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December 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
Featured Stories
The GSAE Board of Directors is delighted to announce our 2015 Annual Meeting host, Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau and our host property, the Francis Marion Hotel.
  • Prices: $295 association executive; $350 corporate supplier member; special pricing for additional staff.
  • $169 room rate, run of house at the Francis Marion Hotel. Book your room today!
  • 3 pre-conference workshops.
  • Keynotes by Shelly Alcorn, CAE, Reggie Henry, CAE, and Sarah Levitt, Executive Coach.
  • Breakout sessions feature CEO, specialist and senior staff education and a special technology track.
  • 3K charity run Friday morning.
  • Silent Auction & Sponsor Lounge.
  • Ends by noon on Friday.
  • Registration coming in January 2015.

The MemberClicks blog shares that, "a sound career path with room for growth and development that may lead to more money is really the best gift you can give your members." Click the link below to find out more about how to make that gift a reality.
For the extroverted people lovers, this is a great time of the year where you get to party and spend time with lots of people and talk, laugh, drink and eat and just have a jolly good time! But for the introverted not-crazy-about-crowds type of people it can be pure torture! The Partners Perspective blog offers tips for all those similar minded, introverted, not really into social events, business professionals out there, on how to survive and thrive during the upcoming holiday season.
Member News
There’s still time to join us in honoring the dedication of Sharon Hunt, CAE, to mentoring, supporting and nurturing association professionals in our community by donating $30 in her honor to the GSAE Foundation to support innovative educational opportunities within GSAE. 

Thus far, almost $1,600 has been donated in Sharon's honor.

Susan Cheshire, CAE, Chair, GSAE
Mike Pennington, CAE, Chair, GSAE Foundation
Debbie Hackman-Bartlett, CAE is now a Licensed Consultant for the Standards of Excellence Institute. The first program of its kind in the United States, the Standards for Excellence® Institute is a national initiative that promotes the highest standards of ethics and accountability in nonprofit governance, management, and operations while enhancing the public's trust in the nonprofit sector. Still serving as the CEO for the Georgia Nurses Association and Foundation, she is accepting external assignments as a consultant for non-profit organizations who want to apply to receive the Standards of Excellence Certification or who want Board Orientations, Board Media Training and/or Leadership Development.
Nancy Flippin, former Chief Financial Officer of the Atlanta Community Food Bank, is now CFO at MANNA Food Bank in Asheville, North Carolina.  We'll miss you, Nancy!
ConventionSouth presented the Augusta Marriott at The Convention Center with a 2014 Readers’ Choice Award. This prestigious recognition is voted on by the country's top meeting professionals who hold events in the South. These planners demand the highest level of customer service, professionalism and only the best facilities. Congratulations to Carlos Morales, Director of Sales & Marketing and Carol Hall, Association and Government Sales Manager and the entire staff on this honor!

We offer congratulations to The Classic Center and Alicia Brasher, Convention Sales Manager, as ConventionSouth awarded the 2015 New/Renovated honor to the property! Of the thousands of meeting destinations in the South, almost 400 were nominated, and only 50 were chosen winners. More than 6,500 readers and fans voted. They'll be highlighted in the magazine's December issue.

ConventionSouth Magazine is the national multimedia resource for planning events in the South. We will be sure to let you know of additional GSAE members who receive recognition from the magazine as these become available.
Joe Cano, National Sales Manager and Tamlyn Horne, Sales Executive, are excited to share that the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) was recently awarded LEED Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a rating system for the design, operation and maintenance of green buildings. The GWCC is now the world’s largest LEED certified convention center. With 3.9 million square feet, the GWCC is also the 14th largest LEED certified building in the world. Read more here.

Kristen Hartman, CAE, Director of Member Value & Experience, Professional Photographers of America and her husband welcomed a baby girl, Madison Adele on October 28. Both mother and baby are home and doing well!


GSAE Membership Directory & Buyers' Guide
Although the 2015 GSAE Quarterly Luncheon & Participation Fair is still a few months away, it's never too early to start thinking of ways to expand your GSAE involvement!  If you are interested in leading a committee, task force or Shared Interest Group, simply email GSAE.

