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January 2014 In This Issue
Featured Stories
Member News
GSAE Membership Directory & Buyers' Guide
GSAE News & Events
News Briefs
AMA Executive Conference Centers
University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education
Naylor, LLC
Featured Stories
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Tom Cunningham is vice president, senior economist, and regional executive for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

Prior to his appointment as regional executive, he was associate director of research. He has served as a vice president in the research department, where he has been responsible for the regional and Latin American research teams.  He has served on the Bank's Personnel, Information Technology, and Risk Management Committees and as a member of the Federal Reserve System's Information Security Group and Technology Services Council.  He also was the acting director of the Bank's Center for Real Estate Analytics and the interim head of the finance group.  Learn more about Dr. Cunningham here.

10:30-11:30 am - New Member Orientation (open to all new and prospective members)
11:00-12:00 - Participation Fair & Networking Reception
12:00 - 1:30 pm - Luncheon featuring Tom Cunningham

GSAE Member: $25 Early Bird; $40 Late (after Feb. 14)
GSAE Guest: $35 Early Bird; $50 Late (after Feb. 14)

Thank you to our sponsor:
Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort

Thank you to our host property:
Hotel Capitol Park Atlanta
Nancy Wilkerson, Director of Regional Sales
Sharon Johnson, Senior Sales Manager

*Formerly the Holiday Inn Capitol Conference Center -
check out the press release below in Member News!

GSAE is a CAE Approved Provider.  This program meets the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential.  Every program that we offer which qualifies for CAE credit will clearly identify the number of CAE credits granted for full participation, and we will maintain records of your participation in accord with CAE policies.  For more information about the CAE credential or Approved Provider program, please visit www.whatiscae.org.

As a CAE Approved Provider educational program related to the CAE exam content outline, this program may be applied for 1 credit toward your CAE application or renewal professional development requirements.

Note: This program is not endorsed, accredited, or affiliated with ASAE or the CAE program.  Applicants may use any program that meets eligibility requirements in the specific timeframe towards the exam application or renewal.  There are no specific individual courses required as part of the applications – selection of eligible education is up to the applicant based on his/her needs.
It's never too early to start thinking of ways to expand your GSAE involvement!  If you'd like to join a Committee(s) or SIG(s) before the February luncheon, simply email GSAE.

GSAE Committees: Engage, Connect, Support
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.  You may learn more about our Committees here.

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.  In addition to learning from the "experts" in a particular area of interest, GSAE's SIGs offer members a place to discuss with peers issues of personal relevance.  You may learn more about our Shared Interest Groups here.

Shared Interest Groups
CAE Study Group

Administration - Law, HR and Finance (Online SIG)
Meet & Greet

Atlanta-area YourMembership.com Users Group

New Member Welcome & Orientation

Peer Connections

Emerging Professionals
Professional Development

Government Relations
Silent Auction

Supplier Council

Small Association Staff 
Table Hosts

Web Warriors



Enjoy the gift of continuing education from association executive peers in the latest episode of GSAEtv, titled, "Opening Up the Lines of Communication."

