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April 2014 In This Issue
Featured Stories
Member News
GSAE News & Events
News Briefs
AMA Executive Conference Centers
University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education
Valdosta Lowndes CVB
Featured Stories
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Reginald (Reggie) J. Henry, CAE
Chief Technology Officer
ASAE & the Center for Association Leadership

Mr. Henry’s responsibilities are to implement exemplary systems at ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership that can serve as a model to the rest of the association community and to "ratchet-up" the use and understanding of technology among ASAE/Center members. He has been working with and/or for non-profit organizations since 1985.

10:30 - 11:30 am - New Member Orientation (open to all new and prospective members)
11:30 - 12:00 - Networking Reception
12:00 - 1:30 pm - Luncheon featuring Reggie Henry, CAE
1:45 - 2:30 pm - CAE Interest Meeting
1:45 - 3:00 pm - Technology SIG meeting, RSVP to Heather Robinson Min: Join us to discuss the SIG's goals and objectives, and help identify discussion topics and areas of interest for future meetings.

GSAE Member: $25 Early Bird; $40 Late (after April 11)
GSAE Guest: $35 Early Bird; $50 Late (after April 11)

Thank you to our sponsor:
Richmond Region Tourism
Nancy Bass, Sales Manager

Thank you to our host:
Wyndham Atlanta Galleria
John Reeve, Sales Manager

Register now to connect, advance, achieve in Savannah, GA.  Check out the full schedule here. Annual Meeting is Wednesday-Friday, May 28-30. The 3K Fun Run is Friday morning, May 30.

2014 Keynote Speakers

Thursday morning Keynote: Beyond Time Management:  How to get Twice the Work Done in Half the Time Ron Rosenberg
Thursday Luncheon Keynote: A Day in the Life of an Association NerdBeth Ziesenis
Friday Keynote: Serve to Be Great: Leadership Lessons from a Prison, a Monastery, and a Board RoomMatt Tenney

What to look forward to:
  • 3 pre-conference workshops
    • Part I: Have You Ever Been Ignited, Let Alone Burned Out?  Part II: How the ‘Little Things’ In Leadership Can Re-Invigorate Your Association – Dr. Fred Broder
    • Aligning Technology with the Organizational Vision – Dwight Bullock, Heather Robinson Min
    • Meant to Be Great – The Career Limiting Habits of Females - Debbie Hackman-Bartlett, CAE
  • Breakout sessions feature CEO, specialist and senior staff education and a special technology track
  • 2nd Annual 3K Fun Run, benefiting Savannah's Greenbriar Children's Center - $20
  • Silent Auction & Sponsor Lounge
  • New!  Emerging Professionals Ambassador Program - learn more and sign up to participate when you register
Individual Member - $295 ($325 after May 18)
Corporate Member - $350 ($500 after May 18)
Staff Special - $175 for any additional staff from the same company
Guest - $325 association exec, $500 corporate

Thank you to our host city and properties:

$150 room rate (+ resort fees & taxes)
Book your room by May 7

The waves of innovation and technology in association management are surfacing quicker than ever. How are you making sure your association isn't drowning in its old ways? In this episode, Reggie Henry, CAE, John Angelo and Lori Spear, CAE, offer tips to stay ahead of the curve.
Have you read the latest issue of connections magazine? Don't miss our feature on advocacy, "Having Their Backs" where we discuss the reasons why advocacy is important to your members. Learn more from a few associations whose efforts have greatly benefited their memberships and the lessons they've learned along the way, and quantify the value of advocacy as a point for membership recruitment and retention.
Member News
Howard "Bo" Callaway, former congressman, gubernatorial candidate, Secretary of the Army and Callaway Gardens patriarch, died March 15 at the age of 86.  In an email statement from his son and CEO of Callaway Gardens, Edward C. Callaway said: "While he may be gone in body, as a founder of Callaway Gardens in lock-step with my grandparents, his spirit will continue to be in everything he helped to create from the Gardens to so much more.  We thank you for your thoughts and prayers.  Both our family and the Gardens family will miss him deeply."  Read a press release of his life here.
The Social Enterprise Alliance is proud to announce their first ever 50 Under 40 cohort program to develop, engage and connect 50 promising leaders under the age of 40. Program participants participate in a specially-designed Social Enterprise Clinic, receive registration for Summit 14, and represent the voice of promising, emerging leaders in the sector.  Megan Branch, CAE is the Vice President of Business Development at Bobby Dodd Institute. The Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA) is the champion for social enterprise in the United States. Their aim is for social enterprise to reach its full potential as a force for positive social change, in service to the common good. To achieve this purpose, they provide social enterprises with the tools and resources they need to succeed, and work on building an optimal environment in which they can thrive.

