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October 2015 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
Callaway Gardens
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As Raymond James’ chief investment strategist and a managing director of the firm’s Equity Research department, Jeff Saut provides timely and insightful market commentary to Raymond James financial advisors, their clients and institutional clients through daily strategy calls, weekly written commentary, as well as local and national media appearances.  Read Mr. Saut's full bio.

Schedule – Spend the Day with GSAE

10:00 - 11:30 am – Morning Workshops (more details coming soon):
  • "DOL’s Proposed Overtime Regulations: Learn What May Be Coming To Associations" - Justin R. Barnes, Attorney at Law, Jackson Lewis LLP
  • Meeting Planner Workshop & Mock Site Visit
  • To be determined
11:30 am – 2:00 pm – Tradeshow & Lunch: A walking, talking, eating and connecting experience – it’ll be grand!
2:00-2:45 pm – Economic Forecast Keynote featuring Jeff Saut & Fancy Dessert, sponsored by IPMG of Raymond James in partnership with Goldman Sachs and Lincoln Financial

Association Exec & 3rd Party Meeting Planner cost: $30

Exhibitor Cost
GSAE Member Exhibitor: $800
GSAE Guest Exhibitor: $950
Loyalty Exhibitors (exhibited in 2014) 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. 

Thank you to our Sponsors:

Tradeshow Floor
Interactive Tradeshow Map
Keynote Speaker & Dessert

in partnership with Goldman Sachs

and Lincoln Financial
*Two food & beverage sponsorships are available. Contact GSAE for more details.

Thank you to our Host:
A recap of GSAE's 2014 Tradeshow Luncheon.
You don’t want to miss 2015!

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. Thanks for your understanding.
The Leadership Academy includes updated content that GSAE members identify as most critical and relevant for association professionals today. The next class will not convene until October, 2017. Earn up to 54 CAE hours. $950 for GSAE members and staff. The 2015-16 Leadership Academy's kick off retreat is Thursday and Friday, October 22-23 at Le Meridien Atlanta Perimeter. Apply today online.

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 Pathway

Thank you to our Opening Reception Sponsor:

Member News
After 25 years in the CEO role for several statewide nonprofit associations and foundations in Georgia, Debbie Hackman-Bartlett, CAE will be retiring from the Georgia Nurses Association & Foundation at the end of the calendar year. She has been GNA’s CEO for the last 15 years and is a former Board member of GSAE and former Chair of the GSAE Foundation. Debbie was ASAE’s 2012 National mentor of the Year. But we can’t say Debbie will be "hanging up her spurs" because she and Blair have bought a small horse farm in Aiken, South Carolina where they will move with their three Paso Fino horses and two dogs soon!  Debbie is a National Consultant for the Standards of Excellence Institute in Ethics and Accountability who will now be providing occasional Board Orientations and Media Training upon request. But you may need to drag her off her horse first.  Happy Trails Debbie! 

