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Keynote: Chris Clark, President and CEO, Georgia Chamber of Commerce - The Future of Georgia Series

A Georgia native, Chris Clark has served as the President and CEO of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce since 2010. Chris is a graduate of Leadership Georgia and has been consistently named one of the most influential Atlantans and Georgians.

The Georgia Chamber represents almost 50,000 members in every county of the state with a diverse cross-section of over 600 industry divisions. 

10:30 am - 11:30 am - Member Orientation
10:30 am - 11:30 am - Supplier Council Meeting
11:00 am - 12:00 pm - Participation Fair and Networking Reception
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm - Luncheon and Keynote Chris Clark
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm - 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 Region Tourism


Thank you to our host:
Georgia World Congress Center


Thank you to our AV sponsor: 
On Site Audio Visual

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.

Annual meeting registration is open! 

  • Up to 11 CAE hours with a pre-con workshop (9 without)
  • Use this downloadable form to register multiple people from the same organization.

Book your room today!

  • May 27-29 at the Hyatt Regency Savannah
  • Run of house - $184 before taxes and fees

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.

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Member News

David Crenshaw, Industry Council for Tangible Assets, was one of five recipients for the 2019 Numismatic Ambassador award.

The award, presented during the Numismatic Ambassador Awards Breakfast at the Florida United Numismatists Convention in Orlando, FL, on January 10, 2020, recognizes "unsung heroes" at the grassroots level of coin collecting and dedicated numismatists.



Congratulations to Rick Walker, President, CEO and founder of Georgia Automotive Manufacturers Association (GAMA), for receiving the state’s prestigious award, Georgia Automotive Leader of the Year. The award was presented by Governor Brian Kemp. 



Ted Basco, Visit Roswell, is excited that his focus on increasing group sales has expanded to include film, in addition to hotels and events, as the film industry continues to grow exponentially in Roswell. Check out all Roswell has to offer.




Kenjie Davis has launched a new brand and will now be known as Kenjie, The AMS Guy. Based on client feedback, he has narrowed his focus on getting the most out of your AMS. View his new website




Pat Dunwoody, CAE, recently announced her retirement after a 30-year career in association management. 

A graduate of the University of Georgia with a BA in English, she began her association career at TAPPI in 1989, where she managed TAPPI PRESS, the group’s technical and scientific book-publishing division. She was later named head of TAPPI’s new public education and outreach initiative, and in 1998 was selected to lead a team that created an interactive Disney World exhibit that was featured at Epcot from 1999 through 2004.

Pat joined the Associated Builders and Contractors of Georgia in 2003 to develop and expand the chapter’s education and safety services. Under her leadership, ABC’s educational programs have become some of the most well-respected among the association’s 70 chapters. Pat was promoted to Executive Vice President in 2016. 

Pat has been deeply involved in GSAE for many years. She was a member of the inaugural class of GSAE’s Leadership Academy in 2009, and has held positions on the Professional Development Committee, the Board of Directors, and as chairman of the GSAE Foundation. She earned her CAE in 2012 and has been active as a Leadership Academy facilitator, CAE study group instructor, and most recently on the Wine and Webinars team. In 2018, Pat was the recipient of GSAE’s Alan R. Johnson Award.

Pat plans to retire in May 2020. An avid traveler, she and her husband Ken intend to spend more time traveling and visiting their son and his family.


Susan Glenn, Director of Sales, will be retiring on February 28, 2020 after 18 years with the DoubleTree Augusta and more than 20 years in the hospitality industry in South Carolina. She is looking forward to spending more time with her nine grandchildren and traveling. Susan would like to send her regards to all the members she has met and associated with over the years.

Congratulations, Susan!


Jody Scott, Chateau Elan Winery & Resort, is excited to announce the completion of a $25 million renovation, the first major renovation since its inception. Included in the transformation was an overhaul of 251 guestrooms, 24 suites, four new food and beverage outlets, the winery and resort lobby, as well as a facelift to the pool terrace and spa.

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Congratulations to Melissa Legaux, CMP for joining Cobb Travel & Tourism as Director of Trade Show Sales. 


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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).

Any organization in Georgia that employs at least one GSAE member may apply. The applications are due May 1 and will be judged on the quality of the internship experience described in the application rather than on the qualifications of the student who will fill the internship. It is the responsibility of the organization to recruit a qualified student to fill the internship, but this may be done after the GSAE Foundation announces which applications will be funded.

Watch this video and visit to learn more about the internship grant program. And, please consider making a donation to the GSAE Foundation.


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 organization would like to hire one of these interns for an upcoming semester. You may connect with him at or (706) 542-2924.

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News Briefs

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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.


GACVB's annual Winter Conference is your early 2020 opportunity for statewide destination marketing and management networking. Join your peers and new friends February 24-26, 2020 at Rainwater Conference Center for this fun multi-day event of networking and leadership development. Tourism professionals will join together with industry services partners and hospitality affiliates to share successes and find solutions in promotions and product development. 

Learn more and register...


The Tax Exempt Association Group will meet February 25 at Maggiano's in Buckhead for their monthly meeting: "Recently Issued Accounting Standards and How They Impact Nonprofits" with G. Bliss Jones, Jones and Kolb. The cost per person is $25. RSVP by noon on February 20 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


Join our technology partner, MemberClicks, April 22-24 at The W Atlanta Midtown for a three-day learning event for association professionals, complete with educational breakouts, hands-on training (if you’re using one of their membership management systems), and networking opportunities galore. A few of their staff members will be attending so they can better serve you in the years to come!

$150 discount available for GSAE member association executives (#luckycrickets, y'all are). Log into your profile and click on Member Offers or contact our office anytime. 

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One full day of non-dues revenue leadership, ideas, case studies, demos and tons of fun -- including beer at lunch and a Tennessee Whiskey Tasting Experience. If you're thinking traditional methods of non-dues, think again! Only game changers are allowed through these doors. 

$100 discount available for GSAE member association executives (#luckycrickets, y'all are). Log into your profile and click on Member Offers or contact our office anytime. 

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