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Keynote: Special Abit Massey Lecturer - Dr. Stefanie Lindquist

Dr. Stefanie Lindquist became Senior Vice President of Global Academic Initiatives at Arizona State University in November 2019, where she facilitates ASU's global academic portfolio. Prior to taking that position, she served as Deputy Provost and VP for Academic Affairs, and Foundation Professor of Law and Political Science at ASU from 2016 to 2019. She served as Dean and Arch Professor at UGA's School of Public and International Affairs from 2013 to 2016, after serving as Interim Dean, Associate Dean for Outreach, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas School of Law. Prior to teaching at the University of Texas, Professor Lindquist taught law and political science at Vanderbilt University. She also served as a visiting faculty member at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law in 2013. 

11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. - Networking Reception
12-1:30 p.m. - Luncheon with Special Abit Massey Lecturer Dr. Stefanie Lindquist
1:35-2 p.m. - Constitutional Law Conversation with Dr. Lindquist

GSAE Members - $39 Early Bird 
Guests - $49 Early Bird
Virtual Streaming - $0 (though we'd love it if you'd like to support the GSAE Foundation!)
*In-person attendance will be limited to ensure social distancing guidelines are being followed.

We take your health and safety seriously. While we hope to gather up to 50 members in person, we encourage you to ascertain your own comfort level for an in-person event. Our friends at Georgia Tech have created a risk-assessment tool we think is top-notch. Please use it to help in your decision-making.

Thank you to our host:
Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center

It's never too early to start thinking of ways to expand your GSAE involvement! We understand your time is valuable, and we strive to make volunteer service convenient and rewarding. From welcoming new members to helping experienced ones prepare for the CAE exam, planning the education programming to making recommendations to the Board of Directors, GSAE volunteers truly do the work of the organization. Learn more about our committees here.
GSAE's Shared Interest Groups (SIGs) offer one of the best resources for association executives and professionals. These self-directed groups of GSAE members focus on a particular area and delve into various topics within that area. In addition to learning from the "experts" in a particular area of interest, GSAE's SIGs offer members a place to discuss issues of personal relevance with peers. Learn more about our SIGs here. 


Our annual meeting will be June 2-4 at The Read House, Chattanooga, TN. If you are comfortable traveling, you may reserve your room here.
Run of house - $145 before taxes and fees. (Learn more about The Read House's hotel safety guidelines.)

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-$2,909
  • 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, 2020). 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 2020 Awards Playlist. Thank you for all your contributions to our success! 

2020 Award Recipients

  • Clifford M. Clarke Award - Jim Fowler, CAE
  • Alan R. Johnson Award - Mary J. Wheatley, IOM, CAE
  • Sharon Hunt Emerging Leader Award - Shan Haugabrook
  • Peggy Seigler Corporate Member of the Year Award - Maria Trammell
  • Stephen Styron Award - Amy Clark
  • Stephen Styron Award - Lori K. Spear, CAE
  • Skelton-Massey Award - Kelly J. McLendon, CAE
  • Chair's Award - Jennifer Thompson
Huntsville/Madison County CVB
Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center

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 News

The Industry Council for Tangible Assets board of directors announced that David Crenshaw has been appointed the new executive director, effective January 1, 2021. David has previously served as ICTA's chief operating officer for the past seven years.

Crenshaw said, "I am honored and excited to lead ICTA. I am looking forward to working with our dedicated board of directors and members. Together, we will continue to build upon ICTA’s successful history, focused on promoting and safeguarding the interests of its members.” Learn more.



Peter Finsen, FPCI, Assoc. AIA stepped down as Executive Director from Georgia/Carolinas PCI as of January 1, 2021. He will continue serving as CEO until his announced retirement on March 7, 2021 to assist with a smooth transition. 

Ray Clark, who is taking over as Executive Director, said about Peter's upcoming retirement, "Your 20 years of dedicated service to Georgia/Carolinas PCI has built a strong foundation on which I look forward to continuing to maintain and build upon further. I believe we have a dedicated membership that is willing to tackle the strategic plan that you, the Executive Committee and the Board worked diligently to develop.”


Ray Clark has been appointed as the Georgia/Carolinas PCI Executive Director, effective January 1, 2021. Ray has 22 years of experience in the precast concrete industry, and his past leadership roles include President of US Formliner, Associate Director on the G/C PCI Board of Directors and Chairman of the G/C PCI Education Committee. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the PCI Foundation, as well as the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI), National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA), and Canadian Precast Concrete Institute (CPCI). Learn more.


Dr. Michael Tatonetti, CAE, CPP has been promoted to Vice President at Professional Pricing Society. Dr. Michael has been with PPS for five years and will be overseeing strategy for the organization in his new role.

Brittney Love has joined Georgia Association of Water Professionals as Business Operations Manager. 
Jennifer Baker has started a new position as Manager, Meetings and Technology at Southern Association of Orthodontists.

