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Wednesday, July 13
10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Wild Heaven West End Brewery & Gardens

  • Keynote: Swimlane representatives Frank DePizzo and Chris Phillips will tell us everything we need to know about cybersecurity right now.
  • Morning Workshop: Hybrid Meetings: Tips, Tricks, and Toys; Conference Room Upgrades, Marketing Automation Case Study, featuring Mike Pennington, CAE, Amy Kane, CAE, MBA, and Michelle Shea.

Registration is open. Register before Friday at 5 p.m. to avoid the upcharge.

Luncheon Only Cost - 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Luncheon & Networking - 1 CAE credit

GSAE member - $39 ($49 after July 8)
Guests - $49 ($59 after July 8)

Tech Showcase Cost - 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Workshop at 10:30 a.m. - 1 additional CAE credit
GSAE attendee - $69 (includes luncheon)
GSAE exhibitor - $89 (includes luncheon)

Thank you to our host: Wild Heaven West End Brewery & Garden
Thank you to our AV sponsor: 
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Huntsville/Madison County CVB
Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center
Member News
    Earning the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential is the hallmark of a committed association professional. It helps drive professional self-confidence, opens doors, creates connections, and offers widespread value and recognition for candidates. Congratulations to GSAE's newest CAE! Joanne Singletary, CAE, Director, Membership & Communications, SHRM-Atlanta.
  Dr. M. Louise Walters, PhD, The Leadership Center, will present her doctoral research at ASAE’s 2022 Annual Meeting & Expo in Nashville, Monday, August 22, at 11:30 a.m. on “Adversary or Trusted Partner? What CEOs Think About Their Board Chairs.” ASAE’s Associations Now includes an informative article about her research and upcoming presentation. Read More.

Phoenix Awards: GSAE's 2022 Annual Meeting Host, Jekyll Island Authority, was recognized with the Sponsor Impact of the Year, awarded to a sponsoring company that uses innovation and creativity to impact the membership and showcase their company. Congratulations to Maria Trammell and Kevin Udell


    Phoenix Awards: Melissa Legaux, CMP, Cobb Travel & Tourism, was recognized with MPI Georgia Chapter's President's Award. See all the award winners.
    Missy Brandt Wilson, MBA has joined the Sales & Events Team at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel.
    Tucked away under a majestic century-old canopy of live oak trees, the dedicated and service driven team at this Best of Georgia™ Winner can't wait to welcome you. The Beachview Club surrounds a shaded courtyard, sparkling pool, and two firepits, with the sights and sounds of the Atlantic Ocean as a relaxing backdrop. Your oceanfront hideaway awaits! Learn More.
  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.
    We are thrilled that Atlanta is one of the amazing cities selected to host the 2026 World Cup! Congratulations to GSAE member William Pate, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, Gov. Kemp, Mayor Dickens, and so many others who worked together to make it all happen. Photo courtesy of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Read more from the AJC.

Forbes compared more than 800 locales in America on everything from housing costs and taxes to healthcare, air quality, crime and climate change and natural hazard risk. Congratulations to our GSAE members who made the list!

    Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau
Nick Arnold & Jay Boling
    Visit Charlotte
Emily Dehont
  Visit Greenville, SC
Ashley Owens


    Visit Savannah
Jennifer Thompson & Tasha Singleton
City name Chattanooga in gold and blue colors   The Chattanooga Tourism Co. is pleased to announce the awarding of $605.5K to 28 local culture, heritage, and arts partners through the second round of the Cultural Tourism Advancement (CTA) Grant. This year's process was highly competitive, with 39 applicants requesting $1.3 million in assistance for events, enhancements, exhibits, and more. Read More.

The GACVB Travelblazers have been announced in the July issue of Georgia Trend magazine, continuing GACVB’s advocacy for tourism product development and tourism economic development as well as the power of partnerships. Congratulations to this year's recognized Travelblazers projects who are GSAE members: collaborative partnership examples from Visit Savannah, plus additional recognition for Destination Augusta, Cobb Travel & Tourism, and Discover DeKalb. Read More.

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  • May 31-June 2, 2023
  • Explore Charleston
  • Hyatt House & Hyatt Place, 560 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403
  • Why, yes, Virginia, GSAE will open the room block this fall to everyone who attended the 2022 meeting.
  • Interested in speaking? Fill out the speaker form before September 5, 2022.


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The Lodge at Gulf State Park
GSAE News & Events

Y'all asked; we listened. GSAE is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Naylor Association Solutions and Boxwood Career Headquarters. Mulitple options for job seekers, employers, and future execs are available at headquarters. We encourage all job seekers, especially, to create a new account and upload your resume. 



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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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  • Sample questions - gather your information before you start the survey - NEW
  • FAQs on the entire benchmarking system
  • Data gathering is in full swing
  • $149 subscription rate for GSAE members
  • Compare key operational metrics, estimate valuable KPIs and generate customized reports.
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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.

  If you are interested in participating in GSAE's CAE Study Group this 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.


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  • While we would like to sue every company that tries to de-fraud y'all, it's whack-a-mole. Please delete, block and ignore. These folks are stealthy, slippery and not good people.
  • 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.

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. Please send an email to Wendy, wendy "at", to be considered.

New Opportunities

  • The 2023 Nominating Committee will include up to five at large GSAE association executive members in good standing in addition to GSAE Past Chair Mary J. Wheatley, CAE, IOM, Chair Mike Pennington, CAE, and Chair Elect Val Smith, CAE. Names of the full committee will be available by the end of August. Time frame: Fall 2022.
  • IDEA Task Force members are needed as we continue to work on various strategies around inclusivity, diversity, equity, and accessibililty in GSAE-land. Time frame: Fall 2022 and Winter 2023.


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August 20-23, 2022

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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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Atlanta, Georgia, Nardone Consulting Group, Inc. (NCG) is an association and event management firm that provides 501c3 and 501c6 non-profits with strategic leadership, management, event management and administrative services - and has a lot of fun doing it! 
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