Sun Trust, Mauldin & Jenkins to serve as presenting sponsors for 2014 GEAC Annual Conference

The Georgia Education Advancement Council is pleased to announce that longtime affinity partners SunTrust and Mauldin & Jenkins have agreed to serve as presenting sponsors for the 2014 Annual Conference. Each company will provide $3,000 to help underwrite the event – the largest sponsorships in the history of the organization.

“We are honored to be a presenting sponsor for this year’s GEAC conference with our friends at SunTrust,” said Aleisa Howell, a partner with Mauldin & Jenkins. “Our relationship with GEAC grows closer each year with every new friend we make at the conference.”

Sponsorships are an important source of revenue for GEAC, helping the organization achieve its mission of providing affordable professional development opportunities for higher education personnel working in the areas of advancement, alumni relations, communications and marketing, and related fields at Georgia’s public and private colleges, universities and technical colleges.

The additional support provided by Sun Trust and Mauldin & Jenkins comes at a critical time for GEAC. Years of steady growth led to the decision to move this year’s Annual Conference to a new venue, the Desoto Hilton in Savannah. Increased participation has also led the GEAC Board of Directors to enter into a contract agreement with an outside firm to improve administrative functions and service to members.

2014 Awards Dinner Sponsor

Sun Trust and Mauldin & Jenkins head a group of 12 affinity partners that have already committed to this year’s event. Among them is Liberty Mutual, the $2,500 GEAC Awards Dinner host.

“The Annual Conference is successful each year due to the generosity of our wonderful sponsors and affinity partners,” said Frank Hook, GEAC sponsorship chair. “Without them, we would not be able to provide many of the programs, events, and other services associated with running a successful conference.”

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Make a splash with GEAC in 2014!

The GEAC Board of Directors is excited to welcome you to a year of new opportunities and fresh locales for both our summer and fall conferences. We hope you will join us at these events as we showcase best practices in higher education advancement.

2014 GEAC Summer Conference
July 24-25

This year’s Summer Conference will be hosted by our friends at Columbus State University. The program (available soon) will feature a day of engaging sessions and nationally prominent speakers in the areas of development, communications, alumni relations and athletic fundraising. Attendees will also have the opportunity to test their mettle on the world's longest urban whitewater course and experience Columbus’ energetic historic district downtown. Check this site regularly for registration information.

2014 GEAC Annual Conference
Nov. 19-21

The GEAC Annual Conference moves to new venue for 2014, the Desoto Hilton Hotel in the heart of historic Savannah.The conference planning committee is already hard at work putting together the program for this year's event, but we need your help to ensure that our sessions represent the very best Georgia (and beyond) has to offer. If you have an idea for a session or a speaker, please submit a brief written proposal to Planning Chair Wendell Tompkins by April 30. Once the deadline has passed, the conference committee will review submissions and set this year’s program. All those submitting proposals will receive notification once the tracks have been finalized.

If you are interesting in getting more involved in GEAC, service on the conference committee is a great first step! Contact Wendell for more details.

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