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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 2019 Awards playlist. Thank you for all your contributions to our success! 

2019 Award Recipients

  • Clifford M. Clarke Award – Robin B. Gray, Jr., JD
  • Alan R. Johnson Award – Julie Anderson, CAE
  • Sharon Hunt Emerging Leader Award – Kamilah Greene
  • Peggy Seigler Corporate Member of the Year Award – Mark Sedgley
  • Stephen Styron Award – Russ Webb
  • Skelton-Massey Award – Mary Wheatley, IOM, CAE
  • Chair’s Award – Jane Anne Sutphin

Atlanta Community Food Bank Food Drive
Thanks to your generosity, we raised $215 and donated 418 pounds of food to the Atlanta Community Food Bank, providing 1,209 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 $10,200 last week – including over $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 Jennie

Check out the pictures on our Facebook page!

Thank you to our Holiday Luncheon Host and Sponsors

Jekyll Island Authority


The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee



Marriott Atlanta NE/Emory Area
  AV Sponsor:

Awards Video Production
Lava Post Production

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 19 for the Quarterly Luncheon & Participation Fair to network with GSAE volunteer leaders and learn more about their role.

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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Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center

GSAE enjoyed a very successful 2019 – including the implementation of a new SIG, Wine & Webinars; offering more than 64 hours of CAE credits; a record 25 candidates in the CAE Study Group; and the sixth Leadership Academy class graduating! 

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 2020!

Happy Holidays,

Wendy & Jennie

Member News

Together Georgia Provider Alliance presented Matthew Gambill with the 2019 Distinguished Service Award at the Georgia Conference on Children & Families. Congratulations!




The Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) have named Cecil Staton as their new President and CEO. Staton most recently served as Chancellor Emeritus at East Carolina University.

Staton succeeds Rachel Humphrey, who served as interim president, and will resume her role as chief operating officer.

Read the full press release


The Classic Center's Executive Director Paul Cramer is celebrating 25 years of service. Paul was recently recognized at the Cultural Foundation member reception and was inducted in to the Founders Hall. In addition, the Paul M. Cramer Hospitality Scholarship fund has been established in his honor and will assist Classic Center employees with starting or continuing their education in hospitality.




The Georgia Society of CPAs (GSCPA) held their sixth annual Georgia Accounting Food Fight, a two-week competition to assist the Georgia Food Bank Association. Over 6,000 GSCPA members participated to fight hunger. They raised $192,692 and donated 3,314 pounds of food, equating to 774,083 meals.

Read the AJC article (pg. 81)


Congratulations to Athens for being named to Fodor’s Travel's 2020 GO List for the first time. The GO List names 52 cities as top places to visit around the world.

View the full list


Mike Pennington, CAE is the new Vice President – Operations at Atlanta/Georgia Apartment Association

Mike Levin, CAE
offers 35+ years’ as CSE of eight global/ national associations in seven industries and a foundation with P&L experience. He can provide overall consulting services and serve as interim CSE during transitions.

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GSAE News & Events

Please contact us ASAP if your property would like to host a luncheon and show off your meeting space in 2020!

     • Luncheons on February 19, April 15, July 15, 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).
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 CAE's After Dark (in the morning!) on February 5, Luncheon on February 19, 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.


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.
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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


ASAE and the Professional Certification Coalition have endorsed a bipartisan bill introduced December 6 to expand individuals’ use of “529” education savings accounts to cover the costs of professional certification and credentialing programs. The Freedom to Invest in Tomorrow’s Workforce Act was introduced by Reps. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) and Rob Wittman (R-VA) to help students and individuals already in the workforce advance their career development through training, certification and credentialing programs. Read more.


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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.


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Since 2005, Georgia Society of Association Executives (GSAE) has been a member of Association Societies Alliance (ASA), an association for executives of state, local and regional societies of association executives (SAEs) across the country.

Through ISAE's partnership with ASA, GSAE has conducted a compensation and benefits survey biennially since 2013. Moving forward, this information will now be gathered through a 24/7/365 online platform, powered by Dynamic Benchmarking. By extension of GSAE's membership with ASA, the Real-Time Compensation Benchmarking tool is available to all GSAE members.

Entering data will always be free. For the first year (2020), generating customizable reports will also be free to all users. Effective January 1, 2021, users will be able to access reports through an annual subscription discounted for GSAE members.

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