The American Nurses Association (ANA) was recently designated as a licensed replication partner for the national Standards  for Excellence Institute certification program.  Debbie Hackman-Bartlett, CAE, CEO, Georgia Nurses Association, has been selected to serve as faculty and on ANA’s internal expert resource team for the national roll out within nursing non-profit affiliates.  This certification program is a path for non-profit organizations to create a ripple effect for innovation, best practices in organizational management and performance management so that organizations can live up to their full potential.
Savannah Marriott Riverfront congratulates Senior Sales Manager Mary Elizabeth McMahon on 23 years of wonderful work at the downtown hotel located in Savannah's historic district.  Mary Elizabeth joined the team in February 1991, and was the top producer from 1992 to 2009, 2010 and 2014.  Her first Regional Sales Manager position was at the Sea Palms Resort, where she increased room revenue by 500% by reorganizing the regional office, better utilizing personnel and developing a close, personal rapport with clients.  Her long tenure is a testament to her hard work and the relationships she's built with both staff and clients.  Read the Savannah CEO article here.
GSAE member Kathy Dunn, National Sales Executive with ExpoPlus, married Danny Sullivan on December 28, 2013.  Danny is a partner with Springboard Creative, which specializes in video production for all media platforms.  Kathy’s new email address is ksullivan@expoplus.com.  Congratulations, Kathy!
After more than 4 years with the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, Victoria Ten Broeck is saying goodbye.  She's accepted a position as a Campaign Associate for the United Way of the Coastal Empire, which supports over 100 programs with 60 non-profits in the Savannah area. The Campaign raised over $9million last year.  She would love to keep in touch with all of her GSAE friends, so please feel free to email her at vtenbroeck@gmail.com.
Dillehay Management Group is hosting an educational conference at a theme park resort in Orlando, FL, Nov 2 – 5, 2014.  We may have some extra guest rooms to fill at our special group rate of only $169, and may have an opportunity to share a portion of our large meeting space for other programs.  In addition to FREE space, discounted rooms, and affordable AV pricing, you would not be financially obligated to a hotel contract.  For more info on our program, please see www.dmgcme.com.  If you are potentially interested, please let us know by April 15.
Naylor, LLC
Naylor, LLC
Wyndham Bay Point Resort & Spa
GSAE News & Events

Tuesday, April 8
GSAE Membership Work Group Meeting
11:30 am - 1:00 pm 
BOMA Georgia - 5901 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Bldg. C, Ste. 300, Atlanta
RSVP to Amy Hokkanen

Wednesday, April 9
Webinar (sponsored Texas Society of Association Executives): From Insight to Action, Gabriel Eckert, CAE
2:00 - 3:00 pm EST
$45 members; $75 non-members
Register online
Take a fresh look at leadership with this interactive session based on one of ASAE’s newest books, From Insight to Action: 6 New Ways to Think, Lead and Achieve. The session will explore emerging leadership competencies that are essential for creating and sustaining success. You will learn how to implement these competencies through case studies, real-world stories and research-validated theory. 

Thursday, April 17
Webinar (sponsored by Oklahoma Society of Association Executives): Improving Volunteer Engagement and Outcomes
2:00 - 3:00 pm EST
$45 members; $75 non-members
Register online
Take a look at some of the problems with volunteer structures, including shifting expectations, the expense of volunteer management and a lack of concrete outcomes.  Learn best practices and how to use technology to manage volunteers more effectively.  Develop and and procedures to reap the biggest rewards.

Tuesday, April 22
GSAE Emerging Professionals SIG Meeting - "Generational Differences and the Strengths of Millennials" - Carolyn Fore, Ph.D.
5:30 - 7:00 pm
American College of Rheumatology - 2200 Lake Blvd. NE, Atlanta
Join us for networking, a guest speaker and planning for GSAE's Millennial Takeover Luncheon on July 9
RSVP by April 18 to Katie Brown or Amy Kane

Tuesday, April 29

Tax Exempt Association (T.E.A.) Group Luncheon - "Nonprofit Tax Update - Recent Changes to Form 990"
11:15 am - 1:00 pm
Maggiano's - 3368 Peachtree Road, Atlanta
$25 per person ($2.00 additional charge for soft drinks)
RSVP by April 24 to mca@joneskolb.com or (404) 262-7920

Friday, May 2
CAE Exam
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
SAIS - 5901 Peachtree-Dunwoody Road, Ste. B-200, Atlanta

Tuesday, May 6
Webinar (sponsored by Texas Society of Association Executives): Become a Peak Performer
2:00 - 3:00 pm EST
$45 members; $75 non-members
Register online
Consider applying for one of the GSAE Foundation's internship grants.  We are delighted to feature one of our recipients in this quarter’s issue of connections magazine.  The application deadline is April 11, 2014.  We will announce recipients at the Annual Meeting in Savannah, Georgia.  Applications are available online.
Please consider supporting GSAE through a donation to the Annual Meeting Silent Auction.  In 2013, donations produced revenues totaling more than $18,000 to help continue GSAE’s mission of advancing the profession of association management and enhancing the professionalism of association executives. 

