Rethinking from Scratch to Better Deliver for Members: Emily Crane, Georgia Motor Trucking Association

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Emily Crane, VP of safety and education for the Georgia Motor Trucking Association, tells us how they're supporting trucking companies this pandemic-influenced year and beyond. Features association leadership Georgia Motor Trucking Association

For Manufacturers, For-Profit: Jason Moss of the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance Supports Members through Networking and Education

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Jason Moss, founder and CEO of the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance can, and he might take you out to dinner if you can, too. Jason Moss, Georgia Manufacturing Alliance. Moss started the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance (GMA) in 2008 in response to what he perceived to be a lack of friendly, consistent events that educate manufacturers about production technology and trends. All of these events shine a light on the manufacturing scene in Georgia.


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Georgia COVID-19 Pandemic Business Safety Act Goes into Effect August 7; Executive Orders and Public Health Emergency Continue

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August 5, 2020 was the deadline for Governor Kemp to sign or veto legislation passed by the Georgia General Assembly in this year’s legislative session. Known as the Georgia COVID-19 Pandemic Business Safety Act, the legislation will become effective Friday, August 7. Read the article………………………… Coronavirus (COVID-19) Georgia Articles Legislative Articles

From the Corner Office: Gabriel Eckert, BOMA Georgia

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September 2012 -- Leadership This month, the Corner Office spotlight shines on Gabriel Eckert, CAE, executive director of the Building Owners and Managers Association of Georgia (BOMA Georgia). By Association Adviser staff

Meet “Transaction Alley”: New Payment Processors Group Shows Georgia Pride

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The American Transaction Processors Coalition, a new association focused specifically on transaction processing companies located in Georgia, hopes to raise the profile of the industry, which generates $30 billion in revenue per year in the state. ATPC says the sector is as integral to Atlanta’s economy as the film industry is to Los Angeles—and larger than some other industries tied to the state of Georgia, such as life sciences.

High School Football: Georgia Group Tackles Heat Risks on Practice Field

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Athletic organizations like the Georgia High School Association are hopeful that football players will stay safe this summer as coaches adhere to heat and humidity guidelines on the gridiron. In an effort to prevent EHS deaths and other heat-related illnesses among high school athletes, the Georgia High School Association established specific regulations for high school coaches to follow on days when heat and humidity are high. “We

Advocacy: Having Their Backs

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Advocacy advocacy Georgia Automobile Dealers Association Georgia Nurses Association GSAE Licensed Profesional Counselors Association of Georgia Though members may not realize it until they need it, the beating heart of every association is advocacy. This story originally appeared in the winter 2014 issue of GSAE''s Connections magazine. Photo. For more about this topic, click on the headline.

Royalty is Crowned and an Association Shines in the Annual Ms. GHCA Pageant

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If you attend the Georgia Health Care Association’s annual Ms. Georgia Health Care Association (GHCA) Pageant, you’ll find many of these beauty pageant hallmarks – but the participants will be mostly sexagenarians or older! GHCA Pageant grew out of a pageant sponsored by the Georgia Peanut Commission in the 1970s. Georgia Nursing Home Pageant in May 1976. The association’s membership includes 95 percent of skilled nursing care facilities in Georgia.

Yes, Some In-Person Meetings Are Still Happening! (Here is how they are doing it!)


Savannah, Ga. ––– 113 GSAE members, speakers, and guests attended the 2020 Georgia Society of Association Executives Annual Meeting, August 26-28, at the Hyatt Regency Savannah in Savannah, Georgia. Photos provided by the Georgia Society of Association Executives.

Ways Your Association Can Promote Videos to Members

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Marketing & Communications Membership Revenue Technology Aaron Weisberg ACPA American Society for Quality ASQ College Student Educators International email Georgia Society of Association Executives GSAE MHEDA Michael J. Last month, we explored the power of adding video to your current communication strategies and how MHEDA, WRLA and other associations are using video to increase member engagement and retention and. For more about this topic, click on the headline.

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Five Keys to a Successful Internship Program

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Features From the Front Lines association internships Georgia College and State University intern internships young professionalsWhat advice would an intern give to organizations looking to hire them? Here are five things to consider if your association is considering starting, or expanding, an internship program. The post. For more about this topic, click on the headline.

Several families displaced after overnight fire at DeKalb condo building (GA)

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The American Red Cross of Georgia is helping several families who were displaced from an overnight fire at a DeKalb County condo building. The non-profit said its volunteers were assisting 10 families – a total of 17 people – who live at the Georgetown of Atlanta Condominiums on Colonial Way in DeKalb County. Read the article…………………………… Condo Fires Georgia Condo & HOA News National Condo & HOA News

Associations Using Grants More Frequently to Strengthen the Association Community and Inspire Big Ideas

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Features Revenue American Society of Association Executives annual conference ASAE association community association grants Florida Society of Association Executives FSAE Georgia Society of Association Executives grants GSAE Innovation internship training volunteersHow associations are leveraging grants to inspire innovation, encourage professional development and expand the association community. The post Associations Using Grants More Frequently to.

