Property and Destination Update

Discover the Palm Beaches

Discover the Palm BeachesFrom well-appointed executive boardrooms, timeless hotel ballrooms, private outdoor rooftop terraces and spaces to the sprawling Palm Beach County Convention Center, The Palm Beaches offer a perfect fit for every meeting size and event need. Brandon Hall, CMP, and our award-winning Destination Services Team will be your right-hand in planning, and in finding the community partners who will bring innovative and engaging experiences to elevate your attendee’s experience.  Imagine having an artist producing a live installation in the exhibit hall, or a local coffee roaster serving coffee & tea to order out of an outfitted VW van in the pre-function areas.  It’s all within reach when you leverage our relationships and community to bring a local Palm Beaches touch to your event.

Learn more about the world-renowned hotels and meeting spaces we offer, our vibrant downtown meetings districts and the promotional offers that give you more, for free.  Start planning with us today!

2021 Leadership Award Nominations Now Open

Nominate Your Peers to be Recognized for Their Service and Commitment to FSAE and the Association Industry.

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.

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2021 In-Person Meetings - Survey Results

Meetings Survey ResultsIn March, FSAE conducted a survey of Executive Members regarding their meetings this year. We gathered data on 2021 conference plans, anticipated meeting sizes, feelings about travel, and their challenges & needs to better plan for meetings. Also included is information on sourcing RFPs and criteria changes for future meetings.

This survey provides insightful data on the current meetings atmosphere for Florida's association industry, so we are sharing the results. Hopefully this helps you as you move forward with your future in-person meetings.

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Frank Rudd Featured in Victory Talks Podcast

FSAEs President & CEO Frank Rudd was featured on the recent Hyvve by Victory Productions Podcast discussing Member Focused Culture - check it out!

Victory talks Podcast


FSAE Member Discount for COVID Signage

COVID SignageFSAE is partnering with Rapid Press to provide members a discount for on-demand signage, decals and floor clings for social distancing, mask usage and other COVID related messaging.

Perfect for your events or office / property, members receive a 10% discount on all orders with the code FSAE10. Plus, Tallahassee members can select to pick up orders locally to avoid shipping fees and any delays.
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FSAE Property & Destination Updates

Discover the Palm Beaches

Discover the Palm BeachesMeetings in The Palm Beaches have it all – a safe, innovative and inspiring experience, without the hefty price tag.  In partnership with the Palm Beach County Convention Center, DTPB is offering planners the opportunity to build the perfect event according to their requirements and budget.  Choose your free promotional offer when you submit a new RFP for a qualified event. Packages include technology enhancements, meeting space rental, outdoor receptions or transportation.

Our award-winning Destination Sales and Services Team will help facilitate partnerships with our talented community of industry thought leaders and world-class service providers to add interactive experiences to surprise and delight attendees.  As the first in Florida to commit to a GBAC STARTM Accreditation program destination-wide, planners can feel confident that consistent health and safety protocols are strictly adhered to throughout The Palm Beaches.  

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2021 Grant Applications Now Open!

FSAE Foundation GrantsFSAE Foundation Grants Extend Your Budget for Professional Development!

Get the professional development skills and hours you need - with a little help from your friends at FSAE. This year we're pleased to announce over $9,980 - up to 17 grants are available! Learn More

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Announcing New Foundation Matching Partner Hancock Whitney

Hancock Whitney BankWe are excited to announce our FSAE Foundation small change matching partner for 2021: Hancock Whitney Bank!

"Small change" (and checks) collected at statewide FSAE Power Luncheons will be matched by Hancock Whiteney up to $250 to help member dontaions go twice as far in supporting the Foundation initiatives of providing member grants for professional development and underwriting education for association professionals.

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FSAE 2020 Year in Review

FSAE 2020 in ReviewWhile 2020 has definitely been a challenge, we've been able to increase our virtual/online education offering 100%, provide 80 CAE credits and host our first ever virtual conference and hybrid meeting.

THANK YOU to all our members who have ridden this roller coaster with us! We look forward to seeing you next year.

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FSAE 2021 At a Glance

For 2021 we are planning a mix of virtual and in-person / hybrid events to meet your education needs in the best possible format. Our 2021 FSAE at a Glance calendar is here to help you plan and make the most of your membership!

Our online calendar will have details as events get closer next year.

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Help Direct the Future of FSAE as a Board Officer

Move Associations ForwardHelp Direct the Future of FSAE as a Board Officer - The FSAE Nominating Committee is seeking nominations (self nominations only) for individuals with leadership and management experience to serve as Officers on the 2021-22 Board of Directors. 

Available Officer Seats: Chair-Elect (3-year commitment), Treasurer (1 year term) and Secretary (1 year term)

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FSAE Property & Destination Updates

Bradenton/Anna Maria Island/Longboat Key

Bradenton AreaWith a spacious convention center, hotels, and other meeting spaces suitable for groups of all sizes, including unique waterfront venues, the Bradenton Area does more than suit your needs. Centrally located on Florida’s West Coast and served by Tampa International Airport and the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, getting to the Bradenton Area and nearby attractions is a breeze. This beautiful destination offers serene island beaches, sprawling nature preserves, incredible Gulf-fresh seafood, luxury accommodations, and so much more. When your meeting is over, your attendees will enjoy plenty of outdoor adventures and interesting activities throughout the destination, including galleries, museums, and parks. And because health and safety are as important to us as they are to you, all hotels, attractions, restaurants, venues, and businesses are following strict CDC sanitation and safety guidelines.

