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Georgia Society of Association Executives

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The short version: it's a better, smarter way to get connected to the Georgia association community. Register today!

Don't be fooled by pale imitations. Join us at GICC for the ONLY event created by and for GSAE members to connect leaders and advance associations. Relying on the resources and expertise of our colleagues and friends who do business with the association community, we'll learn new things, identify solutions, and give back to our community. Let's create something amazing together on November 16.

Learn Together – Traditional and experiential breakout sessions on the topics y'all care about most (and that might be keeping you up at night!)
  • Mock Board Meeting – designed for our colleagues who want to see what really happens in the board room
  • Meetings on the Move – an interactive planning tour and checklist tips with very smart GSAE members
  • Active Shooter Survival, including Meeting Security with our good friend, Tripp Mitchell, CPP, Certified Protection Professional
  • Tentative: Hotel Horror Stories Handled
  • The New Face of Georgia – demographics featuring the always fascinating Matt Hauer, Carl Vinson Institute
Talk Together – Focus and discussion groups by subject, challenge and solution, led by participating corporate supplier members to help all y'all be better at your jobs. This will be crowd-sourcing at its best as we solicit umbrella topics from both the suppliers and the association community.

Do Good Together – GSAE is proud to partner with Stop Hunger Now to create an activity-based experience designed to promote connections and give back to our community. In an hour together, WE can package more than 10,000 meals! Please watch this video to learn more about Stop Hunger Now's important work.


Association Exec & 3rd Party Meeting Planner: $39
Corporate Supplier Facilitator: $450*
2nd Corporate Supplier from the same company: $100*
*Corporate Supplier Facilitator registration ends Nov. 2nd

Schedule – Spend the Day with GSAE

9:30 am: Facilitator check-in
9:30-10:30 am: Registration open
10:00 am: New & Prospective Member Orientation
10:00 am: Facilitator Orientation
10:30 am: Learn Together Workshops
11:30 am: Networking
12:00 pm: Talk Together: problem-solving luncheon
1:30 pm: Do Good Together: meal packaging

Thank you to our sponsors and host:

Luncheon by CulinAero
Signage & Tables

GSAE App AV Host

AMA Executive Conference Centers
Emerald Coast CVB, Inc.
Member News
Communities recently came together to celebrate longtime poultry leader Abit Massey, CAE. Peach State Bank & Trust hosted an Abit Massey Appreciation Day to honor his many years of service and dedication promoting the state of Georgia and its poultry industry. As part of the celebration, Abit was presented with a bust statue of himself that will be now be displayed at the Georgia Poultry Laboratory Network’s facility in Gainesville (located on Abit Massey Way, of course). City, county and state officials also issued proclamations noting October 6, 2016, as Abit Massey Day. Read more about this great day.

As a part of an organization expansion, the Gatlinburg Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Board of Directors announced that it has hired Mark Adams as President and Chief Executive Officer of the GCVB effective September 6. Mark brings more than 30 years of relevant industry experience to his new role having previously served as Director of Sales at the Georgia World Congress Center Authority, the fourth largest convention center in the country. The creation of this position, among others, is part of an effort to enhance the organization’s executive staff and commitment to bringing even more visitors and groups to the City and to the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Learn more...

The Florida Society of Association Executives presented leadership awards at their recent Annual Conference in Bonita Springs, FL. John Ricco, MPA, CAE, Vice President, is delighted to share that Partners In Association Management was named Association of the Year for their support of the association industry and local community.
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In what caught many friends, business associates and even some family members by surprise, Sandra Leigh Gordy and Sam Massell were wed in a private ceremony on the afternoon of Wednesday, September 21. The ceremony took place in the townhouse home of the groom on Peachtree Road in the Buckhead Community of Atlanta, where the groom served as Mayor from 1970 to 1974, after 18 years in other elected offices. The bride is a concert pianist and served as adjunct professor of music at Brenau University in Gainesville.
Fiona Corbett, CMP and Jeffery Vanderhorst were married Saturday, September 3 on Lake Lanier, accompanied by their six children. Fiona is the Director, Events at Professional Photographers of America. We wish them a lifetime of happiness. Photo credit: Jaksnap Photography
The Atlanta Business Chronicle recently recognized Meeting Expectations as one of Atlanta’s Best Places to Work. This was Meeting Expectations’ fourth time receiving the honor and the company’s first year in the mid-size business category. Out of 20 finalists within the mid-size group, Meeting Expectations came in at number 17. The company was also named to the Best Places to Work list in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Meeting Expectations employees enjoy a unique mix of benefits, including frequent social events, philanthropic activities, fitness membership reimbursements, an overnight staff retreat and a generous paid time off policy, including one-month sabbaticals for employees serving 10 years. Learn more...
MemberClicks, the leading provider of membership management software for small-staff associations, has been named the Eighth Best Place to Work in Atlanta by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. This is the second year in a row the company has been recognized as a "Best Place to Work" in the Small Business category. "We couldn’t be more happy to be selected as one of Atlanta’s Best Places to Work," said Mark Sedgley, President and CEO of MemberClicks. "We work hard to create an environment where our employees can grow, learn and, of course, have fun, and we’re thrilled to see that hard work pay off. Our employees are our greatest asset." Learn more...

