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A Big Change but a Smooth Transition
for Bill Anderson, CAE, LEED AP

"I enjoyed and really admired
the professionalism, strong
ethics, and integrity that the
GSAE board and members
exhibited. It was truly
amazing to see this firsthand
as GSAE president."

BILL ANDERSON, CAE, LEED AP,
president of GSAE from 2007
to 2008, brought significant
experience in association
management to the growing society.
Anderson, president of
Associated Builders and
Contractors of Georgia,
had also held positions as
an associate director of a
health care association and a
communication associate at
an association management
company, before becoming GSAE's
elected leader. Over the course
of his career, he had already
seen, and successfully met,
challenging situations and
navigated significant changes in
associations.
This experience served him
well during his tenure as
GSAE president, as he would
be instrumental in overseeing
a significant change for that
organization as well.
"During my term, we decided
to change GSAE's fiscal year to
a calendar year," Anderson said.
Since one of the organization's
greatest income producers-the
annual meeting-was at the very
end of the fiscal year, Anderson
explains that the change from a
fiscal year to a calendar year would
help with GSAE's annual budgeting
and financial process, creating a
more predictable flow of revenue
and expense.
"We planned well but never
realized how much behind-the
scenes-work was involved,"
Anderson said. He added that
communication and close,
coordinated work between
the GSAE staff and board of
directors ensured that the shift
went seamlessly, thanks in part
to both Anderson and another

volunteer leader, Beverly Black,
CAE, going the extra mile.
"The change in fiscal year
required Beverly, who was GSAE
president immediately prior to
me, and I to work very closely
on GSAE's strategic goals and
planning," said Anderson. "Beverly
and I also agreed to serve another
six months longer in our terms to
help the transition period to the
new fiscal year."
Anderson said that his main
goal while serving as GSAE
president was to ensure that it
remained one of the strongest SAEs
in the nation, a quality that he
says always attracted him to the
organization. "My most important
goal was continuing the strong
momentum that GSAE had
established the years prior to my
term as president. GSAE was a
high-performing association when
I became president, so I wanted to
ensure it was still at this level or
even higher at the end of my term."
Said Anderson: "I enjoyed and
really admired the professionalism,
strong ethics, and integrity that
the GSAE board and members
exhibited. It was truly amazing
to see this firsthand as GSAE
president. I also enjoyed hearing
all the members talk about the
great things GSAE had done
and was doing for them, their
associations and their companies
for so many years."
The proof of GSAE's greatness
and durability can be seen in how
much GSAE members believe in the
organization and make it what it is.
"The amount of time the members
volunteer to help out GSAE is
proof how much they believe in
it," Anderson said. "It made me
really proud and honored to be
GSAE president."
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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
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