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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
11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: Networking Reception
12:00-1:30 p.m.: Luncheon with Lecturer and GSAE Leadership Academy Recognition
1:35 p.m.: Supplier Council Check-In

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
  NCBA Executive Director David Crenshaw has been selected as one of Coin World Annual's "Most Influential People in Numismatics" for the 2022 edition of the list. Honorees are chosen from hundreds of influencers who have contributed to the numismatic hobby in a variety of ways - as collectors, dealers, authors, artists, graders, journalists, Mint officials, and so on - and voted on by thousands of Coin World readers. According to CWA publisher Rick Amos, "[Our honorees] are disrupters, creators, organizers, marketers, fixers, doers, problem-solvers, writers, and innovators that have contributed in some meaningful way to this multi-billion-dollar industry that we all enjoy so much." Read more...
  Julie Anderson, CAE, MBA has been named Executive Director of OATUG, the Oracle Applications & Technology Users' Group.
  Rosetta Boatright has been named General Manager at Anderson Conference Center - Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA.


  Ragan Cohn, CAE has been named Senior Vice President, Meeting Expectations.
  Lacey Facer is the Executive Director at IPMA: International Practice Management Association.
  Congratulations to Ursula Witherspoon Pavlik, CEM, CGMP on her retirement from the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. You may connect with her on LinkedIn.
  Steven Schumacher is the new President & CEO of the Cartersville-Bartow County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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. We regret we missed our collegues at San Diego Tourism Authority last month. Learn more...

1.  Explore Charleston
4.  Visit Savannah
13. Explore Asheville
14. San Diego Tourism Authority
15. Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.


  The travel service group awarded the five-diamond designation on Friday to Palme d'Or at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables; Salt at the Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island; and Victoria & Albert's at Walt Disney World. Read more...

Congratulations to Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau and Visit Savannah on their cities being named two of the 12 best places to visit this October by Travel Leisure. Read more...


We are so excited about our 2023 calendar. We’ll add additional opportunities for connecting and learning throughout the year, but this is a great start!

  • Shared Interest Group meetings are included in your membership.
  • Association Executive dues are $325; additional staff members are $150.
  • Corporate Supplier dues are $350; additional staff from the same company are $250.
  • Luncheons in February, April, July, and September are $49 for GSAE members. If any are moved to a virtual Zoom program, it will be $25 for GSAE members.
  • The Holiday Luncheon & Silent Auction is $55 for GSAE members.
  • The 2023 Annual Meeting is in Charleston, SC, May 31-June 2. Registration fee for the first association executive attendee - $399; corporate supplier exhibitor and sponsor packages range from $689-$2,909; additional attendees from the same organization - $359 each.
  • The CAE Study Group is $89 for GSAE members and will meet in the summer.
The Meeting was just the Beginning
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Craft cocktails, boutique hotels and a thriving arts scene make this vibrant city a draw for connoisseurs of all kinds. And don't even get us started on our outdoor adventures. So, meet here. We'll help you make it happen, every step of the way.
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We're halfway through the expansion and construction of the Savannah Convention Center. Now that the assembly is in view across the Savannah River, the additional 100,000 square foot exhibit hall, 40,000 square foot ballroom, 15 meeting rooms and 900 parking spaces will soon be up for grabs. The anticipation for the 2024 opening is building, and Savannah is right on schedule. Read more...


For many association professionals, managing change and a rapidly evolving evolving business climate full of uncertainty ranks high when it comes to the things keeping them up at night. The theme was " Connect, Advance, Achieve" and Rennie delivered a powerful message that encouraged them to do just that! Leaders were inspired with powerful strategies maximize their potential, build high a high performing team, and remain focused on their mission. Watch the highlight video here.


Georgia's second-largest city presents an open invitation for world-class experiences without the world-class ego. Now with nonstop flight routes, five newly opened and upcoming hotels, which add nearly 400 more guest rooms to the walkable Uptown Entertainment District, it's even easier for attendees to experience this historic riverside city with undeniable charm. Learn more...


Do you need more space for your meeting or events? More wow? Just more? The Classic Center Arena might be the perfect fit. Learn more about the new arena, coming to Athens in early 2024.

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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 15, 2022.


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The Lodge at Gulf State Park
GSAE News & Events
  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 includes 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. Invited to serve this year: Bill Anderson, CAE, Leigh Beakley, Jillianne Jewell, Kelly McLendon, CAE, Chris Oronzi, CPTD, Dianne Sagaas, and Royalle Wright.
  • Association Management 101 - association professional members are needed to help identify topics and delivery systems for a 101 course for new professionals. Time frame: 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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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.

  • Your competition is no longer just Georgia-based; sign up today to get the data your organization needs to remain competitive.
  • 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.
  • Get started now!

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.

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  • The Evolution of the Great Resignation webinar (free for GSAE members) - Thursday, September 15, 10:00-11:00 a.m. - 1 CAE credit. Hear from our panel of experts including Rich Green of Madgex, Natalie Nardone, CAE, CMP of Nardone Consulting Group, and Michael Ang of JobElephant. They’ll discuss what The Great Resignation will look like in 2023, why employers are experiencing a talent shortage, and where associations can take the lead.
  • Mission Possible: Cybersecurity – Your Members, Your Assets, Your Organization (free for GSAE members) - Friday, September 16, noon - 1 CAE credit. Get your questions answered and leave with three quick and easy tips to keep your personal and organization’s cyber assets safer from attack. Cyber security should be on the mind of every organizational leader, if it isn’t, you need to attend this session.

  • Abit Massey Lecture Series - Wednesday, September 21, 11:30 a.m. - 1 CAE credit. Including Member Orientation and a Supplier Council Meeting after the luncheon

  • Three-part Member Engagement Lab online - $279, 4.5 CAE hours

    Thursday, September 29 (1:30-3:00 p.m. EST)
    Thursday, October 13 (1:30-3:00 p.m. EST)
    Thursday, October 27 (1:30-3:00 p.m. EST)

    Throughout three highly interactive online discussions, we will discuss, explore, and experiment with dozens of methods for gently nudging members through the three stages of engagement. We will look at every nook and cranny of member engagement, including (but not limited to) messaging, online communities, onboarding, networking, learning, conferences, chapters, benefits, volunteerism, and value. We will attempt to stand in the shoes (hopefully new shoes) of our new members, long-time members, and mid-career members. Some discussions are likely to center on high-tech strategies, while others will reveal simple, low-budget, no-tech options. While the conversations will be wide-ranging, the goal is simple - to figure out how to engage and re-engage members in today's tricky environment. 

  • GSAE Awards, Board of Directors & Foundation Trustee Nominations Forms Due October 2, 2022
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  • 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.
  • SIG-apalooza Breakfast: November 9
The Georgia Dental Association in Marietta, GA, is seeking a Director of Member Relations. The ideal candidate has at least five years of experience in an association membership position.
Remote/Hybrid; Position Title: Senior Specialist, Individual Engagement & Philanthropy; With nearly 8,500 physicians, health professionals, researchers, medical students, and scientists worldwide, the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) is the home of the rheumatology community. 
Conference Incorporated (CI), a 36 -year-old boutique association management firm located in Reston, VA, provides support to associations, including membership management, financial management as well as convention, trade show, and special event management services. We are looking for an individual to serve as a program manager for two of our clients.
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