November 2017 Print

Monthly Luncheon

November 14, 2017
Hilton Garden Inn- Downtown

Save the Drama for Your Mama!
Power of Positivity in the Workplace 

Would you like to increase employee engagement, improve individual accountability, and strengthen your team? Recent studies from the science of Positive Psychology are definitively showing that positive workplaces = profitable workplaces.
What's even better is that you have the power to create an organizational culture that encourages long-term employee happiness by employing simple techniques with your team. Join us for a presentation from Pari Smart of Smart Possibilities as she shares the science behind Ditching the Drama and increasing your organization's productivity in 2018!

Pari Smart has a passion for helping individuals and teams find their “Ah-Ha Moment” in order to take their success to a higher level. Pari’s unique combination of professional insight and personal empathy makes her approachable, trustworthy, and engaging. She is skilled at viewing situations from different angles, allowing her to see options, outcomes, and possibilities that others overlook. While Pari has worked internally in the non-profit sector, corporate America, and institutions of higher education she started Smart Possibilities so that she could help corporations across all sectors improve engagement, increase accountability, and strengthen their teams.
Pari is a lifelong learner and a nationally certified Organizational Development Professional (ODCP) specializing in Change Management and Leadership Development. As a Certified Gallup Strengths Coach/Facilitator and Emotional Intelligence Trainer, Pari helps teams and individuals recognize, grow, and leverage their strengths. Pari graduated with a BS in Broadcast Management from the University of Kansas and an MBA from Georgia State University. A fun fact about Pari- she is a travel adventure junkie and loves to eat spicy food!

ASAE's policy is that anyone that RSVP's and does not attend the meeting will be billed.



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Member News

Executive News 

The Arkansas Forestry Association (AFA), is seeking a talented communications professional to lead the association’s communication and marketing efforts as Communications Coordinator. Qualified candidates should be highly-organized, energetic, team-oriented, and possess the ability to build coalitions, manage multiple projects, and anticipate, identify and address emerging issues. Proven written, oral communication, social media, and computer skills are essential. Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism or marketing is required and at least two years of related experience is preferred. For more information on the position and how to apply click here.  

Bob Harris will be in Little Rock March 26-30 helping with the Pulaski County Medical Societies strategic planning.  This is an FYI should someone else want to use his services while he is here. 

Former Arkansas Association Executive Ann Hines received the Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA) highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award (DSA). The award was presented at a luncheon held in her honor on Tuesday, October 17, in Chicago, Illinois. Iowa marketer Glenn Haskin, Chairman of the 2017 DSA Committee, noted that Ann was the first woman recipient of PMAA's highest honor.  "Commitment and dedication are staples that Ann Hines brought to our industry, not only in her 38 years of service at AOMA but with her guidance and leadership helped PMAA become the voice of the small marketer in her state along with rest of the country.  Ann epitomizes what makes our industry so great; it's all about the people."  Ann starting working for the Arkansas Oil Marketers Association in 1974 and was named Executive Vice President in 1987. Ann was only the third female association executive in PMAA in 1987. She served on the PMAA Executive Committee for two terms and Chair of the PMAA Executives Conference. Ann also served on PEI's RP 900 Committee, the NACS Legislative Affairs Committee as well as the Arkansas Sheriff's Youth Ranch Board of Directors. In 2004, Ann received the ASAE Ken Graves Award. Congratulations Ann on a well-deserved award! AOMA had twenty members in attendance at the PMAA DSA lunch in Chicago to honor Ann. We are so proud to have had such a well-respected trailblazer as our Executive Vice President for so many years.

The American Petroleum Institute, Arkansas Chapter, is seeking an Executive Director.  The job purpose is to manage the operation and activities of the council office.  Represent API and member companies in the state before state and local government, congressional representatives and staff, the media, the general business community and the public in order to accomplish industry public policy goals. For more information and to apply click here.

Associate News 

Hilton Garden Inn Little Rock Downtown ribbon-cutting ceremony will be on November 7, 2017, 10:45 am to 1 pm. Lunch and Refreshments will be served.  RSVP to   

The Hot Springs Convention Center has received the 2017 Readers' Choice Award from Convention South, the national multimedia resource for planning events in the South.   

Do you have a special you would like to offer to ASAE members? Special booking rates or rewards?  Unique promotional items? Email by the end of each month to have it included in the monthly newsletter!   


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AR Sheriffs' Youth Ranch - Christmas Donation

Each year ASAE helps to provide Christmas gifts to the youth at their 3 campuses.  It's that time of year again!
How can you help?
  • You can select an individual child to purchase gifts for
  • You can donate gift cards to be used for shopping
  • Donate specifically requested items for the houses. This year includes books for all ages, board games, and snacks.
  • If you want to make a monetary tax-deductible donation, checks can be made out to the Arkansas Sheriffs' Youth Ranch. 

You can email ( or call (501-223-9188) and let the ASAE office know which child you would like to adopt for this holiday season! 

Items can be brought to the Christmas luncheon on December 19 or delivered to the ASAE office at 9 Shackleford Plaza by Monday, December 18.

To learn more about the Arkansas Sheriff's Youth Ranch visit their website at


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Feature Story

10 Ways to Make Your Email More Effective  

When you want your emails to build positive business relationships, here’s what you should do—and what you should stop doing—now.

Do you want your emails to get better response rates, communicate more effectively, and help you build solid business relationships? Start with being more genuinely positive, said Sue Hershkowitz-Coore, a sales trainer and professional speaker with High Impact Presentations during a recent SRO campfire session at IMEX America 2017. Here are a few tips Hershkowitz-Coore, who goes by Speaker Sue, shared. 

1. Do use a greeting and a sign-off. If you’re from the U.S., don’t use “dear,” and don’t end with “sincerely,” because these sound old fashioned. “Just say ‘Hi’ or ‘Good morning’ and the person’s name, especially in the first email of an exchange,” she said. Whatever you do, don’t end with “best”—according to the Huffington Post and the Wall Street Journal, “it sounds like a kiss-off,” she said. “I use warmest regards, because I’m a warm person. ‘Regards’ on its own is fine, or ‘Best regards.’” But don’t use ‘Cheers’ or ‘Ciao’ if you’re from the U.S.; it would just sound off. [READ MORE]  


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Welcome New Members

The following members were approved for membership at the October luncheon:

  • Stefanie McKinney, Embassy Suites Northwest Arkansas
  • Luke Wiggins, Visit Rogers
  • Bob Reykers, Fort Smith Convention Center 


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