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Dr. G.P. "Bud" Peterson is the eleventh president of the Georgia Institute of Technology.  In this capacity he oversees a top-ten public research university with more than 21,000 students and more than $600 million in sponsored funding.

Throughout his career, Dr. Peterson has played an active role in helping to establish the national education and research agendas, serving on numerous industry, government, and academic task forces and committees.  A distinguished scientist, Dr. Peterson was selected in 2008 by President George W. Bush to serve on the National Science Board through 2014.  The Board oversees the National Science Foundation (NSF) and advises the President and Congress on national policy related to science and engineering research and education.

10:30-11:30 a.m. - New Member Orientation (open to all new and prospective members)
11:30-12:00 - Networking Reception
12:00 - 1:30 p.m. - Luncheon featuring Dr. Bud Peterson
1:30-2:30 p.m.- Supplier Council Meeting

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As a CAE Approved Provider educational program related to the CAE exam content outline, this program may be applied for 1 credit toward your CAE application or renewal professional development requirements.  For more information about the CAE credential or Approved Provider program, please visit

Note: This program is not endorsed, accredited, or affiliated with ASAE or the CAE program.  Applicants may use any program that meets eligibility requirements in the specific timeframe towards the exam application or renewal.  There are no specific individual courses required as part of the applications – selection of eligible education is up to the applicant based on his/her needs.

Our members are always on the lookout for locally-based speakers who can provide an entertaining keynote – motivational, inspirational, topical – just about anything good and worthwhile.

Please respond with your best suggestions - include the topic, speaker, contact info, etc.  As a thank you for your time, we’ll compile the recommendations next month and send them back out for your records.
Susan Cain, the author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking, was featured this week as the speaker at the Opening General Session at the 2013 ASAE Annual Meeting and Expo in Atlanta. Her talk discussed how introverts think and work in ways that are crucial to the survival of today's organizations. Learn more about the concept in this article from Management Today.

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Member News
On behalf of the 3,500 Physician Assistants in Georgia, we proudly salute Charles Dillehay, MBA, CAE for his 2 decades of dedicated and passionate service.  Founder and principal of Dillehay Management Group, Chuck has truly distinguished himself over his 25-year career in the association and event management profession. He has served professional and trade organizations with over 8,000 members on both a national and international basis.

A graduate of the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Organization Management, he additionally earned a MBA in marketing.  Chuck also earned the American Society of Association Executives’ highest honor - the Certified Association Executive designation, which is earned by less than five percent of his colleagues. In 1999, he was honored with the Georgia Society of Association Executives’ Presidential Award.  Read the full story here.

ASAE recently announced Building Owners and Managers Association of Georgia (BOMA Georgia) as a winner of the 2013 Gold Circle Award in the Re-branding Campaign category for the BOMA-Atlanta becomes BOMA Georgia campaign.
BOMA Director of Communications and Advocacy Erin Hall traveled to Washington, DC in June to receive the award at the 2013 ASAE Membership, Marketing and Communications Conference. Entries were evaluated based on established criteria for excellence in association marketing, membership and communication programs.  "This recognition highlights the hard work of so many of our membership and staff in making the BOMA Georgia transition a reality," said BOMA Georgia Executive Director Gabriel Eckert, CAE. "It is also another indication of the significant value we are now providing to the entire state."
May's Corner Office spotlight shines on Tino Mantella, president and CEO of the 19,000 member Technology Association of Georgia (TAG).  Read the full article here to see what Tino's learned about engaging young members, non-dues revenue and a triple-digit growth in membership.  And, in his episode of Association Adviser TV, they explore how new technology is being married with traditional communication methods to help associations grow.

July's Corner Office spotlight shines on Eric Fletty, Vice President of Operations of TAPPI, a 500+ member group organization serving the paper industry.  Read the full article here to learn about TAPPI's entrance into the realm of association management, membership recruitment and retention in response to changes in the paper industry and helping members overcome industry challenges.

Putting ‘Social’ and ‘Virtual’ to Work at Your Next Face-to-Face Event: in this episode of Association Adviser TV, Karl Kirsch, CAE, Vice President, Meeting Expectations, discusses social media use at live events, while Dan Stevens, President of Workerbee TV offers advice on how to engage "virtual" attendees.
Meeting Professionals International Georgia Chapter (GaMPI), announced the selection of Candice Crossfield, Member Services Manager of Georgia Economic Developers Association, as GaMPI's President for the upcoming year.  "I am truly excited and honored to serve as the 2013-2014 President of GaMPI," said Crossfield.  "I am proud to have this opportunity to work with so many of our industry partners and cherish the opportunity to give back to the industry that has given me so much throughout the years."  Read the press release here.
Meeting Professionals International Georgia Chapter (GaMPI), the premier association for meeting and event professionals in Georgia, presented the 2013 Phoenix Awards on June 27, 2013 during an evening gala at The Georgia Aquarium.  GaMPI’s Phoenix Awards salute the many hard working and outstanding members who dedicate their time and talents to the association.  Read the full press release here.