Sheryl Ehlers
Kelly McLendon, CAE
National Account Director
Manager, Member Services
Sheraton Atlanta Hotel
Georgia Economic Developers Association
Our retired association execs continue to make the world a better place and bring joy! Check out the newest gig for Jim Peniston at (pretty similar to his old gig at our GSAE holiday parties)! 
Nancy Wilerson, Director of Sales, is delighted to announce that Barnsley Resort will add 54 guest rooms to the Inn at Barnsley Resort, and will open a new conference center by fall 2017. When completed, the property will have a total of 150 guest rooms. The new Georgian Hall Conference Center will add 19,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space, including the 5,000-square-foot Savannah Ballroom and the outdoor Estate Lawn, which will be equipped with full lighting and sound capabilities for up to 300 for seated dining or 370 for receptions.
Macon - Bibb County CVB
Peachtree City Tourism Association
GSAE News & Events
In addition to the November 16 Luncheon, mark your calendars and plan to join us for upcoming events, including the T.E.A. Group Luncheon on October 25 and the December 14 Holiday Luncheon, Awards Show & Silent Auction.

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Please RSVP if you plan to join us.
  • October 19, CAE Review Session with John Harrison, CAE at the Georgia Association for Water Professionals – GAWP (off Windy Hill Road), 10 am-12 pm (snacks, not lunch) – RSVP
  • November 4, CAE Mock Exam (pdf and scantron provided onsite), GAWP, 10 am-1 pm (lunch included) – RSVP
  • Friday, December 2 – CAE Exam
Live webinars scheduled for October 26 and November 15. Worth 1 CAE hour each.

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We need 2 CAEs to act as proctors for the 2016 CAE exam on December 2 from 8 am-2 pm at Meeting Expectations (3525 Piedmont Road, Bldg. 5, Ste. 300, Atlanta, GA 30305). To act as a proctor, you must meet the requirements set out by the CAE Commission.

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Donating to the silent auction is a great way to show your support and 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! Start planning your shopping list today – view a list of current donations here.
Membership dues for 2017 remain unchanged and are due Jan. 1. Luncheons in February, April, July and September are $39 for all GSAE members. The 2017 Annual Meeting is in Macon, GA, May 31-June 2. Registration fee for the first association executive attendee – $349; corporate suppliers – $409; additional attendees from the same organization – $249 each; room rates at Macon Marriott City Center Hotel – $129 run of house.

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Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education
News Briefs
GSAE is proud to partner with Institute for Organization Management, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s professional development program for nonprofit executives, and offer two $500 partial tuition scholarships to one of Institute’s 2017 sites. If you are interested in this scholarship opportunity, contact Wendy by October 14.

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In addition to downloading the full report, you can find your communication best practices scores by taking the survey and accessing your customized Best Practices Report Card. This personalized report is available when you sign in to your current account or sign up as a new user at here. This new report will be a valuable tool as you assess what course corrections are needed to your communication strategy.
The MemberSuite Association MeetUp Lunch & Learn previously scheduled for Oct. 26 will be rescheduled for the end of November. Be on the lookout for details soon!
Kennesaw State University students are looking to do an organizational communication audit (pro bono) as part of their graduation requirement. A communication assessment maps and measures the value and effectiveness of communication both within an organization and to key external stakeholders.

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Upcoming webinars from Altai Systems and CAE-accredited webinars from HighRoad U.

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Georgia Society of Association Executives
1270 Caroline St. NE Ste. D120 #359 Atlanta, GA 30307