FSAE Board Officer Nominations Now Open

Move Associations ForwardHelp Direct the Future of FSAE as a Board Officer

Now is your chance to join the leadership to move the association industry forward!

The FSAE Nominating Committee is seeking nominations (Self-Nominations only) for individuals with leadership and management experience to serve as Officers on the 2022-23 Board of Directors including Chair-Elect (3-year commitment), Treasurer (1-year term) and Secretary (1-year term).

To apply, please review the criteria online and complete your nomination application by January 28. 

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CAE Virtual Prep Courses Available for Spring Exam

CAE Virtual Prep Course with Michigan SAE

 Approximately 15.0 hours of continuing education can be earned in the Full Course, prior to the CAE application deadline. Approximately 41.0 hours can be used towards your CAE renewal.

Preparing for the CAE exam is crucial for your success. FSAE is partnering with the Michigan Society (MSAE) to offer multiple options for virtual prep courses and materials at the member rate. (Make sure to indicate you're an FSAE member to get the discount!)

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New on LMS and Marketplace

We are excited to launch the following new features on

Digital Learning Platform       FSAE Marketplace

FSAE Digital Learning Platform 

Digital Learning PlatformFSAEs new learning management system (LMS), the FSAE Digital Learning Platform features recorded Roundtables and Power Luncheons over the past year and a half. Important topics like contract negotiations, digital badges & microcredentials, bias and inclusion are all at your fingertips for on-demand education and credit. Plus, these recorded meetings are FREE for members though March 31, 2022! Our Qualified Association Specialist program is also available on the LMS. Check it out!

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FSAE Holiday Drive

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Holiday Drive to support Capital City Youth Services. CCYS provides services that promote the healthy development of youth and families in the Big Bend area.

We are pleased to report that we donated over 125 items to CCYS for the children who need their services. Some of the items collected from our December Power Luncheon are included below. Thank you all for your generosity!

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COVID Vaccine Requirement Update

New Florida Law Limits Employer’s Ability to Require Vaccinations

By Attorney Mitchell Herring, Sniffen & Spellman, PA
December 6, 2021

The following is an update to the COVID Vaccine Mandate Stand-Off Article (Login Required)
Published November/December Source Magazine

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FSAE Salary Reports Free through Dec 31

Budget-Season is Here. Get the Facts on Salaries and Benefits for FL Associations

Salary Reports FREE Thru Dec 31 - Act Now!

Gain access to the only 24/7/365 online compensation benchmarking tool designed exclusively for executives of professional, trade and service-centric associations, nonprofits and association management companies.

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FSAE Holiday Drive

Holiday Drive child's toy

During our November & December in-person events, FSAE is collecting donations for the children at Capital City Youth Services. CCYS provides services that promote the healthy development of youth and families in the Big Bend area and works with homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth. Services include temporary housing, counseling, outreach programs and safe places. Items most needed throughout the year include hygiene and survival items, clothing and home goods/linens.

These are the suggested items that would be of the most value for the youth in CCYS’s programs:

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2021 Think Tank White Paper Released

2021 Think Tank White Paper
Culture of Engagement: How to Build Engaged, Passionate Members

2021 Think Tank White Paper

In May 2021, eighteen FSAE members gathered at the Opal Grand Beach Resort & Spa in Delray Beach for the first in-person meeting most members had attended in over a year. The two-day event's focus was a deep-dive in member engagement led by facilitator Joshua Evans. Think Tank is an interactive meeting of a small group of association professionals that contemplate a single topic regarding the association management profession. Findings from the event are shared with the community in a White Paper. We are pleased to share the 2021 White Paper with you.

Thanks to our Host Sponsor
Opal Grand Resort

FSAE 2021 Award Winners Announced

FSAE presented its most prestigious leadership awards at its recent Annual Conference held at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek. 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 Association of the Year and Supporting Associate Organization of the Year awards honor organizations that demonstrates outstanding efforts, excellence and innovation.

The award winners for 2021 are:

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New Member Benefit - Identity Guard

Identity Guard: Cyber & Digital Security


FSAE is partnering with Hunt Insurance Group to offer members Identity Guard Digital Halo - a cyber and digital security protection plan + peace of mind at a significant discount! 

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Association Leaders Receive Grants for Professional Development and Continuing Education

The Florida Society of Association Executives Foundation has granted over $9,980 this year to 17 professionals across Florida.  The members that received these grants will use the 2021 funds for professional development and educational opportunities that help advance their careers in the non-profit and association management industry.

MemberClicks GrantMemberClicks is proud to be a long-standing supporter of FSAE and the FSAE Grant Program. Association professionals do so much to advance their respective industries. They all deserve to advance professionally, and it’s a privilege to assist in the funding of that,” said Mark Sedgley, President and CEO of MemberClicks, a Personify Company.
Pictured: Meg Tereniak, Strategic Account Manager, MemberClicks, a Personify Company

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Diversity, Inclusion & Bias: Interview with FSAE Leaders

FSAE Chair Lonny Powell and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee Chair Marsha Kiner, CAE were featured in  Dr. James Pogue's latest Diversity, Inclusion & Bias (DIBs) series podcast. Hear their thoughts on diversity issues in regards to FSAE, their organizations and their personal experiences in this video interview:


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2021 FSAE Board Elections Results

Thank you for participating in our 2021 FSAE Board Elections. We are pleased to announce our 2021-22 Board of Directors:


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2021 Grant Winners Announced

FSAE FoundationThe FSAE Foundation is proud to announce its 2021 Grant Recipients. Thanks to our generous corporate partners and member contributions, we’ve awarded 17 grants totaling $9,980 for professional development funding. Thank you to all our contributors that make this possible!

MemberClicks Small Staff Association Grant

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Property and Destination Update

Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach 

Wyndham Grand Clearwater BeachWyndham Grand Clearwater Beach offers over 22,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, including our 10,632 square foot Dunes Ballroom with pre-function space, designed to host over 700 people and the area’s largest. With a total of 8 meeting rooms, divisible into 12 break-out rooms, we have the ideal space for any size meeting.  

Located less than 30 minutes from two international airports, Clearwater Beach is a top destination on Florida’s stunning Gulf Coast. Our Pallavi Spa is the ideal place to rejuvenate after a day of meetings. And where else better to watch the sunset, overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, than at our signature restaurant, Ocean Hai, designed to tempt your palate with exceptional dishes that express the local flavor.

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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.
Click here to view decals

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