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About the Speaker: J. Tripp Mitchell, CPP
J. "Tripp" Mitchell’s career in public law enforcement, security consulting and investigation spans many years. He is a licensed security practitioner and CEO of Guardstar, a security management firm that also consults, trains and advises organizations on how to protect their enterprise from threats and help them stay safe and secure. Learn more about Tripp here.
Keynote: "Save Your 6, Responding to Active Threats"
This session introduces strategies to survive during a security event, giving you a better understanding of the survival mindset, the factors that reduce casualties in targeted violence events, appropriate threat responses, and maintaining business continuity. Attendees will learn key takeaways on realistic approaches to making sure they stay safe and secure, and their business environment stable.

Morning Workshop – 10-11:30 a.m.: Security Issues for Executives
This workshop will engage participants to understand the dynamic security issues faced by executives. We'll discuss the importance of preparing and responding to a threat and hostile event. By recognizing the precipitating factors that may lead to security problems, staff and leaders can be more prepared to respond swiftly and appropriately.

Sip, Shop and Stroll Event for Association Executives – 1:30 p.m.
After the luncheon, The Alpharetta Convention & Visitors Bureau and The Hotel at Avalon will host a special Sip, Shop and Stroll Event exclusively for Association Executives and 3rd Party Meeting Planners. They will offer complimentary cocktails, light bites, unique discounts and giveaways as you stroll down the boulevard. Separate registration is required.

10-11:30 a.m. – Morning Workshop
10:30-11:30 a.m. – Member Orientation
11-12 p.m. – Participation Fair & Networking Reception
12-1:30 p.m. – Luncheon and Keynote
1:30 p.m. – Sip, Shop & Stroll Event for Execs & Planners

Register today
GSAE Members – $39 Early Bird ($49 after February 16)
Guests – $49 Early Bird ($59 after February 16)
Workshop – $69 member/$89 guest

Thank you to our Sponsor:
Lanier Islands Legacy Lodge

Thank You to Our Host:
The Hotel at Avalon

Thank You to Our AV Sponsor:

It's never too early to start thinking of ways to expand your GSAE involvement! Join us for the Participation Fair preceding the February 21 Luncheon to connect with Committee and Shared Interest Group leaders.

We are ready for a very exciting new year, and you won't want to miss a minute of it!

  • April 18 – Quarterly Luncheon at Omni Hotel at The Battery Atlanta, sponsored by Jekyll Island Authority
  • May 30-June 1 – GSAE 2018 Annual Meeting at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort 
    • Association executive registration – $399
    • Corporate supplier registration – $659
    • Corporate supplier exhibit packages (includes registration) – $659
    • Corporate supplier sponsor packages (includes registration) – $909-$2909
    • Additional attendees from the same organization – $299 each
    • $155 room rate (Grand Complex Studio, excludes room taxes & fees) at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort - Book Now!
  • July 11 – Summer Luncheon, sponsored by Coral Hospitality
  • September 20 – Luncheon, The Abit Massey Lecture Series, sponsored by Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau (DATE change due to Yom Kippur)
  • November 14 – Tech Showcase & Luncheon
  • December 12 – Holiday Luncheon, Awards Show & Silent Auction, sponsored by Jekyll Island Authority
To renew your membership, login to your profile and click on the ***Renew Now*** link at the top of your screen OR simply email Jane Anne.
Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau
Member News
  • Pete Tinsley, CAE is the new Executive Director of the Indiana Land Title Association
  • Kimberly Payne-Ward is the new Catering Sales Manager for Edgar's Hospitality Group
  • Jason Russo is the new National Sales Manager for the Francis Marion Hotel
  • Tania K. Lynn is now the Sr. Sales Manager at By the Sea Resorts
  • Meg Caldwell, CMP has left the association community to take on a new role as the Business Development Manager at General Motors 
  • Attorneys: Rick Walker, JD, Managing Partner
    Walker & Sumner, LLC
    Phone: (770) 314-9040
  • Explore Asheville moved!
    New address is 27 College Place, Ste. 200, Asheville, NC 28801. Visit them online at
This season, Kevin Udell and Maria Weiss invite you to trade snow and wind for sand and a cool breeze on Jekyll Island. Winter ushers in our annual Island Treasures event. Throughout January and February, gather the family to search for floats that can be exchanged for dazzling handcrafted glass globes. We have so much in store to melt away the winter blues. Find out what else is happening on Jekyll this season.
The Southern Newspaper Publishers Association is going virtual at the end of January and looking to donate their office furniture. They have desks, file cabinets, book shelves, chairs, etc. available. Please contact Edward VanHorn or Cindy Durham, CAE with any inquiries. The current SNPA office is located in Atlanta.
Visit Macon
Peachtree City Tourism Association
GSAE News & Events
We look forward to seeing you in 2018! In addition to our February 21 Luncheon, mark your calendars and plan to join us for upcoming events, including the T.E.A. Group Luncheon on January 30, CAEs After Dark on February 13, webinars and more. SIG dates will be added soon!
A live webinar is scheduled for January 31 (more coming soon!). Worth 1 CAE hour. Did you know? Over 94 CAE-qualifying recorded webinars are available 24/7 on our GSAE website.

