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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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A Message from the FSAE Board of Directors

A Message from the FSAE Board of Directors:

The recent death of George Floyd has sparked a renewed and intense call for social justice. It is our hope that this movement is loud and strong enough to compel government and institutional leaders to make substantive changes to policies and practices. Changes that will ensure all individuals are treated with dignity and respect, especially those in black communities who have suffered fundamental inequalities for far too long. Although a good starting point, systemic change begins with us, in our own hearts. It is nurtured in our families and cultivated in our organizations, our communities, and our country.

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2020 FSAE Board Election Results

Thank you for participating in our 2020 FSAE Board Elections. We are pleased to announce our 2020-21 Board of Directors:


Lonny Powell

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FSAE Conference Update - June 1

With so much uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and Florida’s reopening, the FSAE Board of Directors has voted to move the Annual Conference to a fully virtual event.

This was a difficult decision for everyone, with the health and safety of our attendees, FSAE staff and hotel employees paramount in the Board’s decision.

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2020 Grant Winners Announced

FSAE FoundationThe FSAE Foundation is proud to announce its 2020 Grant Recipients. Thanks to our generous corporate partners and member contributions, we’ve awarded 32 grants totaling $18,930 for professional development funding. Thank you to all our contributors that make this possible!

Hilton Diversity & Inclusion Grant

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Call to Action: Include Associations in PPP Relief

Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ben Cardin (D-MD) and others are leading an effort to make changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to allow for more flexibility for use of the funds. Next week the House is also expected to vote on the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act, a bill introduced by Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) and Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) to make changes to loan forgiveness in the current PPP. As of now, both of those efforts do not include associations. Help us send the message to Congress: don’t leave associations behind in any modifications of the PPP.

We need your help to weigh in with Congress to include 501(c)(6) nonprofit associations. ASAE and other association advocates have reached out to ask for associations to be included, but we know Congress needs to hear from more voices. We are asking association professionals to reach out to any contacts in the House or Senate your organization may have, or call your representatives, and ask for associations to be included in the Paycheck Protection Program. View sample text for the House and Senate to share via email with your contacts or over the phone. (Word doc)

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