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The Florida Justice Association (FJA) recently announced the selection of Paul Jess as the organization’s executive director. Jess is a veteran attorney and association executive.  With FJA for nearly three decades, Paul has served as  general counsel, deputy executive director, and most recently, interim executive director. During his career with the FJA, Jess continued to serve in the U.S. Naval Reserve as an intelligence officer, eventually serving three tours as Commanding Officer of various commands before retiring at the rank of Captain. Congratulations Pau
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Governor Rick Scott recently recognized  Target Print & Mail with the Governor's Business Ambassador Award.The Governor's Business Ambassador Award is given to individuals and businesses in recognition of their efforts to create jobs and opportunities for Florida families. 35 years ago, founder Mayda Williams opened the doors of Target Print & Mail in Tallahassee. Daughter Tracey and her husband, Chamber board member, Jeremy Cohen now own and operate the local family business. Congratulations Tracey and Jeremy!
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The outgoing president of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) Capital Chapter has been named Chapter President of the Year by the association. Jay Morgan-Schleuning served as president of the Capital Chapter for the 2016 – 2017 fiscal year. The award was announced at FPRA’s Annual Conference in Orlando. Over the last year, Morgan-Schleuning led the chapter through an extensive refocusing that resulted in a three-year strategic plan, development plan and member engagement measurement system. The chapter also developed an aggressive social media marketing plan for membership meetings, which inspired 60 non-members to attend events. Chapter membership ...
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Higher Logic, an industry leader in cloud-based community platforms, has acquired Informz, Inc. and Real Magnet, Inc., two leading marketing automation software companies. This acquisition accelerates Higher Logic’s plans to use broader customer and member interactions as the cornerstone of a lifecycle engagement platform. Integrating the strength of these two marketing automation solutions with Higher Logic’s leading engagement and community platform will result in more effective, targeted marketing and better customer interactions. From the initial web visit to renewal and ongoing engagement, the Higher Logic platform will track and manage interactions along ...
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Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach announced the appointment of Kevin Hines as general manager of the new 200-room, beachfront property. The hotel's executive team has been appointed, and Kathy Masterson has been named Director of Sales for the new property. Opening in late 2017, the highly anticipated Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach will take center stage as the destination’s newest beachfront hotel and the fourth Hard Rock Hotel in Florida. The new music-inspired oceanfront property will introduce exclusive offerings, innovative programming and guest amenities never before available in the Daytona Beach market. Congratulations Kath
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Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Florida) Executive Director Vicki Long, Hon. AIA, CAE was awarded the 2017 Leadership Award by the Council of Architectural Component Executives (CACE) at its August annual meeting in Portland, Oregon. Vicki was presented with the 2017 Component Leadership Award in recognition of her outstanding leadership in state legislative and regulatory affairs, and for mentoring new talent in the arena over many years.   Congratulations Vicki
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The Florida Dental Association recently announced that Kerry Gomez-Rios  was honored with the Daniel J. Buker Special Recognition Award at the 2017 FL Dental Convention in Orlando. Gomez-Rios is the FDAs director of member relations, overseeing the association's membership and recruitment efforts for the last 3 years. Congratulations Kerr
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Association TRENDS, a division of CBIS, recently acquired the leading association management software event, AMS Fest from event founder Teri Carden of ReviewMyAMS.   The addition of AMS Fest continues Association TRENDS’ ongoing expansion of training offerings for the association community. The conference will join the current lineup of education programs for association professionals spanning webinars, eLearning, and in-person conferences including Learnapalooza, Membership 2020 and the Nonprofit Finance Summit. “Two years ago, AMS Fest started out as just a crazy idea. To this day, AMS Fest tackles the topics that everyone else thinks are too hot ...
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Attorney Hetal Desai McGuire of Sniffen & Spellman, P.A. on her recent appointment as an Administrative Law Judge fir the State of Florida's Division of Administrative Hearings. Becoming a judge has been a dream of Hetal's for many years and the State will be well served by her appointment. Congratulations Heta
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MemberClicks, the leading provider of membership management software for small-staff associations, is pleased to be recognized as the 2nd Best Place to Work in Atlanta by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. This is the third year in a row the company has been recognized as a Best Place to Work by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. In 2015 and 2016, MemberClicks was recognized as a Best Place to Work in the Small Business category (10 - 49 employees). This year, with more than 75 employees, MemberClicks was recognized as a Best Place to Work in the Medium Business category (50 - 99 employees). “We’re continuing to grow, but the fact that our culture has remained ...
