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Georgia Society of Association Executives

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There is no bigger thanks from our association exec attendees than scheduling your OWN meeting in Macon, GA! Huge thanks to the hosts of our 2017 GSAE Annual Meeting – Macon-Bibb County Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Macon Marriott City Center Hotel.

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Macon Marriott City Center
Emerald Coast CVB, Inc.
Member News
Congratulations to Paul J. Donnelly, CAE on your new role as the Manager of Conference and Events Services at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Paul left South Atlantic Modern Language Association for his new role in Hawai’i this month. We wish you all the best!
Past president of GSAE's Board, Beverly L. Black, CAE, MHSA, Director, Affiliate Relations Division, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, has been elected to serve on the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants' Board of Directors as a public director-at-large. Her four-year term will be from January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2021. Congratulations, Beverly!
Congratulations to Sarah J. Berke, CAE, Director of Client Services & Account Executive, Nardone Consulting Group, and her husband Jason, on the birth of their first child, Mackenzie Grace Berke. Mackenzie was born May 20, 2017 at 11:26 p.m., weighing 8 lbs., 2 oz. and was 21 inches. Mom, Dad and baby are doing wonderful! Congratulations, Sarah!
Kim Wetzel, Senior Sales Manager, Caribe Royale Orlando, has been named to the Florida Society of Association Executives' 2017-2018 Foundation Board of Trustees. Congratulations, Kim!
GSAE member Jim Peniston is offering a unique opportunity to enhance the holiday spirit for your customers, clients and/or employees, with a visit with Santa Claus at your business, convention or party. Contact Santa Jim at or (404) 550-6903 for more details. Learn more...
MemberClicks President & CEO Mark Sedgley is pleased to announce the acquisition of ePly, an online event registration software company located in Vancouver, Canada. ePly handles registration for conferences, workshops, galas and other events for more than 600 different organizations across North America. The company brings extensive expertise in online event registrations to MemberClicks and the small-staff association community. MemberClicks will continue to develop and maintain its current product lines, as well as ePly’s platform. Read more.
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GSAE News & Events
In addition to the Summer Luncheon, mark your calendars and plan to join us for upcoming events, including the GSAE CAE Study Group, webinars and ASAE's Annual Meeting & Expo, August 12-15 in Toronto.

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CAE Study Group Registration form ($89): The next formal CAE Study Group will  begin June 15 at Georgia Association for Water Professionals (GAWP). Each session is eligible for CAE hours based on instruction time. Registration is required and includes lunch or snacks plus a Mock CAE Exam session in November. View the full schedule and learn more here.
GSAE uses ASAE's CAE Study Guide in our review sessions – 2015 Edition, Kathleen M. Edwards, CAE, Executive Editor. Member and non-member price is $100. Order now – includes official CAE Practice Exam!

The Certified Association Executive (CAE) program is designed to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance, and designate association professionals who demonstrate the knowledge essential to the practice of association management. 
Join us for the new virtual discussion group, CAEs After Dark, this summer. Let Wendy know if you are interested in joining, or send an email to Meetings are virtual and take place on the middle Tuesday of the month, 8:00 pm-9:15 pm and provide 1 CAE credit hour per meeting. Summer cohort dates are June 13, July 11 and August 15.
$149 Members; $199 Non-Members
This survey is conducted every two years by a group of state, local and regional societies of association executives with support from Whorton Marketing & Research. 
  • 1,315 associations across the U.S. participated in this year’s survey, including members and non-members of 26 SAEs.  
  • Participation included 11 South, 8 Northeast, 8 Midwest, and 5 West states and areas.
  • Each SAE report features its own data, state-wide or for its region. 
  • The national study compares compensation across states for 39 positions. 
  • Meets IRS requirements for third party data.
The full national and state reports present detailed compensation overall by budget and staff ranges, geographic scope and membership structure, and by state. Available in PDF format. Order online – after signing into your profile to receive the member pricing. 
Live webinars are scheduled for June 20, July 13 and 18, August 9 and 30 and September 12. Worth 1 CAE hour each. Did you know? Over 92 CAE-qualifying recorded webinars are available 24/7 on our GSAE website.
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
News Briefs
Plan to join AENC, FSAE, SCSAE, TNSAE, VSAE, and GSAE members for an attendee reception at Amsterdam BrewHouse on Monday, August 14 before The Classic. Drop by between 5:15 and 6:30 p.m. for the opportunity to connect with your Southern SAE peers and industry partners over munchies and your choice of beer and wine selections.

Thank you to our sponsors (and be sure to stop by their booths during the Expo):
Booth 721 Booth 1137
See Public Policy Booth
Booth 603

Baker Donelson offers some key thoughts and action plans for management, business teams and IT security personnel regarding recent cybersecurity attacks. Regardless of whether you have experienced any disruptions to date, you cannot ignore the major global cybersecurity attack that continues to plague organizations. A particularly destructive piece of malicious software, the WannaCry ransomware infection has hit more than 100 countries and brought thousands of organization to a grinding halt.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017 | 2 pm-3:30 pm EDT

Is your association prepared to thrive in an "AI first" world? If the answer is no, your association needs to begin preparing right now. Artificial intelligence (AI) is already present in our daily lives, and is being applied across a wide variety of industries and professions. As AI's power and capability grow in the years ahead, its influence and impact will expand as well. There are many complicated questions your association's senior decision-makers will need to answer on behalf of both your current and future stakeholders.

This 90-minute briefing, presented by Jeff De Cagna, FRSA, FASAE, executive advisor for Foresight First LLC, will look beyond the hype, separate AI fact from fiction and provide association decision-makers like you with the actionable insights you need to begin building your association to thrive in an "AI first" world.
Learn more and register using the promo code GSAE10 here.
EMCVenuse is hosting their annual MEETUSA 2017 conference in Atlanta at Twelve Atlantic Station on July 20. This is an interactive event and tradeshow offering comprehensive educational tracks and networking opportunities, providing valuable insights into the state of the meetings industry and current meeting trends, while networking with peer meeting professionals and industry suppliers.

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HighRoad Solution, the only digital agency focused exclusively on associations to offer marketing automation services announced the launch of their 2017 State of Digital Marketing in Associations study. The study, is a continuation of the work that was started in late 2014. Now four years into the study, the report serves as a benchmark for the association community to understand where marketing dollars go and the issues associations face as they undertake digital transformation.

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Upcoming CAE-accredited webinars from HighRoad U, a podcast from Jeff De Cagna, FRSA FASAE, a blog post about building member ambassadors from MemberClicks and more.

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For the April 19 GSAE Luncheon keynote speaker William Pate, CEO of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, gave us an update on all the exciting things coming to Atlanta and the Southeast Region.

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