Surviving & Thriving | Post-COVID Strategic Summit

Monday, November 9, 2020 (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM) (EST)


Join us for the MSPA Americas Surviving & Thriving Post-COVID Strategic Summit

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Your registration includes unlimited virtual access to members of your company to virtually attend this important strategic summit!

Summit Sessions Agenda
November 9, 2020

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President's Welcome (9:00AM - 9:02AM)

Sam Hersey, MSPA Americas President

Collaborative Leadership During a Pandemic (9:02AM - 9:58AM)

In a top-20 metro area of residents with 70 million visitors a year, Orange County is one of the nation’s largest regional economies, and as such faced a tremendous challenge in balancing public safety with business interests in 2020. Meet members of the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force as they share insights into what transpired in real time and how they came together to minimize health issues and economic damage to this vibrant marketplace. Panelists include Tim Giuliani (Orlando Economic Partnership), Evelyn Cardenas (Central Florida Auto Dealers Association, Inc.), Dr. Raul Pino (Orange County Department of Health), John Henry (J. Henry's Barbershop), Doug Taylor (Church Street Entertainment), and Dr. Youcheng Wang (UCF Rosen School of Hospitality). Moderated by Roseann Harrington, Chief of Staff to Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings and member of the task force.  

Roseann Harrington
Chief of Staff to Orange County Mayor Demings 

COVID-19 Medical Panel: What We've Learned, What We See (10:00AM - 10:58AM)

An extraordinary and unprecedented time. A dangerous and ruthless disease. 2020 has been a year of unforeseen challenges, tragedies, and changes to our way of life. But what have we learned about the disease and what is the latest prognosis? A panel of leading medical experts will walk you through their first-hand experiences with COVID-19, what they have learned during that time, and how to best make sense of the short and long term future in a COVID world. The panel features Dr. Anthony Crespo (Department Chairman for Infectious Diseases at Orlando Health),  Dr. Yolanda Martinez (Orange County Health Services Director) and Dr. Vincent Hsu (Epidemiologist and AdventHealth’s Infection Control Officer).

Dr. Vincent Hsu
Epidemiologist and AdventHealth’s Infection Control Officer

While You Were Quarantining: Independent Contractor Law Changes and Present Status + Election Update for Business (11:00AM - 11:45AM)

Much has happened this year regarding the status of independent contractors, and most of it is good news! If you have missed out on the information along the way regarding developments at the federal level and in select states like California, this is a perfect catch-up session. PLUS, MSPA Americas’ Legislative Advisor and Lobbyist, Russ Hollrah, will share perspectives on how the 2020 election may likely impact businesses in the new year and beyond. 

After this session, attendees will have a better understanding of:
  • The key developments this summer with the Department of Labor regarding Independent Contractors
  • The current status to the challenge to California's AB5 bill
  • How business is likely to be impacted by the results of the this year's federal election

Financial Resources Toolkit: Beyond PPP (11:45AM - 12:45PM)

You’ve got your PPP loan, maybe your EIDL loan – now what? How does forgiveness work? Are there any more current resources out there that you haven’t tapped? What is the latest on another round of stimulus? Our financial expert will answer all these questions and more in this very important session. MP's Paul Carelis, VP of HR and Client Services, and Gerry Guzman, MP Account Executive for MSPA Americas will lead you through the financial opportunities present and prospective to weather through the pandemic challenges.

Paul Carelis                     Gerry Guzman

Break (12:45PM - 1:00PM)

Adapting to an Uncharted Marketplace (1:00PM - 1:58PM)

The business world has already changed dramatically this year. How much of this is permanent? And for those elements which may not be here for the long term, what is their timetable? How do we adapt to re-invigorate our businesses and help our clients get back on to their own paths of success? A panel of business leaders who work in the realms of local, national, and international dynamics share their insights on the future and the best roads to profitability. This session includes presentations by Betsy Gardner Eckbert, President/CEO of the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce and Nick Grounds, President & Executive Director of the British American Chamber of Commerce, and is moderated by Jerry Ross, President of the National Entrepreneur Center.

After this session, attendees will have a better understanding of:
  • Lessons learned from this extraordinary year
  • The latest national and international data and trends
  • How businesses have re-invented themselves for survival
  • What it will take for companies to Survive and Thrive going forward

Betsy Gardner Eckbert        Nick Grounds                  Jerry Ross             

COVID-19 Liability Forum: Protecting you and your Clients (2:00PM - 2:58PM)

To date Congress has failed to pass legislation that would provide immunity to businesses for COVID-19 liability claims. What is the likelihood of a bill being signed into law? In the interim, and if no bill ever comes about, how do you best protect your clients, your independent contractors and your very own company in this unprecedented business climate? Led by a team of experts from  the nationally prestigious law firm Gray-Robinson. Moderated by Chris Carmody, Shareholder, Gray-Robinson featuring Sarah Reiner, Rich Barry, and Doyle Bartlett. 

Chris Carmody

2021 Industry Insights: Hospitality (3:00PM - 3:58PM)

The shutting down of our economies has had devastating effects on restaurants, hotels, attractions, casinos and other forms of hospitality. But the tide is turning and there is reason for optimism on the horizon! This panel of hospitality leaders will share national data and other information to help you understand the timetables for recovery and opportunities to engage with your clients. Moderated by Bill Lupfer (Florida Attractions Association) featuring John Goodman (ICON Park), Thomas W. Draper (Greater Orlando Aviation Authority), Christian Savelli (Cruise Lines International Association), and Jacob Pewitt Yancey (Visit Florida).

Innovating to Thrive (4:00PM - 4:55PM)

When the rules change, innovation is the key to survival! COVID-19 has certainly changed the world for all of us, and creativity is now vital to staying relevant. Chris Green of T-ROC shares how he and his company took on the challenges of a new environment to develop a responsive product and meet client needs in new ways as a template for how we can all re-invent ourselves.

Close (4:55PM - 5:00PM)

Sam Hersey, MSPA Americas President


$199 for member registration

$249 for non-member registration

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