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July 2015 In This Issue
Featured Stories
Member News
GSAE News & Events
News Briefs
AMA Executive Conference Centers
University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education
Callaway Gardens
Featured Stories
In the latest episode of GSAEtv, association executives share their best practices for staying competitive with for-profit organizations.
Member News
Earning the CAE credential is the hallmark of a committed association professional. It helps drive professional self-confidence, opens doors, creates connections, and offers widespread value and recognition for candidates. Please join us in congratulating GSAE member Karen Bremer, CAE, Georgia Restaurant Association, on earning the Certified Association Executive credential recently.  All new CAEs will be celebrated at the ASAE Annual Meeting & Expo in Detroit this August.

Retiring in August, Charles Bohanan, CAE has been a fixture at TAPPI  for 40 years, having worked in a progression of different roles including his current one as Director of Standards and Awards. Charles has also offered to share his expertise gained over the years as a consultant, having set up Association Standards, Inc. in 2006 while continuing to work full time at TAPPI.

"I am one of those rare people who managed to have enough varying opportunities with one employer to keep my interest strong and make career progress," Charles remarked recently. "Staying with one organization for a long time used to be the career norm, but no longer. I am still surprised I managed to do it!"
With little more than a month left before retirement, Charles says he is looking forward to spending more time playing in a rock band he recently joined, Rockit 88, and picking up the pace on his piano lessons. He’s also hoping to find more time to devote to studying Spanish or French which will come in handy for his travel plans. Read TAPPI's full spotlight here.
Congratulations to Cece Corbin, CMP, Account Director, Group, Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, who was recently honored with SCSAE's Associate Member Outstanding Service Award! Since 1996, SCSAE has recognized an outstanding associate member of the Society. These members have demonstrated continuous involvement and support of SCSAE through his or her participation in activities and programs.
Congratulations to Carol Hall, Association and Government Sales Manager, Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center, who was named the "Shining Star of the Year" by GaMPI - Meeting Professionals International, Georgia Chapter. So well deserved, rock star!!!
GSAE members Martin Bay, CMP, Jon Krueger, Kelly McLendon, CAE and  Mike Pennington, CAE are excited to introduce the new and unified brand – Kellen. All global teams, specializing in management, communications, digital strategy, regulatory affairs, meetings, and consulting will all now reside under the one, Kellen brand.

Kellen has long-served as solution providers for hundreds of associations and not-for-profits, representing a wide range of professions and industries. We are deeply committed to your success, because we care about how your work serves others. Our new branding is reflective of this commitment; it represents the comprehensive, turn-key solutions available from our many services, experts and offices around the world.
Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau
Wyndham Bay Point Resort & Spa
GSAE News & Events
Tuesday, July 28, 11:15 am-1:00 pm
T.E.A. (Tax Exempt Association) Group Luncheon
"The Many Hats of the CFO – Skills You Need to Bring to the Table"
G. Bliss Jones, Jones and Kolb
The cost per person is $25.
Maggiano's Buckhead, 3368 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA, 30326

Please contact Molly Amos at mca@joneskolb.com or (404) 262-7920 to make your reservation by noon, July 23

Thursday-Friday, August 27-28
GSAE Leadership Retreat
August 27 - GSAE Board of Directors Meeting: 10:00 am-12:00 pm
August 27 - Leadership Retreat: 12:00 pm; End by noon on August 28
Lanier Islands Legacy Lodge

Wednesday, September 16
GSAE Quarterly Luncheon - The Abit Massey Lecture Series
Featuring Jere W. Morehead, University of Georgia's 22nd president
10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Sponsored by Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau 

Webinars - $49 per credit hour

The host property of each luncheon will receive a reserved table during registration, the opportunity to place materials at each place setting, podium time, significant exposure and an attendee mailing list following the luncheon. This is a great opportunity to showcase your property! All GSAE luncheons are on Wednesdays. Available 2015 dates are: September 16 and December 9.


Our outline for the Leadership Academy includes updated content that GSAE members identify as most critical and relevant for association professionals today.

1. The Association Ecosystem and Governance Issues
2. Strategy, Change and Decision-Making
3. Creating Member Value/Determining ROI
4. Shaping the Association Experience: Brand, Identity, Touch and Technology
5. Human Capital: Engaging Employee and Volunteer Talent
6. Leading Groups and Teams/Conflict Management
7. Everyday Innovation and Idea Management
8. Challenges and Choices: Charting Your Professional Pathways

The 2015-16 Leadership Academy will begin with a kick off retreat on Thursday and Friday, October 22-23. Apply today online.


$149 Member Price

21 allied state societies of association executives conducted compensation and benefit surveys among their executive members with Whorton Marketing & Research providing project support. This detailed report shows the results overall for 1,100 respondents in all 21 participating societies. In addition to the multi-state report, you'll also receive the Georgia-specific report. The report meets the IRS guidelines regarding third party compensation reports. Available in PDF format. Order online after signing in to your profile or download the form.

