March 2018 Print

Monthly Luncheon

March 13, 2018
The Capital Hotel

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Greg Northen
Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C.

Greg’s experience includes practicing before federal and state courts in Arkansas, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and various federal and state agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, National Labor Relations Board, Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division, and Arkansas Department of Workforce Services. Greg also assists clients with drafting and implementing up-to-date forms, policies, procedures, and training for various labor and employment issues. 

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Feature Story

Tax Reform Changes for Tax Exempt Organizations and Charitable Contributions  

Published from Blog by Michelle Mann
In the new tax reform legislation, the adjusted gross income limitation on cash contributions will increase from 50% to 60%, for contributions made after 2017 and before 2026. There will no longer be an 80% deduction for contributions made to obtain university athletic seating rights, effective for contributions made after 2017.

The individual standard deduction will increase to $24,000 for joint returns and $12,000 for single returns. Because of the increase, many taxpayers may find that they will no longer itemize deductions, in which case, charitable contributions will not be separately deducted.
For tax exempt organizations who have unrelated business income, the bill provides that each separate unrelated business is separately calculated. Losses from one business will not be allowed to offset income from another business.

The bill will impose a 21% excise tax on exempt organization executive compensation in excess of $1 million, for the top highest paid employees, excluding certain parachute payments.

Several excise tax proposals in the House bill were not enacted in the final legislation.

Certain private colleges and universities will have a 1.4% excise tax on investment income. These institutions must have more than 50% of their tuition paying students located in the US, have more than 500 tuition-paying students, and have assets of at least $500,000 per full-time student.

No changes were made to the “Johnson Amendment”, which limits political activity by charitable organizations. 


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Member News

Executive News 

EAST Initiative named Nonprofit of the Year! The award was presented by Arkansas Business Publishing Group at its 30th Annual Business of the Year Awards on February 22. “We are excited and, of course, humbled to receive this tremendous honor,” said Matt Dozier, president and CEO of the EAST Initiative. “Every day we work to make sure that our students have a transformational educational experience, and it’s thrilling to see others take note of the hard work we do for our students, work that’s made possible thanks to our numerous supporters and sponsors in both the public and private sectors.” Dozier accepted the award with Jaclyn Johnson, a senior at Malvern High School who has been in EAST for eight years and is serving this year as co-leader of a group of student ambassadors at the EAST Conference, an annual three-day celebration of student accomplishments being held March 13-15 at the Hot Springs Convention Center.  For-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations are considered for the Business of the Year honors based on community nominations. The EAST Initiative’s mission is to provide all learners the opportunity to have relevant, individualized, life-changing educational experiences. It establishes and supports classrooms built on the principle that students can actively determine their own learning when challenged to help their community and empowered by sophisticated technology. Headquartered in Little Rock, EAST currently serves 246 schools in four states. Additionally, the organization offers training to EAST students and professional development for EAST educators, as well as for traditional classroom teachers, regardless of subject area or grade level.

Ashley Wimberly promoted to Executive Director of the Arkansas Press Association. Byron Tate, president of the association’s board of directors, made the announcement today. Wimberley has been the press association’s interim director since Tom Larimer’s retirement Jan. 30. She was previously the director of marketing. “I strongly believe in the future of newspapers and this industry as we adopt new strategies and approaches to serve our communities in a meaningful and effective manner,” Wimberley said. “Journalism is more important now than ever.” Wimberley grew up in a newspaper family — her parents were weekly newspaper owners and journalists in Northeast Arkansas.

Associate News 

Little Rock CVB Announces Krucas to Lead State Association, Government Markets Sale. In her role, Krucas directs and manages all business opportunities to build Little Rock’s profile and visibility to groups. She represents the LRCVB at industry-related meetings, conventions, conference, trade shows and special events, working to promote Arkansas’s capital city as a premiere meetings destination. Krucas said, “I am very excited to work with a great team at LRCVB.” She added, “Also, I look forward to connecting with those involved in state association and government markets event planning, and bringing meetings to Little Rock.” Krucas brings with her more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, with 15 of those spent in Colorado Springs, Colorado. There, she served in multiple roles of catering manager, sales manager, director of catering and convention services and director of sales and marketing. She worked for several hotel Brands including Embassy Suites, DoubleTree by Hilton, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hilton Hotel, Wyndham Grand Hotel, Cheyenne Mountain Resort and Garden of the Gods Club and Resort. Prior to moving to Arkansas and joining the LRCVB, Krucas was director of sales with Carver Hotel Group and Strategic Planning Solutions. There she served on the sales and marketing task force interim director of sales. A Philippines native, Krucas received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Trinity University of ASIA, Philippines.

