January 2018 Print

Monthly Luncheon

January 16, 2018
Argenta Community Theater

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017
Jerry Coats, ChFC, CLU, AEP
 Insight Wealth

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, securing a hard-fought victory on the legislative front for a Republican Congress stymied on other efforts during a tumultuous year. The price of passing legislation without any Democratic support whatsoever is a built-in “kill switch” that sunsets major elements of the bull after eight (8) years. While “permanence” of the tax law is never assured, the automatic sunset introduces an additional wild card that makes effective tax planning a continuous challenge.
In the aggregate, the new law enacts broad scale reform and simplification (to an extent) of the individual and corporate tax codes, as well as changes to gift and estate tax laws. The areas of change and discussion will include:
• Individual Income Taxes
• Pass-Through Business Tax Relief
• Estate and GST Tax Exemption Increases
• Sunset in 2026
• Corporate Tax Changes
• Conclusion- An astute planning team will remain essential for many taxpayers to both navigate new rules and identify tax-saving opportunities moving forward.

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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 January 31st.  To download information and get an agreement to return, visit the website here: http://arksae.net/sponsors.php

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

Visit Hot Springs

Holiday Inn Conference Center
Visit Rogers

Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa
Best Western Inn of the Ozarks
Branson/Lakes Area CVB
Chateau on the Lake Resort
Doubletree Hotel Little Rock
Embassy Suites by Hilton Hot Springs
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.


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Membership Directory

Do you have an Arkansas photo that you think would make a good cover to the 2018 ASAE Directory?  Send it, with photo credit, to directory@arksae.net
Renew your dues online today! The 2018 ASAE Directory will be published March 2018.  2018 dues MUST be paid by February 15th in order to be included in the directory. 

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Member News

Executive News 

The AGC Arkansas is seeking an Executive Vice President: The AGC Arkansas (Associated General Contractors of America, Arkansas Chapter), is seeking a highly motivated, innovative executive vice president who possesses strong leadership, administration, and advocacy skills. This candidate will report to the Board of Directors and shall be charged with the management of the Corporation’s office, membership extension, membership growth, development of income, attainment of Corporation objectives and such other duties as assigned by the Board. Click here for complete position details.

The Arkansas Good Roads Foundation seeking an Executive Director: The Arkansas Good Roads Foundation is seeking dynamic, engaging and highly qualified professionals for consideration to fill the role of executive director. This position is responsible for driving growth and awareness, critical to achieving the objectives of the Foundation.
The purpose of the Arkansas Good Roads Foundation is to promote adequate funding and financing for the planning development, construction, and maintenance of a safe and efficient highway, road, street and bridge system that facilitates statewide economic growth, thus increasing private-sector job creation and retention. The executive director should have strong leadership skills, with the ability to develop strategies and employ efforts utilizing public research, programs, communication, and education to shape public opinion on the importance of adequately funded infrastructure and its link to Arkansas’s economic prosperity. The individual will be expected to serve in a high profile, accessible and knowledgeable role to organization members, the media, and civic groups on issues related to transportation funding and economic development. Experience dealing with a wide array of members, stakeholders, and supporting organizations is a plus. Click here for complete position details.

Associate News 

Kasey Summerville has joined the Little Rock CVB sales team as sales director for multicultural and religious markets. Summerville’s role is to continue fostering the LRCVB’s long-standing relationships with a multitude of groups and planners, and working to develop and cultivate new ones, capitalizing on Little Rock’s appeal as a meetings and conventions destination.
Prior to joining the LRCVB, Summerville served eight consecutive terms spanning nearly 15 years as Arkansas’s Clark County assessor, where she managed real estate and personal property taxes. In 2008, former Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe appointed her to the State Land Information Board where she served eight years. Summerville has served on multiple committees and boards including: Clark County NAACP life member; Arkadelphia’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration planning committee member; Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow; and National Association of Black County Elected Officials member. She has also authored and self-published Bridges and Footstools: 365 Days of Wisdom to Help You Live, Learn and Grow, a collection of inspirational and motivational quotes.    

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


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Feature Story

Are There Blindspots in Your Sexual Harassment Policies?  

Most associations have policies and procedures addressing sexual harassment in the workplace, including codes of conduct and mandatory staff training. But there are a few ways that associations should extend them to prevent legal fallout.

At a time when women are coming forward and reporting sexual misconduct and harassment in the workplace, it’s important that organizations ensure they not only have the proper policies and procedures in place but that they also are communicating them to their staff.

“Most associations—I hope—have policies in their handbooks that prohibit discrimination and harassment on the basis of a protected status, including sexual harassment,” said Julia E. Judish, special counsel at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, a law firm that advises many associations. “And they have a complaint procedure, so that if there is a violation, usually the employee can bring it to HR. And they prohibit retaliation, and they may or may not do training on it.”  [READ MORE]  


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AR Sheriffs' Youth Ranch - Christmas Donation

The Arkansas Sheriffs' Youth Ranches was founded by the Sheriffs of Arkansas over 40 years ago and has been home to more than 2,050 boys and girls. Currently home to 40 children, the Ranch is more than 90% funded through charitable gifts. Over the last 20 years, ASAE and its members have provided gifts at Christmastime and have helped hundreds of children have a memorable Christmas, some for the very first time in their lives. Many thanks to ASAE and its members on behalf of the Arkansas Sheriffs' Youth Ranches and the children who call the Ranch "home."

To learn more about the Arkansas Sheriffs' Youth Ranch visit their website at www.youthranches.com/


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