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Guest lecturer: Jennifer Frum, Ph.D., University of Georgia


Jennifer Frum became UGA’s fourth Vice President for Public Service and Outreach in 2012, and the first woman to serve in the role. She provides institutional leadership for UGA’s outreach and engagement and economic development efforts across Georgia, which includes eight diverse Public Service and Outreach units: Carl Vinson Institute of Government, J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, Georgia Center for Continuing Education and Hotel, Archway Partnership, State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Marine Extension Service/Georgia Sea Grant, Small Business Development Centers (17), and the Office of Service Learning (co-managed with Vice President for Instruction). Learn more about Dr. Frum here.

Register today!
GSAE Members - $39 Early Bird ($49 after September 14) 
Guests - $49 Early Bird ($59 after September 14)

9:30 a.m. - CAE Study Group Session IV
10:30 a.m. - Member Orientation
11:30 a.m. - Networking Reception
12 p.m. - Luncheon & Keynote
1:45 p.m. - Meetings Shared Interest Group

Thank you to our sponsor:
Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau

Thank you to our host:
Omni Hotel at The Battery Atlanta
Thank you to our AV Sponsor:

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 at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center, followed by eight day-long classes from December-June. Additional details and session dates may be found here. Only a few spots remain - application deadline is September 15, 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). 


Thank you to our kick-off retreat host: Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center


Thank you to Barnsley Resort and Gary Schneeberg, Regional Sales Manager, for hosting the GSAE Board Meeting & Leadership Retreat at the end of the month. The Inn at Barnsley Resort and Georgian Hall opened in March 2018, bringing the resort's total number of accomodations to 150 guest rooms and suites. Georgian Hall expaned the resort's meetings and events venues with the 5,000 square feet. Savannah Ballroom and additional indoor and outdoor gathering space.


University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
Member News

GSAE member Rick Mallory, CIC, CWCA, President, Mallory Agency, died unexpectedly Saturday, August 18, 2018. Rick has been a member of GSAE since 2005 and will be missed throughout our community. Rick was civically and culturally involved in his  community of LaGrange. He was a board member of the Downtown LaGrange Development Authority; a former board member of Young Life; past chairman of the Troup County Heart Association; member and former president of the LaGrange Lions Club; and was the 2014 Volunteer of the Year for the West Georgia Health Foundation. He was a member of the LaGrange Gridiron Club and the Highland Country Club. Read his obituary here.

Matt Mallory, CWCA is now serving as President & CEO of the Mallory Agency.

  • Ragan Cohn, CAE - Executive Director, Oracle Applications Users Group at Meeting Expectations
  • Kelli McCain - Sales Manager, Graduate Athens
  • Sandra Shepard - Senior Sales Manager, Westin Atlanta North
  • Missy Brandt Wilson, MBA - Area Director of Sales, McNeill Hotel Company/ Homewood Suites Athens

Charles Hall, President of Association Services Group (ASG) is pleased to announce The Forest Products Society (FPS) has selected ASG for full service management, effective August 1, 2018. The FPS is the premier international organization for advancing the sustainable use of renewable cellulosic resources, including wood, through science and technology.


With more and more Baby Boomers approaching retirement, it's becoming crucial for associations to recruit and retain younger members. But easier said than done, right? Millennials have a completely different set of preferences and priorities than other members and engaging them can sometimes be hard. MemberClicks understands. That’s why they’ve put together this in-depth guide for engaging the next generation now.

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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 September 25, Professional Development Committee meeting on October 5, Small Staff Summit on October 17, webinars and more.

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.

The GSAE Nominating Committee is soliciting names of members interested in serving on the GSAE Board of Directors. 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.
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 G. Bliss Jones, Jones and Kolb on September 25 from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. to discuss "New Grants and Contracts Recognition Criteria." Tickets are $25 per person. Contact Molly Amos at or call (404) 262-7920 to make your reservation by noon on September 20.

A new blog post from MemberClicks on recruiting for your committees; free webinars from Venable, LLP and CommPartners; Lodging Leaders is a new podcast for hospitality professionals and much more!
GSAE Membership Directory & Buyers' Guide
The 2019 GSAE Membership Directory & Buyers' Guide will go to print soon and we want to make sure everything is exactly how you want it! Did you get a new job? Is your name spelled correctly? Do you have new contact information? Please update your profile by September 21

Advertising space in the annual GSAE Membership Directory & Buyers' Guide is now available! Make sure your company has a lasting presence in front of GSAE members all year long. Ad sales close October 3. To be included, contact Debbi McClanahan, Media Director, at (352) 333-3490 or at




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