2024 Sports Summit

Florida Sports Summit

2024 Florida Sports Summit

Come and be a part of the 2024 Florida Sports Foundation Summit May 20-23, at the Panama City Beach Embassy Suites. The Summit offers a chance to engage with sporting event organizers, collaborate with fellow professionals, stay updated on industry and state developments, and participate in enriching educational workshops.

Summit Speakers

Angela A. Suggs

Angela A. Suggs
President & CEO
Florida Sports Foundation

Joseph Piotrowski

Joseph Piotrowski
Director of Marketing & Partnerships
Florida Sports Foundation

Chris O'Brien

Chris O’Brien
Director of Sports & Special Events
Visit Panama City Beach

Brandon Esler

Brandon Esler
Director of Account Management

Larry Pendleton

Larry Pendleton
Award Dinner Sponsor


Schedule of Events

Sunday – May 19

  • All Day: Event Owners Arrival
  • 6pm – 9pm: Summit Advisory Committee Dinner with Event Owners (Invite Only)

Monday – May 20

  • 9am – 5pm: Registration
  • 7:30am – 9am: Meet the sponsor breakfast/coffee (Invite Only)
    This will be an organized networking event between all sponsors and rights holders. (Blu Bar Area – 1st Floor Hotel)
  • 7:30am – 2:00pm: First Impressions Networking Day (Open to All)
    (Fin Area – Hotel 1st Floor)
  • 6:30pm – 8:30pm: North Florida Sunset Reception
    Join your peers and rights holders in the main courtyard for an evening of networking and one of North Florida’s iconic sunsets. Everyone will be given an admission ticket to the Panama City Beach pier for the ideal viewing vantage point. (Trip to pier is optional) (Hotel Courtyard 1st Floor)

Tuesday – May 21

  • 7:30am – 8:45am: Opening Breakfast and Keynote from our CEO (Open to All)
    Come enjoy a great breakfast while listing to a keynote presentation from the Florida Sports Foundation President and CEO Angela Suggs. (Main Ballrooms, Hotel 1st Floor)
  • 9:30am – 11:30am: Peer 2 Peer Appointments (Open to All)
    Kick start your business generation by having one on one meetings with each of the event rights holders in attendance then use the many networking opportunities to close the deal. (5th Floor Sunrise Veranda)
  • 12pm – 2:30pm: Gold Rush Games (Rights Holders and destination partners)
    (Follow signage to load the busses to take you to the Publix Sports Park)
  • 6:30pm: Larry Pendleton Dinner Pre-Function Networking (Open to All)
    (Hotel Ballrooms pre-function 1st Floor)
  • 7pm: Larry Pendleton Partner Awards Dinner (Open to All)
    Tonight, is the night, the long awaited Larry Pendleton Awards. The time for the stars of Florida to be recognized by their peers. (Hotel Ballroom 1st Floor)

Wednesday – May 22

  • 7:30am – 9am: Rise and Grind Breakfast (Open to All)
    (Blu Bar Area Hotel 1st Floor)
    Stories airing on TV and radio or published in newspapers (printed and online) and magazines are five times more likely to have an impact on a consumer than a traditional ad. Media companies and outlets are offering more and more creative ideas to reach target audience to drive purchases and overall awareness of a company, organization or event. Earned media is an important metric to track especially for organizations who receive grants and public funding. During this session, participants will gain an understanding of how to harness earned media to drive awareness and support business objectives. (Hotel Ballroom 1st Floor)
  • 10am – 11am: Rights Holders Education (Rights Holders Only)
    (Hotel Ballroom 1st Floor)
  • 11am: Grab N Go Lunches (Open To All)
    (Hotel Ballroom Pre-Function Space 1st Floor)
  • 1:30pm: Rights holders and destination partner Networking
    Please follow the signs to your bus loading area and board the transportation with the window cling that matches the activity you registered for. (Buses will load out back behind the ballrooms, follow the signs)
  • 7pm: Closing Reception (Open to All)
    We will be giving out the awards for the Gold Rush Games, contest winners, and the announcement of next year’s Summit location! (Buses will load out back behind the ballrooms, follow the signs)

Thursday – May 23

  • 8:30am: Sail off into the Sunset Breakfast (Hotel 1st Floor)
  • Departure Day

Our Sponsors

Click on the sponsors logos to visit their websites.

Platinum Level

Panama City Beach

Gold Level

Team IP
FL Sports Coast
Event Connect

Silver Level

Visit Sarasota
Palm Beach County Sports Commission
Fort Myers
Visit Gainesville

Bronze Level

Visit Central Florida Sports
St. Pete Clearwater, Sports Commission
Sports Daytona Beach