GSAE recognizes excellence by presenting a variety of awards to members.  To nominate a member for an award, simply contact Wendy Kavanagh, CAE, President, at wendy@gsae.org.  For more information about the awards program, visit the Awards page of the GSAE website.  The deadline for nominations is October 1, 2015.
Individual Awards include:  
The Clifford M. Clarke Award is GSAE's highest honor and is presented to honor a member for an outstanding career of leadership and service to associations in Georgia.  It is named for the late Cliff Clarke, president emeritus of the Arthritis Foundation and the first Georgian to serve as chief elected officer of ASAE.  Any active individual member of GSAE is eligible for the Award, with the exception of current officers, directors, staff, members of the Awards Committee and previous recipients.  Honorary and retired members who have worked in the Georgia association community within the past two years and former staff members who meet the other criteria as well are also eligible.  
The Alan R. Johnson Award was established in 1994 and named in memory of a former Chair of the GSAE Foundation.  It is given to an association executive in Georgia who has demonstrated qualities of teamwork (ability to work with and support others), vision (ability to see possibilities for making things happen and communicating this vision to others) and servant leadership (willingness to reach out beyond work and home to benefit the community).

The Sharon Hunt Emerging Leader Award was renamed in 2014 to recognize the contributions of Past President, Sharon Hunt, CAE.  The award is presented to an association executive with ten years or less of experience in associations who demonstrates leadership through service to GSAE, their own association and to their community.  Chief staff executives (CEO, executive director, executive vice president, etc.) are not eligible.  Nominees must have been a member of GSAE for at least one year.
The Corporate Member Representative of the Year is presented to the corporate member who has demonstrated outstanding and continuous service to the association community in Georgia.  
The GSAE Nominating Committee is soliciting names of members interested in serving on the GSAE Board of Directors.  The Nominating Committee will include Past Chair, Susan Cheshire, CAE; Chair, Jim Fowler, CAE; Chair elect, David Ellis, CAE and two at large association executive members (to be named by the GSAE Board of Directors on August 27).

Three seats for individual association member directors and one seat for a corporate supplier director will be available for two-year terms, beginning January 1, 2016.  If you or someone you know would like to be considered, please send the name and a brief description of qualifications to Wendy.  All candidates must be members in good standing.  Deadline for nominations is October 1, 2015.

The slate of nominees will be offered to the membership for review no later than November 8, 2015.  Board members and officers will be accepted and installed at the GSAE Annual Business Meeting on December 9th.
Relevant Bylaws:
At least ninety (90) days prior to the annual business meeting, the Board of Directors shall appoint a Nominating Committee of five (5) persons, each of whom shall have been an Individual member of the Society for at least two (2) years.  The chairman shall be the Immediate Past Chair. Others on the committee shall be the Chair, Chair elect, and two other members not currently serving on the GSAE Board of Directors.  Names of nominating committee members and an invitation for recommendations for candidates for nomination shall be announced to the membership at least sixty (60) days prior to the annual business meeting.  The nominating committee shall submit at least one (1) name for each available elective office of the Society and said slate shall be presented, in writing, to the membership at least thirty (30) days prior to the annual business meeting and again, orally, at the annual business meeting.
News Briefs

ASAE Annual Meeting is THE can’t-miss event of the year. Join 5,000+ of your colleagues from across the country for three full days of powerful networking, thought-provoking education sessions, and innovative business solutions. August 8-11, 2015

Visit asaeannualmeeting.org today.

Editorial note: This also provides an excellent excuse to check in with our own Greg DeSandy, who is DOS at the very fancy Cobo Center now.



Plan to join AENC, SCSAE, TNSAE and GSAE members for an attendee reception on Monday before The Classic. Drop by the Detroit Beer Company anytime between 5:15 and 6:30PM for the opportunity to connect with your Southeastern SAE peers and industry partners.

Fabulous Sponsor Opportunity Available
Join us and meet a targeted audience from AENC, GSAE, SCSAE and TNSAE. Sponsors will receive website logo promotion and an e-newsletter thumbnail ad in the September issue of each SAE’s publication.  Contact Wendy at wendy@gsae.org for more information.
Beth's latest title, Nerd Know-How: The 27+ Best Apps for Work and How to Use ‘Em, just hit the shelves! This book is what Beth considers the "missing manual" for her programs. She carefully chose 27 apps and tech tools to dive into, giving attendees and readers the tools they need to really put the ideas behind Beth's sessions into action.  Watch for a book review in one of our upcoming connections magazine issues.
Our colleagues at the Michigan SAE graciously offer GSAE members the member pricing for their highly regarded CRAM Course. Other study sessions are also available at the member price. The fall session is November 13-15 in Detroit with the practice exam on November 23 remotely over the phone. Register online at www.msae.org. Questions? Contact MSAE at (517) 332-6723.


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