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Education Sessions


11:30 a.m to 1:00 p.m.                                                                  

Leadership: Motivating Your Team to Peak Performance

Pensacola Room

Gabrielle Gabrielli, CEO, Gabrielle Consulting


Leadership is critical to many aspects of event planning including managing events, finance, logistics, and personnel. Learn from a industry expert Dr. Gabrielle Gabrielli on what it really takes to be a great leader and motivate your team to achieve excellence. Learn how your attitudes and perceptions can lead your team to accomplish great things through TRUST and teamwork.


1:00 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.

Revenue Management 

Stadium Room

Brett Kolmetz, Director of Sales Marketing, Marriott Orlando Downtown

Attend this data driven session to learn how to effectively manage revenue. Join this dynamic workshop with Brett Kolmetz providing trade secrets hotels and planners need to know when navigating the complicated world of hospitality and events. Learn how to negotiate the best rates for your next event and drive revenue in the right direction.

2:00 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.

Gizmos and Gadgets: New Event Technology Roundtable 

Stadium Room

Moderator: TJ Hunter, Director of Sales, App Innovators

Panelist: Amanda Cook, Production Manager & Business Development, Map Dynamics

Panelist: James Rhymer, Creative Director, App Innovators

Panelist: Dustin Rivest, Founder and CEO, App Innovators 

Technology is constantly evolving. Learn how the evolution of technology has impacted the landscape of event planning. Industry experts will share how event technology is shaping how you plan and streamline your events.


Marketing Major Events: What Works and What Doesn’t

Pensacola Room

Moderator: Jason Zaborske, President and CEO, Capital Events, Inc.

Panelist: Cindy Molnar, CMP Executive Assistant/Director of Meetings, Florida Association of Insurance Agents

Panelist: Kathy Masterson, Director of Sales and Marketing, Hard Rock Hotel Daytona

Panelist: Amanda Bowen, Vice President, n. d. Stephens & Associates

Learn effective new ways to market your event. This panel features local and statewide experts discussing helpful hints, tips and strategies to leverage traditional advertising, digital and social media to improve your events.

3:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

What's Hot and What's Not in Meeting Planning 

Pensacola Room 

Moderator: Christine Poole, Director of Events, Foundation for Excellence in Education 

Panelist: Becky Buice, Associate, Nancy D. Stephens & Associates 

Panelist: Kelly Aleman, Tourism Marketing Manager, Visit Gainesville 

Trends and fads change every year, learn what's working and what is here to stay. Learn from industry meeting planning experts in this dynamic panel discussion highlighting what’s trending now in meeting and event planning.


Keeping up with The Joneses

Stadium Room

Moderator: Chip Minick, Senior Account Executive, Marriott International, Inc.

Panelist: Wayne Childs, Sales Manager, Plantation on Crystal River

Panelist: Lindsey Darin, Account Executive, St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater

Panelist: Walleska Vasquez, Senoir Sales Manager, Orlando World Center Marriott

In the fast paced world of hotels and hospitality, nothing is what it seems. With the hospitality industry booming, and prices at all time highs, the future looks bright for the hotel industry. Learn from a panel of national hotel and industry experts who will discuss the future of travel and find out if we can keep growing at this unprecedented pace.