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*NEW DATE November 6, 2019
Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta
9:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m. - Full Day Program
11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. - Luncheon Only

9:30 a.m.: Registration & Coffee with Exhibitors
10:00 a.m.: Breakout Sessions I
10:30 a.m.: Exhibits & Demonstrations open
11:00 a.m.: Breakout Sessions II
11:30 a.m.: Networking with Exhibitors
12-1:15 p.m.: Luncheon with Keynote Reggie Henry, CAE
1:30 p.m.: Breakout Sessions III

Register today!

All-Day Tech Showcase Registration Cost (includes lunch):

GSAE Member: $79 (log in for pricing)
Guest: $99
Exhibitors (two reps, includes lunch and tabletop): $299 (limited to 12)

Luncheon Only Cost:
GSAE member: $39 early bird ($49 after November 1)
Guest: $49 early bird ($59 after November 1)

Sponsorship Available - Contact GSAE for more information

Thank you to our host:
Sonesta Gwinnett Place - Atlanta
Thank you to our AV sponsor:

Reggie Henry, CAE is Chief Information & Engagement Officer at ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership. His responsibilities are to implement "exemplary" systems at ASAE that can serve as a model to the rest of the association community and to "ratchet-up" the use and understanding of technology among ASAE members. He has been working with and/or for non-profit organizations since 1985. Mr. Henry speaks regularly on technology and strategy issues. In 2009 he was invited by the Secretary of Smithsonian to participate in Smithsonian 2.0, a Gathering to Re-Imagine the Smithsonian in the Digital Age. Reggie was recently named one of the top 40 CIOs in DC-MD-VA area.

Mr. Henry holds a B.S. in Economics and Computer Science from Georgetown University. Mr. Henry serves on the Curriculum Committee and faculty of the Institute for Organization Management (U.S. Chamber of Commerce) and the Technology Management Advisory Council for Georgetown University’s Technology Management degree program, and was recently Appointed to the Board of Directors of Educause, a nonprofit association and the foremost community of IT leaders and professionals committed to advancing higher education. He enjoys cooking, drawing, pottery and golf.


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!

WINE TOSS: Last year's wine toss was such a success, we're bringing it back again! Please consider donating a bottle(s) of wine, liquor and/or beer for the GSAE Wine Toss. Attendees will purchase rings to toss - whatever they ring, they win! Interested in sponsoring this carnival-style event? Contact GSAE today.


The Continuing Education Transcript feature allows you to access, add to, and export your educational history on demand, right from your member profile! It's simple:

  • Log in at
  • Click the "Track Your CAE Hours" link
  • From there, you can sort by date, export to pdf and add additional hours you've earned outside of GSAE events!

Learn more...

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center
Member News

Congratulations to Kristin McWhorter, CAE who was awarded the National Poultry and Food Distributors Association’s Honorary Lifetime Member Award.

NPFDA’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to honor Kristin with this prestigous award, which is presented on rare occasions.




The city of Chamblee was recently honored for creative marketing and communications excellence by the City-County Communications & Marketing Association at its 2019 annual convention, according to a news release.

The “Come & See Chamblee” brochure won a Savvy Award during the annual awards ceremony at the Hilton Denver City Center in Denver, Colo., on September 5.

The brochure, funded in part by Discover DeKalb, showcases Chamblee’s new restaurants, boutiques and galleries in the printed publication. It also promotes the highlighted restaurants, boutiques and galleries in an accompanying social media campaign.


On October 2, ASAE held it's 20th Annual Power of A - Summit Awards Dinner, honoring six organizations that "exemplify the invaluable contributions that associations make to America and the world." Congratulations to Georgia Association of Convenience Stores for receiving a Summit Award for their work with the Convenience Stores Against Trafficking program.



Forbes recognized Jekyll Island as number one in their "top 5 fall destinations that can help you hang onto summer."



ConventionSouth has announced their Annual Readers’ Choice Award winners. More than 7,000 votes were cast to name the top Southern meeting sites and destinations. Congratulations to the 20 GSAE members who received the award!

View the recipients and learn more...



David Ellis, CAE is the new Director of Business Development at Heatherwod Construction. 





Alex Morales is now Director of Sales and Marketing at Hilton Atlanta Airport.




Jayne Tannenbaum is now a Senior Sales Manager at InterContinental Hotels Group.



Russ Webb has accepted a new position with the Tampa Bay Area Apartment Association, effective November 4.

Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
GSAE News & Events
The GSAE Foundation is proud to partner with the University of Georgia on their Emerging Leaders Program. The program seeks to provide paid internship opportunities to first generation college students and students from diverse racial and economic backgrounds. These interns will spend 8 to 11 weeks in the nonprofit sector or local or state government offices in Georgia. This is an incredible opportunity to gain experience in the areas of public policy, public services, public safety, and public well-being in the State of Georgia.

Please reach out to Adam Paige, Internship and Recruiting Coordinator, UGA School of Public & International Affairs, if your oganization would like to hire one of these interns for an upcoming semester. You may connect with him at or (706) 542-2924.
Mark your calendars and plan to join us for upcoming events, including Meetings SIG on October 23, Quarterly Luncheon & Tech Showcase on November 6, Wine & Webinar on November 20, webinars and more!

