees, with a visit with Santa Claus at your business, convention or party. Contact Santa Jim at or (404) 550-6903 for more details. Learn more...
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GSAE News & Events
Mark your calendars and plan to join us for upcoming events, including the GSAE CAE Study Group, webinars and ASAE's Annual Meeting & Expo, August 12-15 in Toronto.
Join us for the virtual discussion group, CAEs After Dark, this fall. Let Wendy know if you are interested in joining, or send an email to Meetings are virtual and take place on the middle Tuesday of the month, 8-9:15 p.m. and provide 1 CAE credit hour per meeting. The program starts again September 12.
$149 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 July 18, August 9 and 30, and September 12. Worth 1 CAE hour each. Did you know? Over 92 CAE-qualifying recorded webinars are available 24/7 on our GSAE website.
Please join G. Bliss Jones, Jones and Kolb, July 25 from 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m. to discuss highlights from the Not-For-Profit National and State Conferences. Tickets are $25 per person. Please contact Molly Amos at or call (404) 262-7920 to make your reservation buy noon on July 20.
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
News Briefs
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

Upcoming CAE-accredited webinars from HighRoad U, a podcast from Jeff De Cagna, FRSA FASAE, a blog post about building member ambassadors from MemberClicks and more.

GSAE President Wendy Kavanagh, CAE participated in The Power of A video series during the ASAE Fly In in March. For the latest videos, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel, GSAE1917. 




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