"I strongly encourage you to donate your wares to the GSAE Silent Auction, you never know what big meeting may come of your small investment.  My experience was great at both properties and gave me a non-sales pressured opportunity to enjoy a property the way my attendees would (versus a standard site inspection)." – Angela Holland, CAE, Vice President, Association Services, Georgia Association of Convenience Stores and satisfied silent auction award winner.

Please submit your donation form to GSAE by Thursday, May 15, 2014.  We look forward to seeing you in Savannah!
News Briefs
Explore creative solutions at Eventeract, April 23-24 at AmericasMart.  The Tradeshow floor will showcase incredible new products and ideas that will capture your imagination and unlock your creative event potential!  Learn tips and techniques from a wide variety of meeting suppliers who will demonstrate some of the most innovative and creative event solutions available today and will feature their products & services through interactive exhibits and live demonstrations.  General Session speakers are Chip Wade of HGTV and Robin Crow of Dark Horse Recording.  Learn more about our educational offerings here.
DECA will host the International Career Development Conference on May 5 at the Georgia World Congress Center, bringing approximately 16,000 high school students to the city.  These high-achieving, business-minded students will participate in DECA’s Competitive Events Program.  In order for the conference to operate properly, over 1,000 volunteers from the Atlanta area are needed to judge and evaluate student presentations.  You are invited and encouraged to serve as a judge, evaluating high school marketing students' presentations or engaging in role-play scenarios.  Volunteers may choose which event and time frame they would like to judge.  Learn more and register as a judge here.
GSAE is proud to partner with Institute for Organization Management, the U.S. Chamber’s professional development program for non-profit executives, and offer two $500 partial tuition scholarships to one of Institute’s 2014 sites.  The two scholarships, available to any Georgia Society of Association Executives’ members, will be awarded to students attending Institute for the first time to assist with enrollment fees and cannot be combined with any other Institute scholarships.

Upon completion of the Institute program, graduates receive the IOM recognition which allows them to use the letters "IOM" in public mention and professional correspondence.  The IOM recognition signifies the completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management and commitment to the industry.  These credit may be applied toward your CAE certification as Institute’s curriculum is directly tied to the CAE’s body of knowledge.

If you are interested in this scholarship opportunity, contact Wendy at wendy@gsae.org by April 21st.

Early registration deadline for Midwest and Southeast Institute is April 25th.  Early registration deadline for West and Northeast Institute is May 30th.

For more information about Institute’s curriculum, sites, and dates, visit the Institute Web site and Prospective Student Toolkit to help you gain insight into the program.
When you’re hanging around your association executive fellows, it doesn’t take long for the conversation to digress to the topic of the association management system (AMS).  And when it does, no association exec is lacking emotion about the technology that they have to use every day.  

Selecting an AMS is one of the most important investments an association has to make.  And as humans, we highly value the opinions of our family, friends, and peers.  With these two things in mind, Review My AMS has been born.  Review My AMS is a website where executives can speak openly and honestly about their experiences with their AMS.

The site allows association executives to anonymously review, comment on, and rate their AMS based on customer service, ease of use, reliability, and customization.  End users share their review for free then they get to read all the reviews of their peers for free.  It’s a beautiful thing!       

Share your review now at www.ReviewMyAMS.com.  Please note that all reviews are rigorously monitored for legitimacy.

As an association executive, it’s been exciting to share the story of how this site was incarnated and even more exciting to gain great advice from many respected leaders who have this site on their radar.  If you want to chat more about Review My AMS, I’d love to hear from you. Please contact me at teri@reviewmyams.com or (850) 491-1390.
Building a culture of data driven decision-making is an end goal for many associations. Making it a reality is not the easiest of propositions. There are many obstacles standing in the way, starting with getting agreement on the data to be collected and ending with how the newfound business intelligence is disseminated and acted upon.

You are invited to participate in a benchmarking study, organized by a group of Philadelphia based association executives that has been designed to strengthen our collective knowledge of how organizations gather, and utilize performance metrics. The study hopes to generate insight on the data we actually collect, how we gather it, ways we utilize it, and more.

Click here to take the short survey.

Results of the study, including individual case studies, will be shared in a white paper that will be distributed freely throughout the association management community.  Results specific to GSAE will also be readily made available.

To learn more about this research effort or if you have any difficulties with the survey itself, please contact Todd Von Deak or Joe Sapp.



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