GSAE eNewsletter
Facebook Twitter LinkedIn
Featured Stories
Keynote: "Save Your 6, Responding to Active Threats" – J. Tripp Mitchell, CPP
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. 
Learn more about Tripp here.

Morning Workshop: 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-$2,909
    • Additional attendees from the same organization – $299 each
    • $155-$345 room rate (Grand Complex, excludes room taxes & fees) at Sandestin Golf and 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
University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
Member News
The Winter 2018 class of CAEs successfully completed the CAE examination administered nationwide in December 2017. They will be honored, along with the summer class of CAEs, during the 2018 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition in Chicago, August 18-21. Read ASAE's press release, congratulating all 141 new CAEs, here.

Congratulations to the newest CAEs in Georgia:

Charles G. Haws, CAE
Senior Specialist, Membership
American College of Rheumatology
Janet Orwig, MBA, CAE
Associate Executive Officer for Member Services
Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards
Teresa Tatum, CAE
Executive Director
Georgia Association of Medical Equipment Suppliers
Congratulations to Amy Hokkanen who was named the January 2018 Quarterly Shining Star for MPI Georgia. 

Shan Haugabrook and her husband Eric are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Hannah Abigail Haugabrook. Born January 8, 2018, 8 pounds, 3 ounces and 21 inches long. Both mom and baby are doing well and settling in at home. Hannah's three siblings, Ariel, Gabrielle and Isaiah are super excited to finally meet her and are adjusting well to the family's newest addition.

Steven Schumacher, Director of Sales for the Dunwoody Convention & Visitor Bureau, and his wife MaryKate, welcomed their first child on January 11. Quinn Cecilia Schumacher was born weighing 6 lbs., 15 oz. and was 19 inches long. Both mother and baby are doing great!
  • Thomas Kislat is the Sales & Marketing Manager for the Forum River Center in Rome, GA;
  • Nancy Wilkerson is back at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort (host of the 2018 GSAE Annual Meeting) as the National Sales Manager;
Bonnie Gardner, Association Sales Manager, and Julie King, Sales Manager, Lanier Islands Legacy Lodge, are excited to share the news about the new partnership between LLI Management and Safe Harbor that will bring the world famous Margaritaville brand to Lanier Islands Resort. Coming for the 2018 season, guests can expect to find the sights, sounds and flavors of Margaritaville at resort locations including Lanier World, Harbor Landing and the Campgrounds. Read more...
Jeff Hewitt, CDME, Senior Vice President, and Jen Thompson, National Sales Manager, Visit Savannah, are delighted to announce that nine Savannah hotels are among the 41 hotels in Georgia rated as the best in the nation, according to the latest round of AAA Diamond Ratings. The nine Savannah hotels named 4 Diamond Hotels by AAA include GSAE member properties The Brice – A Kimpton Hotel (Beth Kuzera, Group Sales Manager) and The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa (Cece Corbin, CMP, Senior Account Executive). Read more...
Visit Macon
Peachtree City Tourism Association
GSAE News & Events
We look forward to seeing you in 2018! In addition to our February 21 Luncheon and CAEs After Dark, mark your calendars and plan to join us for upcoming events, including the T.E.A. Group Luncheon on February 27, the April 18 GSAE Luncheon, webinars and more. SIG dates will be added soon!

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.

Winter/Spring 2018 Cohort Dates: February 13 and 27; March 13 and 27; April 10 and 24.


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 donate today
Live webinars are scheduled for February 27, March 29 and April 10. Worth 1 CAE hour each. Did you know? Over 94 CAE-qualifying recorded webinars are available 24/7 on our GSAE website.

February 27 – Beyond Association Silos: 10 Tips to Redesign Conference and Learning Strategy
March 29 – The Art and Science of High Trust Teams
April 10 – Fueling Exceptional New Member Experiences: 3 New Strategies for Onboarding, Engagement and Retention


Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
News Briefs
The Internal Revenue Service has released 2018 tax withholding tables to reflect changes from tax reform. Employers should begin using the new rates as soon as possible, but not later than February 15, 2018. The new tables reflect the increased standard deduction, repealed personal exemptions and adjusted tax rates included in the 2017 tax law. Individuals may see increases in their paychecks as soon as February, the agency said in a news release. More information is available in the Withholding Tables Frequently Asked Questions.
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.

A new blog post from MemberClicks featuring Gabriel Eckert, CAE and Lowell Aplebaum, CAE; a new blog on the Board Chair-CEO Partnership on plus reorganized resources; several Venable, LLP blogs to follow and more.



We would appreciate your comments or suggestions.
Your email will be kept private and confidential.