“Justin Sayfie’s Florida Leaders Summit Convenes Today in Orlando”
By Ryan Ray
November 16, 2015The Sayfie Review’s annual Florida Leaders Summit convenes today in Orlando for two days of big ideas and wonky policy discussions.Keynoters Mark Halperin of Bloomberg Politics and New York Times political reporter Jonathan Martin had already been announced for the exclusive invite-only event, as had noted political consultants Kristin Solstis Andersen and Margie Omero.CFO and former Senate President Jeff Atwater tops the program’s collection of experts who will helm panels on more than half a dozen topics, along with Associated Industries president Tom Feeney, Department of Economic Opportunity head Jesse Panuccio, and Pinellas state Sen. Jeff Brandes.The program, modeled after World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, will be the third Summit hosted by Sayfie Review. It runs today and Tuesday.The event brings together leaders in government, business, academia, nonprofits and the news media to discuss mega-trends and solutions to pressing political and economic problems in the nation’s 3rd-largest state.Summit organizers have also coordinated with a group of “Thought Leadership Partners” to help broaden and deepen the discussions, including the Leroy Collins Institute at Florida State University, Florida TaxWatch, and libertarian think tank The James Madison Institute.The full roster of speakers is as follows, broken down by area of policy expertise.Economics
Tom C. Feeney, former U.S. Congressman and President & Chief Executive Officer, Associated Industries of Florida
Sen. Dorothy L. Hukill, chair of the Senate Finance & Tax Committee
Dale Ketcham, Chief of Strategic Alliances, Space Florida, and
Jesse Panuccio, Executive Director, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.
Dr. W. Kent Fuchs, President, University of Florida
Dr. Barbara Jenkins, Superintendent, Orange County Public Schools
Dr. William D. Law, Jr., President, St. Petersburg College, and
Kathleen Shanahan, former Chair/Member, Florida Board of Education; Chair and Chief Executive Officer, URETEK Holdings.
Jason Altmire, former 3-term U.S. Congressman; Senior Vice President, Public Policy & Community Engagement, Florida Blue
Alan Levine, former Secretary, Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration; President & Chief Executive Officer, Mountain States Health Alliance, and
Dr. Antonia Novello, former U.S. Surgeon General.
Eric Eikenberg, Chief Executive Officer, Everglades Foundation
Dan Tonsmeire, Riverkeeper, Apalachicola Riverkeeper
Steve Seibert, former Secretary, Department of Community Affairs; The Seibert Law Firm, and
Herschel T. Vinyard, Jr., former DEP Secretary; Of Counsel, Foley & Lardners
Jose Abreu, Former FDOT Secretary, Senior Vice President, Gannett Fleming
Joseph Lopano, Chief Executive Officer, Tampa International Airport
Bob O’Malley, Resident Vice President of State Government Affairs, CSX Transportation, and
Doug Wheeler, President & CEO, Florida Ports Council.
Will Seccombe, President & CEO, VISIT Florida
Maryann Ferenc, Founder, President & CEO, Mise en Place, Inc.
Erik Hansen, Senior Director, Domestic Policy, U.S. Travel Association, and
William D. Talbert III, President & CEO, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Jeff Atwater, Florida Chief Financial Officer
Sen. Jeff Brandes, Florida Senate
Barry Gilway, President & CEO, Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, and
Jay Neal, President & CEO, Florida Association of Insurance Reform.