Future of Florida Forum

Orlando, FL

28 Oct 2019

29 Oct 2019

Future of Florida Forum

The Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2019 Future of Florida Forum brought together Florida’s business leaders, industry experts and elected officials to discuss the opportunities and challenges impacting Florida’s future between now and 2030. 

Florida’s leaders discussed:

  • Florida’s rapidly changing economic, demographic and political changes and how they impact your future, 
  • Where Florida’s growth will be and in what industries, 
  • Florida’s key trends, headwinds, tailwinds and key projections,
  • The latest leadership strategies to solve Florida’s talent gap,
  • Fixing Florida’s broken lawsuit abuse problem,
  • Preparing Florida’s infrastructure and transportation systems for growth,
  • Promoting economic opportunity for all Floridians, and more!

Join us to Secure Florida’s Future at the 2019 Future of Florida Forum. Click here to register your team.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Registration Open l 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Opening Session and Luncheon l 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Official Welcome and Opening Remarks

Todd Powell, VP, for Real Estate Development, Weyerhaeuser; Chair, Florida Chamber Foundation     

State of Florida Business

Mark Wilson, President & CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce

Florida Economic Snapshot and Outlook

Jerry D. Parrish, Ph.D., Chief Economist, Florida Chamber Foundation

The Presidential Road to the 2020 White House Goes Through Florida

David Hart, Executive Vice President, Florida Chamber of Commerce
Andrew Wiggins, Senior Director of Campaigns & Elections, Florida Chamber of Commerce
Joe Clements, Advisor, Florida Chamber Political Program

Online Sales Tax: It’s Not a New Tax

Senator Joe Gruters, District 23; Chairman, Republican Party of Florida

$4,442 Reasons to Fix Florida’s Broken Legal Climate

Introduced by Mark Wilson, President & CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce
Moderator: William Large, President, Florida Justice Reform Institute
Harold Kim, VP, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and COO, Institute for Legal Reform
Representative Tom Leek, District 25
Senate President-Designate Wilton Simpson, District 10

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles…Oh My!

Introduced by Doug Wheeler, President and CEO, Florida Ports Council
Kevin J. Thibault, P.E., Secretary, Florida Department of Transportation

Better Candidates Equal a Better Future

Introduced by Dennis Grady, CEO, Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches
Rick Asnani, Director, Florida Institute for Political Leadership   

Giving Back for Florida’s Future

Moderator: David Odahowski, President, Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation
Clay Ingram, CEO, Volunteer Florida
Sabeen Perwaiz, President & CEO, Florida Nonprofit Alliance
Kay Rawlins, Founder & Sr. VP of Community Relations, President, Orlando City Foundation

Putting a Woman on the Moon by 2024: Launching Artemis

Frank DiBello, President & CEO, Space Florida
Mark Wiese, Gateway Logistics Element Manager, NASA Kennedy Space Center

Creating the Workforce of the Future at the Intersection of People and Technology

Introduced by Mark Wilson, President & CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce
Joe Quaglia, President, Americas, Tech Data    

Going From Learners to Earners

Introduced by Mike Myhre, CEO, Florida Small Business Development Center Network
Moderator: Madeline Pumariega, Vice President & Provost, Tallahassee Community College
Dr. Michelle Horton, Director, Complete Florida
Representative Rene “Coach P” Plasencia, District 50
Roland Selby, Jr., Executive Director, Year Up Baltimore

Digital Cyber Fraud: Its Impact on Florida’s Economy

Introduced by Doug Davidson, Market Executive, Bank of America
Jimmy Patronis, Chief Financial Officer, Florida

$30 Billion Reasons Hemp May Be in Florida’s Future

Introduced by Tracy Duda-Chapman, Senior VP & General Counsel, A. Duda & Sons, Inc.
Nikki Fried, Commissioner, Department of Agriculture, Florida

Is Florida’s Constitution Under Siege?

Introduced by Bob Grammig, Partner, Holland & Knight LLP
Ashley Moody, Attorney General, Florida

Welcome Reception l 5:30 p.m.

Women’s Hall of Fame Induction Dinner (Open to All Attendees) l 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Registration Open l 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Breakfast, General Session, Florida Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors Annual Meeting and Lunch l 7:30 a.m.2:00 p.m.

