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

Liese Abili

Liese Abili
VP, Sports Development
Florida Sports Foundation

Joseph Piotrowski

Joseph Piotrowski
Director of Marketing & Partnerships
Florida Sports Foundation

Randy Sparks

Randy Sparks
CEO & Founder

Chris O'Brien

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


Schedule of Events

Monday – May 20

  • 9am – 5pm: Registration
  • 8am – 9am: Meet the sponsor breakfast/coffee
    This will be an organized networking event between all sponsors and rights holders. (Hotel 1st Floor)
  • 9am – 10:00am: First Impressions Networking Breakfast
    Start your day off right by Joining your fellow partners and all rights holders to a wonderful breakfast before the day starts. (Hotel 1st Floor)
  • 10am: Optional Event Organizer / Partners Golf Outing
    Partners can invite a targeted event organizer and host them for a morning round of golf. This will not be a formal tournament, rather just an opportunity for the partners to host those they would like to in a unique fashion. (Bay Point Golf Club, Nicklaus Course)
    ** This event is at your own cost; transportation and tee times will be provided. **
  • 8am – 9am: Meet the sponsor breakfast/coffee
    This will be an organized networking event between all sponsors and rights holders. (Hotel 1st Floor)
  • 11am – 3pm – Optional lunch like a local and winery tour
    Not golfing? No problem, join the group for lunch at a Panama City Beach local hotspot and then take a tour of the brand-new Duplin Winery. (This event is at your own cost; transportation and reservations will be provided)
  • 6pm – 9:30pm: North Florida Sunset Reception
    Join your peers in the main courtyard for an evening of networking, games, 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)
  • 10pm: Overtime Networking
    Wind down the first day of the summit with new friends and old to discuss the days business over libations in the main lobby bar. (Hotel 1st Floor)

Tuesday – May 21

  • 8:00am 9:30am: Sunrise Breakfast
    Not quite early enough for sunrise but early enough to get another great breakfast to start the day. (Location TDB)
  • 9:30 – 11:30am: Peer 2 Peer Appointments
    Kick start your business generation by having one on one, 7 minute meetings with each of the event rights holders in attendance then use the many networking opportunities to close the deal. These meetings are only traditional in the topical discussion sense, don’t get too distracted by the outside views. (5th Floor Sunrise Veranda)
  • 12pm – 2:30pm: Grab N Go Lunch and Gold Rush Games
    Team Beige is coming back to defend their title from their dominating win last year. Which team has it in them to knock them off the podium? You will be contacted by your team captain well in advance to discuss strategy, finalize your plan, and talk trash to your fellow peers/competitors. Up for grabs is the coveted Sunny Trophies, and don’t forget about the MVP award! (Publix Sports Park)
  • 4pm: REAL FUN MEETINGS (Main Pool Deck)
  • 6:30pm: Larry Pendleton Dinner Pre-Function Networking (Hotel Ballroom)
  • 7pm: Larry Pendleton Partner Awards Dinner (Hotel Ballroom)
  • 9pm: Extra Innings (Offsite)

Wednesday – May 22

  • 8:30am: Rise and Grind Breakfast (Hotel 1st Floor)
  • 9:30am: Split Education (Hotel Ballroom) – We will split up the rights holders and the partners for relative trainings to each side of the industry.
  • 11am: Joint Education (Hotel Ballroom) – We will bring the rights holders and the partners together for industry specific education/brainstorming conversations.
  • 12:30pm: Lunch (Various Locations)
  • 2:30pm: Choose Your Own Adventure Networking (Various Locations) – you will have the opportunity to choose which Panama City Beach specific activity you would like to take part in, there will be leisure, adventure, and cultural activities to choose form.
  • 7pm: Closing Reception (Off Site Location)

Thursday – May 23

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

Departure Day


Our Sponsors

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Platinum Level

Panama City Beach

Gold Level

Team IP
FL Sports Coast
Event Connect

Silver Level


Bronze Level

Visit Central Florida Sports
St. Pete / Clearwater