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October 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
Exhibitors - reserve your tradeshow booth today!

Would you like to sponsor the tradeshow food & beverage?  Contact GSAE for all the details!

Attendees, $25 - register today! (association/non-profit  professionals and 3rd party meeting planners only)

Chuck Wade is the President and CEO of The Council on Alcohol and Drugs.  He has been the state director of Drugs Don’t Work in Georgia for the past seventeen years. 

Since Mr. Wade became the state director of the Drugs Don’t Work program in 1996, Drugs Don’t Work in Georgia has been adopted by sixty-eight counties in Georgia and was named one of the 2002 Exemplary Substance Abuse Prevention Programs by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, the National Center for the Advancement of Drug Prevention, and the Centers for the Application of Prevention Technologies.  Currently there are more than 9,700 certified drug-free companies in Georgia.  These companies represent more than one million drug-free employees.

View Chuck's complete bio and connect with him on LinkedIn.

Schedule – Spend the Day with GSAE
10:00 - 11:30 am – 3 Concurrent Workshops (details coming soon!)
11:30 am – 2:00 pm – Tradeshow & Lunch: A walking, talking, eating and connecting experience – it’ll be grand!
2:00-2:45 pm – Keynote & Fancy Dessert with Chuck Wade, plus all the cool giveaways, including a $10 gift card for EVERY attendee!

Exhibitor Cost:
GSAE Member Exhibitor: $750
GSAE Guest Exhibitor: $850
Loyalty Exhibitors (exhibited in 2013) receive a $100 discount
Booth share fee - $200 (to share with someone from a different company)

Exhibitor cost includes pre- and post-show mailing labels, logo, contact info & links to your website from our online tradeshow map and 2 registrants.  Booths are limited to 2 representatives. 

Please note: non-exhibiting corporate members/guests may not attend this event, in order to maximize our exhibitors' ROI.  This is the only event with this type of registration limitation.  Onsite registration is not available to our corporate members or corporate guests due to set-up requirements. Thanks for your understanding.

Thank you to our Keynote Sponsor:
Thank you to our Host:
Humana, Inc.
Georgia World Congress Center

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.  An additional 1.5 credits are available if you attend a workshop, for a total of 2.5 credits.

Trade Show Floor Set-up:  
Interactive Tradeshow Map:
Thank you to our Food & Beverage Sponsor:

  • Dues for 2015 remain unchanged and are due January 1. Click here for the full dues schedule.
    • Individual Member dues are $195 (exec #1); $150 (exec #2-3); $125 (exec #4+)
    • Corporate Member dues are $300 (corporate contact #1); $250 (corporate contact #2+)
  • Shared Interest Group meetings are included in your membership (a nominal fee may be included to cover a meal).
  • Luncheons in February, April, July and September are $30 for all GSAE members.
  • Stand alone workshops will be priced based on $30 per CAE credit hour offered.
  • November 11, 2015 Tradeshow – exhibitor price is $750 ($100 discount to all 2014 exhibitors)
  • The Holiday Luncheon & Silent Auction is $40 for all GSAE members.
  • The 2015 Annual Meeting in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina is May 27-29. Registration fees for the first Individual member - $295; corporate supplier member - $350; additional attendees from the same organization - $175 each. 
  • Annual Meeting room rates at the Francis Marion Hotel - $169 run of house (plus taxes). 
  • Full on sponsorship brochure is available online today.
What are the top 5 trends impacting association social media this year? Learn more about the effect of visual content, content marketing, data, organic post reach and focus, on social media campaigns.
Member News
Former GSAE member Richard "Barry" McElveen, 70, passed away Tuesday, September 16, 2014. Barry served on the Board of Directors of South Eastern Fabrication Association for 14 years, and became the Executive Director in 2001. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Drycleaning Council and was past president of the Savannah Area Fabricare Association. He was appointed by Lynn Westmoreland to the Compliance Advisory Panel of the Georgia Small Business Assistance Program. His memberships included the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Savannah Chamber of Commerce, the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Society of Association Executives, the American Society of Association Executives, Past Chairman of the Coastal Bryan Development Authority, Past Vice Chairman of the Bryan County Planning and Zoning and a member of the Bryan County Republican Party where he served as Treasurer.  You may view his obituary here.
Hayward C. Cox, Jr., three time president for Meeting Professionals International Georgia Chapter, passed away September 11, 2014. Hayward served as an inspiration to countless meeting professionals and paved the way to excellence in the meetings and events industry. Nineteen years ago, GaMPI honored Hayward by creating a Phoenix Award bearing his name. The Hayward C. Cox, Jr., CMP Continuing Quality Award is awarded annually to a long-standing member who has committed at least five years of service to GaMPI and contributed significantly to the Chapter.  View his obituary here.
It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Tami Estep last month. The Barnsley Resort family has lost a dear friend and valued colleague. Tami fought a brave battle against cancer.  You may view her obituary here.
Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina (IIANC) is excited to announce the selection of the association's new Chief Executive Officer. Aubie W. Knight, CIC, AAI, CRM will join the IIANC staff on January 1, 2015.   "During a very exhaustive search for our next CEO it became apparent that Aubie Knight was the clear choice to lead us forward," commented Bobby Salmon, IIANC Chairman of the Board.

