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August 2015 In This Issue
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Member News
GSAE News & Events
News Briefs
AMA Executive Conference Centers
University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education
Callaway Gardens
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Jere W. Morehead
became the University of Georgia's 22nd president on July 1, 2013, having previously served as UGA's senior vice president for academic affairs and provost since 2010.

President Morehead's career covers a wide range of faculty and administrative roles. Prior to 2010, he served UGA in several key administrative assignments, including vice president for instruction, vice provost for academic affairs, associate provost and director of the Honors Program, and acting executive director of legal affairs. From 2003 to 2010, he served as the University's Faculty Athletics Representative.

As UGA President, he also serves as chair of the Georgia Athletic Association Board of Directors, chair of the UGA Research Foundation, a UGA Foundation trustee and a UGA Real Estate Foundation trustee. He has been appointed to a one-year term on the Committee of Research Intensive Public Universities by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, and is included in Georgia Trend’s 2014 Most Influential list.

President Morehead has received several University-wide teaching awards, including the Josiah Meigs Award -– UGA's highest honor for teaching excellence -– the Richard B. Russell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the Teacher of the Year Award in the Terry College of Business, and the Lothar Tresp Outstanding Honors Professor Award.

Learn more about President Morehead's distinguished career and register for the luncheon here.

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 & Keynote featuring President Jere Morehead, University of Georgia

GSAE Member: $30 Early Bird; $45 Late
GSAE Guest: $45 Early Bird; $55 Late

Thank you to our Sponsor:
Thank you to our Host:
Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau
Hilton Atlanta Marietta Hotel & Conference Center

Thank you to our AV sponsor: PRG

The next issue of GSAE's connections will feature tips and best practices for leadership. If you've got a great leadership program, or are working on new and exciting ways to develop leaders in your organization we'd like to hear from you! Please let us know by emailing Wendy. We can't wait to hear from you!
Member News
Simona Marcellus has spent most of her 18-year career in marketing and currently serves as director of marketing for TAPPI, a technical association serving the paper, tissue and packaging industry for the past 100 years. She has worked on hundreds of marketing projects and managed custom advertising campaigns. She leads marketing and communications for TAPPI conferences, training, membership, publications and other product and services. Her experience spans everything from traditional marketing to launching new search marketing campaigns for her organization. She also works with their PRESS Publications group which has published nearly 300 book titles and e-learning products. Simona is responsible for membership marketing and developing key acquisition and retention programs. She is a member of TAPPI’s Senior Management Team which focuses on developing and executing the strategic goals for the association. Simona graduated from Clark Atlanta University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Marketing and later earned an MBA.

ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership manages the Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP), which supports individuals from under-represented identity groups in the association community, to advance into the ranks of leadership in the association profession. DELP scholars participate in an accelerated, two year leadership program of education, mentoring, and volunteer service in the association community.
Sharon Hopkins with Graduate Athens was promoted from the Sales Division to Front Office Manager at Graduate Athens after many years of service with this downtown Athens property.

On June 22, the Georgia World Congress Center was honored with an EBie Award by the Urban Green Council, a chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. The EBie Awards recognize improved environmental performance in existing buildings. The Jury Award was a special award created this year to recognize outstanding achievement that falls outside of the other EBie categories and was given to the GWCC for the significant efforts undertaken to achieve LEED Silver certification on a mammoth scale and within the challenging convention industry. Congratulations to our GSAE members and friends Mark Adams, Joe Cano, Nick Hancock and Tamlyn Horne. GWCC is the host of the 2015 GSAE Luncheon & Tradeshow on November 11.
Naylor Association Solutions and GSAE members Chris Hodges and Mark Migliore are pleased to announce the acquisition of WJ Weiser and Associates, a successful association management company focused on the management of over 40 state and national medical societies. Founded in 1998 by Wendy J Weiser, WJ Weiser is based in Schaumberg, IL and provides full management services. WJ Weiser is a strong complement to Naylor's print and digital communication services, content strategy solutions, career centers, event solutions, online learning solutions and AMS services.   
Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau
Hilton Nashville Downtown
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
GSAE News & Events