What Associations Can Learn from Bumper Stickers

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Features Leadership Marketing & Communications American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Association membership Association of Chamber of Commerce Executive Georgia Veterinary Medical Association Independent Bankers of Texas (IBAT) membership National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) Tennessee SOciety of Association ExecutivesMost of your association members are in your corner, but don’t ever take them for granted. Like a bumper sticker, they can peel away fast.

Members Were My Mentors: Building Consensus Among the Folks Who Build

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After more than three decades at the helm of various AGC chapters, Michael Dunham, CEO of the Associated General Contractors of Georgia, Inc. Michael Dunham, AGC Georgia. Association Adviser: Mike, tell us a little about AGC Georgia. Michael Dunham: AGC Georgia was founded back in 1928. We’re the leading, statewide professional trade association representing 550 top commercial construction companies industry in Georgia.

New Disclosure Requirements for Water Damage Insurance Claims in Condominiums Effective January 1, 2021 (GA)

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On July 29, 2020, Governor Kemp signed House Bill 1070 amending Code Section 44-3-107 of the Georgia Condominium Act. The new law goes into effect January 1, 2021, and our condominium lawyers have broken down what this legislation could mean for your community and condominium association. Read the article………………………… Georgia Articles Legal & Legislative News Legislative Articles

If You Don’t Know the Answer, Find the Answer

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From the Corner Office Leadership Atlanta Apartment Association careers Georgia Apartment Association leadership member communication membership National Apartment Association Russ Webb volunteer volunteeringAtlanta Apartment Association vice president Russ Webb shares his thoughts about the need for constant innovation, accountability and fun in the modern association era. The post If You Don’t Know. For more about this topic, click on the headline.

Jones Creek golf course to be auctioned (GA)

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The 18-hole course of nearly 7,000 yards is nestled among hundreds of upscale homes whose residents have expressed concern about the course’s future. Read the article…………………………… Amenities/Golf Courses Georgia Condo & HOA News National Condo & HOA NewsA defunct Columbia County golf course is going on the auction block more than two years after closing while embroiled in lawsuits.

Suwanee works out agreement with HOA for trail access (GA)

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The section of greenway between Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road and Suwanee Elementary School is on land that belongs to the Pierce Point subdivision. Read the article……………………………… Georgia Condo & HOA News National Condo & HOA News Working With Government

Non-Dues Revenue Is Alive and Well

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Features Revenue AGC Angela Kisskeys associated general contractors of America canadian association of railway suppliers Canadian Urban Transit Association CARS Christopher Monek CUTA Florida Society of Association Executives FSAE Georgia Soccer Global Professional Services GPS Greg Griffith Joseph Ricci Midwest Society of Association Executives MSAE non-dues revenue Patrick LeClerc Peggy McElgunn sponsorships sylvia newell Tara Ericson Textile Rental Services Association TRSA

Don’t feed the attendees: 10 insights for your next food function

Aaron Wolowiec

They are taken to an undisclosed location that I only imagine to be near B218 – the furthest possible room from our present location in the Georgia World Congress Center. The bag of trail mix that served as my lunch during the closing general session of #ASAE13. It’s the closing general session at #ASAE13. I’ve somehow come down with the worst summer cold/sinus infection I’ve had in at least the last 10 years. Many of my friends seem to be sniffling and sneezing, as well.

Extreme trends or the new normal?

Aaron Wolowiec

3-6 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, ASAE will engage and connect members – even if they can’t attend physically. Associations Professional Development Social Media American Society of Association Executives ASAE associations digital communications digital learning Facebook Flickr Georgia World Congess Center Instagram Jeff De Cagna Principled Innovation LLC Sarah Sladek social media social networking technology trends Twitter XYZ University

What’s trending?

Aaron Wolowiec

6 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Associations Meetings Professional Development Aaron Wolowiec American Society for Association Executives ASAE Atlanta Cheryl Ronk Donna Oser Event Garde Facebook Georgia World Congress Center Instagram Learning Michigan Society of Association Executives MSAE networking OrgPro Radisson Hotel at Kalamazoo Center Skype social media Susan Robertson Twitter Vital Associations

Don’t Be Afraid to Experiment – Even with Scared Cows (Like Your Trade Show)

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I just returned from the Georgia Society of Association Executive’s Grand Tradeshow Experiment at the Georgia International Convention Center, and from a vendor perspective, I found it to be a curiously refreshing take on the traditional trade show offering I have experienced over the years.

March udpdate

Wild Apricot

In just under 3 weeks our user conference will kick off in Savannah, Georgia, April 7-10. The countdown to PersoniFest 2019 is on! It’s going to be packed with product training, sessions on marketing and growth , and of course cocktail hours, networking

The Meetings Report: Five game-changing tactics redefining education strategy and success

Aaron Wolowiec

In December 2012, I was pleased to finally release Event Garde’s first research project. In a nutshell, The Meetings Report strives to describe the state of the Michigan association meetings industry. Alex Kontras , a data manager for the City of Grand Rapids, and I were delighted to author this report. Likewise, it was edited by Kristen Parker , a media communications manager for Michigan State University.