In order to make sure your association is changing at the pace of your industry, your staff and board need to be on the same page. We’ll hear from some association management experts on how to best open up the lines of communication.
In his column, "Listen to the Board," Bob Harris, CAE, shares how directors questions at orientation can reveal concerns and opportunities for improving governance.
Member News
Charles Hall, President, Association Services Group, will serve as President-Elect of the AMC Institute's Board of Directors.  AMC Institute is the trade association representing the global AMC industry.  Their focus is in three main areas: market expansion, best practices, and alignment with the needs and purposes of member segments.  Congratulations, Charles!
Association Services Group (ASG) is proud to announce the Network of Academic Corporate Relations Officers (NACRO) has selected ASG to serve as their new management company.   ASG is excited to have the opportunity to add NACRO to their growing list of clients.  ASG was chosen as the best association management company for NACRO due to its experience in management of academic and development related organizations, along with their expertise in meeting coordination and financial services.  "We are honored to have the opportunity to serve this quality organization," said Charles Hall, President of ASG.  "I’m confident that the experience and professionalism of the ASG team will add value to help our newest client NACRO to achieve their goals."
Sharon Johnston, Senior Sales Manager, is thrilled to announce that the Holiday Inn Atlanta Capitol Conference Center Hotel officially became Hotel Capitol Park on January 6.  No longer part of the Holiday Inn brand of hotels, Hotel Capitol Park has moved into the next phase of its evolution as an independent hotel.  In preparation for this transition, Hotel Capitol Park has recently made renovations to the property including an overhaul of all 24,000 square feet of flexible event space.  Planned improvements include a complete renovation of the hotel lobby, upgrades to guest rooms, new food and beverage oppotunities and an upgraded internet platform.  Read the full press release here.
GSAE Membership Directory & Buyers' Guide
We are looking for our millennial association professionals who are interested in programming our July 9th Luncheon. Our goal is to show our members great new ideas to reach the next generation of adult learners and to showcase our emerging  leaders’ talents. Contact Wendy to participate.
2014 promises to be an exciting year for GSAE’s social media strategy.  Our Board has adopted a very ambitious plan and we need your help for it to be a success.  If you can answer yes to one of these questions and want to engage your peers across the electronic realm, let us know!
  • Love LinkedIN? Do you spend time on it weekly?  Help us manage our subgroups, promote conversations and lead our connections to GSAE membership.
  • Thrilled to be on Twitter? Do you dream in hashtags? Automatically convert links to tiny urls in your head? GSAE staff needs a tutorial and an account that does something more than follow our friends at AENC. 
  • Fascinated by Facebook? Get admin status and have at it with pictures, links, events and "boosts."

Coming soon: Community Czars.  Watch this space to learn more about opportunities to lead our connection points in the members only community through our upgrade to YourMembership.com.

Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau
Macon Marriott City Center
Valdosta Lowndes CVB
GSAE News & Events
Thursday, January 16
Webinar (sponsored by GSAE & AENC): SkyRocket your Member Engagement with Career Opportunities
2-3 pm EST
$45 members; $75 non-members
Register online
An in-depth webinar exploring the threats and opportunities that external online professional networks create for associations.  Learn how to ensure that you remain a critical career resource for members in a "LinkedIn" world.  This webinar will explain how associations can remain relevant and even strengthen their position as the go-to career resource for members.  It is full of tips, tricks and methods to engage the professionals you serve, and generate non-dues revenue from the employers who want to reach them.

Wednesday, January 22
GSAE Board of Directors Meeting
9:30-11:30 am
Kellen Company - 1100 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 300, Atlanta

Tuesday, January 28


GSAE-Kellen Company Discussion Group - Creating Member Value
8-9:30 am
Kellen Company - 1100 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 300, Atlanta
Register by Jan. 21.  Breakfast will be provided.

Tuesday, February 11
GSAE-Kellen Company Discussion Group - Innovations in Member Development
8-9:30 am
Kellen Company - 1100 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 300, Atlanta
Register by Feb. 4.  Breakfast will be provided.
Thank you for your membership in GSAE in 2013!  We remain committed to building a sense of community within the association management profession and among our corporate suppliers.  By offering a wide array of member activities, we strengthen our connections with one another.  Renew your membership online or email Jane Anne if you have any questions.  If there are multiple members from your company/organization, contact Jane Anne for a group invoice.  If you'd like to pay your invoice with a credit card online, you can always use our secure payment form.
Our tiered-dues structure makes it easier and more affordable than ever for multiple people from the same organization to take full advantage of GSAE membership!  If you have any questions, please let us know.  We look forward to a fantastic 2014 with you!
To help you plan your professional development year, GSAE’s current calendar of events is available below.  We will offer more than 25 hours of CAE-matched programming this year.  GSAE has been approved for Preferred CAE Provider status through the CAE Commission (very official language is included with every event).  Our list of events is always available online at www.gsae.org (Learn/Calendar View).   Various Shared Interest Group meetings will be added throughout the year.  You may also track your GSAE-earned hours through your membership profile and create your own report.  Go to the GSAE website, click on edit my profile, log-in, click on your activity record and you will see all the GSAE events you’ve attended since September, 2010.  We look forward to seeing you in 2014!

