Association Connection - Summer 2016 - (Page 5)

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT Association Connection is the official publication of the Tennessee Society of Association Executives PO Box 150344 Nashville, Tennessee 37215 (615) 298-5944 (615) 369-8098 (fax) Email: Editor Jenny Matthews, TNSAE Executive Director TNSAE Officers President Tiffany Stevens, Executive Director Tennessee Chiropractic Association President-Elect Roland Myers, President & CEO Tennessee Retail Association Treasurer Mark Farrar, Executive Director Promotional Products Association of the Mid-South Secretary Micah Cost, PharmD, Director of Professional Affairs Tennessee Pharmacists Association Immediate Past President Lynette DiMeola, Executive Director Tennessee Gas Association TNSAE Board of Directors Kasey Anderson, CAE, Executive Director Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers Sheryl Baker, Director of Group Sales The Peabody Betty Brock, Membership & Meetings Director Tennessee Fuel & Convenience Store Association Lisa Bowler, President Association Partners, Inc. Pearl Dorsey, Sales Director Visit Knoxville Kara Fitzgerald, CAE, Chief Financial Officer Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants Suzie Lusk, Associate VP of Event Management Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry Art Smith, CAE, Executive Director Middle Tennessee Society for Human Resource Management Published by 5950 Northwest 1st Place Gainesville, Florida 32607 (352) 332-1252 (800) 369-6220 (352) 331-3525 (fax) Publisher John Bacon Editor Sarah Sain Project Manager Brittany Thompson Publication Director Debbi McClanahan Advertising Sales Janet Frank, Rick McPhee, Rita Parrott, Tiffany Rapp, Christine Ricci, Jamie Williams, Matthew Yates Marketing Karim Hussain Layout & Design Mahender Veer JUNE 2016/SAE-T0216/3052 ASSOCIATION CONNECTION Defining Our Future One Step at a Time When the world around you gets overwhelming (and let's be clear, for most of us when isn't life a little overwhelming?), I am reminded of the following quote: "Always remember that the future comes one day at a time." At TNSAE, we understand that growth and our successes are never a result of a single change or strategy, but rather the result of numerous small steps and adjustments along the way. The association profession today differs from each generation before. That is as it should be. But who has the opportunity to drive this change and ensure we are on the correct course? You do. As TNSAE members, you are driving this change on Capitol Hill, in community settings, through publications, at professional meetings, and through your involvement and participation with the TNSAE. A big thank you to facilitator Bob Harris, CAE, TNSAE Executive Director Jenny Matthews, and the TNSAE Board of Directors, who met this spring to formulate a three-year strategic plan and lay the groundwork for the future of TNSAE. The group represented the industry well and brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to the discussions. This plan is a culmination of ideas brought forth to ensure the association profession in Tennessee is positioned appropriately to foster strength to members. Each and every activity, program, educational seminar and service that TNSAE participates in will be measured against our new plan with our primary focus on the ever changing needs of our members. It is the foundation of who we are and what we are to be doing. It is the map that will direct us in successfully carrying out our mission. In order for us to know your needs and for this plan to be fully effective, we need your feedback! You can expect to see an increase in surveys and notifications as we move forward in this initiative. One step at a time, we will work with you to define the best ways that TNSAE can benefit you and your organizations. As we hit the mid-year mark, I am excited to update you on some of the things TNSAE is doing currently to benefit our members and help build a bright future. Already this year, we have had increased participation and positive reviews from Industry Education Day, and plans are under way for this year's Association Professional University (APU), Annual Awards Luncheon and the Annual Trade Show. I hope you will make plans to attend all of these events-I know you will not be disappointed. The education committee works hard to deliver quality educational and networking experiences for regular and associate members. Strong attendance at events provides a large network of colleagues readily sharing the knowledge they've gained from their experiences in association management. Also, a larger attendance provides additional value to associate members who want to connect with the leaders in associations in Tennessee. As we looked back to move forward, we acknowledge that none of these accomplishments would have been possible without the commitment of our previous leadership and the ongoing involvement and support of our members. We have done much together and we still have much to do. We are looking ahead and working toward a strong future for TNSAE. You drive our initiatives to lead the association community to new heights... one step at a time. Tiffany Stevens 2016 TNSAE President Executive Director, Tennessee Chiropractic Association 5

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Association Connection - Summer 2016

A Message from the President
Quick Tips
The New Association Meeting
Safe & Sound: Meeting Security in Today’s World
Powerful Panels That Engage Your Audience
Successful Retreat Secrets
TNSAE’s Industry Education Day
Thought Leadership
Destination Planner: Asheville, N.C.
New Members
TNSAE Calendar
Index of Advertisers/

Association Connection - Summer 2016