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.  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. Learn more about our SIGs here.
Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau
Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa
GSAE News & Events
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Webinar - The Art of Leadership: Unleashing Your Inner Superhero
Published by Texas Society of Association Executives and Georgia Society of Association Executives
Time: 2 – 3 pm EST
$45 for Members

The greatest difference between leadership and management is that while management is denoted by title, leadership is an art and may be demonstrated at any level in the organization. In fact, over 90% of leadership occurs from the middle, not the top of the organization. This fun, interactive, and practical session will provide an opportunity for participants to learn how to motivate, engage and inspire others, leverage individual and team strengths, create a culture of accountability, and influence others to action. Read More.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
GSAE Board of Directors Meeting & Volunteer Orientation
Time: 9:30 am - 1 pm
Board Meeting: 9:30-11:30 am
Volunteer Orientation & Lunch (for all Board members, Committee & SIG chairs): 11:30 am-1 pm
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
2015 GSAE February Luncheon – featuring Jeff De Cagna, FASAE
Workshop offered 8:30 – 11:30 am
Time: 10:30 am-1:30 pm
Location: Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Downtown
Thursday, April 02, 2015
GSAE Board of Directors Meeting
Time: 9:30-11:30 am
April 15 - GSAE Quarterly Luncheon at Sonesta Gwinnett Place
May 27-29 - GSAE Annual Meeting in Charleston, South Carolina
July 8 - GSAE Summer Luncheon at Sheraton Suites Galleria
Sep. 16 - GSAE Quarterly Luncheon, The Abit Massey Lecture Series
Nov. 11 - GSAE Tradeshow & Quarterly Luncheon
Dec. 9 - GSAE Holiday Luncheon, Awards Show & Silent Auction
We are so excited about our 2015 calendar.  We’ll add additional opportunities for connecting and learning through the year, but this is a great start!
  • Dues for 2015 remain unchanged and are due January 31. 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.
Atlanta Community Food Bank Donations
Thanks to the generosity of our 2014 Holiday Luncheon attendees, 513 pounds of food and $55 were donated to support the work of the Atlanta Community Food Bank!  If you’d like to make a donation online, you may do so here.

Silent Auction
Jane Anne will send a list of prize winners this week to our donors. If you won a silent auction item, you can expect a receipt for your payment later this week as well.  We had a few items that did not receive a minimum bid.  If you're interested in any of these, please let Jane Anne know:
  • 1 night stay with breakfast for 2 at One Ocean Resort & Spa in Atlantic Beach, FL - $135
  • $150 gift certificate toward lodging or meeting space at BEST WESTERN PLUS Cedar Bluff Inn in Knoxville, TN - $50
  • 45 minute Mentalism Show or 1 hour Strolling Mind Reading Entertainment by Mark Johnson, Mentalist - $150
  • Board meeting for 10 with a 2 night stay at Renaissance World Golf Village Resort in St. Augustine, FL - $2,100
Thank you for supporting GSAE’s educational programming this year.
Please join us in congratulating our Award recipients. The videos will be available on GSAEtv very soon!
  • Clifford M. Clarke Award - Gabriel Eckert, CAE is the Executive Director of Building Owners and Managers Association of Georgia.
  • Alan R. Johnson Award - Ragan Cohn, CAE is Vice President of the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
  • Corporate Member Representative of the Year - Peggy Seigler MPA, CDME is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau.
  • Sharon Hunt Emerging Leader – LeeAnne Minnick is Director of Member Services & Technology at SAIS.
  • Stephen Styron Award - Katie Brown is Members Services & Communications Manager at Associated Builders & Contractors of Georgia.
  • Stephen Styron Award – Amy Kane is Director, Core Programs of the Rheumatology Research Foundation.
  • Chair’s Award – Jeff Sabourin is the National Account Executive at PRG Atlanta.
  • Skelton-Massey Award - Karl Kirsch, CAE is the Vice President of Meeting Expectations.
  • Skelton-Massey Award – David Trust, CAE is the CEO of Professional Photographers of America.
News Briefs
Save the date for ASAE’s American Association Day, the only legislative fly-in for association professionals. Join us on March 18–19, 2015 when other 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.

Attend American Associations Day to tell your member of Congress that your association, and all of those in your state, are driving the economy and improving society. Because if they have no idea why associations matter, then how will they stand up for us? To help make this an even more diverse event geographically, ASAE is offering a scholarship to those outside the DC-metro area.

Visit thepowerofa.org/hillvisit to learn more. Register today by contacting Mary Kate Cunningham at (202) 626-2787 or mcunningham@asaecenter.org.


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