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Featuring President Jere Morehead, University of Georgia - Register today!

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.

Schedule
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
1:45 - 2:15 pm - Professional Development Committee focus group meeting - all are welcome!

Cost
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











 
  • 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 at Hotel Indigo - $139 run of house (plus taxes). Overflow rooms available at Graduate Athens - $114 run of house (plus taxes).
  • Full on sponsorship brochure is available online today.
 
To see all the updated app has to offer, sign in with the email address you use with your GSAE membership. Create a passcode to secure your profile and you're ready to use the app!

Once logged in, tap Profile to update your information, upload your picture, and adjust your sharing settings. We’ll continue to add more information through the fall, so check back often. Below is our video demonstration to help you get started:

 
Member News
Jack Dozier, CAE served as Executive Director of the Georgia Association of Water Professionals from 1990 until 2014 at the Annual Conference when he officially retired and became Executive Advisor. During his Directorship, GAWP was recognized as the Water Environment Federation’s Outstanding Member Association and won numerous awards from both WEF and the American Water Works Association for its innovative programs. Jack is a 25-year member of GSAE and received the prestigious Clifford Clark Award in 2008, recognizing his outstanding career of leadership and service to associations in Georgia.

Previously, Jack worked for the Georgia Environmental Protection Division for 15 years and served as EPD’s Water Protection Branch Chief until 1990. He holds a BS in Civil Engineering and a MS in Environmental Engineering from Duke University and is a registered Professional Engineer in Georgia. He serves as an advisor on water policy issues to the Georgia Municipal Association, Association of County Commissioners of Georgia, Georgia Chamber of Commerce and others. 

Jack loves golf, bowling and the occasional baseball card collection, but his favorite pastime are his four beautiful grandchildren. We hope you enjoy retirement - you earned it!
 
Gov. Nathan Deal recognized several of the state’s top tourism professionals at the 2015 Georgia Governor’s Tourism Conference in Savannah. The annual industry event, hosted by the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) and the Georgia Association of Convention & Visitors Bureau, brought together more than 500 tourism industry professionals from across the state.
 
The 2015 award recipients, nominated by the Georgia tourism industry, include:
  • The Bill Hardman Sr. Tourism Champion Partnership Award was presented to the Golden Isles Convention & Visitor Bureau - GSAE member Tomee Sellars, Sales & Service Manager
  • The Paul Broun Award for Marketing Initiatives was awarded to Visit Savannah for video content marketing - GSAE members Jeff Hewitt, Vice President of Business Development and Jennifer Thompson, National Sales Manager
  • The Larry Allen Tourism Leadership Award was presented to Rashelle Beasley, TMP, Director from the Albany Convention & Visitor Bureau
Read the full press release and see all the award recipients here.
 
As of August 1, Spence Downs joined the MemberClicks team as a Solution Advisor.  Spence previously served as the Sales Manager for MapDynamics. In that role, he established strong client relationships, set in motion their organizational sales policies and nearly tripled gross sales. As a result of his work in growing Map Dynamics, he was made an offer to join the MemberClicks sales team and will have new growth and educational opportunities.  MemberClicks President & CEO, Mark Sedgley had this to say: "I am excited to have Spence join our team.  I have watched him grow professionally over the last two years and I think he will make an immediate impact on our organization." We all look forward to seeing Spence excel in his new role!
 
Amy Kane, CAE, Director, Core Programs, Rheumatology Research Foundation, and her husband Michael welcomed their second daughter on August 7. Alice Leeson Kane was born at 7:35 am, weighing 7 lbs, 11 oz.  Both mom and baby are doing well, and big sister Mary Grace loves her baby sister!
 
Jacob Wilder, Director of Communications and Technology, Building Owners and Managers Association of Georgia, and his wife Meg welcomed their first child on August 29. Jackson Thomas Wilder was born at 3:22 pm at Floyd Medical Center in Rome, GA, weighing 6 lbs, 12 oz and 20.5 inches long. Mom and baby are both doing great!
 