After serving nine years as the Synthetic Turf Council's first full-time chief staff executive, Rick Doyle has retired. "These years have been exhilarating and gratifying ones for me, and a highlight of my professional career, " he said. Prior to his role at STC, Rick was the Executive Director at Fernley & Fernley.  He served on GSAE's Board of Directors from 2009-2011. We wish you all the best, Rick and hope you enjoy your retirement!  You may stay in touch with him at hdoyle3@comcast.net.
Jon S. Howell, who has been named by leading business and political publications as one of the top lobbyists in Georgia, is now announcing the creation of a new lobbying firm, Impact Public Affairs. The Atlanta-based firm will advocate for clients and help Georgia’s leaders learn more about issues being discussed at the State House. For 15 years, Howell has been a recognized voice during discussions of important issues at the state and federal levels. At Impact Public Affairs he will be providing clients with guidance based on his expertise on appropriations, economic development, government regulations, health care and workforce issues. Read the full press release here
Kamilah Lewis was recently promoted to Director, Training and Workforce for the American College of Rheumatology. Based on her proven track record of working with the fellows-in-training and implementing new initiatives, she will be an asset to the ACR in this role. She also serves as a co-chair for GSAE's Emerging Professionals Shared Interest Group.  Congratulations on your new role, Kamilah!
Meg Caldwell, CMP, Sales Manager, Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa, has been elected to serve as a Foundation Board of Trustee for the Florida Society of Association Executives for 2015-2016. Congratulations, Meg!
The Convention Industry Council (CIC) announced that 196 individuals passed the third quarter Certified Meeting Professional examination. This distinguished credential, recognized throughout the meetings, conventions, and exhibitions industry, demonstrates an individual's comprehensive knowledge of meeting management as well as a commitment to the profession.  Congratulations to the newest CMPs in our GSAE community:
  • Angela Day, CMP, Charleston Area CVB - Charleston, SC
  • Tara Morrison, CAE, CMP, Association Management Executives, Inc. - Peachtree Corners, GA
  • Judith (Toni) Nunn, CMP, American Express, Global Business Travel - Atlanta, GA
MemberClicks, a leading provider of membership management software for small-staff associations, has been selected as one of Atlanta’s Best Places to Work by the Atlanta Business Chronicle in the small business category (between 10 and 49 employees). "We’re thrilled to be selected as one of Atlanta’s Best Places to Work by the Atlanta Business Chronicle," said Mark Sedgley, President and CEO of MemberClicks. "We work hard to foster a workplace environment based on collaboration and trust, so it feels great to see our employees continue to push that culture and create an amazing place to work." Congrats to MemberClicks and GSAE Board member, Mark Sedgley! Well-deserved!
MPI Georgia is excited to announce that Meeting Expectations will provide the organization and its members association management services. Meeting Expectations will leverage its 20+ years of experience in association management to help advance the MPI Georgia mission to "be the most highly regarded and innovative meeting industry association in the Southeast."

Meeting Expectations' Gabrielle Nicolini will serve as the senior association manager supporting MPI Georgia. Gabrielle has 9+ years of association management experience supporting clients such as ATD Greater Atlanta, MPI Georgia, MPI-CAC and Mile High SHRM. Her most recent role was serving as the senior association manager for SHRM-Atlanta, the Atlanta Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management.

Our longtime editor of connections magazine, Elsbeth Russell, will be managing the content for VetFolio, an online education platform created through a joint partnership between The North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), which are the two leading nonprofit associations in the veterinary industry today. Look for Elsbeth at future ASAE, FSAE and GSAE meetings (we’re not letting her go quite easily)!

Please join us in wishing Katie Brown best of luck in her new position as Corporate Recruiter for Brasfield & Gorrie, a large general contractor in Atlanta. Katie has been a great contributor to GSAE’s success over the years, most recently as 2014-15 Co-chair of our Emerging Professionals SIG. She is a past winner of our Stephen Styron Award. You may send your personal congrats and keep in touch using Katie’s personal email, humekat@gmail.com. We’ll miss you, Katie!

GSAE Membership Directory & Buyers' Guide
The 2016 GSAE Membership Directory & Buyers' Guide will go to print soon and we want to make sure everything is exactly how you want it!  Did you get a new job? Is your name spelled correctly? Do you have new contact information?  Update your profile today.

Important Reminders:
  • Your "Nick/Screen Name" is your preferred name (i.e. Jane Anne) - update accordingly
  • Supplier Members - for the printed directory, you will appear in a maximum of 3 Buyers' Guide categories
New for 2016 - we want to keep you as connected as possible, so we're asking ALL members to update their profile to include your Twitter handle, for inclusion in the Directory, and upload your photo for our online communities, launching later this fall. From the GSAE homepage, please sign in, then click the link to "update your bio now." From there you can make any changes necessary - super easy!  All updates must be made by October 20.
Advertising space in the annual GSAE Membership Directory & Buyers' 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.
Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau
Hilton Nashville Downtown
Wyndham Bay Point Resort & Spa
GSAE News & Events

Monday, October 19
GSAE Professional Development Committee Meeting - open participation for all GSAE members
Please join us as we plan our speakers and topics for next year, incorporating the great feedback we’ve gotten so far. 
11:30 am-1:30 pm
American College of Rheumatology - 2200 Lake Boulevard NE, Atlanta, GA 30319
RSVP by October 15 - we hope to see you next week!

