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delivers seamless service,
flawless programs and impressive
corporate retreat facilities. A
meeting resort like Sandestin is
the perfect way to make the 2018
Annual Meeting a fun, productive
and memorable event.

PANAMA CITY
Opening in 2018 along the
Florida panhandle is the 200-room
SpringHill Suites by Marriott in
Panama City. While the property's
lazy river, splash pad and other
family-friendly amenities will
draw in vacationers, it will also
attract business travelers seeking
a little fun and sun on the job.

GULF SHORES &
ORANGE BEACH
Coming this year to Gulf Shores
is the highly anticipated Lodge
at Gulf State Park. A national
sales team is now in place and
accepting RFPs for the 350-room,

LEED Gold and SITES Platinumcertified property. The Hiltonbranded hotel and conference
center is expected to open in
fall 2018 and include meeting
space for up to 1,500. Alabama's
governor has already said the
beachfront destination will be a
"crown jewel." The property will
connect to nearby Gulf State Park,
with any number of places for
people to gather, including a beach
pavilion, butterfly garden and
amphitheater.
It will join the Hotel Indigo
Orange Beach and Gulf Shores,
a 62-room boutique property
that opened in 2017. Each Hotel
Indigo is designed to highlight
the local culture and character,
so the Orange Beach and Gulf
Shores property features
contemporary design mixed
with beach elements that help
guests feel relaxed and at ease.
The hotel also has a coffee

shop, fitness center, pool and
executive meeting space, and it's
adjacent to the new Big Wave
Dave's restaurant, which offers a
fusion of Gulf Coast seafood and
traditional American fare.
Finally in Orange Beach,
there's the Island House Hotel-a
DoubleTree by Hilton, which just
completed a multi-million-dollar
renovation in 2017. The Island
House boasts one of the largest
private beaches of any hotel
along Alabama's Gulf Coast, and
each of its 161 rooms features a
large private balcony overlooking
the emerald waters. To top that
off, the property has nearly 6,000
square feet of meeting, ballroom
and banquet space that can
accommodate meetings of nearly
any size.
Sources: Sandestin Golf & Beach
Resor t, Visit Panama C ity Beach,
Gulf State Park, Hotel Indigo
Orange Beach and Gulf Shores
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Connections - Winter 2018

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Connections - Winter 2018

GSAE News & Events
New Members
Living Legends: Jim Fowler, CAE; David Ellis, CAE; and Tara Morrison, CAE, CMP
Moving a Convention with Two Weeks’ Notice
What to Do First in an Active Security Threat
GSAE Presents Annual Awards
GSAE 100th Anniversary Gala & Holiday Luncheon
Meetings Tips & Tricks
Destination: Sandestin, Panama City, Gulf Shores & Orange Beach
Choices: Graduation Has Meaning
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Connections - Winter 2018 - Intro
Connections - Winter 2018 - cover1
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Connections - Winter 2018 - 4
Connections - Winter 2018 - 5
Connections - Winter 2018 - GSAE News & Events
Connections - Winter 2018 - 7
Connections - Winter 2018 - New Members
Connections - Winter 2018 - Living Legends: Jim Fowler, CAE; David Ellis, CAE; and Tara Morrison, CAE, CMP
Connections - Winter 2018 - 10
Connections - Winter 2018 - 11
Connections - Winter 2018 - Moving a Convention with Two Weeks’ Notice
Connections - Winter 2018 - 13
Connections - Winter 2018 - 14
Connections - Winter 2018 - 15
Connections - Winter 2018 - What to Do First in an Active Security Threat
Connections - Winter 2018 - 17
Connections - Winter 2018 - GSAE Presents Annual Awards
Connections - Winter 2018 - 19
Connections - Winter 2018 - 20
Connections - Winter 2018 - GSAE 100th Anniversary Gala & Holiday Luncheon
Connections - Winter 2018 - 22
Connections - Winter 2018 - 23
Connections - Winter 2018 - Meetings Tips & Tricks
Connections - Winter 2018 - 25
Connections - Winter 2018 - Destination: Sandestin, Panama City, Gulf Shores & Orange Beach
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Connections - Winter 2018 - Choices: Graduation Has Meaning
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Connections - Winter 2018 - Index of Advertisers
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