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We are pleased to announce our 2017-18 Board of Directors and Foundation Trustees: FSAE Board of Directors Officers Chair: Vicki Long, CAE; EVP, FL Assn of the Am Institute of Architects Chair Elect: Rachel Luoma, CAE; Chief Staff Executive/Vice-President, Partners in Assn Management, Inc. Treasurer: Jim Ayotte, CAE; Executive Director, FL Manufactured Housing Assn Secretary: Adrienne Bryant, CAE; Account Executive, IntrinXec Management, Inc. Immediate Past Chair: Al Pasini, CAE; Chief Operating Officer, LeadingAge Florida Directors At Large Keyna Cory; Executive Director, FL Recycling Partnership Fran Gilbert, CAE; Executive Director, ...
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The FSAE Foundation is pleased to announce our 2017 Professional Development Grant recipients. This year, the Foundation has awarded 22 grants totaling $13,000. These grants are possible because of our corporate partner donors, Hyatt Hotels in Florida, Marriott International Hotels & Resorts of Florida, Naylor Association Solutions, Salamander Hotels & Resorts ; auction donors & patrons; and member donations to the FSAE Foundation. Thank you! Hyatt Hotels in Florida Grant: Jason Carroll, CMP, Executive Director, Friends of the Riverwalk Carolyn D. Hinson, CGMP, Assistant to the Board, Leon County Schools, School Board Administration Eileen Johnson, ...
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In February, Jason Carroll, CMP returned to Tampa to lead the not-for-profit Friends of the Riverwalk organization as its first dedicated Executive Director. And he returned to FSAE! Prior to this position, Jason served as a Regional Account Executive with Visit Tampa Bay, where he traveled extensively to promote the area as a tourism destination. However, Jason's tenure at FSAE was with The Florida Aquarium, where he rose in the ranks from an Events Coordinator to Sales Manager to Director of Sales and Events. Friends of the Riverwalk's mission is to enhance the quality of life and build a stronger sense of community in Tampa by preserving the waterfront ...
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After 32 fantastic years, Janet Gay is taking her grand journey into retirement and moving on to new adventures.  Starting JHG Marketing as the first hotel site selection company in Florida, Janet is very proud of her accomplishments and attributes much of her success to hotel partners and amazing clients. JHG Marketing will continue running full steam ahead with Marianne Short and Beth Dye taking the helm.  Marianne will soon be working from a new office location in North Tallahassee and Beth will continue working from her Clearwater office.  Congratulations Janet
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Elizabeth Oberman recently joined the FL Manufactured Housing Assn as Director of Marketing & Communications. Elizabeth is responsible for overseeing and managing the association’s websites, social media accounts, developing membership and industry promotional materials, producing the electronic newsletter and preparing press releases and letters to the editor. Congratulations Elizab
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Sue Fern with Fern Management Services announced new clients and staff for the Palm Harbor-based association management company.  Recently they took over management of the International Women’s Brass Conference (association) and the Women in Trucking Foundation.  Both organizations are looking to grow and develop with the support of the FMS team.  Fern Management added to their team of Association Managers with the addition of Sandi Lundin who will work with Sue Fern on the development of the two new clients.    Congratulations Su
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Mitch Rickey , Senior Account Executive for Marriott International announced his retirement effective May 2017. Mitch has provided more than 40 years of loyal hard work and service to Marriott during which his co-workers, customers, leaders and other hoteliers have recognized him for his unbridled dedication and his passion for excellence. Congratulations Mitch! Elaine Eccleston ,  Mitch Rickey , Chip Minick and Christian Passath on a recent visit to the FSAE Offi
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Association Management Systems (AMS) Abila and Aptify have joined forces with YourMembership to form a powerful and unified family of technology-leading brands to better serve associations, nonprofits and government entities. Together, they will operate under the name of Community Brands , building a connected eco-system of software and services. The unification creates one of the world’s largest technology and services groups dedicated to helping member- and donor-centric organizations. Learn more at www.communitybrands.co
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This spring, XSITE announced its new division XSITE Tradeshow Solutions (XTS) which helps you bring pre-qualified appointments to traditional tradeshows. The same format XSITE uses for the meetings and events industry can be applied to any organization and any industry and can operate in addition to, or as a replacement for existing shows. XTS can transform your tradeshow into a successful and profitable event with its unique format of face-to-face connections between pre-qualified buyers and sellers. Learn more - www.xsiteshow.com/xt
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Aegis Business Technologies announced recently that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Aegis to its 2017 Tech Elite 250 list. This annual list honors an exclusive group of North American IT solution providers that have earned the highest number of advanced technical certifications from leading technology vendors, scaled to their company size. Congratulations Aegi
