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VSAE HOLDS SIG-A-PALOOZA
Event Includes Breakfast and Peer-to-Peer Small Groups 

June 8, 2017

The Virginia Society of Association Executives (VSAE) will hold its second annual SIG-a-Palooza on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at the Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center. The meeting will feature a breakfast at 8:30 a.m. followed by a SIG-a-Palooza event from 10:00-11:30 a.m.

A SIG-a-Palooza is a collection of small Shared Interest Group (SIG) meetings. The SIGs are member-led groups organized around areas of interest. They offer a forum for peer-to-peer learning in a small group atmosphere. The SIGs are a great way for association executives and other non-profit leaders to learn from colleagues about the issues relevant to them. There is no formal presentation or speaker.

The following are the currently active SIGs that plan to meet at SIG-a-Palooza.

Association Management Companies - For executives of firms that provide management and specialized administrative services to trade associations and professional societies.
Emerging Association Professionals - For executives to support and advocate for the next generation of association leaders.
Large Association CEOs - For CEOs of associations with six or more employees. Discussion topics include staff development, board relations, legislative issues, technology, and association resources. 
Meeting Planner - For association professionals who are responsible for meeting planning within their organizations. 
Membership - For executives responsible for or involved in membership acquisition and retention for their organizations. 
Senior Staff - For executives who deal with organization-wide issues like strategic planning, staff management, and organization culture.
Small Association CEOs - For CEOs of associations with five or fewer employees. Discussion topics include staff development, board relations, legislative issues, technology, and association resources. 

REGISTRATION
VSAE non-members can register for $35 if done by Tuesday, August 8, 2017. On-site registration is available and subject to higher fees. Call VSAE at (804) 747-4971 for more information or register online now.

Formed in 1949, VSAE is a 400-plus member association consisting of association executives, association management companies, representatives from the hospitality industry, and others who serve the association industry. VSAE’s vision is to be the best at making associations the best by providing opportunities for association professionals to connect, learn, and lead.


 

VSAE Holds Seminar on Business Presentation Skills
Jason Young to Present, "Speak Smart"

May 4, 2017

The Virginia Society of Association Executives (VSAE) will hold its June Monthly Luncheon & Seminar on Friday, June 2, 2017 at the Four Points by Sheraton Richmond. The meeting will feature a seminar at 8:30 a.m., with a networking reception and luncheon to follow from 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. The content leader will be Jason Young, a former senior-level manager at Southwest Airlines.

This interactive seminar, “Speak Smart - Business Presentation Skills,” will teach individuals at all levels to prepare and deliver presentations that are well organized, dynamic, and motivational. Whether through sales presentations, speeches, one-on-one meetings, or just serving a member, the ability to connect and effectively communicate with an audience is critical. This seminar will teach essential communications skills everyone needs to transfer knowledge, deliver customer service, inspire others, and get results. During the luncheon, Young will present, “Culturetopia: Creating a High Performance Organization,” where attendees will get an introduction to Young’s innovative perspective on how to create and sustain a culture of care and accountability where people can do their best work.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Jason Young has been called a “rare breed” when it comes to developing leadership, team, and customer service initiatives. As a former leader at Southwest Airlines, Jason learned the value of a high performance workplace culture. During his ten years with the airline, he was a key driver in creating and developing the company’s innovative training programs for its successful leadership and customer service culture. As a result, Southwest has consistently rated the highest in customer service and employee satisfaction. Jason has captured his philosophy of creating high performance cultures in his book, “The Culturetopia Effect."

REGISTRATION
VSAE non-members can register for the seminar for $90 if done by Tuesday, May 30, 2017. On-site registration is available and subject to higher fees. Call VSAE at (804) 747-4971 for more information or register online now.

Formed in 1949, VSAE is a 400 plus member association consisting of association executives, association management companies, representatives from the hospitality industry, and others who serve the association industry. VSAE’s vision is to be the best at making associations the best by providing opportunities for association professionals to connect, learn, and lead.


VSAE Installs New Volunteer Leadership for 2017-2018
Scot McRoberts, MPA, IOM Becomes President

May 1, 2017

During its Annual Conference at The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center, the Virginia Society of Association Executives (VSAE) installed its newly-elected 2017-2018 Board of Directors. Scot McRoberts, MPA, IOM, Executive Director, Virginia Council of CEOs, was installed as President. Mr. McRoberts succeeds Barbara Homiller, MBA, CAE, Chief Operating Officer, Better Business Bureau Serving Central Virginia, who became the Immediate Past President.

“Scot is a leader among leaders and we are excited to have his leadership skills helping guide VSAE over the next year,” said Brandon Robinson, CAE executive director of VSAE.

Ray Mattes, III, CAE, President and CEO, Retail Alliance, will serve as President Elect.