Georgia Trend released their annual listing of the 100 Most Influential Georgians. The winners have passionately led efforts to better the lives of Georgians. Congratulations to all those recognized, including the following with GSAE connections:

  • Karen Bremer, CAE, Georgia Restaurant Association
  • Gary W. Black, Commissioner of Agriculture
  • Chris Clark, Georgia Chamber of Commerce
  • Jim Durrett, Buckhead Coalition
  • Larry Hanson, Georgia Municipal Association
  • Jay Markwalter, TMP, Georgia Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus
  • Michael "Sully" Sullivan, JD, American Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia (ACEC Georgia) - Notable Georgian

Learn more and view the full list of winners.


The Savannah Convention Center has announced a major expansion, scheduled to open in 2023. After the expansion, the convention center will include 200,000 square feet of exhibit hall space, a new 40,000 square foot ballroom, and 32 customizable break-out rooms. During construction, the Savannah Convention Center will remain open for meetings and conventions. Learn more.


Personify, the market-leading provider of technology solutions for associations and nonprofit organizations, recently announced the acquisition of MemberClicks, an award-winning member management platform for associations and local chambers. The acquisition provides clients of Personify and MemberClicks with an enhanced suite of digital tools available through a single, trusted partner. Learn more.


Historic Hotels of America® and Historic Hotels Worldwide® recently announced their 2020 Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence. Congratulations to all the winners, including GSAE members:

  • Jekyll Island Club Resort - Best Social Media of a Historic Hotel
  •  Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa - Best Historic Hotel (201-400 Guestrooms)

Learn more and view the full list of winners.


Hotel Effie will open at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort on February 1, 2021. Hotel Effie brings luxury, charm, and a warm personalized experience to the neighborhood. The hotel features 250 rooms, a divine full-service spa, signature dining by multiple James Beard Award-winning chef Hugh Acheson, 20,000 square feet of meeting and event space, and the only rooftop pool and lounge in northwest Florida. Learn more.


Free conference room table available in Marietta:

  • Must pick up within a few weeks
  • 25’ long / 6’ 8” at widest point in middle of table / 27” from floor to underside of table
  • 22 conference chairs fit at table
  • Refinished ˜6 years ago / custom glass top
  • Primary A/V control ports located in center of table with two additional outlet/ethernet connection sections
  • Call 404-353-1002 with questions
Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
GSAE News & Events

January 21, 2021
12-3 p.m. Eastern, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Central
3 CAE Hours
Presented by Association Laboratory and its Research Alliance, a group of 20 global, national, and state societies for association executives that participate with Association Laboratory to complete association-related research.
We will walk through the data of Looking Forward 2021TM, the industry’s first post-pandemic environmental scan, and discuss the implications for both associations and the industries they serve.
Register for the free webinar.


Please contact us ASAP if your property would like to host a luncheon and show off your meeting space in 2021!

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the below event details are subject to change. We appreciate your flexibility as we all navigate this new environment.
Luncheons in February, April, July, September, and November are $39 for all GSAE members. If any are moved to a virtual Zoom program, it will be $19 for GSAE members.
• Workshops will be priced at $30 per CAE credit hour
• The 2021 GSAE Annual Meeting, The Read House, Chattanooga, TN, June 2-4
     ◊ 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 The Read House - $145 run of house (before taxes)

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. Users can access reports through an annual subscription discounted for GSAE members.

Answers to a number of frequently asked questions can be found here. All additional questions may be directed to admin@associationsocieties.orgGet started now!


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.


Our COVID-19 resource page and Pajama Brigade resource page are available to our community. Resources include new relief package information, a GSAE in-person meetings tool kit, and sample questions list to work through with a facility. We encourage our hotels, facilities, and CVBs to access these resources too. We are all partners in keeping our attendees and visitors safe and using data-based decision-making practices. 

Want to see what's happening with our members? Explore our Take 5 page. It includes the latest updates from our corporate supplier members plus virtual tours of all your favorite locations.

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

The Lodge at Gulf States Park
News Briefs

GACVB's Annual Conference is your early 2021 opportunity for statewide destination marketing and management networking. 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.


USAE has published and will continue to update a list of facilities who have received the Global Biorisk Advisory CouncilTM (GBAC) STAR Facility Accreditation. To receive the accreditation, facilities must comply with 20 elements geared at establishing and maintaining an infectious disease prevention program. Learn more about GBAC STAR and view the latest list of accredited facilities by state.


Registration for GSAE's CAE study group is now available and will begin meeting in summer 2021. Need something sooner? Our colleagues at MSAE offer a variety of opportunities and a discounted rate for GSAE members. 

In light of COVID-19, the CAE Commission has made a few adjustments for those originally due to renew their CAE by December 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.

Learn more.

A new blog post from MemberClicks on combating communication fatigue, a podcast from Lodging Leaders recapping 2020, and more!
Alabama Gulf Coast CVB
The Atlanta REALTORS® Association and the Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS® are currently recruiting for a full-time Governmental Affairs Director.



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