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Keynote: Dr. Roger Tutterow
Roger Tutterow, Ph.D. is Professor of Economics at Kennesaw State University, where he holds the Henssler Financial Endowed Chair. In addition, he serves as Director of the Econometric Center, an applied research center housed in KSU’s Coles College of Business. In addition to his work in academia, Dr. Tutterow has served as a consultant on financial economics and statistical modeling for corporate clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to closely held businesses. He has provided expert testimony on economic, financial and statistical matters in state and federal court, before the Georgia General Assembly and before the Georgia Public Service Commission.

11:30 am - 12 pm - Networking Reception
12 - 1:30 pm - Luncheon with Keynote Dr. Roger Tutterow

GSAE Member - $39 Early Bird
GSAE Guest - $49 Early Bird
*In-person attendance will be limited to ensure social distancing guidelines are being followed. Due to the nature of the event, GSAE will not livestream or record, though we will provide handouts after the event. 

We take your health and safety seriously. While we hope to gather up to 55 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 sponsor:
Explore Brookhaven
Thank you to our host:
Hyatt Regency Atlanta Perimeter at Villa Christina

Annual meeting registration is open

  • 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: GSAE association executive member or other state, local or regional SAE association member - $399; corporate supplier member - $659-$909; additional attendee from same organization - $299
  • If you're able to, please consider donating to the silent auction
  • Note that GSAE does not use a housing company or third-part list seller. Ever. It's a scam.

    Did you know? 
  • Chattanooga was named to Conde Nast Traveler's 2019 Readers’ Choice Award – 10 Best Small Cities in the U.S.
  • The first MoonPie was made at the Chattanooga Bakery in the year 1917.
Huntsville/Madison County CVB
Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center
Member News

Peter Finsen, FPCI, Assoc. AIA and G/C PCI Emeritus, is retiring after 20 years serving as Executive Director & CEO of Georgia/Carolinas PCI effective March 7, 2021.

During his tenure, Peter served on several PCI councils and committees, served on the PCI Board of Directors, chaired the Regional Council, and was conferred as a Fellow of the Institute in 2014. Peter also has served and will continue on the PCI Foundation Board of Trustees. He has also participated in and served on several additional association boards, including the Georgia Society of Association Executives (GSAE).

Peter was previously awarded the inaugural PCI Foundation Partner Award, and at the 2021 Winter Board Meeting of Georgia/Carolinas, Peter was nominated and awarded Emeritus status in the association. Read the full press release.


John Bacon, MBA has been promoted to Vice President, Account Management at Naylor Association Solutions.

Tripp McKenney has joined the Roland Daniel Properties team.

Betsy Eddy, CAE
Associate Director
Southeastern Affordable Housing Management Association
Decatur, GA
Debra Finkler, CAE
AVP, Association Operations
Kennesaw, GA

Eric Fletty, CAE
Eagan, MN

Christy Sharp Herle, CAE
Senior Director, Member Relations
American Health Care Association
Washington, DC
Carly Sharec, CAE
Membership & Communications
Association Management Executives
Norcross, GA
Pete Zimek, CAE
Founder & CEO
Novi AMS
Orlando, FL

Read the full press release.


Visit Columbus GA's hybrid program can successfully operate all facets of A/V for a hybrid event and work alongside the venue to develop a collaborative relationship. This integration aims to ensure client satisfaction and to keep guests wanting to return for future events. Working with their partners, facilities guarantee a seamless transition between speakers with technology that's adaptive to any event changes. Also included is lighting, music, and audio volume consistent with the event "mood." Learn more.


For the 13th consecutive year, The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort earns a Five Star rating in 2021. The recognition comes from Forbes Travel Guide, which bases its ratings of luxury properties around the globe using a thorough, objective evaluation system. Learn more.


Congratulations to GSAE members named to Conde Nast Traveler's Friendliest Cities in the U.S.:

  • #1 - Greenville, SC
  • #2 - Charleston, SC
  • #4 - Savannah, GA
  • #9 - Chattanooga, TN
  • #10 - Asheville, NC

Read the full list of winners.

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
The Lodge at Gulf States Park
GSAE News & Events

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. Mark your calendars for these upcoming SIG programs, which are open to all GSAE members:

  • March 26, 1:00 pm EDT
  • Presented by HopSkip
  • Hear directly from the key players involved in creating a safe and successful event, the GSAE 2020 Annual Meeting, during COVID-19. 
  • Panelists:
    Wendy Kavanagh, CAE - President, GSAE
    Michelle Gortemoller - Director of Sales, Marketing & Events, Hyatt Regency Savannah
    Jennifer Thompson - Senior National Sales Manager, Visit Savannah
  • Register today

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.

The Real-Time Compensation Benchmarking tool is a 24/7/365 online compensation benchmarking platform designed exclusively for executives of professional, trade and service-centric associations/nonprofits.

  • Input data by March 31 to receive a DE&I Industry Snapshot Report at no cost
  • $149 subscription for GSAE members
  • Entering data will always be free
  • Compare key operational metrics, estimate valuable KPI's, and generate customized reports
  • Answers to frequently asked questions
  • Get 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.

News Briefs

American Associations Day participants will learn about association policy issues, engage with Members of Congress and gain important insights from advocacy experts on topics ranging from  Civil Discourse & the Role of Associations, Building a Grasstops Network and Strengthening Your Digital Advocacy Campaigns.


Where we are going with virtual events and how to engage your audience

Breakout Sessions on Technologies to assist you with:
Tips for Your LinkedIn Profile
Apps for a Better Work/Life Balance  
Technology for Diversity and Inclusion in Events
Hybrid Meetings (Best practices and advice from pros)

Registration Fees: 
Member Price - $35, Non-Member Price - $45, Student Price - $15

Learn more and register.

  • April 8, 1:00 - 3:00 PM EDT
  • Hosted by PCMA
  • The American Hotel - 160 Ted Turner Drive NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303
  • In person and virtual options will be available
  • Registration will be $25 and will be available soon

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.


ASAE announced the 2021 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition will be held virtually, alongside smaller, regional hub meetings that can safely take place in person around the country. The dates for the reimagined 2021 Annual Meeting will be the week of August 16, 2021. Updated registration information will be available early May. All ASAE events scheduled through June will be virtual as well. Learn more.


Association Laboratory's 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.

Association Laboratory's Looking Forward Together workshop series is geared at identifying solutions to your association’s strategy challenges. GSAE members receive a discount (discount code is posted under the "Member Offers" tab in your profile). 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 membership retention, a podcast from Lodging Leaders discussing issues hotels used for hospitals and housing are facing, and more!
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