Other officers include Duront A. “D” Walton, Jr., Executive Director, Virginia Telecommunications Industry Association, who will serve as Treasurer, and Phyllis Errico, JD, CAE, General Counsel, Virginia Association of Counties, who will serve as Secretary.

Newly installed directors include Jim Roman, Speaker Trainer Consultant, Business Owner’s Institute, Matthew Stanley, Vice President of Government Affairs & Association Relations, Elwood Consulting, LLC, and Tom Witt, Engineer Director, Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance.

Directors continuing to serve for VSAE are: Maureen Dingus, CAE, Chief Operating Officer, Virginia Society of CPAs; Courtney Fleming, Vice President, Education and Training/Communications, Virginia Bankers Association; Katie Frazier, President, Virginia Agribusiness Council; Nancy L. Israel, Executive Director, American Council of Engineering Companies of Virginia; Danny Mitchell, AAI, AAI-M, Vice President of Business Development, Independent Insurance Agents of Virginia; Gail Phillips, CAE, Senior Vice President, Organization Management Group; and Steven Williams, Partner, Hardiman-Williams, LLC.


 

VSAE Announces 2017 Annual Conference
Aspiring to be the Best

April 11, 2017

VSAE’s Annual Conference is Virginia’s premier educational conference for association professionals. The theme for this year’s conference is, “Aspiring to be the Best.” It is scheduled for Sunday, April 30 through Tuesday, May 2, and will be hosted by The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center and Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge. The conference attracts nearly 200 attendees from all over the Commonwealth. In addition to association executives, the conference draws meeting planners, hoteliers, and other suppliers to the association management industry. More information can be found at vsae.org/annual.

This year’s opening keynote speaker is Kevin Brown. Brown’s presentation, “The Hero Effect - Being Your Best When It Matters the Most,” will shares ideas, strategies, and principles that will inspire and equip participants to show up every day and make a positive difference. At the heart of Kevin’s message is a simple yet powerful philosophy for life that drives every thought, every action, and ultimately every result for success both personally and professionally.

The three-day conference also includes the following breakout sessions.

  • Establishing Effective Chapter/Association Partnerships - Trevor Mitchell, CAE
  • Major Trends Affecting Associations and the State of the Association Industry - Scott Wiley, CAE
  • Education Hacker: Revolutionizing Your Organization's Learning Opportunities - Jeff Hurt
  • Toot Your Own Horn, But Don't Blow It - Sandra Giarde, CAE

The conference closes with a keynote presentation from Mary Kelly, PhD, CSP, CDR, US Navy (Ret). During her presentation, “Master Your World: 10 Executive Strategies to Improve Productivity, Profits, and Communication in Your Business and Your Association,” Kelly will outline how to make leadership possible regardless of your position within an organization. This inspirational program is packed with templates and tools so leaders can achieve optimal results.


VSAE HOLDS SEMINAR ON ASSOCIATION COMMUNICATIONS
Naylor Association Solutions to Present “The State of Association Communications and Tips for Improvement”

March 7, 2017

The Virginia Society of Association Executives (VSAE) will hold its April Monthly Luncheon & Seminar on Friday, April 7, 2017 at the Richmond Marriott Short Pump. The meeting will feature a seminar at 8:30 a.m., with a networking reception and luncheon to follow from 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. The content leader will be Jill Andreu with Naylor Association Solutions.

This interactive seminar, “Where Perception Meets Reality: The State of Association Communications and Tips for Improvement,” will provide association leaders a comprehensive look at the latest membership communication and technology trends, best practices, and resource investments. Using data from Association Adviser’s Communications Benchmarking study, Andreu will dial down into the state of the industry and the challenges faced by associations. During the luncheon, Andreu will present, “Tackling Technology: Updates and Info from the 2016 Annual Benchmarking Survey,” where attendees will learn how to invest in and embrace technology to drive an association’s success. She will explore the current state of the association tech landscape and showcase proven practices to maximize, automate, and monetize efforts.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Jill Andreu is Vice President of Content Strategy and Development for Naylor Association Solutions. She is responsible for the overall strategy and leadership of Naylor’s content department. Her diverse Naylor career – spanning from editor to group publisher – bring both an editorial and strategic business growth perspective to the company.

REGISTRATION
VSAE non-members can register for the seminar for $90 if done by Tuesday, April 4, 2017. On-site registration is available and subject to higher fees. Call VSAE at (804) 747-4971 for more information or register online now at vsae.org.

Formed in 1949, VSAE is a 400 plus member association consisting of association executives, association management companies, representatives from the hospitality industry, and others who serve the association industry. VSAE’s vision is to be the best at making associations the best by providing opportunities for association professionals to connect, learn, and lead.


