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Florida Chamber Annual Meeting & Future of Florida Forum

October 27 @ 8:00 am - October 28 @ 2:00 pm EDT

Magic is happening in Florida!

Florida is open for business, and by uniting the business community for good, we can move Florida from – what is now – the 15th to the 10th largest economy in the world by 2030… now that’s magic!

We cordially invite you to join us for the premier Florida Chamber Foundation event of the year as Florida’s top business leaders, elected officials, community and education advocates connect on aligning education and training with workforce needs, the state of the current and future economy, the future of transportation and infrastructure, trade and logistics, innovation, tourism, legislation, the brand of Florida and much more. 

Want in on the magic? This event will feature engaging presentations, unique networking opportunities, and insight from leading voices in Florida and across the nation. These are conversations you won’t want to miss as you establish business plans for the years ahead! 

Regular In-Person Registration – $550
Virtual/Livestream Pass – $399

Register Now

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
1 Grand Cypress Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32836

Book Room

Day 1: October 27, 2021


State of Florida Business in a Changing World
Mark Wilson, President & CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce

“Florida is for Winners”
Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis

Florida’s Workforce Crisis, Workforce Needs and Economic Outlook
Dr. Jerry Parrish, Chief Economist, Florida Chamber Foundation

Florida is Open for Business, But Where are the Workers?

In-Demand Careers: Healthcare
Tiffany Pratt, Corporate Director, HR, Orlando Health

In-Demand Careers: Financial Services

In-Demand Careers: IT/Math

In-Demand Careers: Architecture/Engineering
Dave Sweeney, CEO, RS&H

In-Need: Soft Skills for Workforce
Colleen Englert, Executive Vice President, WIN Learning

Taking on the Trial Lawyers: Fixing Florida’s Broken Legal System (PANEL)
Moderator: Jason Gonzalez, Managing Partner, Shutts & Bowen LLP | Marc Salm, Vice President Risk Management, Publix | Tye Darland, Senior Vice President/General Counsel, Georgia-Pacific
Presented by Florida Chamber Litigation & Regulatory Reform Center

12:05 PM – LUNCH 

Building a Post-Pandemic Florida
Florida Senate President Wilton Simpson

A Strong Start for the Future of Florida’s Youngest Residents
Rep. Vance Aloupis, CEO, The Children’s Movement and Tripp Crouch, President, Children’s Nest Day School
Presented by Florida Business Alliance of Early Learning Project

VR: The Future of Job Exploration
Bharani Rajakumar, Founder & CEO, TRANSFR

A Safer and More Competitive Florida
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody

Greetings from Florida: The Future of Tourism
Eric Marshall, Senior Vice President of Sales, Universal Orlando

Phishing Expedition: Combating Online Piracy and Cyber Attacks
Matt Hall, CIO, University of Central Florida
Presented by Florida Chamber Insurance and Risk Services

Future of Education in Florida
Commissioner Richard Corcoran, Florida Department of Education

Update from Our Nation’s Capital: How Federal Policy Impacts Florida’s Business Tax Climate and Competitiveness
Senator Marco Rubio | Senator Rick Scott

A Florida Perspective: Economic Development and Recruiting Jobs to Florida
Dane Eagle, Secretary, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

The Future of Economic Development in FL

Creating a Sustainable Florida: Land Use/Permitting/Water
Shawn Hamilton, Deputy Secretary for Land and Recreation, Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Trade & Logistics 2030
John Kaliski, Principal, Cambridge Systematics
Presented by Trade & Logistics Institute

Increasing Revenue Through Exporting
Greg Britton, CEO, Florida SBDC Network
Presented by Small Business Council

Manufacturing a Better Future for Florida
Bill Yeargin, CEO, Correct Craft
Presented by Trade & Logistics Institute

Biopharmaceutical Investment, Innovation & Progress: COVID-19 & Beyond
Scott LaGanga, Sr. Vice President, State Advocacy, PhRMA

