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Huge thanks to our 2022 Annual Meeting host Jekyll Island Authority and all their partners.

When you are doing business in the association community, please consider our sponsors and exhibitors first


  • The Pay the Pig Raffle contributed $5,600 to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. The grand prize was a gazillion Bonvoy points and a travel gift card from Map D by nextech AR and Explore Charleston. Second and third prizes were donated by Perdido Beach Resort and Villas By the Sea Resort, respectively. Big thanks to The Westin Chattanooga, Marriott Chattanooga Downtown, and Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center for their assistance with the gazillion Bonvoy points. Editorial: You, too, can support the Georgia Sea Turtle Center every year by upgrading your Georgia license plate. 
  • The Silent Auction raised more than $10,500 for GSAE's educational programming. Need your own options for an online, completely mobile event? Touch base with Tony Rissley and Expo Auctions
  • The Foundation Beer Tasting raised $5,000 to support our internship grant program. Congratulations to Georgia Association of Convenience Stores and Georgia Restaurant Association for their 2022 grants. 
  • Huge thanks to the following committees for all their hard work to make this event such a success: Meet & Greet, Silent Auction, Member Orientation, Professional Development, and Table Hosts.

Mark Your Calendar Now for May 31- June 2, 2023

Huntsville/Madison County CVB
Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center
Member News
  Congratulations to Ginny Izydore on her new venture as Vice President, Business Development, with Event Concept Design Partners.
  Julia Boyd, CAE is the Executive Director of the Atlanta Press Club (all y'all ought to be tuning in for their debate series, by the way).
  Julie King is the Regional Event Sales Manager at Coral Hospitality.
  Larry Rosenfield is Group Sales Manager at the grande dame hotel in Atlanta (and the Southeast), The Georgian Terrace.
  Michael Tatonetti, CAE, CPP, Founder and CEO, launched a consulting practice, Pricing for Associations. He's available as a pricing and value speaker and consultant for the GSAE community.
  Beth Shaffer, CMP has joined the team of the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront as their Association Sales Manager.
  This fall, we are working with The Classic Center and Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau to bring y'all a GSAE-specific hard hat tour. Interested in joining us for the day? Email wendy "at" to get on the list.
Friday, June 24, 2022
7:00 - 11:00 pm
Dive into the Georgia Aquarium's newest summer kickoff event – 20,000 Beers Under the Sea! We invite you to enjoy unlimited beer and cider samples, a summer-inspired buffet and live music. With a beer in hand, you’ll be able to enjoy spectacular views of our aquatic species including whale sharks, manta rays and more. Learn more and get tickets.

SkillsUSA will use the entire Georgia World Congress Center for their National Leadership and Skills Conference, June 20-24, and annually for the next 5+ years, expecting 15,000 attendees. The conference is a skills competition, and the students competing here in Atlanta have advanced through local, state and regional rounds of competition, and are the best of the best in the nation within their skilled trades. Learn More.


Hotels and hospitality partners received welcome news in May. A $150 million grant announced by Gov. Brian Kemp will dramatically improve the future of Georgia’s hotel and lodging industry, according to leaders of Georgia Hotel & Lodging Association (GHLA), the group charged with implementing the federal grant that will bring much-needed financial relief to an industry ravaged by the pandemic. See the full press release.

Destination Augusta
The Lodge at Gulf State Park
GSAE News & Events

Wednesday, July 13
10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Wild Heaven West End Brewery & Gardens 
Keynote: TBD
Morning Workshop: Hybrid Meetings: Gadgets, Hardware & Making It Work
Registration info and keynote speaker info coming soon!


Here you will find an entirely FREE library of downloadable content, including white papers, guides, infographics, case studies, industry analysis and so much more! Consider this your one-stop shop when looking for current topics you need to learn about that are influencing our entire industry. Be sure to check back often as GSAE continues to add resources to this page going forward. Access the Hub.

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Live webinars are worth 1 CAE hour. Did you know? More than 90 CAE-qualifying recorded webinars are available 24/7 on our GSAE website.

  • 2034 Beaver Ruin Rd, Norcross, GA 30071
  • 50-seat classroom-style space
  • Separate room for catering
  • Contact Kelly McLendon, CAE, Executive Director, for more information at kelly "at" 
  If you are interested in participating in GSAE's CAE Study Group this summer or fall, please reach out to us ASAP. We want to be sure we are using our volunteer resources to benefit y'all at the best possible times. Learn more.


Visit Macon
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
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Embrace a Bright Future Together
August 20-23, 2022

Nashville, TN
Music City Center

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AENC, FSAE, GSAE, TNSAE and VSAE are hosting an attendee reception on Monday, August 22 at Miranda Lambert's Rosa Casa before The Classic. Drop by between 5:15 and 6:45 pm for the opportunity to connect with your Southern SAE peers and industry partners. Sponsorships available - contact Jamie Flynn, CAE at jamie "at"

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