 

VSAE HOLDS SEMINAR ON BIG DATA 
Bryce Gartner to Present “Building a Data Culture for Success”

February 7, 2017

The Virginia Society of Association Executives (VSAE) will hold its March Monthly Luncheon & Seminar on Friday, March 3, 2017 at the Hilton Richmond Downtown. The meeting will feature a seminar at 8:30 a.m., with a networking reception and luncheon to follow from 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. The content leader will be Bryce Gartner with icimo, LLC.

Gartner’s seminar, “Building a Data Culture for Success,” will discuss key blockers, benefits, and ways to drive a change in your organization by understanding how to use your data and build a culture emphasizing data-driven change. Bryce will discuss specific examples of associations, non-profits, and for profit companies. During the luncheon, Gartner will present, “The Key to Disruptive Change – Data,” sharing some of the leaders impacting change in their industry, what they have done to change the marketplace, and how data drove the change. He will share some key best practices and ways to get started quickly in driving a culture of change in your organization.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Bryce Gartner is Founder/Chief Experience Officer of icimo, LLC. Bryce is a proven leader in creating data driven organizations, brand management, strategic planning, and new product development. His quest for business solutions has led him to build a broad range of experiences and relationships. He blends his expertise in both marketing and technology to build solutions that grow business based on customer data. Based in Cary, N.C., icimo helps organizations become data driven through a combination of services and software tools enabling data storytelling, visualization, and data analysis.

REGISTRATION
VSAE non-members can register for the seminar for $90 if done by Tuesday, February 28, 2017. On-site registration is available and subject to higher fees. Call VSAE at (804) 747-4971 for more information or register online now at vsae.org.

Formed in 1949, VSAE is a 400 plus member association consisting of association executives, association management companies, representatives from the hospitality industry, and others who serve the association industry. VSAE’s vision is to be the best at making associations the best by providing opportunities for association professionals to connect, learn, and lead.


VSAE Holds Seminar on Membership Recruitment
J.J. White to Present "Creating Value Through the Prospect Point of View"

January 10, 2017

The Virginia Society of Association Executives (VSAE) will hold its February Monthly Luncheon & Seminar on Friday, February 3, 2017 at the Omni Richmond Hotel. The meeting will feature a seminar at 8:30 a.m., with a networking reception and luncheon to follow from 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. The content leader will be J.J. White with Dale Carnegie Virginia.

White’s Seminar, “Creating Value Through the Prospect Point of View,” is centered around the fact that 85 percent of success in membership recruitment comes from understanding the member’s – or client’s – point of view. The session will explore ways to gain attention, create trust, and credibility. Attendees will leave the workshop with a greater understanding of why people buy and how to help them do it. During the luncheon, White will facilitate a conversation among three association professionals on membership recruitment. The panelists include Scot McRoberts, MPA, IOM, Executive Director of the Virginia Council of CEOs; Danny Mitchell, AAI, AAI-M, Vice President of Business Development from the Independent Insurance Agents of Virginia; and Julia Henderson, Membership Marketing Manager with the Virginia Society of CPAs. Each of these individuals will share their own unique approach to membership recruitment.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

J.J. White is the Executive Director of Dale Carnegie Virginia and is a graduate of Roanoke College. White joined Dale Carnegie in 2000, and is a recipient of the Dale Carnegie Chairman’s Club Award. He is a certified trainer in the Team Engagement, Sales Effectiveness, Presentation Effectiveness, and Process Improvement curricula.

REGISTRATION

VSAE non-members can register for the seminar for $90 if done by Tuesday, January 31, 2017. On-site registration is available and subject to higher fees. Call VSAE at (804) 747-4971 for more information or register online now at vsae.org.

Formed in 1949, VSAE is a 400 plus member association consisting of association executives, association management companies, representatives from the hospitality industry, and others who serve the association industry. VSAE’s vision is to be the best at making associations the best by providing opportunities for association professionals to connect, learn, and lead.


VSAE 2017 Calendar of Events
Association Provides Up to 50 Hours of CAE Credit

December 15, 2016

The Virginia Society of Association Executives (VSAE) released its 2017 Calendar of Events. The schedule for 2017 includes 13 events that qualify for up to 50 hours of certified association executive (CAE) credit hours. There are events in every month of the year providing between one-quarter hour to eight hours of credit per day.

“We are really excited about our 2017 calendar,” said VSAE Executive Director, Brandon Robinson, CAE. “We will have events at several new properties, big conferences as well as small peer-to-peer retreats, and all types of learning formats. All of it is designed to serve association professionals with education and networking opportunities.”

VSAE’s 2017 calendar starts with a presentation from Dr. Bob Holsworth on Friday, January 6 at The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Va. The regular Monthly Seminar & Luncheons will be held in the months of February, March, April, June, September, and November at hotels throughout the Richmond metro area.

