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Tuesday - Apr 5th, 2016
6:45am 1:00pm Fishing Excursion Departs from Lobby
The fishing charter will take place from 7-11a followed by lunch at the Bait House restaurant.

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12:00pm 5:00pm Registration Desk Open Grand Ballroom Foyer
The place to meet staff, pick-up name badges, get directions, and help with any convention questions you might have.

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2:00pm 3:30pm Executive Committee Meeting Manatee
For Executive Committee and invited guests

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2:00pm 4:00pm Supplier Section Board of Gov Meeting Coral
Elected Board and invited Guests only.

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3:30pm 5:00pm Service Corp. Board Meeting Manatee
Service Board Committee and invited guests

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Wednesday - Apr 6th, 2016
7:00am 5:00pm Registration Desk Open Grand Ballroom Foyer
The place to meet staff, pick-up name badges, get directions, and help with any convention questions you might have.

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8:00am 11:00am Board of Directors Meeting Waters Edge C
Elected Board, Former Presidents and invited Guests only.

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11:45am 5:00pm Golf Tournament Depart from Reg Desk
Our Supplier Associate Section is organizing a great golfing event at Belleview Biltmore Golf Club to get the meeting started.

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11:45am 5:00pm Trap Shooting Event Depart from Reg Desk
This event was designed for you to get to know your fellow members better. It continues to be a fun event for all. Held at the Silver Dollar Shooter Club.

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5:30pm 6:15pm Young Executives Reception Flamingo Deck
Bringing together members who are (or feel) 45 or younger. This is a networking opportunity designed for emerging industry leaders who want to get to know one another and the Association.

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6:30pm 9:00pm Welcome Reception
Sponsored by Supplier Associate Section
Sandpiper Deck/Beach
The Welcome Reception is a perfect opportunity to meet with fellow attendees, catch up on old times and meet new colleagues.

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Thursday - Apr 7th, 2016
6:15am 5:00pm Registration Desk Open Grand Ballroom Foyer
The place to meet staff, pick-up name badges, get directions, and help with any convention questions you might have.

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6:30am 7:30am Walk/Run Event Depart from Reg Desk
Come join the fun for this early morning workout! A walk or run along the Beach.

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8:00am 2:00pm Vendor Setup Lower Level/Expo Hall
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8:15am 10:15am Coffee Break Grand Ballroom Foyer
Sponsored by S3 Enterprises Inc.

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8:30am 9:30am Dealer Relations Committee Salons EF
This Committee monitors legislative issues such as warranty, buy-back legislation, and contractual laws, and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors.

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8:30am 9:30am Round Table Fraud Prevention Waters Edge A
Mike Sherrod will walk executives through the challenging world of fraud in business.

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8:30am 9:30am Round Table - Exporting Waters Edge B
David Severini will get the conversations going on the challenges facing exporting.

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8:30am 9:30am Round Table Right Person Right Task Waters Edge C
This session will be made up of Four 15 minute rapid-fire efforts to expose key business challenges, look at potential solutions and summarize conclusions.

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9:00am 3:00pm Spouse/Guest Tour - Tarpon Springs Depart from Reg Desk
We will begin with Tarpon Springs Heritage Museum, drive by tour of Victorian homes, 40 minute cruise, lunch and free shopping time.

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9:45am 10:45am General Session Salons EF
Ernie Goss will discuss some of the key components of his surveys, economic trends and impact assessments in the following areas: business confidence, employment, farm commodity prices, wholesale prices, export orders, inflation, and economic growth.

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9:45am 1:00am Spouse/Guest Tour - Catamaran Depart from Reg Desk
Two hours sailing on a 50'catamaran around clearwater beach followed by lunch

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11:00am 12:15pm Tillage Council Salons EF
John Schweitzer will share insights on global tillage, industry trend, and factors influencing the tillage business.

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12:30pm 1:45pm Executive Lunch Sandpiper Deck
Come enjoy a meal with old and new friends.

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1:45pm 2:30pm Ice Cream Social Manatee Foyer
Sponsored by FEMA Services Corp.

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2:00pm 2:30pm Supplier Associate Section Meeting w/Elections Lower Level/Expo Hall
The entire Supplier Section is encouraged to attend.

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2:30pm 5:00pm Supplier Showcase Lower Level/Expo Hall
Plan on spending time visiting each of the Supplier’s booths. Their continued support of the Showcase helps make the Spring Conference possible.

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3:30pm 5:00pm Showcase Reception Lower Level/Expo Hall
Plan on spending time visiting each of the Supplier’s booths. While enjoying a drink and snack.

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8:00pm 12:00am Clearwater Crawl Depart from Reg desk
Enjoy a networking opportunity by visiting local hotspots and receiving discounted prices on food and drink. List below of locations we will visit. Your $25 registration fee includes t-shirt and wristband for establishments to know you are with the group.

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Friday - Apr 8th, 2016
7:30am 2:00pm Registration Desk Open Grand Ballroom Foyer
The place to meet staff, pick-up name badges, get directions, and help with any convention questions you might have.

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8:00am 9:30am Coffee Break Grand Ballroom Foyer
Sponsored by Paulo

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8:30am 9:30am Marketing Section Salon A
For entire Marketing Section; this is a planning session.

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8:30am 9:30am Round Table - Workers Compensation Waters Edge A
This will be a great chance to improve your understanding of workers compensation claims, how they are handled and how that affects far more than the injured worker.

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8:30am 9:30am Round Table - Big Data Waters Edge B
Dan Salerno will lead the discussion for this topic.

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9:30am 10:30am Hot Topic: Right Person - Right Task Waters Edge C
More info on this important topic, round table continues from Thursday session.

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11:00am 12:00pm Education Committee Manatee
This committee's main goal is educating our members through organizing plant tours, scheduling educational speakers at our Spring and Fall Meetings, and developing our purchasing track.

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11:00am 12:00pm CANCELLED Post Hole Digger Council Janea Danuser will Reschedule
The Council discusses issues specifically affecting this type of farm equipment. Members will discuss equipment safety standards, industry trends, and other important information.

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11:00am 12:00pm Membership Committee Salon B
A committee dedicated to serving our Membership as a whole. This committee works on member recruitment and member retention. If you would like to be a part of this committee please contact Membership Director Elaina Jackson-Elaina@FarmEquip.org

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12:00pm 1:00pm Convention/Conference Planning Session Marlin
This is a time for the convention committee, office staff and executives to share ideas for future speakers, locations, and format.

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