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GSAE recognizes excellence by offering a variety of awards to individuals, which are presented annually during the Holiday luncheon. Please join us in congratulating our Award recipients again. The videos are available on the 2018 Awards playlist. Thank you for all your contributions to our success! 

2018 Award Recipients

  • Clifford M. Clarke Award – Ragan Cohn, CAE
  • Alan R. Johnson Award – Pat Dunwoody, CAE
  • Sharon Hunt Emerging Leader Award – Jennie Nesspor, CAE
  • Peggy Seigler Corporate Member of the Year Award – Jennifer Thompson
  • Stephen Styron Award – Connie Bergeron, CMP and Amy Hokkanen
  • Skelton-Massey Award – Charles Hall
  • Chair’s Award – The Beer Bros. – Lowell (Low El) Aplebaum, CAE, Mike Pennington, CAE and Russ Webb

2018 Holiday Luncheon Thank Yous

Atlanta Community Food Bank Food Drive
Thanks to your generosity, we raised $220 and donated 333 pounds of food to the Atlanta Community Food Bank, providing 1,158 meals for people in need in the area. You may still make a monetary contribution to ACFB here

Silent Auction
The Holiday silent auction raised over $9,300 last week – including almost $1,000 from the Wine Toss! Thank you for supporting GSAE’s educational programming this year! A list of happy winners has been sent to the donors – if you have any questions, please contact Jane Anne

Check out the pictures on our Facebook page!

Thank you to our Holiday Luncheon Host and Sponsors
Host AV Sponsor Awards Video Production
Atlanta Marriott Century Center PRG Lava Post Production

Jayne Tannenbaum 
Senior Sales Manager

Jeff Sabourin
Director, Global Accounts
Tom Branch
Voice of GSAE
It's never too early to start thinking of ways to expand your GSAE involvement! Learn more about our committees and SIGs below and plan to join us February 20 for the Quarterly Luncheon & Participation Fair to network with GSAE volunteer leaders and learn more about their role.
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel

GSAE enjoyed a very successful 2018 – including the implementation of 2 new programs (October's Small Staff SIG Summit and the Tech Showcase in November), offering more than 45 hours of CAE credits and launching the sixth Leadership Academy class! 

We could not have done it without the work of our volunteer leaders, attendees and everyone who gave of their time and talents to our profession this year. Thank you!

We look forward to continued success and seeing each of you in 2019!

Happy Holidays,

Wendy & Jane Anne

Member News

Bryan Tolar is proud to announce the formation of his government affairs firm, Tolar Capitol Partners, Inc. Bryan spent 20 years championing Georgia’s agribusiness, rising to president of the Georgia Agribusiness Council before leaving the organization in September to establish his own firm. "I'll take my experience and achievements gained while leading agribusiness interests and serve a select group of clients. My passion and commitment in this arena have never wavered...they will now just take on a fresh, new perspective. I look forward to continuing my work on agribusiness and environment policies, while taking on key issues impacting rural and farm communities." Read the press release here.


The National Poultry & Food Distributors Association (NPFDA) Search Committee has selected Cece Corbin, CMP, as the new Executive Director. Corbin began work with the organization in mid-November and will officially take the position upon the retirement of Kristin McWhorter, CAE. McWhorter will stay on in an advisory capacity for a limited time. Cece has been an integral part of the association community for years and has been recognized numerous times for her leadership in GSAE and SCSAE. Congrats, Cece!


The Roswell Convention & Visitors Bureau (RCVB) is happy to announce their new Executive Director, Andy Williams, CMP, TMP. Andy will begin his work with the RCVB in January 2019. As a Certified Meeting Professional and a Travel Marketing Professional, we know he will bring fresh ideas and energy to Roswell tourism.  Andy most recently served as the Director of Sales for Destination South Meetings + Events.


ASAE Business Services, Inc. (ABSI) is ASAE’s wholly-owned subsidiary, providing business solutions to the association community that help associations grow and prosper, save time and money, and simplify the business of running an association.

GSAE member Donald Palmisano Jr., JD, Executive Director/CEO, Medical Association of Georgia, serves on the ASAE Business Services, Inc. Board of Directors as a Member-At-Large. 


Jennifer Dahlberg
Special Events & Catering Sales Director
Ponte Vedra Beach Resorts

Matthew Gambill
Director Of Business Development

Regina Robuck
Independent Contractor
RKR Sponsor Solutions, LLC
Teresa Tatum, CAE
Director of Education & The Georgia Pharmacy Foundation
The Georgia Pharmacy Association

Missy Brandt Wilson, MBA, Area Director of Sales, McNeil Hotel Company, is delighted to announce the opening of the Homewood Suites in Athens on Friday, November 23. The new hotel brings 130 suites to Athens to serve the local convention and university markets, as well as leisure tourists experiencing the music scene and other popular pursuits. Guests will experience a complimentary daily full hot breakfast, evening reception, Wi-Fi and even a grocery shopping service. The hotel also has an outdoor kitchen and grill area, fitness center and game room along with 963 square feet of flexible space for meeting and social events.

Peachtree City Tourism Association
GSAE News & Events

Please contact us ASAP if your property would like to host a luncheon and show off your meeting space in 2019!

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).

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 Lodge at Gulf States Park
News Briefs

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 your holiday out-of-office check list; free webinars from Venable, LLP and Naylor Association Solutions.



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