Conference Plans at a Glance!
The conference committee has been hard at work, meeting each week to plan the upcoming Florida Media Association conference in St. Pete Beach. We're excited to finally be able to share some of the details with you!

The newly renovated Sirata will be our base of operations. Our meetings and meals will be held in the beautiful Royal Palm Ballroom on the 8th floor. With windows on three sides, it offers stunning views of Boca Ciega Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, where you'll surely want to dip your toes in your free time.

The conference agenda is taking shape and final details are being hammered out, but I can assure you that you're going to love what we have planned.

Friday's sessions include a Content Strategy Panel, a CVC Update, and a Multi-Media Panel. "What will those panels address?" I'm so glad you asked. See the "All Things Conference" article for additional information.

Keynote speaker Chris Brewer of OMG Commerce will kick-off Saturday morning's session. He will be followed by Elaine Buckley, who will share practical ways to implement the ideas Chris generates. She will also talk to us about Recruiting, Hiring & Retaining.

Saturday afternoon's sessions include a Design Workshop for Print & Digital by Greg Cox of Overnight Production Services, a Social Media Session by Herbert Williams, and the ever-popular Idea Fair. This year, just to show our appreciation for your hard work preparing to share your idea, every Idea Fair participant will receive $50 just for entering! And as always, there will be prize money for first, second and third place winners.

No conference would be complete without fun, and we've got plenty of that planned for you as well.

Friday evening's welcome reception will be a beach-themed "White Party" luau, including a whole roasted pig with all the fixins' and games on the deck. What's a White Party? Why, it's where everyone wears white, of course! Granted, it will be a little warm outside in August - so plan on wearing your swimsuit for this party (you can wear a white coverup or T-shirt) and taking a dip in the pool that's just a few feet away from the festivities.

Since the white sand beaches will be beckoning to us, we gave in to temptation and ordered box lunches for Saturday. That will give you plenty of time to eat lunch where you're happiest - in your air-conditioned room with your feet on the bed, or dipping your toes into the Gulf of Mexico. Either way, you'll be energized for the rest of the Saturday afternoon sessions.

The grand finale will be Saturday night's "Awards for Excellence" banquet. We had a little trouble with last year's video presentation, but Elaine Buckley's hilarious commentary saved the day. Will she have us in stitches again? Only time will tell!


2019 Conference Schedule
2019 Conference Registration Form
2019 Award Categories


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