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We understand your time is valuable, and we strive to make volunteer service convenient and rewarding. From welcoming new members to helping experienced ones prepare for the CAE exam, planning the education programming to making recommendations to the Board of Directors, GSAE volunteers truly do the work of the organization through our committee structure.

GSAE's Shared Interest Groups (SIGs) offer one of the best resources for association executives and professionals. These self-directed groups of GSAE members focus on a particular area and delve into various topics within that area.

Vice Chair Opportunities

  • New Member Welcome & Orientation - in-person events, Zoom
  • Welcome Warriors (Peer Connections) - monthly
  • Certified Association Executive (CAE) Study Group - summer; also recruiting facilitators
  • Professional Development Committee - fall
  • SUPER Supplier Council - year-round

Chair Opportunities

  • Tech Ninjas - quarterly
  • Small Staff Association Execs SIG - quarterly
  • Emerging Professionals SIG - quarterly

GSAE Leadership

Interested in learning more? Contact GSAE President Wendy W. Kavanagh, CAE at today! You may also sign up for any committee or SIG by logging into your GSAE profile

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Member News

We are sad to share the news that Jim Martin, CAE, JD passed away January 1, 2022. Jim served 35 years as the president of the Georgia Society of CPAs. He was awarded GSAE’s Clifford M. Clarke Award in 1984 and served as GSAE’s president from 1981-1982. The full obituary is available online, including funeral service information.

Our sincere condolences to Jim’s family and especially to our colleagues at the Georgia Society of CPAs. 

Ginny Izydore from Barnley Resort received the SITE Southeast Lifetime Achievement Award. Ginny is recognized for her efforts and contributions to the hospitality profession. Read full press release.

Visit Savannah’s Marketing and Communications team won the Tourism Leadership Council's 2021 Board of Directors Award for Tourism and Hospitality Excellence. Congratulations, Congratulations to the Visit Savannah team! Read press release here.

Photo: courtesy of Visit Savannah 


Experience Columbia SC has won three first place SC Best in Business 2021 Awards: Best Hospitality Business, Best Tourism Business, and the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center earned Best Meeting Venue. Congratulations to GSAE member and Annual Meeting sponsor, Beth Shaffer!


Sheryl Ehlers, Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center, earned her CMP designation recently. The Events Industry Council’s (EIC) Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) program is recognized around the world as a badge of excellence in the events industry. Learn more about the CMP program.



Discover Dunwoody announces Mike Jackson (MJ) as its new director of sales. With more than 20 years of industry sales experience, MJ will bring valuable knowledge to the destination as he leads promotional efforts for its meetings, events and groups, specifically. Read full press release.

Travel Leisure named three GSAE members to their annual 50 best places to travel in 2022! Learn more.

Coming Soon: The Classic Center Arena

The Classic Center is excited to share their latest detailed arena design plans. Construction begins January 18, with a planned Fall 2023 opening. We look forward to all the wonderful opportunities the updated Arena will bring to visitors and meeting attendees in Athens! Contact either Elyse or Katherine for more details. PS. Congratulations to the Georgia Bulldogs on their 2021 Football Championship. Goooo Dawgs!


Jacksonville's Ale Trail Adds Two New Breweries

Jacksonville’s popular "Ale Trail” is expanding with the addition of two breweries: Serving traditional Mexican fare daily, Tepeyolot Ceverceria is the premier brewery serving San Marco and surrounding areas. In Jacksonville Beach, Ink Factory Brewing blends their love for beer and storytelling in an old warehouse. Learn more. 


The National Scleroderma Foundation, formerly known as The Scleroderma Foundation, has modified its name as its outreach is expanding. This shift resembles their growing ability to reach those impacted by Scleroderma and connect them with the right specialists. Learn more


Congratulations to Kelly McLendon, CAE, Executive Director at Georgia Pest Control Association.

Congratulations to Missy Wilson, MBA, Market Manager at Athens Land Trust.
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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.
  • NEW - GSAE Winter Luncheon - February 16, 2022, Noon-1:00 pm - 1 CAE Credit. We are Zooming with a mental health topic. 30 minutes of content. 30 minutes of discussion. Sponsorships 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. Hosted by Atlanta Marriott Northwest at Galleria.
  • GSAE SIG-apalooza Breakfast - November 9, 2022 - 1 CAE Credit. Sponsorship & location available.
  • Holiday Luncheon, Awards Show, Silent Auction & Annual Business Meeting -  December 7, 2022. Sponsorship & location available.
  • 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 open.
  • Registration opening late January 2022.
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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.

  • NEW - Free to GSAE members through March 2022
  • 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!

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.


As a reminder:

  1. GSAE annual dues are sent via beginning in November. Always check that "from" line if you have any doubts.
  2. 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.
  3. GSAE staff or leaders will never ask you to transfer funds to a staffer, volunteer leader, or another 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
Learn how several associations created in-person and online fundraising experiences that generated more money, saved staff hours of time, all while leveling up the fun and excitement. Join us for this game-changing silent auction experience and get all the insights on why it’s here to stay! Featuring GSAE's great partner, Tony Rissley from Expo Auctions. Register today!

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.


     Dean West, FASAE, a leading Futurist for the association community, will familiarize you with data from Looking Forward 2022 (Impact), the most current and comprehensive examination of 75 critical factors affecting association members and the potential impacts on association strategy. The research covers factors affecting the association environment in six domains, including economic, information and technology, workforce, government, global as well as stakeholder perceptions. The webinar is complimentary. 1.5 CAE credits for attending the live webinar. Registrants will also receive the recording after the event. Learn more and register!

Join Erin Sullivan and Rich Vallaster, CEM, DES, marketing leaders at Personify, for our webinar, "22 Association Event Trends for 2022,” on Wednesday, January 19 at 12:30 EST. Register today. 


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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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