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!

Rockstars since 1917 logo                                                                                   90th Anniversary logo                                                                           
100th Gala Photo Gallery 90th Anniversary Photo Gallery

Anniversary Projects

Thanks To Our 100th Anniversary Gala Sponsors

Augusta Georgia logo 

Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau
Presenting Sponsor


Visit Savannah logo 


Visit Savannah

Millennium Sponsor

 Map Dynamics logo

Map Dynamics
Millennium Sponsor

Athens Life Unleashed logo
Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau
Century Sponsor
Classic Center logo
The Classic Center
Century Sponsor

Richmond Region Tourism logo 

Richmond Regional Tourism
Century Sponsor

The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa logo

Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa
Century Sponsor

The Westin Jekyll Island logo

The Westin Jekyll Island
Century Sponsor

Association Services Group logo
Association Services Group
Century Sponsor

Jekyll Island Authority Convention  & Visitors Bureau logo

Jekyll Island Authority Convention 
& Visitors Bureau
Century Sponsor

MemberClicks logo

Red Carpet Experience

Shepard logo

Shepard Exposition Services

Naylor Association Solutions logo

Naylor Association Solutions
In Kind



100th anniversary superlatives, recognized November 2017

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

GSAE Past President 2004-2005
Best Mentor
Karl M. Kirsch, CAE
Karl M. Kirsch, CAE

Vice President
Meeting Expectations
The Connector
Lori Spear, CAE
Lori Spear, CAE
Executive Vice President
Most GSAE Spirit
Spence Downs
Spence Downs

Solution Advisor
Most Dependable
Sheryl Ehlers, CMP
Sheryl Ehlers

Senior Sales Manager
Georgia Tech Hotel &
Conference Center
Most Likely to Volunteer
Gabriel Eckert FASAE, CAE
Gabriel Eckert

Executive Director
Building Owners and Managers
Association of Georgia
Most Likely to Give a TED Talk
Karla Yeck
Karla Yeck
Senior Account Executive
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
Most Likely Your Brighten Your Day
Peggy Seigler MPA, CDME
Peggy Seigler
Most Unforgettable
Clare Reagan IOM, CAE
Clare Reagan

GSAE Past President, 2002-2003
Most Unforgettable
Jim Moody, CAE
Jim Moody,
Construction Suppliers Association
Best Devil's Advocate
Russ Webb
Russ Webb

Vice President
Atlanta Georgia Apartment
Best Techie
Ragan Cohn, CAE
Ragan Cohn, CAE

Executive Dir, Oracle
Applications Users Group
Meeting Expectations
Best Smile
Joel Peacock
Joel Peacock
Director of Operations
Georgia Association of
Water Professionals
Best Sense of Humor
Mike Pennington CAE, QBO
Mike Pennington

novi Evangelist
novi AMS
Life of the Party