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Wednesday, April 19
11:30 am - 1:30 pm 
Featuring Kwame Johnson, the President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Metro Atlanta, who oversees the largest and most effective youth mentoring agency in the state of Georgia. He was named the "Most Admired CEO" by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Registration and Location Coming Soon!

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

11:30 am - 12:00 pm - Networking Reception 
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm - Luncheon with Keynote Speaker Kwame Johnson
1:30 pm  -  2:30 pm -  Supplier Council Planning Mtg

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

Thank you to our sponsor: Cartersville-Bartow County Convention & Visitors Bureau


Thank you to our host: TBD - please contact our office ASAP if your property is available

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

***GSAE Annual Meeting, May 31 - June 2, 2023***

  • Registration is open!
  • Thank you to our host, Explore Charleston
  • Up to 11 CAE credits available with pre-con workshop
  • First association executive attendee – $399
  • Additional attendees from the same organization – $359 each
  • 2023 Exhibitor and Sponsorship packages
  • Room block is open through May 7
    • Hyatt Place Charleston/Historic District – traditional hotel side of the property
    • Hyatt House Charleston/Historic District – suite side above the meeting space
    • Room rate from $179, run of the house (before taxes)
  • The Pay the Pig recipient is the Charleston Animal Society
  • Beer Pours and a Wine Tasting to benefit the GSAE Foundation
Huntsville/Madison County CVB
Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center
Member News
  In Memoriam
GSAE Past President Jim Parkman, age 91, died February 26, 2023. A resident of Cumming, Georgia, he served as Executive Vice President of the Business Council of Georgia from 1967 until his retirement in 1991. The Business Council, a statewide employers' association, now functions as the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. He was an American Society of Association Executives Certified Association Executive, served as President of the Georgia Society of Association Executives, as President of the Atlanta Society for Human Resource Management, and as a Director of the Atlanta City Club and was active in numerous other professional and civic groups. Read more about Mr. Jim’s remarkable life.
  Linda Arcangeli-Story, CMP is Manager, Meetings and Special Projects with Medical Association of Georgia.
  Congratulations to Elyse Harris, Director of Sales, Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau, on the birth of her daughter, Juliette Alaska. Little Juliette is Athens-born, and she came early to see the Dawgs win on New Year's Eve!
  Curran Public Relations, LLC has again been named by to its list of Best PR Firms in Atlanta. Firms are rated on professionalism, responsiveness, friendliness and helpfulness. Congratulations to GSAE member Daniel Curran!
  EIC announces the 2022 Class of CMP Fellows. Congratulations to Connie Bergeron, CMP and Tyra Warner, PhD, JD, CMPLearn more about the CMP Fellows Programme.
  Check out the new logo for The Classic Center in Athens, Georgia!
P.S. We've been promising hard hat tours... those are still in the works. 
  Our 2024 Annual Meeting CVB host, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism, has a new website:
Bravo to our GSAE connections who received GACVB 2023 Georgia Tourism Awards at the GACVB Annual Conference, February 14, 2023 in Albany, Georgia. Learn more,
  • Larry Allen Tourism Leadership Award - Gary Wheat, CMTP, President & CEO of Visit Macon
  • Tom Kilgore Lifetime Achievement Award - Janet Rodgers, President & CEO, Alpharetta Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Bill Hardman Sr. Product Development Tourism Champion Award - Dave Curtis and Leon N. Weiner & Associates, Inc., Jekyll Island Redevelopment
  • Destination Marketing Visionary Award - "Surprisingly Savannah” New York City Pop-Up Event, Visit Savannah


Congratulations to the 2023 GACVB Board of Directors

Including GSAE members Ashley Woitena, MBA, TMP, LEC, CDME, VisitColumbusGA, GACVB Immediate Past President; Jennifer Cruce, Visit Sandy Springs, At-Large; Steven Schumacher, Cartersville-Bartow County CVB, At-Large

Driftowood Beach Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island has been named #12 in Trip Advisors' Top 25 Beaches – World and top #3 in the United States. 
Kudos to Beachview Club Hotel for being named as a 2022 Best of Georgia® winner in Georgia Business Journal’s annual readers’ poll for the second year in a row. Congrats to General Manager, Mel Furtado



Congratulations to our GSAE members recognized as the 2023 Most Influential Georgians. Read more.