Knight comes to IIANC with over 18 years of Big "I" association experience and 21 years as a licensed insurance agent. He currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia (IIAG), having held the top leadership position since 2010. During his 18 year tenure with IIAG, Knight has gained senior management experience in all aspects of the association's operations as well as having served on numerous IIABA committees and task forces at the national level. Prior to joining the IIAG staff in 1996, Knight worked as a producer for Mutual of Omaha Companies where he was named Rookie of the Year in 1992.
Mike Dunham, CEO, Associated General Contractors of Georgia, Inc. (AGC Georgia), announced they are the recipient of the prestigious 2014 Large Chapter of the Year Award presented by The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC of America).  With a national network of 94 Chapters and 25,000 member firms in the AGC organization, "receiving this award is an incredible honor for us and our membership throughout Georgia," says Dunham.  This award recognizes and applauds AGC Georgia’s many tangible accomplishments and outstanding program and service initiatives delivered to members throughout 2013-14. Stephen E. Sandherr, CEO of AGC of America says, "When it comes to virtually every aspect of serving the needs of your members, AGC Georgia does a fantastic job. Your chapter has a well-earned reputation for always challenging the status quo, raising the bar and finding new ways to deliver quality programs and services that benefit the membership and industry."  Read the full press release here.
Carol Hall, Association and Government Sales Manager, Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center, was named GaMPI's Shining Star for September 2014. Carol has worked on securing items for The Gathering Silent Auction for many years. In addition to her work on the silent auction, Carol has been participating in GaMPI's Community Service outreach with the Atlanta Community Food Bank for the past 3 years. She has also enjoyed volunteering as a table host at our Educational Programs and really loves connecting people together. She is truly a brilliant GaMPI Shining Star!
Robin Lane, CAE, senior association director with Meeting Expectations, and her husband, Brandon, welcomed their first child over the summer. Daniel Brandon Lane was born on July 10, 2014, weighing 6 pounds, 15 ounces, and was 20 inches long. Both mom and baby are doing great!
Loren Einstein, Senior Sales Manager, The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation, and her husband welcomed their first child this spring.  Chloe Rae Einstein was born on April 24, 2014, weighing 6 pounds and 6 ounces.  Both mother and daughter and doing great and Loren has returned from maternity leave.
The Foundry Park Inn has undergone extensive renovations to become Graduate Athens. The guest rooms are fully renovated to reflect Athens’ sense of community, culture, and eclecticism. The lobby is relocating to the old Foundry Building to capture the character of the exposed brick and wood beams, and a new bistro style café and coffee bar will be located in the common area. The banquet spaces have been freshly painted, and beautiful custom made carpet from Italy has just been installed. New and upgraded lighting fixtures are set to be installed later this month, and new custom draperies will finish off the project to complete the look.
Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Westin Peachtree Plaza
Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa
GSAE News & Events
Wednesday, October 8
Membership ROI Summit by Ed Rigbsee, CAE, co-sponsored by GSAE
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Georgia Association of Water Professionals - 1655 Enterprise Way, Marietta
$149 - register today

Thursday, October 9
Webinar (sponsored by Indiana Society of Association Executives and Georgia Society of Association Executives): Finding an Extra Hour Every Day Using MS Outlook
2 - 3 pm EST
$45 members; $75 non-members
Register online

Randy Dean dives deep into many of the most common areas of productivity loss (and possible gain!) afflicting busy professionals today. His goal is to help stressed out performers learn several new and immediately useful Outlook strategies for finding a few minutes on tasks, activities, and actions you are already doing, leading to at least an extra hour of productivity every day. Get more from all five of the key Outlook functions for greater productivity in this fast-paced demonstrative seminar.

Tuesday, October 14
GSAE Small Staff SIG Luncheon - Using Big Data to Turn Members into Loyalists by Michelle Hatch
12 - 1:15 pm
Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center - 800 Spring Street NW, Atlanta
RSVP by Friday, October 10 to ahammerli@meetingexpectations.com or gene@sedc.org.

Tuesday, October 21
GSAE's Fall Networking Event
6 - 7:30 pm
Couscous Atlanta Restaurant - 560 Dutch Valley Road, Suite 100, Atlanta
Complimentary mini-bites and your first glass of sangria, courtesy of Couscous Atlanta Restaurant and Anderson Conference Center Macon/Edgars
Register today

Tuesday, October 28
Tax Exempt Association (T.E.A. Group) Luncheon: Cyber Crime – What Can You Do to Protect Yourself and Your Organization
11:15 am - 1 pm
Maggiano's - 3368 Peachtree Road, Atlanta
Cost is $25; RSVP to mca@joneskolb.com or (404) 262-7920 by October 23

Thursday, November 13
GSAE YourMembership.com Users Group - Join YourMembership.com’s Founder and Vice Chairman, Bill Stover, and Chief Product Officer, Dan Gaertner, for a round table discussion
9 - 11 am; bring your own breakfast
Georgia Nurses Association - 3032 Briarcliff Road NE, Atlanta
Register today!

