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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 a.m. - Workshop
10:30-11:30 a.m. - Member Orientation
11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. - Networking Reception
12-1:30 p.m. - Luncheon & Keynote
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. - Supplier Council Meeting
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 Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center
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.

Donating to the silent auction is a great way to show your support and help raise funds to continue GSAE’s mission of advancing the profession of association management and enhancing the professionalism of association executives. Donations of any size will be most appreciated and welcomed – we can even package smaller donations together to create a fabulous gift basket or experience!

New in 2018: Gift Card Pull! Consider donating a $20-$100 gift card from any national chain (Target, Whole Foods, Amazon, iTunes, TJ Maxx, etc.). Attendees can purchase as many "pulls” as they’d like – with a guaranteed win every time! Gift cards will be drawn throughout the conference.

Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau
University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
Member News
  Jay Markwalter, TMP, Director of Sales for the Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB), has accepted a new position as the Executive Director of the Georgia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus (GACVB). Markwalter has served in the Destination Marketing Organization industry for more than 15 years, proving to be a leader in tourism-based economic development. In his new role, Markwalter will lead GACVB’s mission to serve as the unified voice for Georgia’s tourism industry.
  Association Services Group (ASG) is pleased to announce the Florida Watermelon Association (FWA) has selected ASG for full service management, effective March 1, 2018. The FWA is comprised of watermelon growers and marketers of Florida watermelon. They aim to unite and organize membership to promote the consumption of watermelons grown in Florida.



Loren Einstein, Senior Sales Manager, The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee, is thrilled to announce the opening of two new venues. Groups can plan outdoor adventures with the debut of the new Sandy Creek Sporting Grounds, featuring 100 acres of natural terrain and offering a rustic playground of archery, fishing, sport clay shooting, air rifle instruction and more. The Pavilion provides a less-formal atmosphere, while the breezy interior is aglow from custom iron-made chandeliers and sconces, transform the mood from day to night. It is nestled among lush azaleas, mountain laurel and rhododendron gardens with sliding barn doors creating a larger-than-life entrance. Read the full press release here.

Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Peachtree City Tourism Association
GSAE News & Events

To create your account in the new website, if you have not already: 

Thanks to our friends at MISBO for this great "show me" video.  
  1. Create an account here.
  2. Check the "I agree to the terms and conditions” box (you may read those here).
  3. Enter your email of record with GSAE and create a password. Note: you also have the option to login via your Facebook or Google account. This does not allow us to login to your social networks.

Once you’ve created an account, please upload your headshot and update your interests and expertise so other GSAE members can connect with you!

  • Pro tip for a great-fitting headshot: Staff is finding that LinkedIn photos are nearly perfect – download yours and then upload it to your GSAE profile. It’s a breeze.
  • Or, visit a spot like Canva to resize it to the preferred 300x300.
In addition to our April 18 Luncheon, mark your calendars and plan to join us for upcoming events, including the GSAE Telework SIG meeting on April 20, T.E.A. Group Luncheon on April 24, CAEs After Dark on April 24, webinars and more. More SIG dates will be added soon!

The virtual ZOOM discussion group CAEs After Dark is designed especially for renewing Certified Association Executives who are interested in exploring a variety of association management topics. 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 Date is April 24. 


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.

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 May 3, 8 and June 5. Worth 1 CAE hour each. Did you know? More than 94 CAE-qualifying recorded webinars are available 24/7 on our GSAE website.

May 3 - Can You Hear Me? Effective Communication Strategies for Associations
May 8 - Let's Get Digital
June 5 - Emotionally Intelligent Leadership

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
News Briefs
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.
The IRS has provided clarification about the non deductibility of qualified transportation benefits by specifically stating that they are not deductible even if paid through a salary reduction program.
This conference will assemble thousands of association professionals from around the world under one virtual roof, to have a productive and meaningful conversation around innovation and change. Participants will have exclusive access to sessions centered on transformative, forward-thinking solutions to our shared challenges. Powered by CE21, the sessions are designed on a platform enabling attendees to communicate with each other and with the speakers. Register now and join the pre-event conversation.

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H/t to ASAE’s Associations Now e-newsletter, March 5, 2018 issue.

ASAE Annual Meeting is where association professionals go to get focused. Join 5,000 of your colleagues from across the country for three full days of powerful networking, thought-provoking education sessions, and innovative business solutions. August 18-21, 2018 in Chicago, IL.
A recorded webinar from Venable is now available, as well as two upcoming live webinars; a new blog post from MemberClicks about virtual meetings and the new Association Adviser podcast.



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