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


The Nominating Committee will include up to five at-large GSAE association executive members in good standing - Pat Dunwoody, CAE, Amy Kane, CAE, Tangela Monroe, MBA, CAE, Kevin Perry and Russ Webb - in addition to GSAE Chair Joel Peacock, Past Chair Gene Stinson, CAE, PCED, CEcD, HLM and Chair Elect Mary J. Wheatley, CAE, IOM.

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, 2020. The slate of nominees will be offered to the membership for review no later than November 8, 2019. Board members and officers will be accepted and installed at the GSAE Annual Business Meeting on December 11.

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.


October is cybersecurity awareness month. As a reminder:

  1. GSAE does not contract with third-party companies to sell our mailing list or member data. Please disregard any such fraudulent company solicitations. If you would like to rent GSAE’s mailing list legitimately, you may access the contract on our forms page here. We do not release your email address as part of the mailing list rental agreement - ever, per Board policy.
  2. GSAE staff or officers will never ask you to transfer funds to a staffer, volunteer leader or member for any reason. If one of our leaders is actually traveling and runs into a spot of bother, they will contact a family member - not us, and not you.
  3. While we may ask you to log in to your profile to register for an event or update your contact information, we will not ask you to send your social security number, bank account information, or credit card information directly to us. Electronic and paper invoices will direct you to our secure PCI-compliant payment page or to our fax number.
  4. If you have any questions about the validity of a message from GSAE - from staff, our officers, our website or our enewsletter provider - please don’t hesitate to contact us directly.
     • Luncheons in February, April, July, September and November are $39 for all GSAE members.
     • Workshops will be priced at $30 per CAE credit hour.
     • The 2020 GSAE Annual Meeting is at Hyatt Regency Savannah in Savannah, GA, May 27-29.
          ◊ Registration fee for the first association executive attendee - $399.
          ◊ Registration fee for corporate supplier exhibitor and sponsor packages range from $659-$2,909.
          ◊ Additional attendees from the same organization - $299 each.
     • Room rates at Hyatt Regency Savannah - $184 run of house (before taxes).
Sheraton Panama City Beach Golf & Spa Resort
The Lodge at Gulf States Park
News Briefs

GSAE has partnered to help build an interactive virtual conference called SURGE Growth, held on November 6-8, 2019. hosts this free bi-annual online event for association executives across the globe, with the aim of assembling like-minded professionals under one virtual roof for meaningful and productive conversations about change.

Learn more and pre-register for the event here!

*CAE credits are available for live viewing only.


GSAE is proud to partner with Institute for Organization Management, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s professional development program for nonprofit executives, and offer four $500 partial tuition scholarships to one of Institute’s 2020 sites. The four scholarships, available to our members, will be awarded to students attending Institute for the first time to assist with enrollment fees and cannot be combined with any other Institute scholarships. Please note, this can be combined with the Premier Investor Discount (PID) and/or Group Rate.

For almost 100 years, Institute has educated association, chamber, and other nonprofit leaders across the country through its national program, highly rated curriculum, and high caliber instructors. Thousands of executives have attended Institute sites across the country to strengthen their management skills, learn industry best practices, and gain a broad national perspective from peers. Institute has helped them build stronger organizations, become stronger business advocates, and better serve their members. In addition, you will earn points towards your CCE or CAE as Institute’s curriculum is directly tied to the bodies of knowledge of both industry certifications.

Upon completion of the Institute program, graduates receive the IOM recognition which allows them to use the letters “IOM” in public mention and professional correspondence. The IOM recognition signifies the completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management and commitment to the industry.

If you are interested in this scholarship opportunity, contact Wendy by October 18 and indicate your interest in the 2020 Winter or Summer program.

For more information about Institute’s curriculum, sites, and dates, visit the Institute website and Prospective Student Toolkit to help you gain insight into the program.

The Tax Exempt Associations Group will host a luncheon on Tuesday, October 29 at 11:15 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Speaker Bliss Jones, Jones & Kolb will present on "New Overtime Regulations and Their Impact on Nonprofit Organizations."
The Georgia Group Sales Symposium will be on November 13-15, 2019 in Sandy Springs.

$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.

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.
A new blog post from MemberClicks on strenghtening your onboarding process, a podcast from Lodging Leaders on labor and hiring, a video blog from Partners in Association Management on member needs and more!
University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
Wild Dunes Resort
GSAE Membership Directory & Buyers' Guide
The 2020 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 today.
Develop and maintain annual strategic plans with clear success metrics, action items and accountability Assesses potential for non-dues revenue and sponsorship opportunities within...
I. Position: Controller - Full-time II. Primary Role: Responsible for the accounting & human resources functions of the Atlanta and Georgia Chapter...
POSITION TITLE:  Executive Assistant & Governance ManagerSUPERVISED BY: Chief Executive Officer GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY: Provides operational, organizational and...



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