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GSAE Luncheon, Wednesday, February 15, 2023
11:30 am - 1:30 pm 
Featuring Dr. Roger Tutterow, Henssler Financial Endowed Chair, Director of the Econometric Center and Professor of Economics. 



10:30 am - 11:30 am - Member Orientation 

11:30 am - 12:00 pm - Networking Reception 
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm - Luncheon and Economic Forecast featuring Dr. Tutterow
1:35 pm - 2:45 pm - Membership Work Group Campaign Meeting - let's write some notecards!

GSAE Member - $49 ($59 after Feb. 11)
Guest - $69 ($79 after Feb. 11)

Thank you to our sponsor: Jekyll Island Authority


Thank you to our hosts: Crowne Plaza Atlanta NE-Norcross


Thank you to our AV sponsor: Orchestrated Audiovisual & Production Services


GSAE's New AE-MBA-lite Program

  • Approved for 10 CAE Credits
  • $995 per participant
  • Mix of online self-study and live cohort meetings
  • NOT just a "show-up" program - previous participants spent an average of 2-3 hours weekly engaged in the coursework
  • Certificate and suitable LinkedIn badging upon graduation
  • Not university-affiliated but a strong, strong curriculum for new, experienced and aspiring CEOs

Learn more and register for the program

Live Webinar Dates, 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
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Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center
Member News
  Congratulations to Niel Dawson; Todd Hawkins, CAE; Maria Thornton and the rest of the team at IEC Atlanta & Georgia Chapters for being recognized with another Quarterly Membership Growth Award.
  ABC of Georgia Launches Podcast
ABC of Georgia is launching its new podcast, “Building Leaders Radio Hour,” this month. Check it out for a great upcoming interview with GSAE Past President Bill Anderson, CAE (he may mention GSAE involvement a time or two). Learn more 
  David M. Oliver is Executive VP & Chief Operating Officer at Georgia Bankers Association.
  Tania Lynn is Reservations Agent at La Playa Beach & Golf Resort, Naples, FL at Noble House Hotels & Resorts.
  Trace Haythorn is Owner, Executive Coach, Consultant/Facilitator at Haythorn Coaching & Consulting.

The state-of-the-art facility now offers 90,000 square feet of exhibit hall space, a 21,600 square-foot ballroom, 24 versatile meeting rooms and outdoor gathering areas with landscaping enhancements. The renovation also incorporated the addition of a new food hall and upgraded technology. Completion of the 348-room Westin Atlanta Gwinnett is expected in 2024. Huge congrats to GSAE members Patty Wong, Anne Chen and Race Roberts on the exciting re-opening. Learn more

photo credits: Kate Awtrey


"Versatile downtown venue aims to be Northeast Georgia’s premier event facility.”
Almost a year after it broke ground, the $126 million Classic Center Arena project has begun vertical construction on N. Thomas Street near UGA’s North Campus and other landmarks, including the Athens Banner-Herald building and several downtown hotels. Contact GSAE members Katherine Puckett and Alison Walker to learn more about the new space. Read the full article.

Work is proceeding on the expanded Savannah Convention Center, which will include:

  • 200,000 total sq. ft. of exhibit hall space
  • A 58-ft. wide hangar door
  • A new 40,000-sq.-ft. ballroom
  • 32 customizable breakout rooms
  • A 900-space parking garage
  • Additional outdoor space
  • New facility entrance with an all-glass façade
  • Over a billion dollars in tourism improvements

Learn more in the hype video - it's a fun watch!



With four newly opened hotels and over 470 rooms within walking distance of the Convention Center and Uptown Entertainment District, Columbus has more than enough spacious stays for attendees to wind down after meeting up. Read More

“If eating, snacking, and more eating are at the heart of your itinerary, you’ll find some of the best local flavors in these top spots.” Read more

#2 – Explore Charleston
#4 – Visit Savannah
#6 – San Diego Tourism Authority
#7 – Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.
#10 – Explore Asheville




"Trying to pick the best place for your travels is like being forced to decide your favorite song or most beloved food—not only are the options overwhelmingly endless, but your preferences can change at any given minute. Here at Forbes Advisor, we’ve compiled a list of our top 50 destinations for 2023 to help inspire your travel list but also to assist you in narrowing down the options.”  Read more

  • Athens, Georgia
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Encinitas, California (25 miles north of San Diego)

From the website about Memphis, Tennessee: "Go for: New public spaces, restaurants and hotels that highlight the city's heritage." — Arati Menon and Megan Spurrell. 

Looking to visit or take a meeting? Contact GSAE member Karla Caudill, National Sales Manager, The Peabody Hotel. Read more


You are not imagining it—member engagement is changing. In her new book, the Amazon #1 bestseller Elevating Engagement: Uncommon Strategies for Creating a Thriving Member Community, Amanda Lea Kaiser takes us on a journey alongside our members as they make each decision to engage. 

