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GSAE takes the health and safety of our members and attendees seriously. At this time, GSAE has moved all our meetings through May 31 to virtual or are rescheduling. The 2020 GSAE Annual Meeting has moved to August 26-28, in Savannah, Georgia. 

We have compiled resources courtesy of the CDC, WHO, ASAE and other sources we have deemed both up to date and relevant.

Our brilliant folks of GSAE's Pajama Brigade have also compiled some useful resources.


Register today!

This event is complimentary to all in our community. Credentials will be sent through the confirmation process.

Laura Camacho, Ph.D., PMP
Corporate Strategist | Trainer | Culture Fixer
Topic: The Conversations that Make or Break Your Culture

12:00 pm-1:00 pm
Welcome - Joel Peacock, GSAE Chair
Breakout with Table Hosts
Special Appearance by 2020 Annual Meeting Host - Amir Blattner, Hyatt Regency Savannah
Keynote Speaker - Dr. Laura Camacho
Breakout Discussion
Sponsor Highlight - Kevin Udell & Maria Trammell, Jekyll Island Authority
Closing Remarks - Joel Peacock, GSAE Chair

There is no cost to attend for members or guests. Credentials will be sent through the confirmation process.

Thank you to our sponsor: Jekyll Island Authority

Windham Brannon
Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center
Member News

James Pace, GSAE Board of Directors member, passed away on March 29. James joined the Georgia Society of Association Executives in 2002 and immediately became a significant volunteer devoted to the success of the society. He was the first co-chair of GSAE’s Communications Shared Interest Group, which brought together professionals from across the Southeast to share best practices. He never missed a GSAE Annual Meeting, from Savannah, GA, to Nashville, TN, to Greenville, SC. In 2019, James joined the GSAE Board of Directors for a two-year term. James was best known among his colleagues for having a "smile that brightened every event,” but he also approached his role as a volunteer director with thoughtfulness and thorough preparation. He always put the needs of GSAE’s members and the mission of the society first. He was a beloved member of the GSAE community, and his wisdom and good cheer will be sorely missed. We will celebrate James' many contributions during a future GSAE event. Please keep James' mom, family and friends in your thoughts and prayers. 

Mrs. Mary Edwards
320 32nd Ave.
Columbus, GA 31903

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Alvin Ailey in honor of James via this link: At the bottom of the form is a Special Notes section where you may specify Ailey’s Atlanta activities.


The Classic Center has partnered with ByoPlanet International, a manufacturer of an electrostatic spraying system that can be used for disinfection, to use their Grand Hall to assemble the devices. "They hope to produce 10,000 units during their residence at The Classic Center and will begin distribution as soon as the products are assembled," said Paul Cramer, President & CEO of The Classic Center Authority. Learn more.


The Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center donated food to the local homeless shelter. Sheryl Ehlers said, "It was food inventory to be used for group business this month that won’t take place, but at least we can show hospitality to those who need it."


Discover Dunwoody has garnered national recognition for their "Everything Will Be OK" phrase that has lately become an inspirational message of hope and unity.

While the unofficial motto first emerged in 2009 when local artist Jason Kofke created a mural at the Spruill Gallery, the phrase has taken on new meaning in today's world. Yard and window signs have appeared throughout the city, and even law enforcement have posted the saying on traffic signs. As of March 23, over $14,000 has been raised from donations and yard sign orders to support local artists. View their coverage.


Explore Gwinnett distributed hand sanitizers to their hoteliers who have been working extra shifts, all while maintaining social distancing rules. They have also compiled a list of virtual learning opportunities from around the world. Learn more.


InTandem Promotions has ordered 17,500 N95 masks to date to supply to hospitals and first responders. 


Many of you know PRG as our in-kind AV sponsor, but they also offer many digital communication services we thought you may find of interest.

PRG's offerings, from gear packaging to full production, are all done within mandatory restrictions and guidelines that govern shelter in place and gathering size limits. We pre-stage prior to delivery or execution to provide a compliant, turnkey solution. Contact Jeff Sabourin, PRG Director, Global Accounts, with any questions.