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Welcome New Members

The following members were approved for membership at the February 20th luncheon:

  • Kelley Carey, Sunrise Stage
  • Christel Combs, National Guard Association of Arkansas
  • Susan Hill Gele, BOMA Greater Little Rock
  • Kelly Robbins, Arkansas Petroleum Council
  • Mary Statkewicz, Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism
  • Carla Waller, DoubleTree by Hilton Fort Smith
  • Mariya Baker, Branson/Lakes Area CVB
  • DeShay Major, Holiday Inn Conference Center
  • Tina Archer-Cope, Fayetteville Town Center
  • Amanda Khanga, Visit Bentonville
  • Ashley Williams, Comfort Inn Presidential
  • Gina Gemberling, Little Rock CVB
  • Bliss Krucas, Little Rock CVB
  • Sheryl Culpepper, TownePlace Suites Fayetteville
  • Leslie Bishop, Fairfield Inn & Suites Jonesboro
  • Mary Catherine Webb, Tunica CVB
  • Sara Kemper, Clarion on Lake Hamilton
  • Brian Marsh, Goodwill of Arkansas
  • Margaret McCaleb, Harlow’s Casino Resort & Spa



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Institute for Organization Management (IOM)

The Arkansas Society of Association Executives is proud to partner with Institute for Organization Management, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s professional development program for non-profit executives, and offer two $500 partial tuition scholarships to one of Institute’s 2018 sites. The two scholarships, available to our members, will be awarded to students attending Institute for the first time to assist with enrollment fees and cannot be combined with any other Institute scholarships. For over 95 years, Institute has educated association, chamber, and other nonprofit leaders across the country through its national program, highly rated curriculum and high caliber instructors. Thousands of executives have attended Institute sites across the country to strengthen their management skills, learn industry best practices, and gain a broad national perspective from peers. Institute has helped them build stronger organizations, become stronger business advocates and better serve their members. In addition, you will earn points towards your CCE or CAE certification as Institute’s curriculum is directly tied to the bodies of knowledge of both the American Society of Association Executives and the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. Upon completion of the Institute program, graduates receive the IOM recognition which allows them to use the letters “IOM” in public mention and professional correspondence. The IOM recognition signifies the completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management and commitment to the industry.
If you are interested in this scholarship opportunity, contact Marilyn Porterfield at by March 16th. 

Early registration deadline for Midwest and Southeast Institute is April 20th.
Early registration deadline for West and Northeast Institute is May 25th.

For more information about Institute’s curriculum, sites, and dates, visit the Institute Web site and Prospective Student Toolkit to help you gain insight into the program.
Are you already an IOM and have an updated job or title? Update your contact information and stay connected.


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ASAE Partners

Thank you to our Associate Members who have signed up as a Partner with ASAE for 2018.  If you would like to join the growing list, it's not too late- Deadline is February 10.  To download information and get an agreement to return, visit the website here:

Thank you to the partners who have already committed for 2018! 

Visit Hot Springs
Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau

Fairfield Bay Conference Center
Holiday Inn Conference Center
Holiday Inn & Northwest Arkansas Convention Center
Visit Rogers

Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa
Best Western Inn of the Ozarks
Branson/Lakes Area CVB
Chancellor Hotel
Chateau on the Lake Resort
Doubletree Hotel Little Rock
Embassy Suites by Hilton Hot Springs
Fort Smith Convention & Visitors Bureau
Hilton Garden Inn North Little Rock
Hiltons of Branson
Holiday Inn Presidential
Tunica Convention & Visitors Bureau
Visit Bentonville


 If your name is not listed and you think it should be, please contact the office. Send all ad materials for the directory by February 10.


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CAE (Certified Association Executive)

One hundred and forty-one association executives recently earned their Certified Association Executive (CAE®) credential from the CAE Commission of ASAE, joining more than 4,200 industry leaders worldwide. “By earning your CAE, you have a greater knowledge regarding all areas of association management that will assist you throughout your career,” said Tracy L. Petrillo, EdD, CAE, chair of the CAE Commission and Chief Executive Officer of the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine.

The CAE Program serves to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance, and designate those who have acquired and have demonstrated knowledge essential to the practice of association management. The CAE Program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). For more details about the CAE exam, visit

Please let the ASAE office know if you are interested in the CAE credential.  Someone would be happy to visit with you and answer any questions.


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