  Karen Bremer, CAE, CEO, Georgia Restaurant Association
  Chris Clark, President and CEO, Georgia Chamber of Commerce
  Jay Markwalter, LEC, TMP, Executive Director, Georgia Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus
  Michael "Sully" Sullivan, JD, President & CEO, ACEC of Georgia



The Meeting was just the Beginning
Chattanooga Area CVB®
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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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. 

Not a GSAE member yet? Consider joining today.

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  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
  • 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. Have another story idea? Contact Wendy at if you are interested in contributing to our community knowledge.

  • 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 résumé. 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. Learn more here on 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 info will be available in May.
  Association Laboratory is hosting a spring CAE-athon. A convenient digital series offering up to 10 high-quality CAE credits in one week. Each webinar is $60. Purchase all 5 and receive a 20% discount (a $60 value).

May 8, 2023 - Scenario Planning: Your Solution to Optimal Organizational Strategy
May 9, 2023 - The Power of a Prepared Board
May 10, 2023 - Non-members Matter!
May 11, 2023 - Tips, Tricks and Traps to Educational Strategy
May 12, 2023 - DEI and the Ethics of a Diverse Leadership Model

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!
   April 20, 2023
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Trusteees Dining Room, Mercer University

Lighthouse Counsel is hosting an educational event with Bernard Ross, the behavioral economics guru in the world of fundraising. Learn more about this local event hosted by GSAE member Jeff Jowdy and his team.
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Update your membership listing today by logging into your profile. and renew your GSAE membership at the same time.

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  • Add your birthday
  • Share your area of expertise
  • Start connecting with other members
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Situated on one of Florida’s best beaches just 20 minutes southeast of Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra Beach Resorts have played host to exceptional meetings, conferences and conventions since 1928. Boasting 30,000+ square feet of flexible function space, luxury accommodations, world-class dining, an extraordinary spa and endless activities including two championship golf courses, these two resorts on more than a mile of Atlantic oceanfront offer a beautiful balance of business and pleasure.
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Peachtree Corners, Georgia. ASHRAE, a global nonprofit association headquartered within metro Atlanta, in Peachtree Corners, has a mid-entry level opening for someone that has experience staffing tradeshows and marketing professional educational opportunities and/or technical publications. Responsibilities include: Plan, attend and coordinate industry trade shows, conferences, and events; develop and coordinate promotional campaigns; meet with marketing points of contact to create upcoming promotion schedule, report on campaign success and current strategy, and share relevant data. This is a hybrid position requiring some weekly days in the office located in Peachtree Corners, GA, as well as some domestic and international travel.
Remote in the United States / Hybrid option if you live in the state of Georgia. This position is responsible for leading cross functional teams to support the successful delivery of complex organizational Information Technology and other business driven IT projects. Primary responsibilities include creation and evolution of core technical project management processes and methodologies for the organization that directly supports strategic and fiscal goals, as well as creation of effective and efficient processes for communicating progress. Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related discipline, or equivalent experience; minimum 7 years of experience in all phases of systems and application implementation and development.
Hybrid office in Atlanta, Georgia. Kellen is a global management and communications company serving more than 125 trade associations, professional societies, and charitable organizations representing over 10,000 companies and 100,000 professionals worldwide. The Membership and Administration Associate assists in management of operations of multiple association clients, supporting efforts relating to strategy, operations, membership, communications, conferences and meetings, and financial oversight. This position provides board and committee support, works with senior executives to implement member programs and services, assists in conference and meeing management, and helps support financial oversight.
Remote. This position is responsible for performing the accounting functions for the International Society of Explosives Engineers and the Society of Explosives Engineers Education Fund. Duties include preparing monthly financial documents and reports to help manage the organization, handling accounts receivable and accounts payable, processing member payments, accurately coding income and expenses for Society and Foundation activities according to the chart of accounts, preparing annual departmental summaries of revenues and expenses, and working with auditors and tax firms, among other responsibilities. Proficiency with Quick Books, Excel, web-based cloud tools required. Knowledge of GAAP required. Familiarity with non-profit GAAP preferred.
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