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FSAE Officers and Board of Directors Announced

The Florida Society of Association Executives (FSAE) announced the installation of its 2019-20 Board of Directors at FSAE’s Annual Conference in Jacksonville, FL. The FSAE Board is comprised of some of Florida’s best leaders in the association industry.

FSAE Board Officers:
Chair: Jim Ayotte, MBA, CAE; Executive Director, FL Manufactured Housing Assn, Tallahassee, FL
Chair-Elect: Lonny Powell; CEO & EVP, FL Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Assn, Ocala, FL
Treasurer: Fran Gilbert, CAE; President & CEO, Starfish Management Solutions, Tallahassee, FL
Secretary: Jaime Caldwell, President, SFL Hospital & Healthcare Assn, Dania Beach, FL
Immediate Past-Chair: Rachel Luoma, CAE; Chief Staff Executive/Vice-President, Partners in Assn Management, Inc., Tallahassee, FL

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FSAE Welcomes Lana Steele

Lana SteeleFSAE is excited to announce our new Membership & Events Coordinator, Lana Steele!

Lana joined the FSAE team in June 2019 as our Membership & Events Coordinator. Her experience in event planning and marketing began with an internship for FL Hospice & Palliative Care Association. Most recently she served as a Private Event Coordinator for the University Center Club.

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2019 FSAE Board Election Results

Thank you for participating in our 2019 FSAE Board Elections. We are pleased to announce our 2019-20 Board of Directors:


Chair: Jim Ayotte, MBA, CAE; Executive Director, FL Manufactured Housing Assn 
Chair-Elect: Lonny Powell; CEO & EVP, FL Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Assn
Treasurer: Fran Gilbert, CAE; President & CEO, Starfish Management Solutions
Secretary: Jaime Caldwell, President, SFL Hospital & Healthcare Assn
Immediate Past-Chair: Rachel Luoma, CAE; Chief Staff Executive/Vice-President, Partners in Assn Management, Inc.

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Online Auction Open May 31 - June 7

Online AuctionFSAE Foundation Online Auction
Open May 31 - June 7

The FSAE Foundation’s Auction has become one of the places to shop. Where else can you find such incredible items and fantastic trips?!? And now, you can browse and buy those items from the comfort of your living room with the Online Auction!

The Online Auction opens Friday, May 31 and closes Friday, June 7 at 2 pm EST. And it’s open to FSAE Members and Non-Members so tell your coworkers, friends & family about the fantastic deals available while supporting professional development and education in the association industry.


2019 Grant Winners Announced

FSAE FoundationThe FSAE Foundation is proud to announce its 2019 Grant Recipients. Thanks to our generous corporate partners and member contributions, we’ve awarded 29 grants totaling $17,605 for professional development funding. Thank you to all our contributors that make this possible!

Hilton Diversity & Inclusion Grant
Heather Armstrong, Executive Director, Recycle Florida Today, Inc.
Mia Thomas, Director of Learning - Curriculum Development, Florida Institute of CPAs

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The CAE: 2019 and Beyond

The Certified Association Executive: 2019 and Beyond

Lowell Aplebaum

By Lowell Aplebaum, CAE, CPF
CAE Commission Chair, 2018-19
Published in January/February 2019 FSAE Source Magazine

As we enter 2019, we find the Certified Association Executive (CAE) continues to serve as our industry’s seminal credential. As of the end of 2018 there were over 4,300 Certified Association Executives. If you have kept an eye on association job boards over the past few years, you probably have noticed the trend of more employers seeking candidates that have their CAE.

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Congratulations to Our New CAEs!

CAECongratulations the six FSAE members who recently earned their Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential:

Amanda Bowen, CAE; Vice President, Nancy D. Stephens & Associates, LLC, Tallahassee, FL
Jennifer Brown, CAE; Director, Membership & Communications, American Academy of Optometry, Orlando, FL
John Piland, CAE; CEO, Shriners International Headquarters, Tampa, FL
Gary Scarboro, CAE; Executive Director, American Institute of Architects Orlando, Orlando, FL
Alexis Simoneau, CAE; Novi Evangelist, Novi AMS, Orlando, FL
Kristi Spargo, CAE; Chief Staff Executive, Partners in Association Management, Tallahassee, FL

These members are part of a group 160 professionals to pass the CAE exam administered in December 2018. We are happy to report that all new CAEs in Florida are already FSAE members! We currently have 127 CAEs in the FSAE membership and there are more than 4,300 worldwide. 

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2018 Foundation Annual Report Now Available

2018 Foundation Annual ReportThe 2018 Foundation Annual Report is now available online - and soon to be delivered with your January/February Source Magazine! See how the Foundation contributions are spent to improve FSAE programs and your professional development.