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Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, the largest full-service beachfront resort hotel on Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast, and Northwest Florida’s longest standing AAA Four-Diamond Restaurant, Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood, are the proud recipients of the 2017 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor.  Now in its seventh year, the Certificate of Excellence Award by TripAdvisor recognizes outstanding hospitality businesses that have maintained a consistent overall rating of four out of five or higher on TripAdvisor.com. The award also takes into consideration a business’s tenure on the site, Popularity Index ranking and overall volume of reviews within ...
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Stanley L. Stone, FSAE Past President in 1964, recently passed away this July. Stone was involved in FSAE for over 30 years and received the Executive of the Year Award in 1992. He was 84 and lived in Tamp
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Michael Joseph Garcia passed away on Thursday, 23 June 2017 following a 10-month battle with brain cancer. Michael was surrounded by his family and loved ones throughout his final days. Mike has been a member of FSAE since 200
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Congratulations to FSAEs newest Certified Association Executives (CAEs)! Alina Cooper, CAE, Business Development Director PSI Examination Services Glendale, CA Mary Kate Cunningham, CAE, Director, Public Policy ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership Washington, DC Larry Darnell, CAE, Director of Information Systems, Florida Dental Association, Tallahassee, FL Robert (Bob) McFalls, CAE, President & CEO, Florida Philanthropic Network, Tampa, FL Stephanie M. Thomas, CAE, Director of CPE Operations, FICPA Educational Foundation, Tallahassee, FL
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Congratulations to FSAEs newest Certified Meeting Planners (CMPs)! Sarah Duff, CMP,  Florida Health Care Association Stephanie Humphrey, CMP, Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association Christina Michael, CMP Florida Health Care Association Kathy Bradley Sheldrake, CMP, Florida Society of Association Executives
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In March 2017, The Florida Head Start Association (FHSA) Board of Directors announced that Wanda Minick has been named as Executive Director. “Mrs. Minick is sure to provide FHSA remarkable guidance and success," said FHSA President Louis Finney, Jr. "FHSA needs a leader with a vision to move the association forward. The board has great confidence Wanda will develop meaningful relationships with FHSA members and our partners with the highest integrity. She is a leader who will ensure our mission to serve and advocate for Florida Head Start children and families will continue to prosper." Wanda’s resume includes over 20 years’ experience in sales and marketing. ...
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Partners in Association Management was recently named one of Florida’s Best Companies To Work For by Florida Trend Magazine.  Partners in Association Management ranked #15 in the Small Company Category. The firm is a six time winner. Congratulations Partner
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Fern Management Services has taken the Florida Gulfcoast Commercial Association of Realtors to new heights for revenue and technology...  Now they are doing the same for the Orlando based Central Florida Commercial Association of Realtors. Sue Fern, CEO and Founder of FMS is pleased to be adding an Orlando office and to her team in Florida.
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At the June 2017 meeting of the Florida Cabinet, Partners in Association Management was recognized by Governor Rick Scott with the Governor’s Business Ambassador Award. The Governor’s Business Ambassador Award is given to individuals for their efforts in creating jobs and opportunities for Florida families. “It is an honor to have our firm recognized for its role as an employer. Our wonderful staff should be proud of this recognition as they are the people that allow us to fulfill our corporate mission. We are grateful for the opportunity to work with numerous state, regional, and national nonprofit organizations and assist their volunteer leaders in achieving ...
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nancy d. Stephens & Associates (NDS), an association management company based in Tallahassee, Florida, has named Amanda Bowen as Vice-President. Ms. Bowen joined the company in 2015 as Director of Communications, where she handled traditional and social media communications for NDS and its clients. She has increasingly been given more responsibility, now wearing a variety of hats including Executive Director for the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists and Executive Director for the Manufacturers Association of Florida. With her new title will come a leadership role, assisting with client relations and business growth, in addition to her current ...
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