2018 Florida Encounter Printable Schedule


Wednesday, November 28th

11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Conference Foyer
Registration and Information Desk Open
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Calusa Ballroom
Exhibitor Move-In
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
TBD
Florida Encounter Orientation
New to Florida Encounter or need a refresher? Join us for a brief introduction to Florida Encounter, meet the VISIT FLORIDA team, and get a few tips on how to maximize your time throughout the week.
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Belvedere
NEW! Supplier Sip & Showcase
New to Florida Encounter is the Supplier Sip & Showcase where suppliers will "speed present" their product. It's a perfect opportunity to network outside the tradeshow floor, spark the interest of planners who don't have a scheduled appointment with you, and to encourage them to visit your booth during freestyle meetings.  Join us for this new event after Florida Encounter orientation, and before the Opening Evening Celebration.
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Cypress Courtyard
Opening Evening Celebration
The Beaches of Ft. Myers and Sanibel and the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point are excited to welcome you to the beautiful southwest Florida coast. Enjoy an evening under the stars at the Cypress Courtyard and Waterfall Pool Deck as we kick off Florida Encounter!

Thursday, November 29th

8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Calusa Pre-Function
Registration and Information Desk Open
8:30 am - 10:00 am
Estero Ballroom
Breakfast and CEU Session with Heather Ryan
Identifying & Responding to Potential Conference Risks
Heather Ryan - Former Special Agent, Naval Criminal Investigative Service
As event professionals, our lives are full of responsibility and stress. Event safety should not add to that burden. In this session you’ll learn from a former NCIS Special Agent how to identify and respond to potential conference risks.
VISIT FLORIDA is an Event Industry Council CMP Preferred Provider.
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Calusa Ballroom
Scheduled Appointments
11:00 am - 11:30 am
Networking Lounge
Refreshment Break
Refreshment break sponsored by Bradenton Area CVB
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Calusa Ballroom
Scheduled Appointments
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Estero Ballroom
Lunch and Keynote Session with Brett Culp
Superhero Leadership: How Everyday People Can Have an Extraordinary Impact
Brett Culp - Filmmaker and Speaker Who Documents the Positivity of the Human Experience
Leadership starts with the ability to look at every challenge—even the mundane tasks—as an opportunity to make a positive impact. Brett shares powerful stories from his filmmaking adventures of ordinary people who have accomplished extraordinary things. He demonstrates how everyone has the opportunity and capacity to embrace leadership and make an impact. By learning to see themselves as leaders contributing to a noble, shared vision, attendees will feel empowered to bring greater confidence and enthusiasm to their everyday tasks. This shift in perspective ignites the heroic spirit in audiences, equipping them to bring the truest, most powerful view of themselves to every aspect of their work and life.
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Calusa Ballroom
Scheduled Appointments
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Networking Lounge
Refreshment Break
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Calusa Ballroom
NEW! Freestyle Appointments
In addition to the traditional one-on-one appointments, Florida Encounter is excited to bring a new opportunity to the tradeshow floor. Freestyle appointments give you the chance to discuss business without a scheduled appointment. Planners can get to know a property not previously considered and meet with all of Florida’s premier meeting suppliers.
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
TBD
Supplier-Hosted / Open Evening
Thursday, November 29 is an open evening. We encourage supplier attendees to invite meeting planner attendees to join you for an evening activity. Looking for a place to host our planners on Thursday evening? Select from any of these fine restaurants located in the beautiful Coconut Point Mall just minutes from the hotel. There are other nearby options, as well. Please visit the information desk in the networking lounge for recommendations or assistance with reservations.

Friday, November 30th

8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Calusa Pre-Function
Registration and Information Desk Open
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Networking Lounge
Breakfast on the Tradeshow Floor
Breakfast sponsored by Emerald Coast Convention Center
9:00 am - 10:30 am
Calusa Ballroom
Scheduled Appointments
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Networking Lounge
Refreshment Break
Refreshment break sponsored by Visit Jacksonville
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Calusa Ballroom
Scheduled Appointments
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Networking Lounge
Closing Pep Rally
A fun way to end a productive week! Join us in the Networking Lounge for a Florida Encounter 2018 flashback, and exciting news about Florida Encounter 2019, including where the event is headed to next!
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Tarpon Bay
Lunch
We’ll dine in the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point’s premier restaurant, Tarpon Bay. With beautiful Florida inspired décor and a sunlit dining room, you’ll be relaxed and ready to enjoy the afternoon activities.
Friday's closing lunch is sponsored by the host of Florida Encounter 2019. Find out who at the Closing Pep Rally prior lunch!
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Calusa Ballroom
Exhibitor Move-Out
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Destination Site Tours
Meeting professionals have the opportunity to see all Bonita Springs has to offer! Exciting details coming soon!
6:45 pm - 7:00 pm
Meet in the Hyatt Regency Lobby
Transportation to Closing Celebration
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Shangri-La Springs
Closing Evening Celebration
There’s no better way to end your time in Florida than at Shangri-La Springs, home to the actual “bonita spring”. You’ll experience an interactive evening in one of the most tranquil places in Florida. The Closing Evening Celebration is sponsored by Daytona Beach Area CVB.