Thank you Rapid Press for sponsoring the Report!

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Holiday Toy Drive a Huge Success!

Toy Drive DonationsThe FSAE December Power Luncheon featured a toy drive for families most affected by Hurricane Michael. The drive was part of a city-wide effort through the REBUILD 850 initiative. FSAE members donated an overwhelming 117 toys for our neighbors in need! Thank you all for your participation and generosity!

FSAE staff delivered the five huge bags of toys to the collection site, where all 850 partners and Tallahassee residents were invited to fill the AMWAT truck for delivery. The truck was “at maximum capacity” with donations for families in counties most affected by the hurricane.

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FSAE Joins REBUILD 850 to Help Panhandle Recovery Effort 
and Keep Region’s Needs “Front and Center”

Rebuild 850

In November, the FSAE Board of Directors approved the association to join REBUILD 850, an initiative to help areas of the Florida panhandle affected by Hurricane Michael. REBUILD 850 was recently launched by former Florida House Speakers Allan Bense and Will Weatherford to keep the continuing needs of communities in Florida’s Panhandle “front and center” and coordinate efforts for donations, volunteering and investing in the region.

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FSAE Isn't Successful Without YOU - Sign Up to Volunteer!

Volunteers and the service they provide Committees and Task Forces are vital to the success of FSAE and the FSAE Foundation!

If you want to be a part of our success, volunteer for our upcoming term of service: September 2018 - July 2019 (Annual Conference). Serve on a Committee or Task Force and you can participate in activities like:

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2018 FSAE Leadership Award Winners Announced

FSAE presented its most prestigious leadership awards at its recent Annual Conference held at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa. The Executive of the Year Award honors an association executive who has displayed the highest commitment to professional growth and dedication to advancing the association management profession. The Associate of the Year Award honors an association supplier whose dedication and leadership also advances the industry.  FSAE’s Rising Star Award honors an association professional and/or supplier member who contribute significant time and talent to ensure FSAE’s continued success.

FSAE also recognized organizations that support the association industry and local communities. Our Association of the Year and Supporting Associate Organization of the Year awards honor organizations that demonstrate outstanding efforts, excellence and innovation.

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FSAE Foundation Trustees Announced

We are pleased to announce our 2018-19 FSAE Foundation Board of Trustees:


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FSAE 2018 Election Results

Thank you for participating in our 2018 FSAE Board Elections. We are pleased to announce our 2018-19 Board of Directors:


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2018 FSAE Board Elections - Vote Now!

Elections are now open for the FSAE Board of Director At-Large and Associate At-Large seats.

Executive members vote to fill the two (2) At-Large positions and Associate members vote for the one (1) Associate At-Large seat.

Executive At-Large Candidates are: Barney Bishop, Jason Carroll, Larry Darnell, Stephanie Thomas and Michele White

Associate At-Large Candidates are: Pete Anderson, Erin Ballas and Karl Kaufmann

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2018 Award Nominations Now Open

Nominate Your Peers for a 2018 Leadership Award
Deadline: May 11

Every year at Annual Conference we acknowledge FSAE members who stand out for their exemplary service to FSAE and the association management community. Our Leadership Awards recognize an Executive of the Year, Associate of the Year, Rising Stars, Association of the Year and Supporting Associate Organization of the Year. Now is the time to nominate your peers to be a 2018 recipient.

Here's How: 

  1. To nominate someone, just fill out this nomination form before May 11. You may nominate one person for each category, or just one category, but please no self-nominations. You may also submit a letter of recommendation with your nomination, but it's not required. 
  2. If possible, contact the person you nominated and ask them to complete the Candidate Response form. We need this information from each candidate to be considered for the award. But don't worry, staff will also contact candidates to make sure we have everything we need.
  3. Attend Annual Conference to see who wins.

The deadline for all nominations is Friday, May 11. But you don't really need that long - you already know who you'd like to get the award, so go ahead and tell us now:

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Welcome Trevor Maddox

FSAE is excited to announce our new Education & Events Manager, Trevor Maddox, CMP!

Trevor joined FSAE in February 2018 as our Education and Events Manager. A professional planner with a wealth of experience, she most recently worked as a conference manager at the Florida Institute of CPAs. Previously, she was the senior meeting planner at the Florida Engineer Society and Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers.

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FSAE 2017 Year in Review

In 2017, FSAE reached over 1,100 members- with over 600 Association Executives - and we're continuing to grow. In addition, we've offered 41 in-person events and 25 webinars totaling 100 CAE credit hours and 20 CMP hours so far this year.

We have even more planned for 2018! Don't miss out on your opportunities for professional development, peer-to-peer networking and support for reaching your career goals. 

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