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The Officer Installation & Awards Live Stream video is available on GSAEtv.

Congratulations to our 2021 GSAE award recipients. Learn more below.

Atlanta Community Food Bank – 1,700 meals provided ($425 raised)

  • Congratulations to our gift card raffle winner – Tim Aylsworth

Silent Auction – Nearly $10,000 raised for GSAE’s programming

Wine Toss – More than $650 raised, thanks to our generous donors and ring “toss-ers”

Photos Posted!
2021’s Holiday Luncheon photo album is available on Facebook, thanks to our photographer, Matalyn Hopkins.

Thank you to our host for the mack daddy points drawing, munchies, wine, and a delightful venue: Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center


Thank you to our sponsors who support GSAE every year (and bring y’all stuff): Jekyll Island Authority and Discover Dunwoody

Thank you to our AV sponsor OAV, Damian Kavanagh, Ed.S., CAE, and the Voice of GSAE, Tom Branch


2021 Awards playlist on GSAEtv

Clifford M. Clarke Award - The Clifford M. Clarke Award is GSAE's highest honor and is presented to honor a member for an outstanding career of leadership and service to associations in Georgia. It is named for the late Cliff Clarke, president emeritus of the Arthritis Foundation and the first Georgian to serve as chief elected officer of ASAE.

Gene Stinson, CAE, PCED, CEcD, HLM

Alan R. Johnson Award - Established in 1994 and named in memory of a former Chair of the GSAE Foundation, this award is presented by the Foundation to honor a member who exhibits the ability to influence others by modeling positive behavior, gaining cooperation from others, and fostering creativity and innovative thinking.

Tara Morrison, CAE, CMP

Sharon Hunt Emerging Leader Award - This award is given to an association executive in Georgia based on three criteria: Impact in their own organization, involvement in GSAE, and service to the community other than through GSAE. Established in 2004, this award is presented to a member who has been in the association management profession for 10 years or less. 

Kara Bastarache, CAE

Peggy Seigler Corporate Member of the Year Award - Named in 2015, the award celebrates the many contributions of Peggy Seigler, MPA, CDME, a beloved and valued member of the community. The criterion for this award is continuous involvement and support of GSAE and the Foundation throughout her participation in GSAE.

Carol Hall

Skelton-Massey Award - The Skelton-Massey Award is presented to the person who recruits the most new individual members into GSAE during the year. The award recognizes the member who supports and sponsors the most new members, strengthening GSAE in size and effectiveness. 

Holly Wright

Stephen Styron Award - The Stephen Styron Award is presented to an outstanding committee, Shared Interest Group, or task force chair. It is named in honor of one of GSAE's past presidents who was the first Georgian to earn the CAE designation.

Regina Robuck

Chair's Award - The  Chair's Award  is presented for going above and beyond the call of duty to help GSAE. 

Lisa-Marie Haygood, CAE


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Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center
Member News

Synthetic Turf Council Announces First Female President and CEO

Melanie Taylor has been named Synthetic Turf Council's new President and CEO, and is recognized as their first female serving in that role. Melanie has been involved in the trade association world since 2003 and has worked for STF for 13 years. Read the full press release. 



PCMA's "20 in Their Twenties"

Eylse Harris has been named a member of PCMA's "20 in Their Twenties" Class of 2022. Acknowledged for their initiatives in the business events industry, the leaders will be honored at the PCMA Convening Leaders conference, January 9-12, 2022. Read more. 


Upcoming Retirement

Debbie Conyers 
is retiring from ECIA, Electronic Components Industry Association. Congratulations on your exciting news and thank you for being a GSAE member! 


50th Anniversary Celebration

Associated Builders and Contractors of Georgia celebrated its   50th anniversary at the Atlanta History Center.
Bill Anderson, CAE, LEED AP, was also recognized for 25 years of leadership of the association.

