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living legend

Tim O'Donnell, CIC:

A Leadership Sum Greater than the Whole of Its Parts

O'Donnell was able to
translate his success at PIAG
to GSAE, where, together with
Moody, he helped raise the
high standards of GSAE even
higher, to ensure its relevancy
into the new millennium.

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LEADING AN ASSOCIATION is
not like leading any other
organization on earth. As many
have found out-often the hard
way-association management is
a distinct discipline of its own,
and the challenges an association
executive or elected leader face
are unique to associations. Many
say that if you want to measure
the health of an organization,
you need to look no further than
to the relationship between the
chief staff officer and the chief
elected officer: the former is
responsible for implementation,
and the latter-with the rest
of the board of directors-for
strategy and vision. So, simply
put, if your chief staff executive
and your chief volunteer officer
don't work well together,
your organization could be in
trouble. But when they do work
well together-or even better,
when they work phenomenally
well together-it sets the tone
for operational and strategic
excellence and helps ensure the
organization's longevity.
Tim O'Donnell, CIC, who
was president of GSAE during
the critical years of 2001 and
2002, said that the success the
organization enjoyed during
his tenure owes an awful lot to
the great working relationship
he and then-executive director,
Jim Moody, CAE, cultivated.
"Jim was a tremendous
resource," O'Donnell said, noting
that both he and Moody obtained
the Certified Association Executive
(CAE) designation from the
American Society of Association
Executives (now ASAE: The Center
for Association Leadership). Both

O'Donnell and Moody intimately
understood the specific challenges
that associations face, helping
them develop an agile GSAE, ready
to meet new challenges.
As GSAE president, O'Donnell
brought a wealth of knowledge
gained from working for the
Printing & Imaging Association
of Georgia, where he was vice
president of insurance. "This was
the only position I ever held while
in the association management
field," O'Donnell said. "I spent
most of my time administering the
organization's self-funded group
health plan and insurance agency."
O'Donnell, who left PIAG in
2004 to work in the insurance
industry itself, learned a lot
about how to successfully run
an association during his tenure
there. To successfully manage
one of the organization's key
programs, O'Donnell had to learn
everything there was to know
about how PIAG worked and,
more generally, how associations
themselves worked. O'Donnell
was able to translate his success
at PIAG to GSAE, where, together
with Moody, he helped raise the
high standards of GSAE even
higher, to ensure its relevancy
into the new millennium. During
his tenure, GSAE also saw its
first out-of-state meeting, held in
Biloxi, Mississippi.
When asked what he cherished
most about his time as GSAE
president, O'Donnell said, without
hesitation, the interactions he had
with staff and members. "They
worked very hard and always
found the answers for any issue we
encountered," he said. "The year
flew by."



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Connections - Spring 2017

GSAE News & Events
New Members
Living Legends: Tim O’Donnell, CIC, Bill Anderson, CAE, LEED AP, and Robin B. Gray Jr., JD
Georgia Partnership for Educational Excellence: A Culture of Continuous Improvement
Questioning the Orthodox Beliefs of Association Governing
The Future of Education and Employment
Building Organizational Resilience
My Internship with the Southern Economic Development Council
GSAE February and April Luncheons
Meetings Thought Leadership
Advertiser.com
Index of Advertisers
Connections - Spring 2017 - intro
Connections - Spring 2017 - bellyband1
Connections - Spring 2017 - bellyband2
Connections - Spring 2017 - cover1
Connections - Spring 2017 - cover2
Connections - Spring 2017 - 3
Connections - Spring 2017 - 4
Connections - Spring 2017 - 5
Connections - Spring 2017 - GSAE News & Events
Connections - Spring 2017 - 7
Connections - Spring 2017 - 8
Connections - Spring 2017 - New Members
Connections - Spring 2017 - Living Legends: Tim O’Donnell, CIC, Bill Anderson, CAE, LEED AP, and Robin B. Gray Jr., JD
Connections - Spring 2017 - 11
Connections - Spring 2017 - 12
Connections - Spring 2017 - 13
Connections - Spring 2017 - Georgia Partnership for Educational Excellence: A Culture of Continuous Improvement
Connections - Spring 2017 - 15
Connections - Spring 2017 - 16
Connections - Spring 2017 - 17
Connections - Spring 2017 - Questioning the Orthodox Beliefs of Association Governing
Connections - Spring 2017 - 19
Connections - Spring 2017 - The Future of Education and Employment
Connections - Spring 2017 - 21
Connections - Spring 2017 - Building Organizational Resilience
Connections - Spring 2017 - 23
Connections - Spring 2017 - My Internship with the Southern Economic Development Council
Connections - Spring 2017 - GSAE February and April Luncheons
Connections - Spring 2017 - 26
Connections - Spring 2017 - Meetings Thought Leadership
Connections - Spring 2017 - 28
Connections - Spring 2017 - 29
Connections - Spring 2017 - Index of Advertisers
Connections - Spring 2017 - cover3
Connections - Spring 2017 - cover4
Connections - Spring 2017 - outsert1
Connections - Spring 2017 - outsert2
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