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Wednesday, November 9 Breakfast
8:00-10:30 a.m.
Atlanta Marriott NE/Emory Area
Registration is open


This year's SIG-apalooza is a collection of Shared Interest Group (SIG) meetings. The format offers a forum for peer-to-peer learning in a small group atmosphere with plenty of time for exploration. Each table host will have discussion topics for consideration. It truly is a "choose your own adventure" opportunity!








SIG Roundatables - 1 CAE credit
GSAE member - $39 ($49 after November 4)
Guests - $49 ($59 after November 4)

8:00-8:30 a.m.: Networking & Check In
8:30-9:45 a.m.: SIG Roundtables
10:00 a.m.: Member Orientation

Select up to three choices when you sign up to attend:

  • Communications
  • Emerging Professionals
  • Government Relations
  • Meetings
  • Pajama Brigade (remote working)
  • Tech Ninjas
  • Wine & Webinars

Have a compelling story to share? GSAE is seeking members interested in sharing effective practices, compelling case studies, and pilot programs next year. Have another story idea? Either way, contact Wendy at if you are interested in contributing to our community knowledge.

  • Winter - Rethinking How We Communicate
  • Spring - A New Generation of CEOs
  • Summer - Associations’ Role in Workforce Development
  • Fall - The State of Meetings Revisited
Huntsville/Madison County CVB
Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center
Member News

Jacob Wilder, CAE, Senior Director of Operations and Communications, Building Owners and Managers Association of Georgia, has been named to Association Forum's 2022 Forty Under 40 Class.

The Forty Under 40 program is a prestigious competition that provides recognition to 40 accomplished association or non-profit professionals who are under the age of 40, demonstrate high potential for continued success in leadership roles and exhibit a strong passion for - and commitment to - the association management and nonprofit industries. See the class.

  Megan Maharry, Senior Sales Manager, Atlanta Evergreen Lakeside Resort
    Kristen Morgan, CAE, Association Director, Meeting Expectations
  Becky Schaeffer, Sales Manager, Westin Buckhead Atlanta
   Lydia H. Smith, Group Sales Manager, Jekyll Island Club Resort
    Melea Guilbault, Chief Executive Officer, MapD - A Division of NextechAR Solutions
  Kathi Kelly, Senior Group Sales, Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore of Oahu

Money’s Best Places to Live list has been around for 35 years and counting. And if you’ve come across it in any one of those years, you know that Atlanta is very different from the kinds of places that usually make the cut. Especially at the very top. Read More.

#1 Atlanta, Georgia

#4 Raleigh, North Carolina

#22 San Diego, California

#35 Marietta, Georgia

#46 Greenville, South Carolina


Connie Holliday, CMP has accepted the new position of Director of Sales and Shawn Boone is now Senior Sales Manager at Explore Asheville.

Director of Sales
Senior Sales Manager



We are here to help every step of the way when you meet in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. For more information about holding your event along the Alabama Gulf Coast, contact our sales team.

  • Amy Peralta » Alabama SMERF; Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas Associations, Corporate and SMERF
  • Mary Statkewicz » Alabama Associations and Corporate; Arkansas Associations, Corporate and SMERF. 2024 GSAE AM Host CVB.
  • Michelle Russ » National Accounts, Sports, Events and International Tour Operators

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 new Association Executive-MBA lite program (The AE-MBA) will be $995, with an early bird rate of $795. Designed for new and experienced CEOs as well as aspiring and ambitious future CEOs, this is an amazing 10-week opportunity to hone your financial and management skills in a virtual cohort of like-minded professionals. *Not affiliated with a university.
  • Exclusive luncheon sponsorships are $2,000.
  • The Holiday Luncheon & Silent Auction is $55 for GSAE members. Two sponsorships are available for $1,500 each.
  • 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-$2,999; additional attendees from the same organization - $359 each.
  • The CAE Study Group is $89 for GSAE members and will meet in the summer.

In Person Events

  • February 15 - 2023 Winter Luncheon
  • April 19 - 2023 Spring Luncheon
  • May 31-June 2 - 2023 Annual Meeting, Charleston, SC
  • July 19 - 2023 Summer Luncheon
  • September 20 - 2023 Abit Massey Lecture Series
  • December 6 - 2023 Holiday Luncheon & Awards Show

The Association Executive-MBA-lite Program Spring Dates (live webinar, 9:00-10:00 am)

  • March 2 - Program Kickoff & Onboarding
  • March 16 - Vision, Goals & Planning Process
  • March 30 - The Right Team & Right Customers
  • April 13 - An Empowered System of Management
  • April 27 - Demystifying the Financials
  • May 11 -  Applying the Financials & Graduation

Congratulations to The Read House and The Westin Chattanooga (aka the Disco Ball Westin) for being honored as the Best Hotels in Chattanooga recently. Read More.

Atlanta/Georgia Chapters, Independent Electrical Contractors, were both recognized recently for achieving 10% chapter membership growth at their national meeting. Congratulations to GSAE members Niel Dawson, Todd Hawkins, CAE, and Marie Thornton.

Here are the best cities in the U.S., as voted by Traveler readers.

Best Small Cities

#1. Explore Charleston, South Carolina

#5. Visit Savannah, Georgia

#6. Visit Greenville, South Carolina


Here are the best cities in the U.S., as voted by Traveler readers.

Congraulations to GSAE-member Best Big Cities

#3. San Diego Tourism Authority

#4. Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.



 Athens Beer Trail Trolley Tours - Catch one from The Classic Center!

  Tours run every Thursday and Friday afternoon-evening. Experience Athens' local breweries without worrying about a designated driver or calling for rideshare between each stop. One Athens Beer Trail Trolley Tour ticket provides hop on-hop off service for the entire day! Read More.



Condé Nast Traveler readers rated their top resorts and hotels in the American South, from Appalachia to the Low Country. Read More.

#2 The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, Hilton Head Island

#3 The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, Savannah

#5 Wild Dunes Resort, Isle of Palms

#7 The Sanctuary Hotel at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Kiawah Island (also Best 5 Islands)

#8 Barnsley Resort, Adairsville

#14 The Cloister, Sea Island

#15 The Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville

#16 Jekyll Island Club Resort, Jekyll Island

Top 25 Hotels in the South. Read More.

#4 Thompson Savannah

#6 InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta, Atlanta

**Logo courtesy of Condé Nast Traveler


Top Destination Award Winners (October issue)

  • Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Explore Charleston
  • Visit Charlotte
  • Chattanooga Tourism, TN
  • Louisville Tourism
  • Visit Mobile
  • Visit Savannah

Prime Site Award Winners (October issue)

  • The Classic Center, Athens, GA (Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau)
  • Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA (Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau)
  • Mobile Convention Center, AL (Visit Mobile)
  • Music City Center, Nashville TN (Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.)
mulit colored row houses plus May 31 through June 2 dates  


Destination Augusta
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 to be considered. Illustration by Kristin Baldeschwiler from Pixabay

New Opportunities

  • 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.
  • SEEKING: Text-using associations sought for a Communications SIG panel on October 25, 3:30 pm. Contact Wendy at if you are interested in joining us!
  • The following Committees and SIGS are seeking additional leaders for the 2023 program year:
    • Table Hosts
    • CAE Study Group
    • Tech Ninjas
    • Under 40 Professionals
    • Professional Development

Y'all asked; we listened. GSAE is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Naylor Association Solutions and Boxwood Career Headquarters. Multiple 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.
  • 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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