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December 11, 2019
Atlanta Marriott Northeast/Emory Area
2000 Century Blvd NE
Atlanta, GA 30345

10:00 a.m.-2:45 p.m.

10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.: ACFB Food Drive
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: Silent Auction, Wine Toss & Networking Reception
12:00-1:30 p.m.: Luncheon, Awards Show, Annual Business Meeting & Officer Installation
1:30-2:00 p.m.: Silent Auction Cash-out
1:45-2:45 p.m.: GSAE Meetings SIG "Hot Topics" Round Table

Register today!

GSAE Members - $49 Early Bird ($59 after December 6)
Guests - $59 Early Bird ($69 after December 6)
Additional staff - $39 each ($49 after December 6)

Thank you to our sponsor:
Jekyll Island Authority


Thank you to our sponsor:
The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee



Thank you to our host:
Marriott Atlanta NE/Emory Area
  Thank you to our AV sponsor:

A list of suggested items is available online, but the food bank always needs peanut butter, canned tuna, beans, soups, fruits and vegetables, dried pastas (especially mac and cheese), 100% fruit juice, and whole grain, low sugar cereals. DONATE TO ACFB HERE
*All donors will be entered in a drawing to win a $50 gift card.


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...

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Member News

Congratulations to Sheryl Ehlers, Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center, who was named PCMA SE's Volunteer of the Quarter!


Congratulations to Jason Moss, Georgia Manufacturing Alliance, who was awarded the 2019 Gwinnett Technical College Alumnus of the Year.



Southern Newspaper Publishers Association and Inland Press Association have merged to form America's Newspapers.

America's Newspapers remains committed to "explain, defend and advance the vital role of newspapers in democracy and civil life."

All current members of SNPA and Inland will become members of the new association.




Amy Clark is the new Managing Director, Southeast at Hilton Worldwide Sales.






Amil Chowdhury is the Director of Sales & Marketing at Le Méridien Atlanta Perimeter.




Cindy Durham is Communications Director at America's Newspapers.



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GSAE News & Events

We are pleased to announce the following slate of officers and GSAE Board of Directors members for 2020. Please note that this term of office, unless otherwise noted, will run for 2 years from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2021.

CHAIR - Joel Peacock
CHAIR-ELECT - Mary Wheatley, IOM, CAE
TREASURER - Ashley Goodin, CAE

BEGINNING two-year terms on the Board:
Jason Cline, CAE
Kelly McLendon, CAE
John Roch, CAE
Val Smith, CAE
CORPORATE MEMBER Jennifer Thompson

COMPLETING terms on the Board in December 2020:
Leigh Beakley
Kamilah Greene
Heather Hunt
James Pace

The Nominating Committee endorses the slate for the 2020 GSAE Foundation Board of Trustees:
CHAIR - Sarah Berke, CAE
CHAIR-ELECT - Tangela Monroe, CAE
TREASURER - Tara Morrison, CAE, CMP
PAST CHAIR - Jim Fowler, CAE

Our thanks to our board members who will complete their terms this year. They will be recognized during the December 11 GSAE Business Meeting. They are Julia Boyd, CAE; Angela Holland, CAE; Kevin Shea, CEcD; and Amy Clark. Robin Lane, CAE will be recognized for her service on the GSAE Foundation Board of Trustees.

Respectfully submitted, The GSAE Nominating Committee: Gene Stinson, CAE, PCED, CEcD, HLM, Joel Peacock, Mary Wheatley, IOM, CAE, Kevin Perry, Amy Kane, CAE, Tangela Monroe, CAE, and Pat Dunwoody, CAE


GSAE has launched sponsored eblasts, offering a new avenue for our members to advertise. The first message was sent on Wednesday, October 30. Please open to learn about new happenings with our members.

Interested in having your own sponsored eblast? Contact Brittany Thompson with Naylor at (352) 333-3452 or

Like all advertising, the opinions expressed in an advertisement do not constitute endorsement by GSAE.

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 Wine & Webinar on November 20, Holiday Luncheon and Meetings SIG on December 11, webinars and more!

Live webinars are worth 1 CAE hour. Did you know? More than 94 CAE-qualifying recorded webinars are available 24/7 on our GSAE website

     • Luncheons on February 19, April 15, July 16, September 16 and November 11 are $39 for all GSAE members.
     • The Holiday Luncheon & Silent Auction is $49 for all GSAE members; additional staff members from the same company are $39 each.
     • 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).

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.

A recent statistic (*Chub) showed cyber-attacks increased over 35% during the holiday season last year. What gives? Let’s face it, we tend to drop our guard a bit during this season. So many distractions, events, and shiny objects encourage us to drop our focus. But when you consider that a full 60% of businesses that lose network functionality for more than 2 days, typically go out of business, it matters. Last year, we noticed a considerable amount of attacks disguised as tax-related alerts to trick people into giving up their passwords. One compromised account can seriously affect an entire company. Now that an estimated 88% of all business customers have migrated to Office365, it is critically important to “keep the fox out of the hen house!”  What can we do?  Read More link…

First, we must educate employees to the dangers lurking near. Be vigilant on which emails you open. If there is any doubt, pick up a phone to verify. It’s a great idea to establish some checks and balances. For example, during the tax season, does your CPA change something in your bank account without first calling to double-check? Did you realize you can restrict people from logging in from unsafe locations? Also, be aware that you can back up your Office365 SharePoint and OneDrive Data.

Business owners and risk managers should have a cyber-incident response plan in place for their business. A 3rd party can do a risk assessment periodically to further protect you from potential liabilities. Turning on multi-factor authentication (MFA) can have a huge impact on security. Does your company use some type of “content filtering?”  Preventing some malware from ever being seen is a good first step.  You don’t want to be the next company making the news for the wrong reasons. Vertisys can help you navigate the complexity of securing your digital assets.  If you would like to get future articles and helpful hints for your members, please click here.  Information courtesy of Vertisys, which provided a Tech Showcase speaker for us last week.

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News Briefs

Plan to join GSAE in Washington, D.C., March 19-20, 2020 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 3.5 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

The Tax Exempt Associations Group will host a luncheon on Tuesday, November 19 at 11:15 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Speaker Colin E. Blalock, Jones and Kolb will present on "The Importance of Conducting an Annual Fraud Checkup."

$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.

You’re invited to participate in Looking Forward 2020, the nation's most comprehensive environmental scanning research of the association business environment. Every respondent will receive a complimentary copy of the research report (a $95 value).
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