Friday, December 5
CAE Exam
9 am - 1 pm
SAIS - 5901 Peachtree-Dunwoody Road, Ste. B-200, Atlanta
The application deadline was Friday, September 26, 2014
We need 2 CAEs to act as proctors for the 2014 CAE exam on December 5th  from 8:00 am - 2:00 pm at SAIS (5901 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Ste. B-200, Atlanta, GA  30328).  To act as a proctor, you must meet requirements set out by the CAE Commission, including:
  • Hold the CAE credential.
  • Not have been involved in candidate preparation in the past year.
  • Not be a relative or have an employment relationship with any candidate at the administration of the examination you will be proctoring.
  • Protect the security and confidentiality of the examination and the confidentiality of the identity of the examination candidates.
  • Not discuss the content of the examination with any candidate before, during, or after the exam administration. You may clarify logistical instructions.
  • Administer the examination according to the instructions provided by ASAE.
  • Refrain from distracting activities during the examination such as eating or talking on the telephone.
  • Collect all examination materials and return them immediately after the completion of the exam via the means provided by ASAE.
  • Never comment or make any type of assessment of any candidate's performance on the examination.
  • Not discuss the examination with anyone else, except ASAE Credentialing staff and/or any CAE Commissioner.      
Please contact Wendy by November 5 if you're available to proctor on December 5.
Join us for a mock CAE exam using the Sample Questions at the back of ASAE's official CAE Study Guide (bring your own copy of your guide; GSAE will not provide copies on site but will provide an answer sheet on which to record your responses) on Thursday, November 6, 10 am - 1 pm. We will spend the first 2 hours in a mock test environment, score the exam, then discuss your questions over lunch at SAIS.

Please RSVP to Wendy by Monday, November 3rd.

Visit the ASAE website for the most up-to-date information or to order a copy of the CAE Study Guide.

NOTE: The proctored official CAE Exam will be administered on Friday, December 5 at SAIS. You must be registered with ASAE's CAE Department to sit.
Please plan to join us Monday, October 27 to start shaping GSAE's professional development calendar for 2015.  Your brain power and fresh ideas help GSAE consistently present cutting edge educational topics to our members.  If you'd like to help recommend and evaluate speakers, but aren't able to attend the meeting, please let Wendy know.  Your voice can still be heard by vetting interested speakers.

Save the date for our PDC meeting this fall:
October 27, 2014
11:30 am - 1 pm (please bring your own lunch)
BOMA Georgia - 5901-C Peachtree Dunwoody Road NE, Ste. 300, Atlanta

Contact Erin Hall, committee chair with any questions and to RSVP:

Erin Hall
Director of Communications & Advocacy
Building Owners and Managers Association of Georgia
(404) 475-9980 ext. 4
News Briefs
The Georgia Society of Association Executives is proud to partner with Institute for Organization Management, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundations’ professional development program for non-profit executives, and offer two $500 partial tuition scholarships to attend Winter Institute in 2015. The two scholarships, available to any of our 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.

For over 90 years, Institute has educated association and chamber leaders across the country through its national program, highly rated curriculum and high caliber instructors. Thousands of executives have attended Institute sites across the country to strengthen their management skills, learn industry best practices, and gain a broad national perspective from peers.  Institute has helped them build stronger organizations, become strong business advocates and better serve their members. In addition, you can earn up to 96 credit hours toward your CAE certification as Institute’s curriculum is directly tied to the CAE’s body of knowledge. 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.

If you are interested in this scholarship opportunity, contact Wendy by November 10th.  

Early registration deadline for Winter Institute is November 21st.

For more information about Institute’s curriculum, sites, and dates, visit the Institute website and Prospective Student Toolkit to help you gain insight into the program.
The University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education's Event and Meeting Management Certificate Program will help you develop the "Big" event for your organization or client. This program covers all of the critical factors necessary for finding the perfect location to match your goals and objectives; selecting suitable and safe food and beverage; adding color, lighting, sound for special effects; developing internal and external marketing; contracting the most appropriate financial and legal arrangements; keeping the participants and event itself safe; and coming in on budget.  

This program is taught by savvy industry professionals who travel the U.S. and the world working on meetings and events for independent, corporate, association and government clients. Their expertise, knowledge of trends in the industry, and professional contacts will help you identify your future in this dynamic industry. The program is endorsed by Meeting Professionals International Georgia Chapter (GaMPI). This program meets the requirements for Continuing Education Hours for CMP candidates.  The program meets on Saturdays, February 7 – March 14, 2015.  Learn more & register here.


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