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Wednesday, July 15
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Via Zoom

*Sponsorship opportunity is available. Contact GSAE for more details!

A SIG-apalooza is a collection of small Shared Interest Group (SIG) meetings. The SIGs are member-led groups organized around areas of interest. They offer a forum for peer-to-peer learning in a small group atmosphere. The SIGs are a great way for association executives and other nonprofit leaders to learn from colleagues about the issues relevant to them. 

Choose your own adventure when you register:

  • Communications
  • Emerging Professionals
  • Government Relations
  • Meetings
  • Pajama Brigade
  • Tech Ninjas
  • Wine & Webinars

GSAE Members & Guests - $19
*We are donating $9 from each registration to one of our favorite charities, the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Due to the pandemic, ACFB plays an even more crucial role in our community. Learn more.


Registration Pricing:

  • Registration for GSAE association executive member or other state, local or regional SAE member - $399
  • Registration for GSAE corporate supplier member - $659-$1409
  • Registration for additional attendee from same organization - $299
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Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center

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

GSAE has conducted a compensation and benefits survey biennially since 2013 through our partnership with Association Societies Alliance (ASA). Moving forward, this information will now be gathered through a 24/7/365 online platform, powered by Dynamic Benchmarking. 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!

Member News

Mike Pennington, CAE, Vice President of the Atlanta/Georgia Apartment Association, has been appointed to fulfill James Pace's term on the GSAE Board of Directors.


Mike Dunham, CEO of the Associated General Contractors of Georgia, Inc. (AGC Georgia), was recently installed as Chair of the AGC of America Executive Leadership Council. This is a group of all 89 chief executives from AGC chapters. In his role as chair of the AGC ELC, he is serving on the 24-member AGC of America Board of Directors. The AGC Georgia Board of Directors is proud to have Mike representing Georgia members in this prestigious role.


Jeff Hewitt, CDME has been named to Connect Associations 15 Over 50. The list consists of leaders dedicated to moving the industry forward. Learn more




Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) announces its commitment for Georgia World Congress Center and Savannah Convention Center, two of the leading convention centers in the country, to achieve GBAC STAR™ accreditation for cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention. The Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a division of ISSA, the leading trade association for the cleaning industry, announced the facility accreditation program last month. GWCCA is among a handful of venues in the first wave of leaders committed to this accreditation. Learn more.




Congratulations to Kara Bastarache, CAE, who welcomed baby Eden Eliza Bastarache on March 10 at 6:56 pm. Everyone is happy and healthy! 


Congratulations to Katy (Murray) Graham, who married Griff Graham on March 13!

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GSAE News & Events

GSAE members are sharing greetings, virtual tours, and so many more fun activities for when you need a mental break. Thank you to our GSAE Supplier Co-Chairs, Sheryl Ehlers and Maria Trammell, for developing this creative way to stay connected. View greetings and activities.

Have an activity to add? Just email us.

The COVID-19 resource page, including our new Hotel Updates & Statements plus Tool Kit and our Pajama Brigade resource page are also available to our community.

Recordings of our recent virtual meetings are available on our GSAE1917 YouTube Channel through GSAEtv.


June 25, 2020
2:00 PM Eastern / 1:00 PM Central
Hosted by GSAE and TNSAE
Presented by Mary Wheatley, IOM, CAE
Sponsored by Chattanooga Tourism Co.
Register today

In this session, we'll explore everyday ethics for CEOs, including how to set an ethical framework for your organization in a practical, approachable way, as well as setting aspirational goals for the future and learning from your GSAE colleagues and their real-world ethical conundrums. Approved for 1 CAE credit per renewal requirements

  • Materials subject to change based on CAE Commission guidelines - new exam outline beginning December 2020.
  • Begins July 15 before the virtual 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.


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.


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

American Associations Week (AAW), June 15-June 18, is a free, week-long virtual education and advocacy event to help inform policymakers and urge Congress to support the association community. AAW will highlight meaningful ways that associations strengthen society and provide programming and resources to amplify these messages and mobilize your stakeholders to help inform members of Congress.

Throughout the program, ASAE will provide tools for you to share with Congress and the media about the positive role your organization plays in American society and how your organization and constituencies are impacted by COVID-19. All the while, ASAE will host policy webinars, digital education programs, virtual town halls and fireside chats. AAW is completely free to all. Learn more.


In light of COVID-19, the CAE Commission has made a few adjustments for those renewing their CAE in 2020:

  • The renewal deadline has been extended from December 31, 2020 to March 31, 2021.
  • The cap on self-study has been lifted. All 40 credits needed for renewal may be taken through any amount of live and/or approved self-study courses.
  • The early-renewal discount will be extended to completed renewals submitted through March 31, 2021. The discounted renewal fee is $275 for ASAE members and $425 for nonmembers.

These additional options apply only to the renewal cycle for those originally due to renew by December 2020. Learn more.


With the start of a new decade, the industry was already expected to change. Now with a pandemic, there is no question that those in search for a CEO position with be facing a different environment. Thank you to Cynthia Mills, FASAE, CAE, CMC and Jim Zaniello, FASAE for sharing this article! Learn more.

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