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A SIG-apalooza is a collection of small Shared Interest Group (SIG) meetings. The SIGs are member-led groups organized around areas of interest. They offer a forum for peer-to-peer learning in a small group atmosphere. The SIGs are a great way for association executives and other nonprofit leaders to learn from colleagues about the issues relevant to them.

Choose your own adventure when you sign up to attend:

  • CAEs After Dark
  • Communications SIG
  • Emerging Professionals SIG
  • Government Relations SIG
  • Meetings SIG
  • Small Association Staff SIG
  • Fundraising/Development Professionals SIG
  • Pajama Brigade SIG
  • Tech Ninjas

GSAE Members - $39 Early Bird ($49 after July 5) 
Guests - $49 Early Bird ($59 after July 5)

10:30-11:30 am: Member Orientation
11:30-12:00 pm: Networking Reception
12:00-1:30 pm: Luncheon with SIG Discussion Tables
1:45-2:45 pm: Meetings SIG Round Table

Thank you to our Host: 
Renaissance Atlanta Midtown 
      Thank you to our AV Sponsor:



GSAE is a CAE Approved Provider
As a CAE Approved Provider educational program related to the CAE exam content outline, this luncheon program may be applied for 1 credit toward your CAE application or renewal of professional development requirements.

There is no bigger thanks from our association exec attendees than scheduling your OWN meeting at the Westin Poinsett Hotel in Greenville, SC! Huge thanks to our spectacular host property and city. We all enjoyed getting to know the excellent staff of the host property onsite and fantastic CVB staff after months of planning and prep.
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center
Member News

Will Anthony, National Sales Manger, Wild Dunes Resort, was named South Carolina Society of Association Executives'' 2019 Associate of the Year.  
Since 1996, SCSAE has recognized an outstanding associate member of the Society. These members have demonstrated continuous involvement and support of SCSAE through his or her participation in activities and programs. Congratulaitons, Will!


Maria Trammell, Sales Manager, Jekyll Island Authority Convention & Visitors Bureau, is MPI Georgia''s most recent Quarterly Shining Star recipient. Maria''s enthusiasm is contagious and her many contributions to the chapter and the Community Outreach Committee are much appreciated.


Jeremiah Cook, Sales Manager, Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau, has been named a 2019 Meetings Mean Business Coalition (MMBC) Ambassador. Ambassadors will serve as advocates for MMBC and the broader meetings industry, spreading the industry''s value story in priority markets, with a focus on policymakers, business leaders and media. Read the full press release here.

Tye Jenkins Gabrielle Nicolini
Group Sales Sr. Specialist, Membership
Wyndham Atlanta Galleria American College of Rheumatology

Marriott International named the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel the 2018 Marriott Franchise Hotel of the Year for Distinctive Premium Hotels in North America. Congratulations to Karyl Hanisch, Senior Sales Manager and the rest of her team!

Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
GSAE News & Events
Mark your calendars and plan to join us for upcoming events, including the GSAE SIG-a-aplooza Luncheon, CAE Study Group, T.E.A. Group Luncheon on June 25, webinars and more!

Career Headquarters: all your account information is right where you left it!

  • Easily sign in using your GSAE membership account to take advantage of member discounts
  • Supercharge your job listing by including it in GSAE''s monthly newsletter to nearly 1K recipients
  • Feature your jobs on the Career Center homepage to increase click through by up to 43%
  • Be featured on GSAE''s Partner Network and reach job seekers across more sites, including LinkedIn

With the new and improved GSAE Career Center, you can now more effectively connect with our network of over 1,000 association management professionals, making your talent search faster than ever.


GSAE’s CAE Study Group will meet this summer via Zoom and in person. You must complete the CAE Study Group registration form to participate. The schedule will include the following dates: July 10 (in-person, prior to GSAE Summer Luncheon), July 19, July 26, August 2 (possibly in-person), August 16, August 23 and August 30; review session will be scheduled for September/October and a mock exam will be held Friday, November 1 (in person). Cost is $79 for GSAE and SAE members. Each session is eligible for CAE hours based on instruction time.

The class uses ASAE''s CAE Study Guide, Kathleen M. Edwards, CAE, Executive Editor; price is $82. The guide includes an official CAE Practice Exam.

  • September 18 Quarterly Luncheon, The Abit Massey Lecture Series featuring GSAE past president Cynthia Mills, FASAE,CAE, CMC, CPC, CCRC, sponsored by Discover Dunwoody - hosting opportunity available!
  • *Date Change: Thursday, November 7 Quarterly Luncheon & Tech Showcase, sponsored by Richmond Regional Tourism - hosting opportunity available!
  • December 11 Holiday Luncheon, Awards Show, Silent Auction & Annual Business Meeting - hosting and sponsorship opportunities available!

Please contact us ASAP if your property would like to host or sponsor a luncheon in 2019!

Alabama Gulf Coast CVB
The Lodge at Gulf States Park
News Briefs

$149 Members $199 Non-Members

This survey is conducted every two years by a group of state, local and regional societies of association executives with support from Whorton Marketing & Research.

  • Nearly 1,000 associations across the U.S. participated in this year’s survey, including members and non-members of 23 SAEs.
  • Each SAE report features its own data, state-wide or for its region.
  • The national study compares compensation across states for 39 positions.  

The full national and state reports present detailed compensation overall by budget and staff ranges, geographic scope and membership structure, and by state. Available in PDF format. Order online - GSAE members should sign in to your profile for the discounted rate. 


Make plans to attend the Georgia Governor''s Tourism Conference September 8-11, 2019. Join industry professionals at the Great Wolf Lodge & Conference Center in LaGrange, GA for the largest tourism gathering in Georgia. 


The ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition is where thousands of association professionals and industry partners gather to exchange time, resources, strategies, solutions, and more. Over three days of learning, growing, and finding inspiration, attendees are equipped with a year’s worth of support in their daily responsibilities as leaders in the association industry. August 10-13, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio. Visit for more details.

AENC, FSAE, GSAE, SCSAE, TNSAE and VSAE are hosting an attendee reception at Barley''s Brewing Co. on Monday, August 12 before The Classic. Drop by between 5:15 and 6:30 pm for the opportunity to connect with your Southern SAE peers and industry partners. Check out GSAE''s online calendar for directions to the reception.

Thank you to our Southern SAE Reception Sponsors & Host:



If you need to lead discussions about the future of your industry or profession with volunteer leaders or staff, this is the resource for you. Looking Forward™ 2019 is the association sector''s most recent, relevant and useful environmental scan of the association strategy environment.
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University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel



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