Other event highlights include the 2017 CEO & Senior Staff Retreat, scheduled for September 18-19 at the newly renovated Cavalier Virginia Beach; the Meeting Planner Summit, hosted by the brand new Hilton Norfolk the Main, August 16-17; and the 2017 VSAE Annual Conference, April 30-May 2 at The Hotel Roanoke. The year concludes with VSAE’s most popular annual event, the Awards Luncheon & Silent Auction at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa at Short Pump on Friday, December 1.

Registration for all of these events will be available at vsae.org.

Formed in 1949, VSAE is a 400 plus member association consisting of association executives, association management companies, representatives from the hospitality industry, and others who serve the association industry. VSAE’s vision is to be the best at making associations the best by providing opportunities for association professionals to connect, learn, and lead.


Dr. Holsworth to Present at VSAE Meeting
Holsworth to Present "Virginia Politics 2017" at January Monthly Luncheon

December 12, 2016

The Virginia Society of Association Executives (VSAE) will hold its monthly luncheon on Friday, January 6, 2017 at the recently renovated Jefferson Hotel. A networking reception will be held from 11:00-11:45 a.m. and a luncheon from 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Dr. Bob Holsworth is the luncheon speaker.

This is the nineteenth consecutive year Dr. Holsworth will present his political insights to VSAE members. The 2016 Presidential election was a monumental one in this nation’s history. Holsworth will share what can be learned from the election and what this might mean for the country and the Commonwealth going forward. He will also give a preview of the General Assembly session and Virginia’s gubernatorial election in November.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Dr. Bob Holsworth is a leading political analyst from Virginia and is seen regularly on WTVR-TV (CBS). He received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is a retired VCU professor, where he taught courses in Virginia politics, American politics, and political theory. Holsworth is always an enlightening presenter and will gladly take questions if time allows. Do not miss this once a year opportunity to hear VSAE’s most requested speaker.

REGISTRATION
VSAE non-members can register for $50 for lunch, if done by Tuesday, January 3, 2016. On-site registration is available and subject to higher fees. Call VSAE at (804) 747-4971 for more information or register online now at vsae.org.

Formed in 1949, VSAE is a 400 plus member association consisting of association executives, association management companies, representatives from the hospitality industry, and others who serve the association industry. VSAE’s vision is to be the best at making associations the best by providing opportunities for association professionals to connect, learn, and lead.


VSAE Bestows Annual Awards of Excellence
Richard Johnstone, Jr; Wilmer Stoneman, III, CAE; and Lisa MacArthur Receive Industry’s Top Award

December 6, 2016

Three individuals were honored last week with the highest awards in the Commonwealth’s association management industry. The Virginia Society of Association Executives (VSAE) annual Awards of Excellence were presented at VSAE’s Awards Luncheon & Silent Auction on Friday, December 2 at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa at Short Pump.

Richard G. Johnstone, Jr., President and CEO of the Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives was awarded the CEO Award of Excellence. The Award is given to an outstanding association professional who has been nominated by his peers in recognition of his leadership and achievement.

Richard was hired by VMDAEC in 1985 as Editor of Cooperative Living Magazine. In 1999, he ascended to the role of Executive Vice President and in August of 2016 was named the association’s President and CEO. During this time, he has served VSAE in numerous ways including a long tenure on the Board of Directors and as the organization’s President from 2014 to 2015. Richard is receiving this award in recognition of his many dedicated years of service and leadership to VSAE and the association community.

Wilmer Stoneman, III, CAE, Associate Director, Governmental Relations, Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, was awarded the Association Staff Award of Excellence. This award recognizes an association staff professional for his contributions to his association and VSAE. Criteria for this award include high integrity, professionalism, peer recognition, a record of success in association management, and consistent leadership and service to VSAE.

Wilmer has been an active member of VSAE for a number of years. He has served in a number of volunteer roles including on the Board of Directors and as President from 2015 to 2016. During his tenure as President, Wilmer’s focus on VSAE’s Community Service efforts helped the association extend its reach beyond the association industry to helping philanthropic non-profit organizations in the Richmond metro area.

Lisa MacArthur, Convention Sales Manager, Virginia Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, was awarded the Associate Member Award of Excellence. This award recognizes a supplier or vendor from the VSAE membership who has distinguished themselves through professionalism and customer service.

Lisa is an engaged member and the ideal volunteer leader. There are many activities throughout the years that would not have been possible or as successful without her. She has served on numerous committees including chairing VSAE’s Silent Auction Committee and overseeing one of the most successful years for that event. She has also served as a New Member Mentor for the organization helping to welcome new members to VSAE’s association community.

Formed in 1949, VSAE is a 400 plus member association consisting of association executives, association management companies, representatives from the hospitality industry, and others who serve the association industry. VSAE’s vision is to be the best at making associations the best by providing opportunities for association professionals to connect, learn, and lead.

 

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