Conquering Cancer: A Bio Med Acceleration Talk

The Surfside Tragedy, Runaway Litigation and the Future of Florida’s Insurance Market
Rep. Tom Leek
Presented by Florida Chamber Litigation & Regulatory Reform Center

Florida’s Political Future: How to Get Your Company Ready for the 2022 Elections (PANEL)
Presented by Florida Chamber Free Enterprise Fund

5:00PM  – END OF DAY 1

Day 2: October 28, 2021



Future of Higher Education and Talent in Florida
Syd Kitson, CEO, Kitson & Partners | Marshall Criser III, Chancellor, State University System of Florida
Presented by Florida Business Alliance of Early Learning Project

Future of Safety
Mark Morgan, Chair, Florida Chamber Safety Council
Presented by Florida Chamber Safety Council

Future of Safety: Innovating Your Risk Out
Dor Abuhasira, CEO & Co-Founder, Percepto
Presented by Florida Chamber Safety Council

The Future of Mobility Innovation in Florida (PANEL)
Moderator: Beth Kigel, Chair, Autonomous Florida, & Vice President, HNTB,  | Nat Ford, CEO, Jacksonville Transportation Authority | Brad Thoburn, Asst. Secretary – Strategic Development, Florida Department of Transportation | Megan Sirjane-Samples, Director, Public Policy Eastern U.S., Lyft
Presented by Autonomous Florida

Space Chat: Launching Florida’s Future
Frank DiBello, President & CEO, Space Florida
Presented by Infrastructure Coalition

Fueling Game-Changing Ideas for Florida’s Business Future (PANEL)
Moderator: Kevin Burgoyne, CEO, Florida Venture Forum | Pam Rauch, Vice President External Affairs and Economic Development, Florida Power & Light Company FPL 35 Mules | Carla Johnson, Site Planning Administrator, Mayo Clinic Innovation Center | Christin Strawbridge, President, Catapult

Future of A.I. – A UF Super Computer Story
Mark Kaplan, Vice President, Government and Community Relations, University of Florida

The Florida Equality of Opportunity Story
Kyle Baltuch, Senior Vice President, Equality of Opportunity, Florida Chamber Foundation
Presented by Florida Equality of Opportunity Initiative

Racial Equity
Brian Butler, CEO, Vistra Communications
Presented by Florida Equality of Opportunity Initiative

A Pipeline to Prosperity
PJ Zonsius, Director of Business Development, Gas South
Presented by Florida Prosperity Project

Helping to End Hunger in Florida
John Provenzano, Vice President of Public Affairs, Publix
Presented by Florida Prosperity Project

An Equitable & Inclusive Future for Florida
Dr. Cihan Cobanoglu, University of South Florida
Presented by Florida Equality of Opportunity Initiative

Benefits Cliff Tool
Dr. Brittany Birken, Principal Adviser, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Presented by Florida Prosperity Project

Rural Economic Development (PANEL)
Moderator: Ben Lee, Senior Vice President, Hancock Whitney | Rose Fagler, Economic Development Manager, Weyerhaeuser | Sen. Ben Albritton

Florida #ChamberStrong – A United Road to 2030 (PANEL)
Moderator: Mark Wilson, President & CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce | Katie Worthington, President & CEO, Winter Haven Chamber | Nancy Keefer, President & CEO, Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce

Florida Chamber Annual Meeting + Awards
Mark Wilson, President & CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce | Charley Caulkins, Florida Chamber Chair | Chas Bailes, Florida Chamber Incoming Chair | Board of Directors Installation of the Officers

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis | A Vision for Florida’s Future

Workforce Reform
Florida Speaker of the House Chris Sprowls

The Brand of Florida Unveil
Jordan Zimmerman, Founder & CEO, Zimmerman Advertising

Where Do We Go From Here?
Mark Wilson, President & CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce

Magic Close
Mark Robinson, Comedian Magician

2:00PM  – END OF DAY 2


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October 27 @ 8:00 am EDT
October 28 @ 2:00 pm EDT
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Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
1 Grand Cypress Blvd
Orlando, FL 32836
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