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August 7-8, 2023

Ponte Vedra Inn & Club
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Full Schedule

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Monday, August 7

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM


Monday, August 7

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM


Monday, August 7

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Breaking barriers! The power of a diverse and inclusive workplace.

Elaine Pasqua, CSP

Do you need to create a culture of respect and cooperation to attract and retain employees? Today’s business owners employ a diverse workforce that spans four generations, various races, nationalities, and social identities. Differing perspectives and biases can sometimes reduce collaboration, productivity, and profits. Join Elaine Pasqua for a highly engaging, interactive, and thought-provoking session to acquire strategies that keep these biases and discrimination from affecting your bottom line. Learn to create an inclusive work environment where people are proud of who they are, feel safe, and thrive to be collaborative and productive.

Monday, August 7

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

What I Learned from the Snow Business

Bob Lipinski

Nothing is easy about growing a snow business from nothing to a multimillion-dollar entity. Snow industry veteran and founder of Lipinski Property Services, Bob Lipinski will take attendees on a journey of what he learned in growing his snow and landscaping business to eventually be acquired by a private equity company. He will share the thoughts and decisions made to grow and expand, innovations created, and what he learned that helped him have success in businesses after snow. While many of Bob’s peers are retiring or considering retirement, Bob is not stopping and is involved in a new startup. Hear what keeps him motivated and inspired for his next business venture.

Monday, August 7

4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

What Makes the Great Ones Great

Don Yaeger

As a sportswriter and author of more than 30 books, Don has had a front row seat with some of the greatest winners in athletics, including Walter Payton, Jimmy Connors, Michael Jordan, John Wooden, Pat Riley and Dale Brown. They are all legends in their own right, but does anyone believe the athletes mentioned above are really the GREATEST athletes of their time, physically? Remember, Jordan wasn’t even the first pick in the draft. Payton had to go to a small black college because bigger schools didn’t want to risk a scholarship on him. Each became a champion through strength and skills that had nothing to do with physical prowess. Using rich personal accounts gathered from more than 25 years of interviews with many of today’s sports legends and business leaders, Don has distilled Sixteen Consistent Characteristics of Greatness. Don shares some of these in an easy, engaging style, which helps participants realize that they, too, can achieve a higher level of personal success.

Monday, August 7

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Networking Reception

Tuesday, August 8

7:00 AM - 7:30 AM


Tuesday, August 8

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Continental Breakfast

Tuesday, August 8

8:45 AM - 10:00 AM

Commercial Real Estate Economics in Turbulent Times

Richard Barkham, PhD

As a leading global economist in real estate, Richard will break down macro & microtrends within the commercial real estate marketplace. As he discusses trends affecting service providers on commercial and industrial properties, he will conclude with a forecast for 2023 and into 2024 based on a comprehensive industry analysis.

Tuesday, August 8

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Pink Goldfish: Defy Normal and Exploit Imperfection

David Rendall, CSP

How do you become one of the few organizations or individuals that become extraordinary? It is crucial to stand out in a crowded marketplace, but true differentiation is increasingly rare. Based on over 400 case studies, Pink Goldfish provides an unconventional eight-part framework for achieving competitive separation by embracing flaws, instead of fixing them.

Tuesday, August 8

11:45 AM - 12:45 AM


Tuesday, August 8

1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Optional: St. Augustine History Tour

$150 fee. Registration Required.

We will meet at the resort entrance promptly at 1:30 pm and head to St. Augustine for an interactive tour highlighting historic sites and key points of interest.

Tuesday, August 8

1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Optional: Beach Chair Networking

No Fee! Registration Required

Network with your toes in the sand and a drink in your hand. SIMA will reserve a grouping of beach chairs outside of the pool/beach bar area.

Tuesday, August 8

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Networking Reception & SIMA Foundation Fundraiser

Sponsored by the SIMA Foundation

Join us for cocktails and light snacks before you head off to dinner. You'll see your peers and hear about the latest from the SIMA Foundation.

Tuesday, August 8

7:30 PM - ?


Make your own dinner arrangements

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11am - 1pm Event check-in
Noon - 1pm Lunch
1pm - 2:30pm Irrational Loyalty
Deb Gabor
2:45pm - 4pm The Modern Business Influencer
Paige Velasquez Budde
4:15pm - 5:30pm After the Snow Falls - What it Takes to Succeed in Business Beyond Outdoor Services
Mike Rorie
6:30pm - 8pm Opening Reception
Sponsored by Pro-Tech


SIMA has reserved tee times on Sunday (8/6) morning and late afternoon. Those indicating interest during registration, will receive a link in their email confirmation to see the tee times and others who are golfing. Once the reserved tee times are full, SIMA will notify the resort of attendees and assigned tee times.

Fees:  $250 Golf Fee/$75 Club Rental/$45 Shoe Rental   

Attendees will pay on their own upon arrival. To avoid being charged, all cancellations need to be communicated directly to the Ponte Vedra Club House by July 30. Failure to do this will result in charges and will be each individual’s responsibility. Tee times not reserved by July 30 will be released.  Attendees are also welcome to make their own reservations by calling the club directly at:  904.285.5200.  Note the course is closed on Monday 8/7 due to course maintenance.

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