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The GSAE Tech Showcase is custom-built for association professionals looking to use technology and data more efficiently to increase revenue, drive membership, and adapt to today's challenging association environment. Nationally recognized companies will be exhibitng and presenting in the Learning Labs and the workshop tracks were designed with both Technophobes and Technophiles in mind. Register today!

Luncheon Keynote: Data Drives Decisions - Julie Sciullo, MBA

Julie, the CEO of Association Analytics, is uniquely equipped in applying leading edge perspective to data and analytics through product and service management, talent and team development, strategy and implementation, and continuous improvement in business processes. She is passionate about telling a story in the data to drive decisions and change. She holds an M.B.A. in Finance and Organizational Leadership from Duquesne University, as well as a B.S.B.A. in Accounting and Finance from the University of Pittsburgh. Her passion for data and analytics led to her current executive role specializing in managed technology solutions and intelligence platform delivery. Julie's insights deliver sought after value and applicable takeaways.

Register today! The deadline for early bird registration is Friday, November 9 (price increase on Nov. 10)

  • Lunch Only - 1 CAE hour: GSAE Members - $39; Guest - $49
  • Tech Showcase Attendee/All Day Tickets - 5.5 CAE hours: GSAE member - $89; Guest - $99
  • Tabletop Exhibitors – limited to 15: $299 (2 representatives)
  • Exhibitor + Learning Lab (only 2 remaining) - $399 (3 representatives)

Schedule: 1st Annual GSAE Tech Showcase Outline
8:30 am - Tech Showcase Check-in & Coffee
9 am - Breakout Sessions, Learning Labs & Tech Showcase Tabletops
11:30 am - Luncheon Registration & Networking with Tech Showcase Tabletops
12 pm - Luncheon & Keynote
1:30-3:15 pm - Breakout Sessions, Tech Showcase Tabletops & Finale Panel Discussion: Associations in the 21st Century and Beyond with our keynote speaker Julie Sciullo

Room Block at Sonesta Gwinnett Place-Atlanta
$109 (before taxes)
Book your room by Nov. 11

Thank you to our sponsor:
Jekyll Island Authority

  Thank you to our host:
Sonesta Gwinnett Place - Atlanta
  Thank you to our General Session AV Sponsor:



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: WINE TOSS! Please consider donating a bottle(s) of wine, liquor or beer for the first ever GSAE Wine Toss. Attendees will purchase rings to toss - whatever they ring, they win! Interested in sponsoring this carnival-style event? Contact GSAE today.

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
Jeff Sabourin
Director, Global Accounts
Marcy Anderson
National Sales Manager
Mike Pennington, CAE, QBO 
novi Evangelist

Amand Cook
VP of Business Development

(404) 214-4825 (404) 720-8602 (770) 361-8040 (888) 526-5542 ext.1

It is not too late to respond in time for the next prize drawing on November 14 during GSAE’s first Tech Showcase and Luncheon! Deadline to qualify is Monday, November 12 at noon.

Complete the Meetings & Purchasing Survey for a chance to win a $100 American Express Gift Card. Fill it out today. It’ll take about 10 minutes of your life for some pretty good odds, and you do not have to be present to win. Big thanks to the GSAE Supplier Council for helping staff create a useful tool for all our folks.

Even if you don’t plan meetings, we are still very interested in your purchasing interests.

Member News
  • Jennifer Baker - Programs & Services Manager at Society for Maintenance & Reliability Professionals
  • Cathy Jones - Senior Director, Business Development at Lamont Associates
  • Tip Tucker Kendall - Director, Member Services at International Society of Arboriculture
  • Mike Mazur - Operations Consultant at Meadows Community Association
  • James Touchton, MPA - Economic Development Director at City of Stockbridge, Georgia

For the first time, Southern Living has added "The South’s Best Food Cities" to their South's Best reader survey. These food cities mix established scenes with others seeing revivals. Some are major hubs while others are under-the-radar locals. But they all share deep connection to hospitality. Several GSAE members are included in the 2018 Top 10 List: #2 Charleston, SC, Chris Hendrix, CMP and John Michael McCants; #4 Savannah, GA, Jeff Hewitt, CDME and Jen Thompson; #5 Asheville, NC - Shawn Boone; #6 Nashville, TN - Brenda Dempsey; # 8 Atlanta, GA - William Pate and Megan Wilkinson; #10 Athens, GA - Nick Arnold and Jeremiah Cook.


Mallary Whitten, Sales Manager, is thrilled to announce the opening of The Alida Hotel - Savannah, part of the Starwood/Marriott Tribute Portfolio. The Alida is a lifestyle luxury boutique property with 173 rooms, three meeting spaces and three culinary offerings: Rhett, The Lost Square and The Trade Room. The property boasts seven different suite types all with stellar views of the historic district and the Savannah River.


MemberClicks is pleased to announce the acquisition of a Learning Management Software solution from UpAbility. By adding an LMS to its stable of products, MemberClicks will be able to provide education-centric associations the opportunity to affordably and easily build a distance learning environment. “Through the acquisition of UpAbility, we are excited to further our mission to serve small and mid-sized associations and chambers in fulfilling their own mission and extend their reach to non-members within their industries,” said Mark Sedgley, CEO of MemberClicks. Read the full press release here.


The Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (DMCVB) presented Cobo Center the William F. McLaughlin Hospitality Award for Service Excellence at the 2018 Recognition of Service Excellence (ROSE) Awards. This is the only award in the state of Michigan that honors customer service excellence in businesses. Greg DeSandy, Director of Sales & Event Services said "We are humbled by the recognition of the facility and our associates by the community and DMCVB at the recent Rose Awards. It's clear that deliberate focus on service and facilities has paid off. Plans are already underway to re-imagine the customer experience so that we can continue to elevate everything we offer."

Peachtree City Tourism Association
GSAE News & Events
Mark your calendars and plan to join us for upcoming events, including the Tech Showcase & Luncheon on November 14, T.E.A. Group luncheon on November 27, the GSAE Holiday Luncheon on December 12, webinars and more.
We are pleased to announce the following slate of officers and Board Members for 2019:
Chair: Bryan Tolar 
Chair-Elect: Joel Peacock
Treasurer: Mary J. Wheatley, IOM, CAE
Past Chair: Gene Stinson, CAE, PCED, CEcD, HLM
Directors: Leigh Beakley; Julia Boyd, CAE; Ashley Goodin, CAE; Kamilah Greene; Angela Holland, CAE; Heather Hunt; James Pace; Kevin Shea, CEcD
Corporate Directors: Amy Clark and Spence Downs
Our thanks to our board members who have completed their terms this year:
Tara Morrison, CAE, CMP; Alyson Abercrombie, CAE; Beth Chitnis, CAE; John Harrison, CAE, CMP; Tim Kline, CAE; Tangela Monroe, MBA, CAE and Erik Lawser, CAE, AAMS. We also want to thank LeeAnne Minnick, who completes her term as Past Chair, GSAE Foundation.
The Nominating Committee endorses the slate for the GSAE Foundation Board of Trustees:
Chair: Jim Fowler, CAE; Chair-Elect: Sarah Berke, CAE; Treasurer: Tangela Monroe, MBA, CAE; Past Chair: Robin Lane, CAE
Respectfully submitted by the GSAE Nominating Committee:
Gene Stinson, CAE, PCED, CEcD, HLM; Tara Morrison, CAE, CMP; Bryan Tolar; Jennie Nesspor, CAE; Jason Cline, CAE; Erica Powell; Charlie Haws, CAE
We need two CAEs to act as proctors for the 2018 CAE exam on December 7 from 8 am to 2 pm (likely location is Meeting Expectations, Buckhead). To act as a proctor, you must meet the requirements set out by the CAE Commission.
Luncheons in February, April, July, September and November are $39 for all GSAE members. The 2019 Annual Meeting is at The Westin Poinsett Hotel in Greenville, SC, May 29-31. Registration fee for the first association executive attendee - $399; corporate supplier exhibitor and sponsor packages range from $659-$2909; additional attendees from the same organization - $299 each; room rates at The Westin Poinsett Hotel - $179 run of house (before taxes).
The Lodge at Gulf States Park
News Briefs

We're excited to announce that GSAE members and fantastic past speakers will present at SURGE Optimism 2018, a free interactive virtual conference November 7-9, hosted by and supported by GSAE (including our own Erin Hall, CAE and past speakers Mary Byers, CAE, CSP, Adrienne Bryant, CAE, Reggie Henry CAE, Lowell Aplebaum, CAE, Sarah Sladek, Jeff De Cagna FRSA FASAE, Janelle Benefield from Affinipay and so many more). It will assemble thousands of association professionals from around the world under one virtual roof to have a meaningful conversation about innovation.

Click to learn more and save your spot.


Please join Colin E. Blalock, Jones and Kolb on November 27 from 11:15 am to 1 pm to discuss "Record Retention in the Digital Age." Tickets are $25 per person. Contact Molly Amos at or call (404) 262-7920 to make your reservation by noon on November 20.


Plan to join GSAE in Washington, D.C., March 28-29, 2019 to participate in American Associations Day, the only legislative fly-in for association professionals. There is no registration fee for this event and it includes 3.25 CAE credit hours. Additionally, a scholarship is available for attendees from outside the DC-metro area. We need Georgia delegates to cover our legislative visits effectively; contact Wendy for more details. Register here. 

A new blog post from MemberClicks on creating a social media campaign for the holidays; free webinars from Venable, LLP and Naylor Association Solutions.

Watch your email for your invitation to participate in Looking Forward 2019, the nation's most comprehensive environmental scanning research of the association business environment. Every respondent will receive a complimentary copy of the research report. Through an exclusive agreement, GSAE members will also receive a significant discount on the resulting discussion package from Association Laboratory once the survey closes and the data is analyzed. Last year’s Board-friendly packet included worksheets, a PowerPoint presentation, and white papers to help guide a meaningful discussion about “what’s next” in the association industry.




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