Official Welcome & Opening Remarks

Todd Powell, VP for Real Estate Development, Weyerhaeuser; Chair, Florida Chamber Foundation

Three Former Speakers of the House on Why Leadership Matters

Introduced by John Dailey, Mayor, City of Tallahassee
-Moderator: Peter Schorsch, Extensive Enterprises
Dean Cannon, President & CEO, GrayRobinson, P.A., Former Speaker, Florida House of Representatives
Steve Crisafulli, Crisafulli Consulting, Former Speaker, Florida House of Representatives
Will Weatherford, Managing Partner, Weatherford Capital, Former Speaker, Florida House of Representatives

Championing $50,000 Careers vs. $9 Hourly Jobs

-Introduced by Michael Griffin, VP, Public Affairs, AdventHealth
-Representative Paul Renner, District 24

The Importance of Second Chances in Florida’s Justice System

Senator Jeff Brandes, District 24
Shon Hopwood, Associate Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Early Learning Creates Lifelong Opportunities

Introduced by Kim Reckley, SVP, Client & Community Relations Director, PNC Bank; Chair, Business Alliance for Early Learning
Representative Vance Aloupis, District 115; CEO, The Children’s Movement of Florida

Preparing, Attracting and Retaining World Class Talent      

Moderator: Charles Hokanson, Senior Vice President – Florida Community Engagement, Helios Education Foundation
Eric Hall, Ed.D., Chancellor of Innovation, Florida Department of Education
Kathy Hebda, Chancellor, Division of Florida Colleges, Florida Department of Education
Jacob Oliva, Chancellor, Division of Public Schools, Florida Department of Education


What Mayors Are Doing to Advance Economic Development     

-Moderator: Glenda Hood, Former Mayor, Orlando, Founding Partner, Hood Partners, LLC
-John Dailey, Mayor, City of Tallahassee
Buddy Dyer, Mayor, City of Orlando
Matt Surrency, Mayor, City of Hawthorne

Strategies for Rural Economic Development

-Moderator: Todd Powell, VP for Real Estate Development, Weyerhaeuser; Chair, Florida Chamber Foundation
Michelle Dennard, President & CEO, CareerSource Florida
Jeff Hendry, Executive Director, North Florida Economic Development Partnership
Gray Swoope, President & CEO, VisionFirst Advisors

Florida’s Strategy to Diversify the Economy and Grow High Wage Jobs

Introduced by Glenda Hood, Former Mayor, Orlando, Founding Partner, Hood Partners, LLC
Jamal Sowell, Florida Secretary of Commerce and President & CEO, Enterprise Florida Inc.

Readiness, Response & Resiliency: Lessons Learned

Jason Cutliffe, General Manager – Emergency Preparedness, Duke Energy Florida
Ken Lawson, Executive Director, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

Putting Florida on the Stage for Manufacturing        

Kevin Carr, CEO, FloridaMakes

$88.6 Billion Reasons to Love VISIT FLORIDA

Dana Young, President & CEO, VISIT FLORIDA 

Florida’s Hidden Gems

Introduced by Jeff Johnson, State Director, AARP
Steve Seibert, Executive Director, Florida Humanities Council

Better Health Outcomes and Lower Costs

Introduced by Steve Knopik, CEO, Beall’s, Inc.; Chair, Healthcare Partnership
-Patrick “Pat” Geraghty, President & CEO, Florida Blue

Ten Trends Shaping Florida’s Future

Ted Abernathy, Futurist & Managing Partner, Economic Leadership LLC

Future of Florida Forum Ends l 2:00 p.m.

Early Registration Fee
$530 through September 30, 2019
$555 after September 30, 2019

Hotel Room Rate
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress: $229 (ends October 7, 2019)

Cancellation requests for registrations received by September 30, 2019 will be issued a refund, less a $75 per person administrative fee.  All cancellations must be made in writing and e-mailed to tprice@flchamber.com.

Cancellation requests received after September 30, 2019 will not be issued a refund.

For questions, please call the Florida Chamber at 850.521.1200 or send an email to summits@FLFoundation.org.

See the highlights from the 2018 Future of Florida Forum below: