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Jim Moody, CAE: From One Chair to Another

"The key thing left in the
strategic plan was to look at
a new dues structure. Could
we draw more people if we
instituted a tiered structure
for associations that had
multiple staff members?"

JIM MOODY, CAE brought a unique
perspective to the GSAE board
during his time as chair in
2012-"unique" in the literal sense
of the word, one-of-a-kind, unlike
any other. Moody, once GSAE's
chief staff officer, was now its
chief elected officer. Indeed, it is
the word that Moody himself uses
to describe his tenure.
"I think my biggest challenge
was somewhat unique," he says.
"Because I had been the chief staff
officer in the past, I had to make
sure I was filling the elected role
and not stepping on Wendy's toes
[Wendy Kavanagh, CAE, president
of GSAE]."
Moody's time as chair began at
the end of one strategic planning
cycle and at the beginning of
another. The challenge wouldn't be
one of catching up, as sometimes
can be the case. Instead, the
challenge, Moody says, is that
"we were ahead of schedule in
completing the tasks from the prior
cycle, so we were a bit challenged
with strategic initiatives to start
the year. That's a testament to
the chairs before me but also to
our great staff who work so hard
to make GSAE better. We went
through a strategic planning
process in August to set the stage
for the next three years."
During the his tenure, Moody
was president of the Construction
Suppliers Association, a position
that he still holds. Prior to that, he
had been president of the Building
Owners and Managers Association
of Atlanta and for a decade prior to

that held various positions at the
American College of Rheumatology.
With a three-year plan in place
and with the acumen only someone
with his experience can possess,
Moody and the board took a look at
revising a key revenue stream for
the organization: dues.
"The key thing left in the
strategic plan was to look at a new
dues structure," he says. "Could we
draw more people if we instituted
a tiered structure for associations
that had multiple staff members?
We looked long and hard at it, and
though there was financial risk, we
adopted a new structure."
As far as how he left the
organization that he had
the unique duty of leading
twice-each time from different
perspectives, Moody says,
"When I left GSAE as the chief
staff executive, I thought it was
in pretty good shape. We had
learned to live within our means
financially, we had grown the
annual meeting after a period
of being down a bit, and we
refined the mission and scope of
the GSAE Foundation to support
GSAE better."
For him, his time with GSAE
wasn't just vocational; it was a
labor of love. "The last thing I
wanted to see was the association I
loved so much hitting a road block
after my departure," he says, adding
that he has always had and still has
full confidence in the GSAE staff.
"When you have total confidence
in the staff, it makes being chair a
pretty easy job," he says.

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

GSAE News & Events
New Members
Living Legends: Aubie Knight, CIC, AAI, CRM; Susan Cheshire, CAE; and Jim Moody, CAE
Giving Together to Help the Hungry
GSAE Doing Good Works & Helping Their Communities
8 Steps to Successful Mobile Activation
GSAE Internship
GSAE Fall Events Round-Up
Meetings Thought Leadership
Destination: South Carolina
Choices: Herbal Tea on the Job
Index of Advertisers
Advertiser.com
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Connections - Fall 2017 - GSAE News & Events
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Connections - Fall 2017 - New Members
Connections - Fall 2017 - Living Legends: Aubie Knight, CIC, AAI, CRM; Susan Cheshire, CAE; and Jim Moody, CAE
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Connections - Fall 2017 - Giving Together to Help the Hungry
Connections - Fall 2017 - 17
Connections - Fall 2017 - GSAE Doing Good Works & Helping Their Communities
Connections - Fall 2017 - 19
Connections - Fall 2017 - 8 Steps to Successful Mobile Activation
Connections - Fall 2017 - 21
Connections - Fall 2017 - GSAE Internship
Connections - Fall 2017 - 23
Connections - Fall 2017 - GSAE Fall Events Round-Up
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Connections - Fall 2017 - Meetings Thought Leadership
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Connections - Fall 2017 - Destination: South Carolina
Connections - Fall 2017 - Choices: Herbal Tea on the Job
Connections - Fall 2017 - Advertiser.com
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