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 September 25.
 
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
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
GSAE News & Events

Tuesday, September 29
T.E.A. (Tax Exempt Association) Group Luncheon: Tax Red Flags and Myths - Colin E. Blalock, Jones and Kolb
11:15 am-1:00 pm
Maggiano's Buckhead - 3368 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA, 30326
RSVP by noon, Sep. 24 to Molly Amos at mca@joneskolb.com or (404) 262-7920
The cost per person is $25

Tuesday, October 6
GSAE's Emerging Professionals Fall Educational Event
5:30 - 7 pm
American College of Rheumatology - 2200 Lake Blvd., Atlanta
Register today - see below for more info!

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

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

 
Stayed tuned for a broader and deeper GSAEtv! We've joined forces with other state, local and regional societies of association executives around the country to provide a more robust version of the professionally-produced videos you've come to expect. Each episode features association professionals sharing lessons learned, best practices and insights, and will offer a better responsive design on your mobile devices. Episodes will be released twice a month, providing you with more access to the resources provided by voices from throughout the association community. Watch current episodes of GSAEtv 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.
 
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. The 2015-16 Leadership Academy's kick off retreat is Thursday and Friday, October 22-23. 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

 
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 includes Past Chair, Susan Cheshire, CAE; Chair, Jim Fowler, CAE; Chair elect, David Ellis, CAE; Angela Holland, CAE; Mike Pennington, CAE.

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.
 

Join us for GSAE's Emerging Professionals Fall Educational Event at the American College of Rheumatology.  We'll hear from an association Executive Director, an association management company's event planner and a corporate supplier member who will share lessons learned and advice for moving up the ladder.

Schedule:
5:30 pm – Networking, refreshments and light snacks
6:00 pm – What You Wish You Knew as an EP
6:45 pm – Post session Q&A

5:30-7:00 pm
American College of Rheumatology
Register today


We look forward to seeing you on October 6,

Kamilah Lewis, Emerging Professionals SIG Co-chair
American College of Rheumatology

Jacob Wilder, Emerging Professionals SIG Co-chair
Building Owners and Managers Association of Georgia
 
News Briefs




Over 75 members of the Southern SAEs joined us for a reception at the Detroit Brewing Company during ASAE’s Annual Meeting & Expo in fantastic (truly!) Detroit. Thank you to our generous sponsors, MemberClicks, Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart and Naylor Association Solutions. Be sure to mark your calendar and plan to attend the 2016 ASAE Annual Meeting & Expo August 13-16 in Salt Lake City. We’ll be there!
 
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.


 
by Joan Lowy, Associated Press

Airlines should clearly disclose the cost of change and cancellation fees, as well as the size of plane's seats, before a passenger buys a ticket, a federal panel said Tuesday. Hotels should also be required to include any mandatory fees in their room rates, the Transportation Department's Advisory Committee for Aviation Consumer Protections recommended. The panel's recommendation on hotels was directed to the Federal Trade Commission, which has been investigating such so called drip pricing.

Likewise, the four-member panel heard testimony that passengers must search to find the cost of change or cancellation fees that airlines hide in a ticket's fine print. The Transportation Department should require the fees be spelled out clearly so that passengers are informed before a ticket purchase, the panel said. Read the full article in Successful Meetings.
 
Associations have the unique ability to bring together companies that are direct competitors and unite them in specific priority areas - advocacy, identifying industry needs and trends, and training opportunities to name a few. Developing and sustaining individual relationships with each company is no small feat, and as President & CEO of the American Beverage Association, Susan Neely has succeeded in bringing competing household brands together time and time again. In this session Susan will address how she initiated those relationships when she first became CEO, how she developed them over the years, and the process of avoiding minefields while finding areas of unity in the industry.

Free Virtual Option: Reserve your spot here.

 
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