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John F. Jack Harkness, Jr., Executive Director of the Florida Bar for the past 37 years, recently announced his plans to retire at the end of this year. The Bar's board has launched a search committee to recruit qualified candidates for the position
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Jan Dobson, CAE, APR, IOM has a new position as Sr. Director of the Florida Institute of CPAs Educational Foundation. The Foundation provides scholarships to Florida accounting students in their fourth and fifth-years of education. Jan also serves as a Trustee on the FSAE Foundation Board. Congratulations Ja
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Alina Cooper, Director of Business Development, recently reported that Comira was acquired by PSI Services LLC. The acquisition presents certification and licensure clients with a broader test center network around the globe, additional products and services, and a larger team. Ms. Cooper will continue to serve credentialing programs in the professional certification arena, offering the highest level of service to partners, clients, and candidates worldwid
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The Florida Retail Federation (FRF), the states premier trade association celebrating its 80 th year in supporting Floridas retail industry, announces the hire of a new President/CEO to lead the organization. Scott Shalley was chosen to lead FRF, as well as its sister organization the Georgia Retail Association, after a nationwide search. Shalley replaces current President/CEO Randy Miller who is retiring but will continue to consult with FRF on issues as needed. Shalley will serve as only the 6 th person to serve as both President and Chief Executive Officer in the 80 year history of FRF. I am honored and excited to lead the Florida Retail Federation ...
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The Board of Directors of the Independent Funeral Directors of Florida (IFDF) is pleased to announce that Karen Howe has been named the new Executive Director, effective January 2017. For over 30 years Karen has had progressively responsible experience in legal, accounting, financial and non-profit organizations. Most recently, she served as Executive Director for the Florida Association for Women Lawyers and in 2015 earned the Qualified Association Specialist (QAS) designation from FSAE. Congratulations Kare
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The Florida Dental Association (FDA) is proud to announce that Larry Darnell, Director of Information Systems, recently received his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of North Alabama at its 2016 Fall commencement ceremony. Mr. Darnell completed his MBA degree online in two years while working full-time at the FDA. He graduated with a 4.0 GPA and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Mr. Darnell has been with the FDA since 1995. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Albany State University (then Albany State College). The Florida Dental Association is proud of Larrys accomplishment and ongoing commitment to strengthening ...
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Partners in Association Management is bringing a new association headquarters to Tallahassee, FL. The new client, National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) will be managed by Danielle Jessup, CMP who has been with Partners for nearly five years. In that time she has earned her Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation and has served as an Executive Director for a number of years. Congratulations Danielle and Partner
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NaSheba Prentis, Association and Government Sales Manager at Renaissance Orlando Airport Hotel,was recently awarded the President's Circle Award for JHM Hotels. The President Circle Award is presented to any Sales Manager that exceeded their goal by at least 35%. Along with the award, recipients also receive an all-expenses paid vacation for two. NaSheba is also part of the JHM Hotel's Sales Team of the Year! The hotel competes against all other full-service hotels in JHM Hotels portfolio. Congratulations NaSheb
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The Plantation on Crystal River in Florida has announced Kingwood International Resorts as their new owner. Plantation on Crystal River was recently purchased by the Atlanta-based Kingwood International Resorts. The company also owns and operates the Kingwood Country Club & Golf Resort in Clayton, Georgia. Also in Kingwoods portfolio is the Achasta Golf Resort community located in Dahlonega, Georgia, home to the award-winning Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, both in North Georgia. The purchase of the resort, formally owned by Scout Hotels and Resorts, was finalized in January 2017.
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Infusion to Further Expand Suite of Cloud-Based Software and Services for Small-Staff Associations MemberClicks, the leading provider of membership management software for small-staff associations, recently announced an investment in the company by growth equity firms Five Elms Capital and Level Equity. The investment will allow MemberClicks to further enhance its product offering and to expand its sales and marketing efforts, according to MemberClicks CEO Mark Sedgley. We are beyond excited to partner with Five Elms and Level Equity. Sedgley added. Their growth investment will act as a catalyst for our mission to empower organizations to thrive through ...
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