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Dr. Roger Tutterow, Ph.D. is a professor of economics at Kennesaw State University.He also serves as director of the Econometric Center, an applied research center housed in KSU’s Coles College of Business. In addition to his work in academia, Dr. Tutterow has served as a consultant on financial economics and statistical modeling for corporate clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to closely held businesses.

For the last four years, he has been selected by Georgia Trend magazine as a "notable Georgian." In 2003, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue appointed Dr. Tutterow to serve on the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors, a capacity that he continues to serve in for current Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal.
Morning Workshop: Employment Law Update - Justin R. Barnes
10-11:30 a.m., 1.5 CAE hours
Justin Barnes is an attorney in the Atlanta office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Mr. Barnes represents employers in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies on a variety of labor and employment related issues, including collective and class action wage and hour disputes, labor arbitrations, allegations of discrimination, and employment-related contract disputes.
10-11:30 am - Workshop
10:30-11:30 am - Member Orientation
11:30-12 pm - Networking Reception
12-1:30 pm - Luncheon & Keynote
GSAE Members - $39 Early Bird ($49 after April 13)
Guests - $49 Early Bird ($59 after April 13)
Workshop - $69 member ($89 guest)
Thank you to our sponsor:
Jekyll Island Authority/Convention & Visitors Bureau
Thank you to our host:
Omni Hotel at The Battery Atlanta
Thank you to our AV sponsor: PRG
As a CAE Approved Provider educational program related to the CAE exam content outline, this luncheon program may be applied for 1 credit, and the workshop for 1.5 credits, toward your CAE application or renewal of professional development requirements. For more information about the CAE credential or Approved Provider program, please visit
Note: This program is not endorsed, accredited, or affiliated with ASAE or the CAE program. Applicants may use any program that meets eligibility requirements in the specific timeframe towards the exam application or renewal. There are no specific individual courses required as part of the applications – selection of eligible education is up to the applicant based on his/her needs.

Book your room today!
May 30-June 1 at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort 

  • $155 run of house (Grand Complex Studio, excludes room taxes & fees)
  • Grand Complex 1 Bedroom - $195
  • Grand Complex 2 Bedroom - $275
  • Grand Complex 3 Bedroom - $345
  • *Beachside & Luau options based on availability: $219-$499 with minimum stay requirements
*Please note all sessions are on the bay side at the Baytowne Conference Center. The beach side guest shuttle does not run until 8:30 a.m.
Donating to the silent auction is a great way to show your support and help raise funds to help continue GSAE’s mission of advancing the profession of association management and enhancing the professionalism of association executives. We're asking all GSAE members and friends for support of the Silent Auction this year. Any donation of any size will be most appreciated and welcomed – we can even package smaller donations together to create a fabulous gift basket or experience!
Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau
University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
Member News
Dan Vickers, CAE, executive director of the Podiatry Institute, has been named Podiatry Management’s 2018 Inductee into the Podiatry Hall of Fame. Dan has been personally committed to the profession of podiatry for more than 30 years, tirelessly supporting and guiding the educational efforts for the Podiatry Institute and the profession of podiatry. Read the full article from Podiatry Management here.

The Chattanooga Convention & Visitors Bureau has named Barry E. White, IOM, CDME as the new president and chief executive officer, attracting a successful tourism and hospitality professional to the Scenic City. White is excited about leading the Chattanooga CVB after wrapping up his service as the president and CEO of the Augusta, Georgia CVB. He started as their director of sales in 1991 and was named to his current position three years later. Read the press release here

  • James Pace, senior director of administration and services at Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia 
  • David Cowles, director of sales for Hilton Pensacola Beach,

On March 21, ASAE presented Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and Rep. Scott Taylor (R-VA) with the 2018 Sentinel Award, and Wendy W. Kavanagh, CAE, president of the Georgia Society of Association Executives (GSAE), with ASAE’s Association Political Leadership Award. The awards were presented during American Associations Day at the ASAE Board Reception. American Associations Day is ASAE’s yearly fly-in to share the association industry’s powerful story with policymakers and their staffs in Washington, D.C. Six GSAE members were in attendance.

Meeting Expectations is pleased to announce that founder and partner Jalene Bermudez, CMP, will succeed Brian Meyer as president, reprising the role she held from the company’s founding in 1992 until 2002. Mr. Meyer remains a partner in the firm, will serve on the Meeting Expectations Board of Directors and will work closely with Ms. Bermudez in her role as president, consulting on strategic initiatives. Ms. Bermudez assumes the role of president on Friday, June 1.
MemberClicks is conducting an Industry Study to learn more about the challenges, goals and opinions of today's association professionals. Please complete this short survey by March 30. If you leave your name and email address at the end, you'll be entered into a raffle for a $300 Amazon gift Card!
Graduate Hotels brand has been named one of Fast Company’s "The World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies" in 2018 and the second most innovative company in Travel. Graduate is looking to open 25 outposts by 2020, with a goal of hitting 100 markets in the next decade. Georgia's own Graduate Athens (John Huntsman, director of sales, and Sharon Hopkins, sales manager) served as a host hotel for the 2016 GSAE Annual Meeting. Read the full announcement here.

Barnsley Resort recently celebrated the opening of the 55-room Inn at Barnsley Resort and the striking 9,000 sq. ft. Georgian Hall event space. The 3,000 acre resort offers everything for outdoor enthusiasts and lovers of luxury and fine food - and just over an hour from Atlanta! For more information, please visit the website or contact GSAE member John Steffes at (770) 773-7480 or

Adele Chazin, Principal, is pleased to announce that Chazin & Company provides outsourced accounting and CFO services, specializing in small to mid-sized nonprofits. Visit for more information on their services.
Visit Macon
Peachtree City Tourism Association
GSAE News & Events
In addition to our April 18 Luncheon and CAEs After Dark on March 27, mark your calendars and plan to join us for upcoming events, including the T.E.A. Group Luncheon on March 27, Atlanta Area Global Meetings Industry Day on April 12, webinars and more. More SIG dates will be added soon!

Join us for the virtual ZOOM discussion group, CAEs After Dark. 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.

 Remaining spring 2018 Cohort Dates: March 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 download the internship grant application here.
Live webinars are scheduled for March 29 and April 10. Worth 1 CAE hour each. Did you know? More than 94 CAE-qualifying recorded webinars are available 24/7 on our GSAE website.

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
May 3 - Can You Hear Me? Effective Communication Strategies for Associations
May 8 - Let's Get Digital

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
News Briefs
The Georgia Society of Association Executives is proud to partner with Institute for Organization Management, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s professional development program for non-profit executives, and offer two $500 partial tuition scholarships to one of Institute’s 2018 sites. If you are interested in this scholarship opportunity, contact Wendy Kavanagh, CAE, at (404) 577-7850 or by March 23.
On April 12, leaders from across the meetings and events industry will come together to support the annual Global Meetings Industry Day. Make plans to join us at Live! At The Battery Atlanta for an afternoon of socializing, collaborating and celebrating. We’ve added a unique activity that will show the power of our community and give you a valuable takeaway. You won’t want to miss it! Learn more and register here.
ASAE created the Power of A Awards to showcase how associations leverage their unique resources to solve problems, advance industry/professional performance, kickstart innovation and improve world conditions. ASAE’s Power of A Awards are one of the industry’s highest honors on the local, national and global levels.
A recorded webinar from Venable is now available, plus an article about photo usage legalities; a live webinar from Naylor Association Solutions (worth 1 CAE hour); a new blog post from MemberClicks about surveying your members for increased retention and the new Association Adviser podcast.



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