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Kick off 2020 with your GSAE friends at our first quarterly luncheon of the year. Speaker and additional information coming soon!
10:30-11:30 a.m. - Member Orientation
10:30-11:30 a.m. Supplier Council Meeting
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - Participation Fair & Networking Reception
12:00-1:30 p.m. - Luncheon and Keynote
1:45-2:45 p.m. - Meetings SIG Roundtable

GSAE Members - $39 Early Bird ($49 after February 14)
Guests - $49 Early Bird ($59 after February 14)

Thank you to our sponsor:
Richmond Regional Tourism


Thank you to our host:
Georgia World Congress Center

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.

Our annual meeting will be May 27-29 at the Hyatt Regency Savannah. Book your room today!
Run of house - $184 before taxes and fees.

Registration coming soon.

Registration Pricing:

  • Registration for GSAE association executive member or other state, local or regional SAE member - $399
  • Registration for GSAE corporate supplier member - $659 - $2909
  • Registration for additional attendee from same organization - $299

GSAE's membership year runs January through December, meaning all memberships expired December 31 (except for members who joined after November 1, 2019). Renew today to ensure you continue receiving member benefits.

While you're logged into your profile, please take a moment to view our Members Only Area Guide Book so you can get the most out of our interactive website. Update your headshot, add your social media contacts, or track your CAE hours.

Questions about membership? Please contact Jennie at or (404) 577-7850.


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
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Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center

Thank you for a great year! GSAE's magazine provides association executives and industry professionals with thoughtful commentary, coverage of trends, actionable best practices and the latest in GSAE news. Check out these and other top articles from connections magazine:

Member-Centric Communications
Taking Networking to the Next Level
The CEO Perspective
CVBs Share Their Meetings Experience


Member News

Congratulations to Brittney Love, ACEC Georgia, who welcomed baby girl Eleanor Marie on November 18. Brittney and Eleanor are home and doing great!



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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).
Mark your calendars and plan to join us for upcoming events, including T.E.A Group Luncheon on January 28, 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.

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News Briefs

The Tax Exempt Association Group will meet January 28 at Maggiano's in Buckhead for their monthly meeting: "990 Tax Update and Other Fun Topics!" with Colin E. Blalock, Jones and Kolb. The cost per person is $25. RSVP by noon on January 23 to Molly Amos at or (404) 262-7920. 


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


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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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