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Final fun facts about Chattanooga, TN. Y’all should all be planning an event in this wonderful city!

  • Voted “Best Town Ever” by Outside magazine
  • “A model of urban renewal, Tennessee’s mountain hideout never misses a chance to reinvent itself” and “A midsize city of fresh beginnings. A deep-down Southern kind of resurrection.” Garden & Gun
  • “…the ‘Scenic City’ has experienced an astonishing transformation during the last 20 years and now glistens with fresh paint, high rises and a serious collection of performing arts and attractions” Smart Meetings

We appreciate all our GSAE Annual Meeting Sponsors!

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

Congratulations to Yvonne Escudie, Sr. Sites & Contract Services Specialist, Meetings Expectations.


Congratulations to Sharon Collins, Director of Conference & Management Services, Georgia Municipal Association.


Rowan Mae Schumacher was born on June 30. Big Sister Quinn is excited!!


Most recently, Jekyll Island has been ranked No. 7 in the nation as a beach getaway. Online searches for Jekyll Island increased by a whopping 382 percent compared to 2020. Mark your calendar now to see Jekyll Island June 1-3, 2022 as the host of our GSAE Annual Meeting.


Welcome back! The Museum has reopened. Thursdays thru Sundays 10am-4pm. Masks required in Museum buildings and aircraft. Make plans for a visit or event today.


The GSAE Board of Directors is soliciting the names of association executive members, who have been a member for more than 1 year, interested in serving on the Nominating Committee. To be considered, please contact Wendy at The Nominating Committee will include up to five at large GSAE association executive members in good standing in addition to GSAE Chair Mary J. Wheatley, CAE, IOM, Past Chair Joel Peacock, and Chair Elect Ashley Goodin, CAE. Names of the full committee will be available by the end of August.

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.

  • Emerging Leaders SIG: CAE Introduction featuring GSAE Study Group Chairs, Michael Tatonetti, CAE, CPP and Heather Blanchard, CAE
  • Supplier Council: AV & Hybrid Panel featuring Benjie Peterson, CEO/President, Living Visions Audio Visual and Travis W. Briggs, Sales Manager, Encore Audio Visual, Hybrid+ Certified
  • Bonus document by Brandon Dunn, Project Manager, Orchestrated Audio Visual
  • GSAE Member Samantha Evans, CAE on Accessibility & PowerPoints
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News Briefs

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.


Attending ASAE’s virtual event? For a mere $50 donation to the ASAE Foundation, you can join local colleagues for a special in-person event on Monday morning, August 16 at the Hyatt Regency Downtown. Featuring well-known speaker, David Nour, the event begins in the morning with live-streams and a keynote, ends with lunch together. More details coming soon!


The Forty Under 40 program is a prestigious competition that provides recognition to 40 accomplished association or non-profit professionals who are under the age of 40, demonstrate high potential for continued success in leadership roles and exhibit a strong passion for - and commitment to - the association management and nonprofit industries.


September 22-23
Epic Redo in Nashville, TN
Registration is now open! $399.
Up to 8 CAE Hours.
Digital Passes Available.

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