From the Corner Office: Tino Mantella, TAG

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Tino Mantella, Technology Association of Georgia. This month’s Corner Office spotlight shines on Tino Mantella, president and CEO of the 19,000 member Technology Association of Georgia (TAG). Tino Mantella: We’re all about educating, promoting, influencing and uniting Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace. Georgia has 20,000 tech companies generating $13 billion in revenue and accounting for 17 percent of the state’s GDP.

Need More Non-Dues Revenue?

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Tino Martella, Technology Association of Georgia. Tino Mantella, who has guided the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) to a seven-fold increase in revenue and a 500-percent boost in membership since taking the helm in 2004 observed that “the more you can run like a business, the more you can impact the not-for-profit world.” Features Revenue MACPA non-dures revenue revenue Technology Association of Georgia Hank Berkowitz, Editor-in-Chief.

How Associations Are Leading the Post-Pandemic Response

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For example, the National Restaurant Association (NRA) released suggested guidelines on April 22, while the state of Georgia – one of the first states to re-open – did not release suggestions until April 23, just 4 days before reopening the state’s restaurants.

Meet Amber Hulsey - Sales Development Representative


Meet Amber Hulsey, a Georgia native and die hard Bears and Cubs fan who recently joined our MemberSuite team as a Sales Development Representative. Learn more about her background in this month's Employee Spotlight

The Big Picture: If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It

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Georgia’s new economic development and tourist promotion logo was unveiled at a tourism conference in Valdosta. And Georgia is now a classic marketing example for the "If it aint broke, dont fix it" textbook. Ray Charles "Georgia On My Mind" has been the state slogan since 1979. Initial media reports had indicated the new slogan would replace the beloved “Georgia On My Mind” (rather than adding to it, as it is purported now to do). The Big Picture.

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Golden's Rules for Association

The following is adapted from remarks delivered at the National Society of Professional Engineer’s House of Delegates General Assembly, July 22, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. As NSPE ends one fiscal/program year and starts a new one, it would be typical to talk about the past year’s activity. That is worth doing: we have a good story to […]. The Nature of Associations business strategy culture membership models

From GSAE: 3 Major Trends Impacting Associations


Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the Georgia Society of Association Executives’ ( GSAE ) monthly luncheon, where John Graham, President and CEO of the American Society of Association Executives ( ASAE ) spoke about major trends impacting associations.

GSAE Raises Thousands for Host Cities through its Pay the Pig Raffle

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Through their signature “Pay the Pig” fundraiser, the Georgia Society of Executives (GSAE) has raised more than $12,000 since 2015 for charities beloved by the cities […]. You might have had a pink piggy bank when you were a kid. But did you manage to stuff it with $12,000 – and then give every penny away?

13 Fall Fundraising Ideas Worth Trying


Now it may not feel like fall yet (depending on where you live), but trust us, even if temps are still in the 90s (which they are in Georgia, by the way), people are eager and excited for that seasonal change. Pumpkins, sweaters, apple cider, oh boy! Fall is OFFICIALLY here! Just check your social media feeds if you don’t believe us.). Why not tap into that excitement at your association? Allow people to celebrate and get in the spirit, while also raising money for your organization.

From GSAE: Understanding Change at Your Association


I attended a webinar held by the Georgia Society of Association Executives (GSAE) where Dr. David Renz , Director of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Missouri - Kansas City, spoke in great detail about successfully leading change initiatives. We talk about, hear about, and experience change all the time. But it wasn’t until the other day that I really started to think about the process (and psychology) of change.

Advancing association meetings via brain science

Aaron Wolowiec

For more, view the keynote and deep dive slides presented April 15 for the Georgia Society of Association Executives (GSAE). Whether you’re a planner, a CEO, a supplier or whether you fill some other role, think back to the very first conference for which you selected/hired a speaker. Maybe it was for an association event, a church event, a community event or some other program altogether.

From GSAE: Creating Member Services That Add Value


The Georgia Society of Association Executives (GSAE) recently shared a video regarding member services that add value. The video features Cindy Meehan, CAE, Deputy Director of Member Relations for Emergency Nurses Association, and Brenda Orffer, Director of Member Services for the Washington Health Care Association. Spoiler alert: This video is GOOD. It’s filled with all kinds of valuable insights regarding how to craft the best membership offerings.

[From GSAE] 3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Seeking an Intern


A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend a webinar hosted by the Georgia Society of Association Executives (GSAE). The topic was “Developing a Sustainable Internship Program,” and the presenters were Tracey Dowling, Program Director of Experiential Learning at Florida State University (FSU) , and Li Pon, Senior Assistant Director of Experiential Learning at FSU.

Ready to respond: Preparing your community for a natural disaster


Hurricane Elsa, the earliest forming fifth named Atlantic storm on record , made landfall in Florida last week before impacting Georgia, South Carolina and many Northeastern states. The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season officially began five weeks ago and has already recorded five named storms.