2016 Conference

2016 FMA Annual Publishing Conference & Expo
September 23, 2016

Walt Disney World Swan Resort
1500 Epcot Resorts Blvd
Orlando, Florida 32830

Member Rates  
Conference Registration 

Conference Registration after September 9th 



Charlie Awards Ticket Only

Charlie Awards Ticket Only after September 9th



Conference + Charlie Awards Registration

Conference + Charlie Awards Registration after September 9th 



Events Include

FMA’s 50th Annual Publishing Conference
Join us and celebrate FMA’s 50th Anniversary! Get to know your peers and potential clients from the state’s vibrant magazine community as you take part in an event-filled day. You’ll be inspired by the wisdom and practical tips of top speakers and panelists and by the evening’s Charlie Awards banquet, which honors the Florida magazine industry’s best work.

Hear From Industry Experts

  • Nicole Vogel, Founder and President of Sagacity Media
  • Ted Spiker, Chair of the Department of Journalism at the University of Florida
  • Vicky Hamer-Hodges, Art Director at Caribbean Travel & Life and Destination Weddings and Honeymoons
  • Roberto Gonzalez, Photo Editor at Orlando Magazine
  • Jillian Baco, Senior Art Director at Tampa Magazine and South Tampa Magazine
  • Jamie Ezra Mark, Chief Creative Officer at Akers Media
  • Lou Ann Sabatier, Consultant at Sabatier Consulting
  • Kristen Manieri, Founder and Editor Orlando Date Night Guide
  • Lucas Vandenberg, Marketing Partner Fifty & Five.
  • Rob Garay, The Institute of Internal Auditors

Magazine Idol: Design Critiques
Interested in valuable feedback from some leading magazine designers and editors? The day’s events will include a live magazine critique during the general session. Please bring copies of your latest magazines if you’d like to take part.

Digital and Social Media Strategy Panel
Wondering how to develop a winning social media strategy? We bring together staffers from magazines that have seen their numbers grow by successfully blending social media efforts into their daily routine. They’ll break down how they did it.

Power Hour: Sharing in the Round
Good ideas are meant for sharing — and so are vexing questions. This session gives each of us the chance to share our best ideas and get help for challenging issues, as we come together in facilitator-led round-table discussions. At the end of the session, we’ll gather as a group to present results. Topics: Print/Distribution, Digital, Social Media, Art, Sales, Editorial

One-on-One Publishing Consultations & Mini-Sessions with Speakers
Schedule your 30-minute spot with our guest publishing consultant or join one of our speakers for a mini-session when you register for this year’s conference. These added benefits are no extra cost to you, so make sure you register and sign up for your spot early.

Vendor Exposition
We bring in the best companies working in our industry to help you through your business needs. Meet with representatives from some of the most respected and cutting-edge companies in the magazine industry. They’ll be exhibiting their latest wares and answer questions on ways they can help you grow your business.

2016 Charlie Awards Gala
Join the 2016 award-winning Florida-based publications as they receive Charlie Awards for outstanding editorial, design, photography and overall categories. The gala will end Friday’s events in style, with a cocktail hour, formal dinner and inspiring awards ceremony. Will we display the finalists before the dinner.



Thursday, September 22, 2016

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Luau Social at the Cabana Bar and Beach Grill at the Dolphin Pool (Wear Your Hawaiian Shirt!)

Friday, September 23, 2016

8:15 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Registration Open

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Welcome remarks by FMA President, Jacalyn Levine

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Ted Spiker, From Writer To Reader

10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Connection Break

10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. One-on-One Mini Breakout Sessions with Speakers and Associate

11:15 a.m. – 11:45 p.m. FMA Membership Meeting, General Assembly

11:45 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Keynote Nicole Vogel & Lunch

12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Connection Break

12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. One-on-One Mini Breakout Sessions with Speakers and Associates

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Magazine Idol Live Magazine Critiques Panel with Moderator Jamie Mark and Panelists Vicky Hamer-Hodges, Roberto Gonzalez and Jillian Baco

2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Connection Break 

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Social Media Panel 

3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Connection Break

4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Power Hour

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Charlie Awards Cocktail Reception

7:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. 2016 FMA Charlie Awards Banquet & Awards Ceremony