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Applications will be accepted through September 15, 2021.

  • Updated curriculum featuring GSAE leaders and industry experts
  • Experiential learning opportunities and tours of local associations
  • Capstone project based on learning outcomes
  • Eight day-long classes and an overnight kick-off retreat
  • Facilitated by current and past GSAE leaders, past graduates, and subject specialists
  • Open to any GSAE member CEO or staff
  • Limited to no more than 20 professionals
  • $1,700 covers registration, tours, meals, and all course materials
  • Convenient payment plans are available as long as the balance is met by December 31, 2022
  • Up to 56 credit hours to qualify to sit for the CAE exam or to recertify

Huge thanks to our 2022 Annual Meeting host, Jekyll Island Authority, and their marketing department for creating such a welcoming logo. Maria Trammell and Kevin Udell cannot wait to welcome y’all June 1-3, 2022. The Pay the Pig recipient will be the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, of course. Room blocks are being set up at not 1, 2, or 3 properties, but nearly all available hotels. We’ll open those up in September so watch your email.


We’re delighted to announce Meg Callahan is joining GSAE’s staff as the Manager of Membership & Communications. Meg’s first day will be August 16. If you are attending the Atlanta CVB Pop-UP Community Event, you’ll be able to meet her in person!

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Member News

GSAE is sad to share the Rev. Father Paul Massey, CAE, GSAE past president, 1988-1989, passed away August 2. Paul served as President of the Printing & Imaging Association of Georgia for more than 25 years and earned their prestigious Ben Franklin Award. He received GSAE’s highest honor, The Clifford M. Clarke Award, in 1994. Learn More.




In addition to six Summit Award winners, the Power of A Awards Judging Committee selected 25 association programs to receive a Power of A Gold Award and 32 associations to receive a Power of A Silver Award. Congratulations to our GSAE member winners.


  • American College of Rheumatology, Atlanta, GA. Program: School Health Outreach Project (Let’s Talk “SHOP”)


  • Association for Information Systems, Atlanta, GA. Program: Information Systems Global Inclusivity Scholarship & Grant Program
  • Building Owners and Managers Association of Georgia, Atlanta, GA. Program:

Georgia Aquarium: The Research and Conservation team at Georgia Aquarium are ramping up their projects and trips through the summer and fall. One of our studies focuses on coastal shark species serving as indicators fro the overall coastal ecosystem health in Georgia. Learn More.


Discover Dunwoody: The destination marketing organization (DMO) representing the thriving Atlanta suburb rich with unique attractions and community events announced it has been awarded the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP) Seal by Destinations International in recognition of the organization's commitment to industry excellence and meeting the industry standard for performance and accountability of destination organizations around the world. Learn More. 


Visit Athens: Named No. 2 College Town by College Football on ESPN.


Visit Savannah: TIME Magazine named Savannah to its list of the World's Greatest Places. The issue published July 23.


Meetings Today shines the light on colleagues who have led the drive for diversity, equity, and inclusion, and also highlights those mentoring the next generation or who have made a pandemic pivot. Congrats to the Meetings Trendsetters Class of 2021, including GSAE member, Samantha Evans, MBA, CAE. Sam is being recognized for her work on virtual event accessibility and inclusivity. You may find two of her recent GSAE programs on GSAEtv.





Jekyll Island Authority, host of the 2022 GSAE Annual Meeting, is pleased to announce the opening of two new properties in Jekyll Island, Georgia. Both will part of the room blocks during the June 1-3, 2022 GSAE Annual Meeting. GSAE member, Myra Jacob, The Westin Jekyll Island, looks forward to welcoming everyone to the island! Learn More.


Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today announced the opening of Thompson Savannah, the brand's first property in Georgia. Set along the banks of the Savannah River, Thompson Savannah, located at the junction of the city's Historic District and its newest neighborhood, Eastern Wharf, is a joint venture development by Regent Partners, Mariner Group and Cadre. Look for GSAE member Hazy Blanck at an upcoming meeting and she’ll tell you all about it. Learn More.


Renée Areng, Executive Director for Explore Brookhaven, joins more than 60 other remarkable leaders from around the world who have received this award. Areng was one of six other award winners for 2021.





GSAE’s Board of Directors sends a big thank you to GSAE member, Paula Fronimo, and her Coral Hospitality team for hosting the GSAE Leadership Retreat August 28-29 at Unicoi State Park & Lodge. We will share all our plans this fall. It’s going to be unicorn-epic.


Amy Kane, CAE, MBA and her family welcomed the littlest Kane, Robert Michael "Bobby" Kane, born on July 9.


Erin Hall, CAE and her family welcomed Campbell Elaine Hall on July 18.


Tip Tucker Kendall is Senior Director of Operations at National Grants Management Association.


Kevin Priger is transferring within Crestline Hotels & Resorts from Hyatt House Atlanta Cobb Galleria to Hilton Atlanta Northeast.


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.

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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:

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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.

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News Briefs

NON DUES-a-palooza's Epic Redo in Nashville, TN, will take place September 22-23. Registration is now open! $399 per person. Earn up to 8 CAE Hours. Digital passes are available as well.

A new blog post from MemberClicks on new member welcome emails, a podcast from Lodging Leaders discussing new hotel investors and partnerships, and more!
Nardone Consulting Group Inc. (NCG) is looking for a confident, professional and experienced association administrator to join our team. Our team works to serve 501c3 and 501c6 non-profits through strategic leadership, management and administrative services ...
The Georgia Dental Association is hiring for the position of Senior Director of Government Relations & Policy to lobby and execute a comprehensive direct lobbying and government relations program ...
Executive Assistant/Meeting Planner an administrative position reporting directly to the President/CEO and Chief Operating Officer of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council ...



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