Tuesday, October 20
InsideOut Development Presents "Coaching Workshop"
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Atlanta, GA
$750 per attendee
Register here

Tuesday, October 27
T.E.A. (Tax Exempt Association) Group Luncheon: What Keeps NFP Management Awake at Night? - G. Bliss Jones, Jones and Kolb
11:15 am-1:00 pm
Maggiano's Buckhead - 3368 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA, 30326
RSVP by noon, Oct. 22 to Molly Amos at mca@joneskolb.com or (404) 262-7920
The cost per person is $25

Wednesday, December 9
Holiday Luncheon, Awards Show, Silent Auction & Annual Business Meeting
10:00 am -1:30 pm
Hosted by Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center
Sponsored by Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau and The Georgia Center's UGA Hotel & Conference Center

Donate to the Holiday Silent Auction today!

Donating to the Auction is a great way to show your support and help raise funds to help continue GSAE’s mission of advancing the profession of association management and enhancing the professionalism of association executives. We're asking all GSAE members and friends for support of the Silent Auction this year. Any donation of any size will be most appreciated and welcomed — we can even package smaller donations together to create a fabulous gift basket or experience!

Webinars - $49 per credit hour

View all upcoming live webinars here and on-demand webinars here.

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. All 2016 dates are available: February 17, April 20, July 13, September 21, November 16 (includes tradeshow) and December 14.
We need 2 CAEs to act as proctors for the 2015 CAE exam on December 4th  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 6 if you're available to proctor on December 4.
David Trust, CAE, CEO of the Professional Photographers of America and Chip Deale, FASAE, CAE, Executive Director of the National Press Photographers Association, discuss making your members feel they’re getting great value out of membership with your association. See more here.
  • Dues for 2016 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 will be held February 17, April 20, July 13 and September 21; the cost is $39 for all GSAE members.
  • November 16, 2016 Tradeshow – exhibitor price is $799 ($100 discount to all 2015 exhibitors)
  • The December 14, 2016 Holiday Luncheon & Silent Auction is $49; additional staff members from the same company are $39 each.
  • The 2016 Annual Meeting in Athens, GA is June 1-3. Registration fees for the first individual member - $299; corporate supplier member - $359; additional attendees from the same organization - $199 each.
  • Annual Meeting room rates: Hotel Indigo - $139 run of house (plus taxes); Graduate Athens - $114 run of house (plus taxes).
  • Full on sponsorship brochure is available online today.
News Briefs
Carr, Riggs & Ingram (CRI) and Lighthouse Counsel invite senior staff and board members of independent schools, retirement centers, colleges, and other not-for-profit organizations to our Rise & Shine Event on October 22nd. Get a jump-start on your day while learning best practices and bright ideas that will help your organization operate efficiently.  
Sessions include:
  • The Early Bird Gets the Worm: Strategic Planning Essentials
  • Walking on Sunshine: What Motivates Individuals to Make Charitable Contributions
  • Shining a Spotlight on Your Organization’s Financials
  • The Future is Bright: Getting the Board You Deserve
RSVP today
Thursday, October 22, 2015
7:30 - 11:30 am
Carr, Riggs & Ingram - 4360 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA 30341 (3rd Floor Events Center)
Continental breakfast will begin at 7:30 am

The Georgia Society of Association Executives is proud to partner with Institute for Organization Management, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s professional development program for non-profit executives, and offer two $500 partial tuition scholarships to one of Institute’s 2016 sites. The two scholarships, available to 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, chamber, and other nonprofit 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 stronger business advocates and better serve their members. In addition, you will earn points towards your CCE or CAE certification as Institute’s curriculum is directly tied to the bodies of knowledge of both the American Society of Association Executives and the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.

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.

Are you already an IOM and have an updated job or title? Update your contact information and stay connected.

If you are interested in this scholarship opportunity, contact Wendy at wendy@gsae.org by November 17th.

Early registration deadline for Winter Institute is November 20th.

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.



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