100th Anniversary Celebration

Welcome to the story of the Georgia Society of Association Executives (GSAE) and our commitment to connecting leaders, advancing associations now and for the next 100 years.

From this page, please explore GSAE and our rich history by clicking on the icons - GSAE through the years with articles and a timeline, read about the legacies of our past presidents and past chairs, view photo galleries from our 90th and 100th Anniversary Galas, meet GSAE's 2017 Superlatives below, and watch our rock star members in action on GSAEtv.

GSAE is committed to advancing the profession of association management and to enhancing the professionalism of association executives We are also committed to helping GSAE members tell their story of engaging with the Society. If you have archival documents or images you'd like to share with your community, please call us at (404) 577-7850 or email gsae "at" gsae.org. Thank you!

100th Gala Photo Gallery 90th Anniversary Photo Gallery

Anniversary Projects

Thanks To Our 100th Anniversary Gala Sponsors


Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau
Presenting Sponsor




Visit Savannah

Millennium Sponsor


Map Dynamics
Millennium Sponsor

Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau
Century Sponsor

The Classic Center
Century Sponsor


Richmond Regional Tourism
Century Sponsor

Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa
Century Sponsor

The Westin Jekyll Island
Century Sponsor

Association Services Group
Century Sponsor

Jekyll Island Authority Convention 
& Visitors Bureau
Century Sponsor

Red Carpet Experience

Shepard Exposition Services

Naylor Association Solutions
In Kind



100th anniversary superlatives, recognized November 2017

Abit Massey, CAE
President Emeritus
Georgia Poultry Federation
Most Influential & Best Hair

Sharon Hunt

GSAE Past President 2004-2005
Best Mentor

Karl M. Kirsch, CAE

Vice President
Meeting Expectations
The Connector

Lori Spear, CAE
Executive Vice President
Most GSAE Spirit

Spence Downs

Solution Advisor
Most Dependable

Sheryl Ehlers

Senior Sales Manager
Georgia Tech Hotel &
Conference Center
Most Likely to Volunteer

Gabriel Eckert

Executive Director
Building Owners and Managers
Association of Georgia
Most Likely to Give a TED Talk

Karla Yeck
Senior Account Executive
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
Most Likely Your Brighten Your Day

Peggy Seigler

Most Unforgettable

Clare Reagan

GSAE Past President, 2002-2003
Most Unforgettable

Jim Moody,
Construction Suppliers Association
Best Devil's Advocate

Russ Webb

Vice President
Atlanta Georgia Apartment
Best Techie

Ragan Cohn, CAE

Executive Dir, Oracle
Applications Users Group
Meeting Expectations
Best Smile

Joel Peacock
Director of Operations
Georgia Association of
Water Professionals
Best Sense of Humor

Mike Pennington

novi Evangelist
novi AMS
Life of the Party