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>Annual Awards GSAE Presents GSAE'S ANNUAL AWARDS were presented during the Holiday Luncheon, December 9 at the Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center. On behalf of the GSAE Awards Committee, comprised of past GSAE and GSAE Foundation presidents, chairs, and previous recipients of the Sharon Hunt Emerging Leader Award, we are happy to share a few reasons why the committee chose this year's recipients. Videos featuring the award winners premiered at the ceremony and are available online at About/2015 Award Winners. The contributions of these members help drive GSAE's continued success. 2015 Clifford M. Clarke Award Recipient: Lori K. Spear, CAE, Executive Vice President, SAIS The Clifford M. Clarke Award is GSAE's highest recognition, bestowed upon a Georgia association executive who has demonstrated exemplary personal leadership and service. The award honors outstanding accomplishments and service in association management. Established in 1969, the award is named for the late Clifford M. Clarke, President Emeritus of the Arthritis Foundation. Mr. Clarke was the first Georgian to serve as Chief Elected Officer of ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership and served two terms as president of GSAE. Wrote one of the members who nominated Lori for this year's award: "I don't know of a soul 20 Winter 2016 (other than current staff) who has consistently embodied the spirit of servant leadership as it relates to GSAE more than Lori K. Spear, CAE. She has been recognized in the past with the Sharon Hunt Emerging Leader and Alan R. Johnson Awards, served on the Board of Directors and then as president of the association in 2009, served on probably every committee that ever existed, and so much more. The icing on the cake for me was the insanely selfless and phenomenal act of donating herself as de facto staff for the 2015 Annual Meeting in Charleston. While she may not know it, she is a mentor to so many in the industry, including me. She leads by example and seems to live with a philosophy of 'let's find a way.'" Lori earned her Certified Association Executive designation in 2006. She is the recipient of several association awards including the Alan R. Johnson Award, The Sharon Hunt Emerging Leader Award, Affiniscape's Most Valuable Partner Award and two design awards from ASAE. She was named one of GSAE's 90 Movers & Shakers in 2007. Lori's commitment to her local community is evident, particularly in historic preservation, including roles as a docent, event volunteer, and board member of organizations as varied as the Atlanta Preservation Center, Oakland Cemetery and Rhodes Hall. Her love of music is apparent to all who know her, and she is a frequent volunteer at Red Clay Theatre. She's also served as a mentor or panelist through several youth organizations including Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Future Business Leaders of America and Year Up Atlanta. Finally, she's also found time to serve as an event chair for the DeKalb League of Women's Voters and to participate in a 3-Day Breast Cancer Walk. Lori's many accomplishments and active community service make her a worthy recipient of GSAE's highest honor, named for one of our most influential and inspiring members, Clifford M. Clarke. 2015 Alan R. Johnson Award Recipient: Mike Pennington, CAE, Senior Account Executive, Kellen The Alan R. Johnson Award, established in 1994 and named in memory of a past chair of the GSAE Foundation, is given to an association executive in Georgia who has demonstrated the qualities of teamwork, vision and servant leadership. Mike has served the GSAE community on the GSAE Board of Directors and is currently Immediate Past Chair of the GSAE Foundation Board of Trustees. He has worked on several committees and is active with Professional Development, Web Warriors, Table Hosts and Peer Connections. He has either participated in or led a session in every GSAE Leadership Academy class since its inception. He is a well-regarded facilitator of the summer CAE Study Group sessions. Mike was the 2012 recipient of the GSAE Chair's Award for his help to develop GSAE's tiered dues structure, which has resulted in GSAE expanding our reach throughout the association community.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Connections - Winter 2016

Message from the Chair
GSAE News & Events
New Members
Georgia Poultry Federation Goes All In with Avian Flu Communications
Take AIM with Your Communications in 2016
Promoting and Leveraging Your Meeting Content
Why Every Leader Needs a Magic Wand and Glass Slippers
GSAE Presents Annual Awards
GSAE Luncheon & Tradeshow
December Holiday Luncheon
Thought Leadership Meeting Tips
Destination: Atlanta
Choices: With All Due Respect, Let Us Speak
Index of Advertisers

Connections - Winter 2016