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The 2018-2019 Leadership Academy class will feature the most up-to-date curriculum and a Capstone project to synthesize all you will learn. It’s going to be a tremendous experience worth up to 56 CAE hours to sit for the exam or to renew. The class will begin with a kick-off retreat October 25-26, 2018 followed by eight day-long classes from December-June. Additional details may be found here. Application deadline is September 1, 2018 - apply today.

$1,050 covers registration, the retreat, tours and all course materials. Participation is open to any GSAE member or staff (if the CEO is a GSAE member).

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Cynthia Mills, FASAE, CAE, CMC, CPC, CCRC, Founder, President and CEO of The Leaders' Haven, LLC, is the 31st recipient of the Academy of Leaders Award. It’s given to industry partners who have demonstrated exemplary support of ASAE and the entire association community. Cynthia has been an ASAE member since 1990. She has been active on several committees including: Membership (1991-1995), Key Philanthropic Organizations Committee (1995-1998), and the Marketing Section Council (1999-2000; Board Liaison 2000-2001). She served on ASAE’s Board of Directors (2000-2005) and the Executive Committee (2003-2005), and ASAE Business Services Inc. Board of Directors (2011-2014). She became a Fellow in 2002 and served as Fellows Vice Chair (2005-2006) and Fellows Chair (2006-2007). She’s also a member of Association Executives of North Carolina and member and Past President of the Georgia Society of Association Executives. Read more about ASAE's leadership awards here.


As of July 1, Bonnie Gardner has retired from Lanier Islands Legacy Lodge, where she served as the Association Sales Manager. Bonnie has been an active member of GSAE for several years, volunteering on the Supplier Council, Meet & Greet and Table Hosts committees, as well as hosting the GSAE Leadership Retreat for the past four years. In her own words, "It's been such a pleasure being a part of the best organization ever!"

We wish you all the best and hope you enjoy every minute of retirement, Bonnie!


  • Sharon Shuford, CAE, CTC, CITE, LEED GA - Manager, Membership & Marketing, Georgia Association of Convenience Stores
  • Mallary Whitten - Sales Manager, The Alida Hotel
  • Nealy Wheat, CAE - Controller, Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation

Debbie Barron, Sales Manager, is thrilled to announce Savannah Marriott Riverfront's completed renovations, and "Renovation Reveal" on July 31 (invitations coming soon). Now featuring refreshed meetings spaces, the hotel has truly changed what it means for things to be "business as usual." Modern audio/visual facilities and high-speed internet access now compliment revamped meeting rooms, featuring new carpet, artwork, furniture + lighting. With 20 versatile event rooms totaling 40,000 square feet of meeting space perfectly suited for groups ranging in size from 10 to 1,600 people, discover how they’ve reimagined the guest experience through fresh redesign here.


The Printing & Imaging Association of Georgia (PIAG) owns and operates a full-service insurance agency, PIAG Insurance, serving its members and other businesses in the state of Georgia. Discover how PIAG Insurance can provide you with insurance options, as well as deliver non-dues revenue to your association. For more information, visit or watch this quick video.


Plan your next winter escape to The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee and receive special savings and incentives, including room rates starting at $149 per night. Book a new program in January or February of 2019, 2020 or 2021 and your program’s Resort Fee, wireless internet in the meeting room, bartender fees and rental fees will be waived. For information, please email

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GSAE News & Events
Mark your calendars and plan to join us for upcoming events, including the T.E.A. Group Luncheon on July 31, GSAE Telework SIG Meeting on August 7, ASAE Annual Meeting & Tradeshow (including the Southern SAE reception), August 18-21, webinars and more. More SIG dates will be added soon! Save the dates for some specialized programming coming this fall: October 17, Small Staff SIG Summit, and November 14, GSAE’s first Tech Showcase.

The CAE Study Group (beginning in August and running into October) is forming now. We must have at least four members to hold the session. $79 - GSAE or other SAE members.


We have partnered with culture consulting firm Human Workplaces to bring you a special private, discounted edition of two of their most popular online on-demand courses, Managing Conflict with Confidence and Generational Differences in the Workplace. Taught by culture expert Jamie Notter, each of these courses contain a series of videos, quizzes for testing comprehension, with accompanying handouts and resources. They can be taken individually, or in a small group watching the videos in a room together. They are on-demand, meaning you can take them on your own schedule - all in one day, spread out over a couple weeks, or however you want. Learn more here and register today!

These editions of the courses are for the GSAE community exclusively! More details can be found (including some freely viewable content for you to explore) via the course link. Appropriate CAE Hours will be awarded upon completion of coursework and quizzes through GSAE.


Live webinars are worth 1 CAE hour. Did you know? More than 94 CAE-qualifying recorded webinars are available 24/7 on our GSAE website

The GSAE Nominating Committee is soliciting names of members interested in serving on the GSAE Board of Directors. The Nominating Committee will include GSAE Chair Gene Stinson, CAE, PCED, CEcD, HLM, Past Chair Tara Morrison, CAE, CMP and Chair Elect Bryan Tolar and up to five at large GSAE association executive members in good standing confirmed: Jennie Nesspor, CAE, Jason Cline, CAE, and Erica Powell.
Four seats for individual association member directors and one seat for a corporate supplier director will be available for two-year terms, beginning January 1, 2019. If you or someone you know would like to be considered, please fill out either a self nomination form or nominate another GSAE member here. All candidates must be members in good standing. Deadline for nominations is September 28, 2018.
The slate of nominees will be offered to the membership for review no later than November 12, 2018. Board members and officers will be accepted and installed at the GSAE Annual Business Meeting on December 12.
Relevant Bylaws:
At least ninety (90) days prior to the annual business meeting, the Board of Directors shall appoint a Nominating Committee of at least five (5) persons, each of whom shall have been an Individual member of the Society for at least two (2) years. The chairman shall be the Immediate Past Chair. Others on the committee shall be the Chair, Chair Elect and two or more other members not currently serving on the GSAE Board of Directors. Names of nominating committee members and an invitation for recommendations for candidates for nomination shall be announced to the membership at least sixty (60) days prior to the annual business meeting. The nominating committee shall submit at least one (1) name for each available elective office of the Society and said slate shall be presented, in writing, to the membership at least thirty (30) days prior to the annual business meeting and again, orally, at the annual business meeting.
GSAE recognizes excellence by presenting a variety of awards to members. To nominate a member for an award, simply email The deadline for nominations is September 28, 2018. Learn more about the awards program here
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News Briefs

Please join Catherine Baird, IT Consultant on July 31 from 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m. to discuss "Microsoft Windows, Office 365 and Other IT Issues in Plain English." Tickets are $25 per person. Contact Molly Amos at or call (404) 262-7920 to make your reservation by noon on July 26.

Plan to join AENC, FSAE, SCSAE, TNSAE, VSAE, and GSAE members for an attendee reception on Monday, August 20 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. Be sure to RSVP!
Thank you to our sponsors (and be sure to stop by their booths during the Expo):

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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 new blog post from MemberClicks about retaining retired members, a new blog post from Association Adviser on engaging members from day one, plus lots more from Doug Eadie's site.



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