The President's Message: It's time to get excited about our annual CPF conference!
The annual Community Papers of Florida (CPF) conference is fast approaching and it's time for members to register for the September 18-19 event at the Caribe Royale Resort in Orlando.

What can you expect?

You will have the opportunity to rub elbows with peers in the association; be exposed to training programs that will help your sales; win some awards during the Awards for Excellence competition; exchange ideas; be served great food; and take part in the Friday evening "Tailgate Party" welcome reception.

We will open the conference Friday afternoon with a Publishers & Senior Management Roundtable moderated by Dan Autrey. The president of the Tampa Bay Newspapers, Autrey is a past president and a longtime CPF board member.

Justo Rey will follow the opening session moderating an Open Mike session. Here is your chance to take part in a session and share your knowledge with your peers. Rey is the president of The Flyer, a longtime CPF board member, and a past president of the association.

A digital panel discussion titled "How to Make Money Online" will follow the Open Mike session. David Crawford, a regional account manager for Standard Rate and Data Service (SRDS), will moderate the panel discussion.

Bring your favorite college football team clothing to dress up for the Friday evening "Tailgate Party." We will be in the first month of college football and we have no doubt that the colors you wear will belong to the top-ranked college team.

CPF will provide hotel vouchers to purchase breakfast on your own on Saturday morning.

Saturday's conference kickoff will be at 9:00 a.m. with the introduction of guests and vendors and the state of the association address.

At 9:30 a.m. Charlie Delatorre of The Leadership Institute will teach a TLI class. Charlie is the president and owner of Tower Publications in Gainesville as well as a longtime CPF board member and a past president of the association.

At 11:00 a.m. Tim Bingaman will take over the mic and update members on the Circulation Verification Council (CVC) audits. Tim is the president and founder of CVC.

The noon luncheon will include the Awards for Excellence awards ceremony. We have gone back to the old format - expect lots of graphic and editorial awards and a photo session to show off your publication's winners. The award guidelines and category information is included in this newsletter.

We will close the conference with the Three Minute Idea Fair. This will be your opportunity to tell your peers how to make some money and for you, if you are a winner, to take some money home. Gary Hawken will be back to moderate this event. The former owner and publisher of Flashes Shopping Guide in Stuart is retired. He is a past CPF board member and president.

Saturday evening you are on your own. Disney and numerous tourist attractions are nearby.

The registration page for the CPF conference is included in this newsletter.

We look forward to visiting with you in Orlando.


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