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Wednesday, Sept. 21
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Atlanta Marriott Northwest at Galleria
Registration is open

  John Addison is a Georgia native with a rapier wit and all the charm you’d expect from a son of the south. He’s the former co-CEO of Primerica, a leader in the financial services industry. Now “rewired” after his tenure with Primerica, John is the CEO of Addison Leadership Group, INC. He travels the world as a keynote speaker and consultant, and he is also a best-selling author. John’s current passion is to cultivate new leaders with a heart for service and unification. Learn more about John.

Luncheon - 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Luncheon & Networking - 1 CAE credit
GSAE member - $39 ($49 after September 16)
Guests - $49 ($59 after September 16)

10:30-11:30 a.m.: New Member Orientation
11:15 a.m.: Supplier Council Check-In
11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: Networking Reception
12:00-1:30 p.m.: Luncheon with Lecturer and GSAE Leadership Academy Recognition

Thank you to our host: Atlanta Marriott Northwest at Galleria

Thank you to our sponsor: Visit Savannah

Thank you to our AV sponsor: 

Huntsville/Madison County CVB
Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center
Member News
  Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce conferences that book 500 room nights or more are eligible for "Show Your Badge" program. Just have your conference participants show their conference badge at participating Athens businesses to get a ton of exclusive savings and deals! Learn more about the program.
  BOMA Georgia Wins 2022 ASAE Summit Award
ASAE has recognized Building Owners and Managers Association of Georgia as one of six Summit Award winners for their innovative program, Inclusive Leadership Certificate. The 2022 Summit Awards will be celebrated at the Summit Awards on September 29, 2022 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Congratulations to GSAE members Gabriel Eckert, FASAE, CAE, Jacob Wilder, CAE, and Owen Kavanagh for this achievement. Read more about all the award winners.
  Andrew Plousis is Global Account Executive at IHG Hotels & Resorts.


Renée Areng, CDME, Explore Brookhaven's Executive Director, is joining the 2022-23 Foundation Board of Trustees for Destinations International. Read more...

GACVB is also so pleased to announce Explore Brookhaven attained the Gold Level Benchmark of Excellence (BEC) Certification. Explore Brookhaven is the 10th CVB/DMO in the state to attain this prestigious designation. 

  Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport has been named the No. 1 Airport in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure readers in the 2022 World’s Best Awards! Read more...
  New GSAE member Virani Company's USA (Atlanta Events & Planner) hosts all kind of amazing events open to the public. Learn more...
  Beth Shaffer, CMP is Sales Manager - Association Market at The DeSoto Savannah.
  For the second consecutive year, readers of Travel + Leisure voted The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort the number one resort in South Carolina in the 2022 World’s Best Awards. Readers also voted Kiawah Island as the No. 2 island in the Continental U.S and a Top 25 Best Island in the World.

L-R, Bay Area Apartment Association staff: Bonnie Gibson, Russ Webb, Krystal Humphrey, Maddison Neumann. Photo courtesy of FSAE and Adrian Amos Honderick, CAE. 


The best cities in the United States, according to Travel + Leisure readers, offer a welcoming mix of history, delicious food and drink, and attractions for the whole family. Learn more...

1.  Explore Charleston


4.  Visit Savannah


13. Explore Asheville


15. Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.



To name this year’s top U.S. destinations for foodies, the Yelp Data Science team looked for the cities that had the highest restaurant ratings from out-of-towners and then took a look at what visitors were loving on Yelp. They limited this year’s list to cities with populations under 250,000 that have must-know food scenes. Read more... 


The best islands in the United States, according to Travel + Leisure readers, offer plenty of activities in addition to opportunities for waterfront relaxation. Congrats to the GSAE members recognized this year. Read more...


Golden Isles (Jekyll Island, Little St. Simons Island, Sea Island, St. Simons Island), Georgia


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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.



America has some fantastic cities, sure - but the most beautiful towns in America offer something all their own. Read more...

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

We are excited to announce that we have launched our 2022 GSAE Readership Survey and are hoping to hear from readers like you! If you have not already filled out the 2022 GSAE Readership Survey, please take a few minutes to do so by clicking here before it closes on August 18, 2022. Your responses will help us improve our products and offerings in 2022 and beyond, including connections magazine and update newsletter. In addition, there will be a winner chosen to receive a $50 Amazon gift card!

  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. Illustration by Kristin Baldeschwiler from Pixabay

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. 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.

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. Use your GSAE member number to receive the preferred pricing options.


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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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of professional, trade and service-centric associations/nonprofits.

  • Your competition is no longer just Georgia-based; sign up today to get the data your organization needs to remain competitive.
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  • $149 subscription rate for GSAE members
  • Compare key operational metrics, estimate valuable KPIs and generate customized reports.
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  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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Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
News Briefs
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Embrace a Bright Future Together
August 20-23, 2022

Nashville, TN
Music City Center
Learn more...

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 p.m. for the opportunity to connect with your Southern SAE peers and industry partners. RSVP today. Space is limited.

Thanks to our 2022 Southern SAE Reception Sponsors - please visit with them onsite!

You may also see all the Personify-sponsored activities here


ASAE’s public policy team continues to advocate for workforce development policies that will benefit the entire community and the broader economy. 

The Professional Certification Coalition (PCC) charged into its fifth-year advocating for public policies that promote certification programs, certified professionals and all who rely on the expertise and experience demonstrated only through professional certifications. Learn more about the coalition.

Valdosta-Lowndes Co. Conference Center & Tourism Authority
Alabama Gulf Coast CVB
GSAE Membership Directory & Buyers' Guide

Don't lose access to your GSAE community! Renew your membership today by logging into your profile, clicking on My Profile, then on Invoices in the drop-down menu. OR, you may use GSAE's easy pay button anytime. Need payment options? Just reach out to us at the GSAE office.

  • Recordings of livestreamed 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.
  • Wine & Webinars: August 24
  • SIG-apalooza Breakfast: November 9
South Atlanta, Construction Suppliers Association Position: President Reports to: Board of Directors Date: 2022 Role Description: The role of the President is to assure the continued health and long-term viability of the organization. Working with the Board of Directors, the President serves to establish an appropriate strategic direction for the organization, provide leadership in implementing appropriate strategic initiatives, and provide management and oversight of all organizational resources.
Marietta, Georgia, PPS is seeking a Director of Certification & Education who has a proven track record in developing and executing successful programs. The ideal candidate will use independent decision making to manage and oversee the PPS professional certification programs, the Certified Pricing Professional (CPP) and the Certificate of Profitability Education (CPE). This individual should be proficient in project and program management, customer service, instructional design, and educational program development, ideally from experience at a membership organization.
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