Tuesday, August 25
T.E.A. (Tax Exempt Association) Group Luncheon: Model Accounting Policies and Procedures - Brian T. Muia, Jones and Kolb
11:15 am-1:00 pm
Maggiano's Buckhead - 3368 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA, 30326
RSVP by noon, August 20 to Molly Amos at mca@joneskolb.comor (404) 262-7920
The cost per person is $25

Thursday-Friday, August 27-28
GSAE Leadership Retreat
August 27 - GSAE Board of Directors Meeting: 10:30 am-12:00 pm
August 27 - Leadership Retreat: 12:00 pm; End by noon on August 28
Lanier Islands Legacy Lodge

Wednesday, November 11
GSAE Tradeshow & Luncheon
Economic Forecast Keynote featuring Jeff Saut & fancy dessert
10:00 am - 2:45 pm
Sponsored by IPMG of Raymond James in partnership with Goldman Sachs and Lincoln Financial

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 date is December 9.



Plan to join AENC, SCSAE, TNSAE, VSAE and GSAE members for an attendee reception on Monday, August 10 before The Classic. Drop by the Detroit Beer Company anytime between 5:15 and 6:30 pm for the opportunity to connect with your Southeastern SAE peers and industry partners.

Menu will include light munchies and fantastic beer options (and wine and soft drinks).

Detroit Beer Company
1529 Broadway, Ste. 100
Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: (313) 962-1529
Web: www.detroitbeerco.com

Thank you to our sponsors:

MemberClicks Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart Naylor Association Solutions

One Heckuva Party For Association Pros Courtesy of MemberClicks!

For the 6th year in a row, MemberClicks is hosting the annual Small Staff Reception for association professionals on Sunday, August 9th at 5 PM, so be sure to stop by Room 251A in the Cobo Center for a concentrated dose of refreshment.

Then at 6 PM, walk with us across the street and up to the 25th floor of the Crowne Plaza to join us for the Small Staff Shindig at the Top of the Pontch.

Come for the best view of Detroit, delicious food & drinks, and the amazing company of your fellow small-staff association professionals. Fill out this form to RSVP for all the details!

The Leadership Academy includes updated content that GSAE members identify as most critical and relevant for association professionals today.  Earn up to 54 CAE hours. $950 for GSAE members and staff.

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's kick off retreat is Thursday and Friday, October 22-23. Apply today online.

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.

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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.


Advertising space in the annual GSAE Membership Directory and Resource Guide is now available! Make sure your company has a lasting presence in front of GSAE members all year long. To be included, click here or contact: Debbi McClanahan, Media Director, at (352) 333-3490 or at debbim@naylor.com.

News Briefs


ASAE submitted comments to the Department of Labor Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the Obama administration’s pending regulations to raise the salary threshold at which eligible workers qualify for overtime pay. ASAE’s comments can be found here. ASAE strongly encourages any association that may be impacted to review these comments for use as a model or focus on a specific area of concern to your organization. Comments can be submitted electronically here on or before Sept. 4, 2015.

ASAE has heard from association leaders around the country who are concerned that some of their exempt employees will now be eligible for overtime under the new salary threshold or will have to be switched to hourly pay. Many association employees currently qualify as exempt from overtime eligibility because their annual salary is greater than $23,660 and because their primary duties fall under the executive, administrative and professional (EAP) exemption included in the original Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. While the rule won’t likely be finalized for months, the change is forcing companies to consider keeping closer tabs on hours worked by overtime-eligible employees, including how to handle work done out-of-office, such as responding to emails in the evening or working at a conference over a weekend.

Again, ASAE strongly urges you to review the rules and background information at the Power of A website here and submit comments to the DOL if you believe they will impact your organization. If you have any questions please contact the Public Policy Department at publicpolicydept@asaecenter.org.

The Michigan Society of Association Executives offers a process based approach that incorporates study guide reading, comprehension questions and CAE Terminology and Key Concepts flashcards. The Full and Concentrated courses offer weekly conference calls. These calls are recorded for participants who are unable to call in during the regularly scheduled time.

The Prep Course kick off dates are as following:

Full Prep Course: Monday, August 17.
Concentrated Course: Monday, September 14
CRAM: November 13-15

GSAE members are able to secure the member rate by contacting MSAE at info@msae.org or by visiting their website.


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