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2016 Summer Newsletter

June 24, 2016

In this Issue:

2nd Annual Golf Tournament a Success

How NEW Members Make a Difference

Executive Getaway

July Social Mixer

August Breakfast Meeting

ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition

AzSAE Resources

Past Event Highlights

CAE Corner

Website FAQs



AzSAE 2nd annual golf tournament at Troon North was a success! Our shotgun/scramble scramble topped last year’s participation with 61 golfers taking part in the competition. Congratulations to this year’s Tournament champions!
• 1st Place Team: Ed Tobin, Rich Heinrick, Jeff Schaeffer, Joe Mistler
• 2nd Place Team: Scott Salazar, Tony LeFeure, Chuck Gray, Greg Fratas
• 3rd Place Team: TJ Rickerd, Brent Hook, Ryan Nolan
• Team Beverage Cart (Last Place): Jeremy Arp, Janet Arp
• Longest Drive Ladies: Jessica Flom
• Longest Drive Men: Alex Liesegang
• Closest to Pin Men: Rob Nawfel
• Closest to Pin Ladies: Jessica Flom

In total, we provided the opportunity for 70 members and guests to network and enjoy the amenities offered by Troon North.

Special thanks to Karen May for her commitment, planning and execution of a wonderful event. Our Dinner/Awards and Silent Auction and raffle was DJ’d by Ben from Living Energy Events and Productions. 

AzSAE brought members and guests a wonderful opportunity to play a world-class golf course at a discounted rate. Professional Instructor Bobby Eldridge provided instruction to our members as part of the golf clinic. 

Thanks to our title sponsor, The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, and Troon North Golf Club for making this an enjoyable and well-run event. Events such as this would not be possible without the support of our sponsors: Alliance Bank of Arizona, Alliance of AZ Non Profits, ASPS, Brede, Capital Grille Scottsdale, Carolyn Sechler CPA, Dixon Golf, Fumar Cigars, Hilton Sedona, KCA, Living Energy Events and Productions, Meetings & Concierges Source, NASW Arizona Chapter, National Association of Exclusive Buyer Agents, National Bank of Arizona, National PEO , NECA, People Development LLC., Poco Diablo Resort, Pour Masters, Scottsdale CVB, Sheperd Expo, Tempe CVB, The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick, Venues Of North Scottsdale, Visit Tucson, WeKoPa Resort.


How NEW Members Make a Difference 
By Bonnie Mattick, MA Ed., MBA






AZSAE welcomed some remarkable talent when Doug Kacena and Susan Shields joined our membership recently.  We like to showcase our new members, and with these two, for their experience and knowledge in the hospitality industry.  The AZSAE group will benefit from their hospitality and enjoy their venues. 

Doug Kacena is the Director of Sales at the Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort in Flagstaff, AZ.  Doug’s work for Marriott Corporation in Scottsdale and San Antonio  TX focused on the Chicago Association market, and now brings his hospitality and association work to his new job with the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise.  In getting to know Doug, we asked him to share with us what he enjoys most about his work.  His reply – “Everybody he works with is different and brings unique talents and skills to their customer service.”  Doug has fun in his job and enjoys the amazing beauty of the new property where he works. The entire property incorporates the Navajo culture into all the design and decorating elements throughout.

Twin Arrows Casino Resort, as well as Little America Flagstaff, are two of the hosts for the upcoming AZSAE Executive Getaway on July 29-31, 2016.  You will get to see first-hand what Doug means when he explained the beautiful features of the venue.  Doug is looking forward to the AZSAE Executive Getaway and welcomes you to visit the property at Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort.

In our interview with Susan Shields, the Director of Sales at Little America Flagstaff, we learned that her membership in AZSAE has given her excellent professional and personal connections.  She takes advantage of professional development opportunities through the education programs AZSAE offers, and benefits by keeping up with changes in her industry.  

Susan enjoys her job at Little America Flagstaff and is proud of the exceptional service-oriented team who helps her provide the best customer experience when they have a customer on-site visit who subsequently books that event.

Susan said she is honored to be one of the hosts for the AZSAE Executive Getaway and to show us her property.  We learned that the Hotel is completing their renovation in June, including a newly refurbished main lodge, with many amazing features in their lobby, restaurant, function-space and gift shop.  The spacious guestrooms are another outstanding feature of Little America as they overlook a “private forest of over 500 acres” adjacent to the hotel.  Susan enjoys being part of the team that works at the outstanding Little America Flagstaff property. 