Congratulations to Steven Schumacher, Senior Group Sales Manager at the Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center.
Congratulations to Julie King, Executive Meeting Manager at Lake Lanier Islands Resort, NE Georgia.
Congratulations to Carly Sharec, CAE, Director of Marketing & Communications at Annandale Village.
Congratulations to Wendy Basco for her new position with The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.
Congratulations to Seth Richardson, Director of Sales and Partnership Management at Hilton Head Island / Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau.
Congratulations to Larry Rosenfield, Director of Sales at Sonesta Hotels.
TCF Center has been renamed Huntington Place. The name is an outcome of the Center's partnership with Huntington Bank. (GSAE still misses our friend Greg DeSandy, Director of Sales.) Read more. 
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GSAE News & Events

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the below events are subject to change. We appreciate your flexibility as we all navigate this new environment.

  • Luncheons in February, April, July, September, and November are $39 for all GSAE members. If any are moved to a virtual Zoom program, it will be $25 for GSAE members.
  • Workshops will be priced at $35-$49 per CAE credit hour.
  • The 2022 GSAE Annual Meeting is at the Jekyll Island Convention Center on Jekyll Island, June 1-3.
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  • NEW - Free to GSAE members through March 2022
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  • Answers to frequently asked questions
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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.

  • NEW - Emerging Professionals SIG Meeting - Plan Your Year & Get Ahead - January 13, 1:30-2:15 pm EDT. Featuring Michael Tatonetti, CAE, CPP, Vice President, Professional Pricing Society. ZOOM.
  • GSAE Winter Luncheon - February 16, 2022 - 1 CAE Credit. Hosted by Atlanta Marriott Northwest. Sponsorship Available.
  • GSAE Spring Luncheon - April 20, 2022 - 1 CAE Credit. Sponsored by Explore Brookhaven. Hosted by DoubleTree by Hilton Atlanta Perimeter Dunwoody
  • GSAE Tech Showcase & Luncheon - July 13, 2022 - 1-3 CAE Credits. Hosted by Wild Heaven West End Brewery & Gardens. Sponsorship Available.
  • The Abit Massey Lecture Series - September 21, 2022 - 1 CAE Credit. Sponsored by Visit Savannah. 
  • GSAE SIG-apalooza Breakfast - November 9, 2022 - 1 CAE Credit. Sponsorship Available.
  • Holiday Luncheon, Awards Show, Silent Auction & Annual Business Meeting -  December 7, 2022. Sponsorship Available.

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News Briefs

Introducing PROPEL’s new Growth Mindset Learning Intensive, a virtual training program for cultivating a growth mindset in your self, your team, and your organization.

Our new Growth Mindset Learning Intensive is a deep-dive, online learning program designed to prepare leaders to thrive in today’s uncertain environment. Through a combination of recorded content, peer-to-peer interaction, live Q&A sessions, and concrete application exercises, we’re offering a unique opportunity to up your leadership game. Heck, we’re even sending you FIVE books to support your learning. To really solidify your growth mindset, you have to be holistic and address three different levels: self, team, and organization. So, we structured the course with one week on each area. Learn More.  - Co-Founders Maddie Grant and Jamie Notter.

GSAE members receive a 20% discount code for the program by accessing your profile portal and then clicking the Members Offers tab.

Last week, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) reintroduced the Pandemic Risk Insurance Act (PRIA) to establish a federal backstop for financial losses due to a future pandemic or public health emergency. As you may recall, passing a PRIA-style program has been a top ASAE priority since March 2020 and we are pleased to support Rep. Maloney’s new bill. Important for our association community, PRIA includes event cancellation coverage, along with business interruption and other lines of coverage, to help navigate pandemics and public health emergencies. Learn more.
With 88% of community professionals admitting that communities play a critical role in achieving their organizations' mission, it’s time to start thinking about how you can create an online community that’s a safe, easy-to-navigate, and beneficial place for your most valued members to gather. Read more.
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  • Thank you again to our Holiday luncheon sponsors! Watch Jekyll Island Authority's video & Discover Dunwoody's video.
  • Recordings of live-streamed and virtual meetings are available on our GSAE1917 YouTube Channel through GSAEtv.
  • GSAE's Shared Interest Groups (SIGs) are complimentary, self-directed groups of GSAE members that focus on a particular area of interest. Learn more about Shared Interest Group (SIG) opportunities and join through your member profile or send an email to GSAE.
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