Elevating Engagement is available on Amazon or your favorite online bookseller. Pre-order to sign up for the free companion workbook. 


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! Sponsorship order form is available online.

  • Shared Interest Group meetings are included in your membership.
  • Luncheons in February, April, July and September are $49 for GSAE members. 
  • The 2023 Annual Meeting is in Charleston, SC, May 31 - June 2. Registration fee for the first association executive attendee is $399; corporate supplier exhibitor and sponsor packages range from $689 - $2,999; additional attendees from the same organization are $359 each.
  • The CAE Study Group is $89 for GSAE members and will meet in the summer.

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GSAE News & Events

WELCOME. GSAE is committed to being a resource and model for members and organizations on effective practices that drive successful Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives. GSAE believes in fostering a welcoming culture amongst our members that is diverse, inclusive and equitable to all. We know our differences are what make us stronger. Through diverse perspectives, an inclusive culture and equitable opportunities, we are connecting leaders, advancing associations. 

  We understand your time is valuable, and we strive to make volunteer service convenient and rewarding. GSAE volunteers truly do the work of the organization. Please send an email to Wendy if you are interested in learning more. 
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Open Opportunities

  • Welcome Warriors (Peer Connections) – monthly – Vice Chair
  • Table Hosts – quarterly – Co Chair
  • Emerging Professionals SIG – quarterly – Vice Chair
  • CAE Study Group – summer – Chair

GSAE's Shared Interest Groups (SIGs) offer one of the best resources for association executives and professionals. These self-directed groups of GSAE members focus on a particular area and delve into various topics within that area.


  • Internship grant applications are due May 1
  • Any organization in Georgia that employs at least one GSAE member may apply
  • Applications will be judged on the quality of the internship experience
  • It is the responsibility of the organization to recruit a qualified student to fill the internship
  • Recipients will be announced during the 2023 GSAE Annual Meeting in Charleston, SC

Please consider making a donation to the GSAE Foundation


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? Contact Wendy at if you are interested in contributing to our community knowledge.

  • Spring - A New Generation of CEOs
  • Summer - Associations' Role in Workforce Development
  • Fall - The State of Meetings Revisited

Have an article idea for a future edition? Let us know! Develop Once, Publish Everywhere is the theme.


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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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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Discover GSAE's 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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News Briefs

We invite you to join us in person on March 27 – 28 in Washington, DC, for American Associations Day - ASAE's annual legislative fly-in. 

American Associations Day is also a terrific opportunity to network with peers from around the country. We are a community, and our collective voice is powerful. Registration for American Associations Day includes two days of policy education, advocacy and networking worth 5 CAE credit hours. Click here for registration and agenda.  

Wendy cannot go this year but will arrange appointments if anyone is interested -- please reach out to GSAE.



  The ASAE Annual Meeting & Expo is where thousands of association professionals and industry partners gather to exchange knowledge, resources, strategies, solutions and more. Mark your calendar now to join us in Atlanta, August 5 - 8, 2023. Volunteer opportunities and registration info will be available in March.
GSAE compiles a compendium of podcasts, blogs and resources from association land that we think will help you be better at your job. Follow, listen and learn!
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GSAE Membership Directory & Buyers' Guide

Update your membership listing today by logging into your profile. and renew your GSAE membership at the same time.

  • Upload your photo (using the one from LinkedIn is super easy)
  • Add your birthday
  • Share your area of expertise
  • Start connecting with other members
Atlanta, Georgia. The senior-level position is a key member of the organization's team. The Council for Quality Growth supports a pro-growth, probusiness, attainable housing and transportation agenda. The Director is accountable for retaining and growing the membership base as well as organizing and implementing programs and events associated with the Council. The professional chosen to serve in the leadership position will focus on enhancing revenues through growing current members by directing a membership team, as well as directing programs' revenues and budgets. 
Atlanta, Georgia. The Executive Director is an officer of the Association and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Chapter. In partnership with the Board of Directors and Committee chairs, they set the Chapter mission and goals and implement strategies, plans and budgets to achieve the Chapter objectives and further the Chapter's mission. This is a full-time, contracted (1099) position with variable hours depending on the meeting and event schedule. NAIOP Georgia is a local Chapter of NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, and represents the interests of owners and developers of office, mixed-use, industrial and related commercial real estate.
Atlanta, Geogia. Nardone Consulting Group, Inc. (NCG) is an association and event management firm that provides non-profits with strategic leadership, management, event management and administrative services and has a lot of fun doing it! The Senior Association Manager role at NCG is an opportunity to lead and support 2-3 impactful professional or trade associations to have a greater influence on their profession or make a stronger mark on their industry. As Managing Director of these 2-3 associations, you are responsible for association partner day-to-day deliverables. 
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