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Register by May 21 for the GSAE annual meeting

  • Run of house - $145 before taxes and fees - Cutoff is Wednesday, May 12
  • 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; please contact us for additional information about day rates
  • Scam Alert - GSAE does not use a housing company or third-part list seller. Ever. It's a scam. Our apologies for any inconvenience.
  • For those unable to join us in Chattanooga, GSAE has partnered with FSAE to offer member pricing for their virtual meeting, June 29-July 1. The discount code is posted under the "Member Offers" tab in your profile.

Quick links for more information: 

Did you know? 

  • Chattanooga was named Thrillist's 15 American cities that secretly have great food scenes.
  • Built in 1891, The Walnut Street Bridge is the oldest surviving example of the Camelback Truss Bridge. "The Walking Bridge" is the second longest pedestrian bridge in the nation.
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We need you to make our annual meeting silent auction a success! We understand that it may not be feasible for you to donate in quite the way you have in the past, however, every donation, no matter what, helps us reach our goal. 

Donating to the silent auction helps raise funds to continue GSAE’s mission of advancing the profession of association management and enhancing the professionalism of association executives. The silent auction will again be virtual, thanks to our friend Tony Rissley, Expo Auctions. To donate, please complete the online form or download a pdf version. Thank you for your support!

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Member News
Cindy Morley headshot

Cindy Morley has been promoted to Director of Public Affairs for the Home Builders Association of Georgia.

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Karyl Hanisch is now managing the corporate market at Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa.

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Ian Webb is now Director of Communications for the Georgia State University Library.

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Jennie N. Thomas, CAE will be joining PIAG as the Director of Marketing and Engagement. Her last day with GSAE will be May 7. Check out this video celebrating Jennie during the April 21 Luncheon. Please direct any questions or inquiries to Wendy.


After 25 years of service to the Georgia Municipal Association, Janice Eidson, CMP has announced her retirement effective June 30. Eidson served as the Director of Conferences and Management Services.

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Discover Dunwoody was awarded a Silver HSMAI Adrian Award for their "Everything Will Be OK" campaign in the Public Relations - Marketing Program Consumer category. Learn more about HSMAI's Adrian Awards.

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Hilton Peachtree City Atlanta Hotel and Conference Center recently announced that it has officially joined Hilton Hotels & Resorts portfolio. The 250-room hotel sits on 19 acres and recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation. Read the full press release announcing the conversion. 

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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. We hope you can join us at an upcoming program, which are open to all GSAE members:


The GSAE Board of Directors is excited to announce the future upcoming Annual Meeting locations:

  • Wednesday, June 1 - Friday, June 3, 2022 - Jekyll Island Authority and various property partners
  • Wednesday, May 31 - Friday, June 2, 2023 - Explore Charleston and Hyatt House & Hyatt Place Charleston
  • Wednesday, May 29 - Friday, May 31, 2024 - Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism and The Lodge at Gulf State Park, a Hilton Hotel

We are extremely grateful to all the CVBs and properties who took time and energy to submit outstanding proposals during this cycle. We expect to begin the RFP process for 2025-2027 in fall of 2022.


Our SIG leaders are creating relevant and timely programming to help you be better at your job. Recordings of our latest virtual programs are available on GSAEtv and include:

  • Finding a Mentor, sponsored by Emerging Professionals SIG - Dr. Michael Tatonetti, CAE, CPP discusses tips on how to develop your network and then how to grow these types of relationships so you can have a proper mentoring ecosystem in your life.
  • Supplier Council featuring Association Executive Panel - A panel of association executives discussing the current meetings landscape. 
  • Why Change Leadership is Everyone’s Job, sponsored by Wine & Webinars SIG - Cynthia Mills, FASAE, CAE, CMC, CPC, CCRC leads a conversation about change leadership and our own roles in helping each other through the storm. 

Association Societies Alliance (ASA) recently posted recordings of their latest webinars as well:

  • Dr. Roger Tutterow's presentation and sponsor materials can be found on our Event Home Base, provided by Map Dynamics.
  • Photos are available on our Facebook page. Thank you to our photographer, Matalyn Hopkins!

Thank you to our sponsor:
Explore Brookhaven

Thank you to our host:
Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Perimeter at Villa Christina

Thank you to our AV sponsor:
Orchestrated Audiovisual & Production Services

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Hosting and sponsorship opportunities are available! Please email Wendy for more information about showcasing your property and organization.

A SIG-apalooza is a collection of Shared Interest Group (SIG) meetings. The format offers a forum for peer-to-peer learning in a small group atmosphere with plenty of time for exploration. Join us on July 7 for this "choose your own adventure" opportunity: 

  • Emerging Professionals
  • Government Relations
  • Meetings
  • Pajama Brigade
  • Supplier Council
  • Tech Ninjas
  • Wine & Webinars
  • COVID-19 resource page has been updated with education and resources for employer relief options and meeting and convention strategies and guidance.
  • 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.
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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.

  • $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!

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. If you have any questions about the validity of a message from GSAE - from staff, our officers, our website or our enewsletter provider - please don't hesitate to contact us directly.
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News Briefs
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The Power of A Awards recognize and celebrate the extraordinary contributions associations make to society year round through industry/professional advancement; global development; diversity and inclusion practices; advocacy; and community support and engagement. For more information and to apply, please visit The Power of A website.

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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.

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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.

Association Laboratory's Looking Forward Together workshop series is geared at identifying solutions to your association’s strategy challenges.

  • May 19 - Standing Out in a Crowd - Strategies for Making Your Voice Heard in Government
  • June 2 - The Ethics of a Diverse Leadership Model
  • GSAE members receive a discount (discount code is posted under the "Member Offers" tab in your profile).

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