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Register today for the virtual live stream
*In-person registration has reached capacity.

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. She served as Dean and Arch Professor at UGA's School of Public and International Affairs from 2013 to 2016, and she is recognized as an expert on the US Supreme Court, Constitutional Law, and Administrative Law.

Virtual Streaming - $0 (though we'd love it if you'd like to support the GSAE Foundation!)

11:30 am - 12 pm - Networking Reception
12 - 1:30 pm - Luncheon with Special Abit Massey Lecturer Dr. Lindquist
12:30 - 1:30 pm - Virtual Streaming
1:35 - 2 pm - Constitutional Law Conversation with Dr. Lindquist

Thank you to our sponsor:
Jekyll Island Authority
Thank you to our host:
Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center
Thank you to our av sponsor:
Orchestrated Audiovisual & Production Services

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. Learn more about our committees here.
GSAE's Shared Interest Groups (SIGs) are self-directed groups of GSAE members that focus on a particular area of interest and offer members a place to discuss issues of personal relevance with peers. Learn more about our SIGs here. 


Did you know? 

  • The Read House was a winner of ConventionSouth’s Annual Top New or Renovated Awards for 2020.
  • Within a 3-hour drive of 10 million people and within a day’s drive for half the nation’s population, Chattanooga is easily accessible via three major interstates.  

The Annual Meeting is June 2-4 at The Read House, Chattanooga, TN. Run of house - $145 before taxes and fees. (Learn more about The Read House's hotel safety guidelines.)

Registration coming soon.

  • GSAE association executive member or other state, local or regional SAE member - $399
  • GSAE corporate supplier member - $659-$2,909
  • 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.

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

Huntsville/Madison County CVB
Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center
Member News

Jason Cline, CAE will be joining SHRM-Atlanta as the new Chief Executive Officer in March 2021.

Donald J. Palmisano, Jr., JD, CAE is the new Chief Executive Officer of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE).

Robert Stuckey joined the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) as Vice President of Business Development.
Carly Sharec has accepted the role of Director of Membership and Communications at Association Management Executives, Inc.

Jeff Sabourin is Account Manager with AVmedia. The company has offices in Orlando and Phoenix along with several hotel properties.

Adam Berrios has accepted the Director of Sales position with Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Ashley Owens is the Sales Manager at Visit Greenville SC.
Kathy "Kat” Pomey, formerly with the Georgia World Congress Center, is now the Director of Sales & Events at the Columbus GA Convention & Trade Center.
Elizabeth Hovell, JD is leaving the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel to explore new opportunities.
Kamilah Greene is now Clients Operations Manager with Radix Health.
Mallary Whitten has accepted a new position with Accusoft.

Mark Vaughan, FASAE, Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, has been nominated to Association Forum's 2021-2022 Board of Directors. Mark has been slated as a Supplier Partner Member Director and will take office April 1, 2021.



The new Savannah Arena recently announced that a minor hockey league ECHL team will be its first tenant. The new arena is slated to open in 2022 and will have a 9,500-seat arena, plus more than 20,000 square feet of meeting space. Learn more.


PRG contributed their talents to this year's presidential inauguration and was involved in a Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) memorial to honor Americans who lost their lives to COVID-19, described by the PIC as "the first-ever lighting around the Reflecting Pool." Learn more.

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
GSAE News & Events

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.

Please contact us ASAP if your company would like to host or sponsor a luncheon in 2021!


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 learn more here about the internship grant program. And, please consider making a donation to the GSAE Foundation.

  • COVID-19 resource page has been updated with education and resources for applying to the Payroll Protection Program (PPP).
  • More resources: Pajama Brigade resource page and in-person meetings tool kit
  • Explore the Take 5 page, including 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.

Gain access to the only 24/7/365 online compensation benchmarking tool designed exclusively for executives of professional, trade and service-centric associations/nonprofits. $149 for GSAE members.

  • 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

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.


As a reminder:

  1. GSAE does not contract with third-party companies to sell our mailing list or member data. Please disregard any such fraudulent company solicitations. If you would like to rent GSAE's mailing list legitimately, you may access the contract on our forms page. We do not release your email address as part of the mailing list rental agreement - ever, per Board policy.
  2. GSAE staff or officers will never ask you to transfer funds to a staffer, volunteer leader or member for any reason. If one of our leaders is actually traveling and runs into a spot of bother, they will contact a family member - not us, and not you.
  3. While we may ask you to log in to your profile to register for an event or update your contact information, we will not ask you to send your social security number, bank account information, or credit card information directly to us. Electronic and paper invoices will direct you to our secure PCI-compliant payment page or to our fax number.
  4. GSAE does not use a housing company for our Annual Meeting. Only book through our website link.
  5. GSAE does not use a third-party list seller. Ever. It's a scam. 
  6. If you have any questions about the validity of a message from GSAE - from staff, our officers, our website or our e-newsletter provider - please don't hesitate to contact us directly.
The Lodge at Gulf States Park
News Briefs

At GACVB's Annual Conference, 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.


For 10 years, Association Laboratory has produced an annual environmental scan of the association strategy environment - Looking Forward. The Looking Forward 2021 Dashboard allows you to customize the data by a variety of key variables like budget size, geographic scope or type of association then download the relevant information to guide your discussions with volunteer leaders or staff. Learn more.

  • ASAE will not select or initiate a new class of DELP scholars this year (2021-2023) as they are redesigning the program to better align it with ASAE’s new strategic plan and program of work. Learn more.
  • Those originally due to renew their CAE in 2020 must submit all renewal information by March 31, 2021. Those due to renew this year should renew by December 31, 2021 as usual. Learn more.
  • For those planning on sitting for their CAE, options for in-person or electronic proctoring will continue to be available this year. Learn more.

The Global Biorisk Advisory CouncilTM (GBAC) STAR is the cleaning industry’s only outbreak prevention, response, and recovery accreditation. Learn more about GBAC STAR and view their new facility directory.

A new blog post from MemberClicks on communication trends, a podcast from Lodging Leaders featuring Andrew Young Jr.'s stories of hoteliers showing him hospitality during the Civil Rights Movement, and more!
Alabama Gulf Coast CVB
Manages the daily office operations of association; coordinates the development, management and execution of association special events.
About PIAG: The Printing & Imaging Association of Georgia (PIAG) has served Georgia's dynamic graphic communications industry for over 125 years.
Working remote through March 31, 2021; flexible telecommuting days will continue in 2021. Reports to: President & CEO.



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