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FSAE is Seeking Locations for 2021 Events

2021 FSAE Event RFPFSAE is seeking locations for our 2021 events - including our Central Florida Power Luncheons, Roundtables and Think Tank. This is a great opportunity to bring association executives to your property/location to experience it first hand, especially if you've undergone a recent renovation, are a new property or have something new to show off. Please download our 2021 Event RFP (Word Doc) to see if we're a good fit to assist you in your goals for booking association business.

As a hosting event sponsor, FSAE features your property/location in all event-related marketing and communications promotions and event attendees gain firsthand exposure to your property/location - which can result in additional business opportunities for you!

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Membership Renewals - Survey Results

Member Feedback ResultsFSAE recently conducted a survey of FSAE Executive Members regarding membership renewals. We gathered data on what accomodations, if any, organizations are offering and what they see the biggest struggle for renewals to be.

This survey provides insightful data on membership for the association industry, so we are sharing the results. Hopefully this helps you as you move forward with your renewal plans.

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2021 Call for Presentations Closes Fri Oct 2

2021 Call for Presentations Now OpenEducate Association Executives for the Next Era in Association Management

Submission Deadline: Friday, Oct 2

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In-Person Meetings - Survey Results

Meeting Plans by YearFSAE recently conducted a survey of FSAE Executive Members regarding in-person meetings. We gathered data on when organizations will hold meetings, if they are including a virtual component, what their challenges are, and what they need in order to plan successful meetings.

This survey provides insightful data on the meetings atmosphere for the association industry, so we are sharing the results. Hopefully this helps you as you move forward with your future in-person meetings.

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FSAE Leadership Award Winners Announced

FSAE presented its most prestigious leadership awards at its recent Pivot 2020: FSAE Virtual meeting. 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 an associate organization that supports the association industry and local communities. Our Supporting Associate Organization of the Year awardhonors an organization that demonstrates outstanding efforts, excellence and innovation.

FSAE 2020 Award Winners:

Marsha KinerExecutive of the Year: Marsha Kiner, MS, CAE
Interim Executive Director, Association of Florida Colleges, Tallahassee, FL

Marsha Kiner, MS, CAE has worked in association leadership for over 15 years. She currently serves as Interim Executive Director for the Association of Florida Colleges, a professional association for the employees of the Florida College System. A member of FSAE since 2007, Marsha has served on the FSAE Board of Directors, FSAE Foundation Board, and chaired numerous FSAE Committees.

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FSAE Announces 2020-21 Board of Directors

Lonny PowellFSAE announces the installation of its 2020-21 Board of Directors in conjunction with its Pivot 2020: FSAE Virtual meeting in July. The FSAE Board is comprised of some of Florida’s top leaders in association management and supporting industries.

FSAE Board Officers:

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Online Auction A Success!

The FSAE Foundation 2020 Auction was held online only on July 21 - 31. Proceeds from the Auction go directly towards funding professional development grants for FSAE members and providing funds to enhance education offered at the FSAE Annual Conference and other events. Thank you to all our Donors and Participants for making this a success!

2020 Auction HighlightsAuction Highlights:

  • TOTAL Money Raised: $26,555
  • Donations Received: 165
  • Click here to see Auction Donors and Patrons
  • Total Bids Placed: 689
  • Top Donation Solicitors: Christy Gandy, Stephanie Thomas, Kathy Masterson, Tondra Matthews, Ann Marie Vibbert
  • Top 6 Items: (Received the most bids)
    • 3 Day/ 2 Night Stay at the Hammock Beach Golf Resort and Spa
    • 3 Day/ 2 Night Stay at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa
    • $500 Home Depot Gift Card
    • $500 Target Gift Card
    • 3 Day/ 2 Night Stay at The Iconic Don CeSar, St. Pete Beach
    • 3 Day/ 2 Night stay at Guy Harvey Resort, St. Augustine
    • Weeklong Mountain Getaway to Sapphire, North Carolina
  • Top 6 Highest Yielding Items: (brought in the actual value or higher)
    • Toffee from Toffee To Go
    • 2 Tickets to Wild Florida Airboat Tour
    • Bob the Key Fob from Rethreaded
    • $100 Best Buy Gift Card
    • Time for Tea Gift Basket
    • $100 American Express Gift Card
    • We hope you win a LOTTO - Starfish Management Solutions

Thank You To All Our Auction Donors and Participants!

CAE and CMP Fall Study Groups Available

FSAE is partnering with the Michigan Society (MSAE) to offer virtual prep sessions for the Certified Association Executive (CAE) and Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) exams. 

CAE Prep Course

CAE 15 Hours - Learn more about CAE Certification

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