The AZSAE Board of Directors, the Planning Committee for the AZSAE Executive Getaway on July 29-31, 2016, and these new members of our organization are looking forward to meeting you and offering the attendees an outstanding weekend. Go to and click on “Executive Getaway” to register and get the details for the upcoming event.

Author’s Bio:
Bonnie Mattick, MA Ed, MBA, speaker and facilitator works with businesses and professional associations to help them build and engage their staff and improve their bottom line. Call Bonnie to speak at your next event or facilitate your meeting at 602-993-6691; email:

Please plan to for the 2016 Executive Getaway in the cool ponderosa pines of Flagstaff, AZ.  Earn CAE credit at 3 educational presentations. Enjoy a variety of activities, relax, enjoy!

Friday Lunch/Presentation: Little America Hotel - "Strengths-Based Living" presented by Stephanie Clerge
Friday Reception: DoubleTree by Hilton Flagstaff
Saturday Breakfast/Presentation: High Country Conference Center - "WORK-LIFE BALANCE…Urban Legend or Reality?" presented by Joan Marlow
Activities & optional tours to be reserved in advance
• Flagstaff Extreme - $35+tax per person
• Bearizona – 50% off tickets
Saturday Dinner: Twin Arrows Casino Resort
Sunday Breakfast/Presentation: Arizona Snowbowl - "Recruiting Your Personal Board of Directors -or- Community - It's Your A-Team" presented by Jarrett Ransom 

Member - $99
Non-member - $199
Guests - $75 (Member or Non-member registration required)
Children under 16 are free
*Registration fee does not include hotel accommodations

July Social Mixer

Join us for a summer social mixer at Bevvy.  Located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale's entertainment district, this "upscale gastropub" is vibrant, colorful and FUN. Come relax with friends and colleagues, enjoy complimentary appetizers and a free drink. See you there!  Please remember to bring a colleague that you think could benefit from membership!  Mixers are a great way to introduce new people to AzSAE!


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August Breakfast Meeting


Turning Membership Models on Their Head

Founded in 2003, Local First Arizona is the largest local business coalition in the country with nearly 3,000 members. Thursday, August 4, Local First Arizona Founder, Kimber Lanning, will talk about what works, and how LFA is different than most member based organizations. She will also talk about her strategies for impacting policy changes at the city and state level, as well as what it takes to change the minds of hundreds of thousands of people.

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ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition

ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition is where thousands of association professionals and industry partners gather to exchange time, resources, strategies, solutions, and more. We all give a little and get a lot more when we join together for 120+ education sessions, countless networking opportunities, a bustling Expo Hall, and more.

For more information and to register, please visit the meeting website here.

AzSAE TV & New eLearning Opportunities Help Members Stay Current with Industry Trends

Have you checked out these new AzSAE resources? If not, what are you waiting for?!
 Both can be accessed on AzSAE’s website under "Resources".

AzSAE TV provides short videos on relevant association management topics. Two new video episodes will be available each month and old episodes can be searched for particular topics. 

eLearning Opportunities 
Through an online education partnership with other state societies (SAEs) across the country, AzSAE members to have convenient access to the most relevant topics and speakers from across the country. With two live webinars a month and more than 70 self-study courses available, it’s never been easier for our members to train staff, increase their knowledge, earn CAE hours and preview potential speakers for their own events.

 2nd Annual Golf Tournament Photos (click to see more)

Key Takeaways from “Avoiding HR Landmines: How to Hire and Fire Without Getting Burned” by Kathleen M. Griffin, PhD, FASAE, CAE


Nonnie Shivers, Ogletree Deakins
Shawn Ellis, Lovitt and Touche
Lisa Deane, State Bar of Arizona (Moderator)

Application Process: Best Practices
• Update your EEO Policies and applications to reflect new protected class categories:

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CAE Corner

The Certified Association Executive (CAE) program is designed to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance, and designate association professionals who demonstrate the knowledge essential to the practice of association management.

Earning the CAE credential brings significant benefits, both to the individuals who hold it and to the organizations that support their staff in pursuing and maintaining the CAE:

Read more about the CAE credential at the ASAE website here.

Website FAQs

Please see below for the answers to questions frequently asked about our website. Should you have any other questions, please reach out to AzSAE at 480-946-0119 or

How Do I Renew My Membership Online?

How Do I Edit My Profile Information?

How Do I Change My AzSAE Password?

How Do I Login If I Forgot My Password?

How Do I View the Current Membership Directory?


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