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Pay the Pig 2021

Pay the Pig raised over $5k for the Tennessee River Gorge Trust, thanks to the matching funds from Chattanooga Tourism Company. Big thanks to Explore Charleston for sponsoring the Chair’s Reception at Walden Club and the travel prize. Chattanooga Tourism Company also donated a prize package.

Silent Auction

GSAE Foundation Pour

  • GSAE Foundation’s Beer Pour raised over $5k again this year – Sponsored by Jeremy Minnick the Fantastic, Discover Dunwoody, Athens CVB and Industry Partners
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Thank you to our Host Property:
Atlanta Marriott® Northeast/Emory Area
2000 Century Boulevard NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30345 USA

GSAE Member - $39 ($49 after July 2)
Guests - $49 ($59 after July 2)

This year's 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. Each table host will have discussion topics for consideration. It truly is a "choose your own adventure" opportunity!

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

GSAE is sad to share the news that Maryann Bates McGrail died peacefully at her home in Atlanta on Friday, June 4, 2021 at the age of 50. She was a devoted wife, loving mother, beloved sister, daughter, and friend to all that knew her. Maryann was born July 19, 1970 in Freeport, NY, and raised in Jonesboro, GA. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and had a successful career as Vice President at Association Management Executives, Inc. Maryann enjoyed hosting parties, visiting the beach and mountains, playing handbells at TFUMC, cooking, traveling, and spending quality time with family and close friends. Maryann’s family and friends are in our thoughts.

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The Scleroderma Foundation hired Mary J. Wheatley, IOM, CAE as its new CEO, effective July 1.

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Congratulate Meg Caldwell, CMP for starting a new position as Sales Manager at Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center.


We're so excited to share that Visit Roswell along with Awesome Alpharetta, Georgia and Visit Sandy Springs won a TravelBlazers award at the Georgia Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus Annual Conference for Topside Tap Trail. This cross-community partnership showcases our destinations' amazing breweries. Check out Topside Tap Trail here:






As the second largest city in Georgia, Columbus is an easy one-and-a-half-hour drive from Atlanta. The recently renovated Marriott is across the street, the Hotel Indigo on the Riverwalk just opened, and a brand-new AC Hotel is opening next month on Broadway - a very walkable street filled with restaurants. And you can zipline across the river to Alabama!

Read the Visit Columbus Guide now.


Macon, Georgia is the perfect central location for your next meeting, offering more than 10 meeting venues and 20 hotels with meeting space. Our sales team is happy to assist you with facility availability, hotel blocks, sponsorship, promotion, and coordination while your event is in Macon. Tru by Hilton is not the Same Old, Same Old. Plan your stay with 101 modern rooms, free WiFi, free breakfast, and more! Celebrate 2,880 square feet of public space including areas to work, play games, eat or lounge. Macon's iconic historic homes, museums and legendary entertainment venues are also great options for unique meeting experiences.


Exciting news for groups looking to book their meetings and events in the Vail Valley this summer: Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE) and the EGE Air Alliance are pleased to announce increased service. For the first time in EGE history, Delta Air Lines will be offering daily, non-stop service to Atlanta, GA (ATL). This flight will operate on a 757 aircraft daily beginning June 5. The flight will depart ATL at 5:55 p.m. and land in EGE at 7:30 p.m.; and depart EGE at 7:30 a.m. and land in ATL at 12:38 p.m. This new service offers one-stop connectivity from Vail to over 200 domestic and international destinations. Passengers may book at  


Atlantic Station, July 24-August 1, 2021

Atlanta is the first event in the tournament series leading up the US Open; 2021 will be the 18th year of the series. The cost per ticket is $55.36, 15% off. Tournament link

Discounted tickets link:


We are ecstatic about being together in person for the September 22-23 Epic Redo in Nashville, TN - and registration is now open! $399. Up to 8 CAE Hours. Digital Passes Available. Learn more:

Don’t meet virtually. Meet in Valdosta!
Valdosta-Lowndes Co. Conference Center & Tourism Authority
Don’t settle for online conferences. The Rainwater is conveniently located in the heart of #SouthGeorgia for meetings and events. This 47,000 square foot facility features spacious meeting suites, a veranda overlooking a cypress lake and two Grand Halls. An in-house executive chef crafts delightful dining experiences for events small and large and a professional sales team assists with menus, lodging and customized itineraries.
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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. 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.

  • 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
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  • Answers to frequently asked questions
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The Qualified Association Specialist (QAS) Certificate Program provides anyone in the association industry, including CEOs, a broad base view of the key elements in running an association. 12 CAE Hours. $195 for GSAE members with Member Offers code in our portal. Learn more:

News Briefs
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Association Laboratory has produced a new white paper designed to give you an evidence-based pathway to leading your association. Leading Strategic Change in Associations is based on interviews with 25 trade and professional CEOs. It discusses proper diagnosis, the development of a change management plan and how to overcome resistance or barriers. 


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.

Alabama Gulf Coast CVB
Caesars Entertainment Corporate®
Harrah’s Cherokee has 115,000 square feet of flexible meeting space and a variety of one-of-a-kind venues set against a backdrop of spectacular mountain scenery with 1,800 deluxe guest rooms and suites. With the exceptional service and support from our dedicated events team, Harrah’s Cherokee makes it easy to take your meetings and events to new heights.
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