January 31 – 7 Steps to Building Organizational Resiliency

Any organization in Georgia that employs at least one GSAE member may apply. The applications are due May 1 and will be judged on the quality of the internship experience described in the application rather than on the qualifications of the student who will fill the internship. It is the responsibility of the organization to recruit a qualified student to fill the internship, but this may be done after the GSAE Foundation announces which applications will be funded. Watch this video and visit to learn more about the internship grant program. And, please consider making a donation to the GSAE Foundation.
Join us for the virtual ZOOM discussion group, CAEs After Dark. Winter/Spring cohort begins February 13. Let Wendy know if you are interested in joining, or send an email to Tuesday meetings are 8-9:15 p.m. and provide 1 CAE credit hour per meeting.
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GSAE’s Annual Meeting RFP (2019, 2020 and 2021) will be distributed next week. The Annual Meeting is the premiere educational event of our program year. Attendees include CEOs and staff specialists from both large and small associations and represent national, regional, state and local associations. GSAE’s Annual Meeting is held the Wednesday-Friday following Memorial Day.
University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
News Briefs
ASAE invites qualified association professionals to apply for the 2018-2020 class of the Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP) by Monday, March 19, 2018. DELP is an accelerated leadership program of education, mentoring and volunteer service in the association community. Candidates who have at least three years of mid-senior level association management experience or at least one year of experience as an association CEO (as of the date of their application) and are members of a racial/ethnic minority group, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender, or have a disability are encouraged to apply.

Plan to join GSAE in Washington, D.C., March 21-22, 2018 to participate in American Associations Day, the only legislative fly-in for association professionals (#pwra). There is no registration fee for this event and scholarships are available. This event also includes 3.5 CAE credit hours. We need Georgia delegates to cover our legislative visits effectively; contact Wendy for more details. Register here

ASAE’s hotel block is at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill. The rate will be $329 per night. Our deadline for room reservations is noon on February 20. Please email Mary Kate Cunningham, CAE if you are interested in learning more.

The "STARTOF18" promotional discount for the Foresight First 2018 Briefing Series will be available for the entire month of January! The series' purpose is to strengthen the performance of association and non-profit boards through the consistent practice of foresight. This year's briefing topics - the under 40 future (registration for this single briefing is now open as well), the future of learning and work, the future of innovation and the future of the internet & privacy – are based on input from your association and non-profit peers, as well Jeff's on-going exploration of the emerging issues facing organizations. Here are the updated links you'll need to take advantage of this extended offer:
  • Board Series Registration – US$999 (US$600 off regular registration) using promo code STARTOF18-BOARD
  • Staff Series Registration – US$599 (US$300 off regular registration) using promo code START OF18-STAFF
  • Content Series Registration – US$349 (US$150 off regular registration) using promo code STARTOF18-CONTENT
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