In their respective categories, GSAE members who are also 2013 Phoenix Awards winners are:

Laura Guerin, CMP
Pam Shepherd, CHSP
Andy Williams, TMP
Planner Member of the Year
Hall of Fame
Rising Star of the Year
Southern Economic Development Council Distinctive Destinations
Convention & Visitors Bureau of Dunwoody

2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the Georgia Economic Developers Association, one of the leading organizations for economic development professionals in the U.S. In January, GEDA launched a year-long celebration by accepting a proclamation from Governor Nathan Deal on the steps of the capitol.  "GEDA is using this milestone year to celebrate what our members have  accomplished, but also to gain inspiration for the next 50 years," said Mike Pennington, CAE, CEcD, President of GEDA. "At our annual meeting in September, we’ll host a panel of past commissioners of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, whose collective  experience goes back even further than GEDA’s inception."  Read the full press release here.
Clydette Morton, CMP, Marketing & Sales Manager for PPi, is delighted to announce SkyView Atlanta has selected PPi as its production partner in creating the lighting design for Atlanta's new Ferris wheel!  As production partner, PPi lent it's services to the project by creating a dynamic lighting installation display on the Ferris wheel.  In the evenings, the Ferris wheel brightens the downtown sky.  Read the full article on Lighting & Sound America's website.
Lincoln Jack Dozier arrived Monday, July 15 around 7 am, weighing 8 lbs. 3 oz. and 20 inches long. Mom, dad and baby Lincoln are all doing fine, and grandparents Jack and Shirley Dozier are already wrapped around his little finger!
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GSAE News & Events
Thursday-Friday, August 29-30
GSAE Board of Directors meeting and Strategic Planning retreat
Board meeting - Thursday, 10:30 am
Lunch and strategic planning - Thursday, 11:30 am
End by noon on Friday
Athens, Georgia

Thursday, September 26 - *date change*
ATL SAFE (Atlanta Small Association Forum for CEOs) Luncheon
11:30 am - 1:00 pm, lunch will be provided
MemberClicks, Inc. - 3495 Piedmont Road NE Piedmont Center, Bldg. 12, Ste. 110, Atlanta
ATL SAFE (Atlanta Small Association Forum for Executives) is a complimentary, CEO only, roundtable for small-staff association executives.
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Thursday, October 10
GSAE Government Relations Shared Interest Group Lunch
12:00 - 1:15 pm
Manuel's Tavern - 602 North Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta
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Wednesday, November 13
GSAE Tradeshow & Luncheon, featuring Jeff DeCagna, FRSA, FASAE
10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Lunch sponsored by Visit Savannah
Tradeshow food and beverage sponsored by Expo Plus and Visit Vail Valley
Interactive map by Map-Dynamics
Tradeshow set-up sponsored by Shepard Exposition Services
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The Professional Development committee, led by co-chairs Ragan Cohn, CAE and Joel Peacock, is charged with developing a list of topics and speakers to recommend to the GSAE staff for the 2014 Annual Meeting and for 2014’s April, July and November luncheons.  The lion’s share of that work will take place in a single, in-person meeting in late September or early October.   Are you willing to commit to the important work of this committee?  If so, please join the committee here.

To make the most of the only in-person meeting, committee members will need to do a little bit to prepare for it: (1) accept an assignment to look into one or two professional speakers who have already surfaced as a possible keynote speaker (usually this will entail watching one of their presentations in the form of an online video), and (2) begin building a list of topics and/or speakers you think would be a good fit for the GSAE audience.  The assignments for the professional speaker review will be distributed by August 16.  Take this Doodle poll to let us know your availability.

GSAE remains committed to building a sense of community within the association management profession and among our corporate suppliers.  By offering a wide array of member activities, we strengthen our connections with one another.  We're delighted with the transition into our tiered-dues structure and hope you'll take advantage of the opportunity to renew or join GSAE at a 50% discount for the remainder of 2013!  Join online or email Jane Anne if you have any questions. 
Order the 2013 GSAE Compensation & Benefits Report today.  A group of 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 1,486 associations in 21 participating societies.  In addition to the multi-state report, you'll also receive the Georgia-specific report.  The GSAE Member Rate is only $99 and the Nonmember Rate is $149.
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  For more information about the awards program, visit the Awards page of the GSAE website.  The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, October 1, 2013.
The GSAE Nominating Committee is soliciting names of members interested in serving on the GSAE Board of Directors. The Nominating Committee includes Past Chair Jim Moody, CAE; Chair, Aubie Knight, CIC, CRM; Chair elect Susan Cheshire, CAE, and two at large association executive members in good standing.
Three (3) seats for individual association member directors and one (1) seat for a corporate director will be available for two-year terms, beginning January 1, 2014.  If you or someone you know would like to be considered, please send the name and a brief description of qualifications to All candidates must be members in good standing.  Deadline for nominations is September 1, 2013.  The slate of nominees will be offered to the membership for review no later than October 11.  Board members and officers will be accepted and installed at the GSAE Annual Business Meeting on November 13th.
Bicycle Tours of Atlanta, Tripadvisor's #1 Atlanta activity, is offering their 3 hour leisurely cultural, historical, and art bicycle tours of Atlanta's vibrant intown neighborhoods to GSAE members at a 10% discount!  Enter GSAE when booking online.  They have bikes, helmets, water, snacks, and narrative waiting for you - go get your pedal on and experience Atlanta at its finest!
News Briefs
Large employers that fail to provide minimum health coverage for employees will not be subject to the shared-responsibility penalty until 2015 after Treasury announced on Tuesday that it would delay certain provisions of 2010’s health care legislation.

In a Treasury blog post titled, "Continuing to Implement the ACA in a Careful, Thoughtful Manner," Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy Mark Mazur wrote that the government "will provide an additional year before the ACA (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) mandatory employer and insurer reporting requirements begin."
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