2014 Luncheons & Industry Events
Tuesday, January  28 - Creating Member Value, Kellen Company
Tuesday, February  11 - Innovations in Member Development, Kellen Company
Wednesday, February 19 Luncheon – Featuring Tom Cunningham, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Hotel Capitol Park Atlanta
Tuesday – Wednesday, March 25-26 - ASAE Fly-in, Washington, DC
Wednesday, April 16 Luncheon & Workshop – Georgia World Congress Center
April 23, 24 – GaMPI’s Eventeract
Wednesday - Friday, May 28-30 Annual Meeting, Savannah, Georgia - book your room today!
Wednesday, July 9 Luncheon – Millennial Take-Over Program
Wednesday, September 17 - Abit Massey Lecture Series featuring Jerry Jacobs, Esq.
Wednesday, November 19 OR November 12 – GSAE Tradeshow Event (we are checking with our host property for the best date)
Wednesday, December 10 - Holiday Luncheon – Georgia Aquarium
News Briefs

The only legislative fly-in for association professionals is fast approaching.  On March 25–26, 2014, association executives will visit Washington, DC to advocate for vital association issues.  Last year, a record number of participants came from 36 states, and this year the issues facing the association community and our exempt purposes are even greater.

This year’s sessions will feature briefs on timely issues like tax reform and nonprofit governance as well as a primer on getting the most out of your congressional meetings.  In addition, get valuable face time with colleagues from your home state, association CEOs, the ASAE Board of Directors, and other leaders in the association community.  To help make this a geographically diverse event, ASAE is offering a scholarship to those outside the DC-metro area.  To RSVP for this year’s fly-in, contact Mary Kate Cunningham at mcunningham@asaecenter.org or by phone at (202) 626-2787.
The Georgia Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (GaMPI) announces a strategic partnership with nine of the SoutheastĀ's most influential associations, including GSAE, to produce Eventeract April 23-24, 2014 at AmericasMart.

A revolutionary event evolving from the DNA of the Meetings Exploration Conference (MEC), Eventeract is an exciting new experience that will challenge the way the event and hospitality industry relate. The event opens Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Eventeract will feature 90,000 square feet of education, innovation and networking covering a variety of disciplines including, but not limited to: Corporate and Association events, Food & Beverage, Meeting Design, Decor & Event Design, Meeting Planning Strategies, Tactics & Design, Technology, Audio Visual, Incentives, Revenue Management, Sales, and DMC Services. Partners include: SITE, GSAE, SGMP, PCMA SE, SPIN, NSA-GA, HSMAI, GMIC Atlanta and ISES.
The Internal Revenue Service issued the optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.  Beginning on Jan. 1, 2014, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:

    56 cents per mile for business miles driven
    23.5 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes
    14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations

The business, medical, and moving expense rates decrease one-half cent from the 2013 rates.  The charitable rate is based on statute.  The standard mileage rate for business is based on an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile. The rate for medical and moving purposes is based on the variable costs.  Taxpayers always have the option of calculating the actual costs of using their vehicle rather than using the standard mileage rates.  For more information, visit the IRS website.
The United States Postal Service announced proposed price changes, including an increase in the price of a First-Class Mail single-piece letter from 46 cents to 49 cents.  The proposed changes are intended to generate $2 billion in incremental annual revenue for the Postal Service.  For more information, visit the USPS website.

Highlights of the new single-piece First-Class Mail pricing, effective Jan. 26, 2014 include:

    Letters (1 oz.) — 3-cent increase to 49 cents
    Letters additional ounces —  1-cent increase to 21 cents
    Letters to all international destinations (1 oz.) — $1.15
    Postcards — 1-cent increase to 34 cents


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