The Georgia World Congress Center is proud to open a new wing, Exhibit Hall BC. It marks the convention center offering more than 1 million square feet of exhibit space. Learn more.


For the 12th consecutive year, The Sanctuary Hotel and Spa at Kiawah Island Golf Resort was awarded Forbes Travel Guide Five Star rating. They are the only hotel in South Carolina to have received the award. Learn more.

Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
GSAE News & Events

For the health and safety of our members, attendees, speakers and partners, the GSAE Board of Directors has moved the 2020 GSAE Annual Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Savannah to August 26-28, 2020. Thank you to the Hyatt Regency Savannah and Visit Savannah for their leadership and flexibility.

If you have already registered, your registration will be automatically transferred to the August dates.
If you booked your room at the Hyatt Regency Savannah, Andaz or Alida, it will be automatically canceled. We will send the booking link for the new dates as soon as it is available.

Registration Pricing:

  • Registration for GSAE association executive member or other state, local or regional SAE member - $399
  • Registration for GSAE corporate supplier member - $659-$2,909
  • Registration for additional attendee from same organization - $299
  • Materials subject to change based on CAE Commission guidelines
  • Begins July 15 before the summer luncheon, then meets via Zoom through September
  • $89 for GSAE members
  • Includes Review session and Mock CAE Exam
  • Currently based on ASAE's Study Guide
  • Alternate CAE courses are available at the member price in partnership with Michigan Society of Association Executives

Learn more and register.


Any organization in Georgia that employs at least one GSAE member may apply. The applications are due May 31 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.


Please contact us ASAP if your property would like to host the September 16 event and show off your meeting space in 2020! Sponsorships available for July, November and December.

Sheraton Panama City Beach Golf & Spa Resort
The Lodge at Gulf States Park
News Briefs

Gain access to the only 24/7/365 online compensation benchmarking tool designed exclusively for executives of professional, trade and service-centric associations/nonprofits.

  • Compare your organization's key operational metrics to others across the industry
  • Evaluate valuable KPI's, including salaries, benefits, positions/departments, and more!
  • Generate customized reports to inform decisions and keep your organization competitive

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.

Get started now!


Mr. Choudhury, our local SBA representative, asked us to share the message below. I am also including a link to Jeff Tenebaum's overview on our website here. Mr. Choudhury is happy to answer your questions personally. (Note: This is a different loan program than the 501c3-only paycheck protection program.) 

U.S. Small Business Administration is offering economic injury disaster loans to nonprofits affected by the rapid spread of COVID-19. Most private nonprofits that have been financially affected since January 31st may qualify for working capital loans up to $2 million.

The interest rate is 2.75% and repayment terms are up to 30 years. These low-interest, long-term federal loans are for nonprofits to offset the adverse economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

If any nonprofit manager wants to start the loan application right now, he/she should visit this web-link: In case of needing technical assistance, call 1-800-659-2955.


Tamim Choudhury
Office of Disaster Assistance – Field Operations Center East
U.S. Small Business Administration
(800) 659-2955


Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) is an international forum for advocacy, awareness and celebration for the meetings and events industry. Each year, event professionals from around the world come together to raise the collective voice of our community.

This year, GMID is going virtual. Join on Thursday, April 14, 2020:
Meetings Mean Business GMID Goes Virtual (12:00 pm-1:30 pm)
MPI GMID Virtual (6:00 am-6:00 pm)


As associations work to help their members and affected industries overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, we know that they are launching programs and initiatives that will be honored in future years through The Power of A Awards. This year, we encourage you to take stock of what your association has accomplished and consider applying for The Power of A Awards.

This year we are debuting new categories: Industry/Professional Advancement, Community Support and Engagement, Global Development, Diversity and Inclusion, and Advocacy. Category changes were made to encompass and recognize the full range of activities and initiatives undertaken by the association community. 

The Power of A Awards provide a great opportunity to help highlight the good work your association is doing, so we encourage you to share the opportunity with your colleagues.

The deadline to apply is April 30, 2020. To find out more, or to read about the associations honored last year, check out The Power of A website.

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