PRELIMINARY CONFERENCE SCHEDULE*

Check out this schedule regularly as it is put together for the most exciting GNEX Conference so far!

The conference doesn’t officially start until Tuesday 27th, but as many attendees arrive early, below are some optional planned events that you can participate in pre-conference.

12.00 PM – 6.00PM (TBC) GNEX EXPERIENCE EVENT (TBC)
This event is yet to be confirmed, and will be an optional and separate ticketed event. Participants will enjoy doing something very cool in or around Miami, while having the added benefit of networking with other attendees during the activity. The “experience” events that we have arranged in the past have often been considered one of the major highlights of the conference by past attendees. More details to follow.
6.00PM (TBC) FREE NIGHT
Make your own arrangements to enjoy Miami by night, or join one of the “unofficial” groups for a night on the town. More details will be provided closer to the time.

Please Note: The SeaFair will not leave the dock on this day, so you are free to move between the hotel and the yacht at your leisure throughout the day.

9.00 AM BOARD SEAFAIR GRAND LUXE
Access to our luxurious $40 million mega-yacht is available from 9am. We will NOT be sailing on this day.
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9.15 AM – 9.30AM CONFERENCE WELCOME
Jim Madrid, Advance Sports Technology
Jim Madrid
Founder, Advance Sports Technology
A warm welcome to GNEX 2018 from our resident Emcee, Jim Madrid, who will give a brief overview of our new format and “not to be missed” sessions and events.
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9.30AM – 10.30AM THE 60-SECOND PITCH
Kicking off the most innovative networking event in the industry, GNEX introduces a new way for developers and vendors to get to know each other right at the start of the conference. The audience will be introduced to a pre-determined collection of resort development executives, and then listen to quick-fire 60-second product and service pitches from selected vendors. The selected vendors have just a minute to grab the attention of their highest value prospects at the event (and the rest of the audience), and the resort developers get to quickly and easily learn about the latest and greatest products and services available to them in a condensed time-frame, leaving them to arrange one-on-one meetings with just those that interest them most, thereby making best use of their time at the event.
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10.30AM – 11.00AM X-TALKS
Introducing our new and exciting, high impact “10 minute” solo presentations on various topics. Details of each session will be added when confirmed.
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11.00AM – 12.30PM SPEED NETWORKING BREAK
Grab some refreshments in our Networking Lounge on Deck 1, then jump into one of our attendee’s favorites – a speed networking round where you’ll meet one-on-one with around 30 other attendees, swap business cards and plan extended meetings with those that are most relevant to you.
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12.30PM – 1.00PM  X-TALKS
More of our new and exciting, high impact “10 minute” solo presentations on various topics. Details of each session will be added when confirmed.
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1.00PM – 2.00PM LUNCH
Enjoy a beautiful lunch on Deck 3.
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2.00PM – 2.45PM GUEST SPEAKER: THE ART OF RESILIENCY – SETBACKS, OBSTACLES & TRAGEDY
 
Will Blackmon, NFL, Player - Guest Speaker at GNEX 2018 Conference
Will Blackmon
NFL Free Safety, Washington Redskins
Sharing his rollercoaster story, Will Blackmon candidly describes the importance of resilience, through every peak and trough, no matter what the obstacles.

Will Blackmon, currently a free agent, has already played 10 seasons in the NFL, formerly for the Washington Redskins, Seattle Seahawks, Jacksonville Jaguars and Arizona Rattlers. Earlier in his career, he played college football for the Boston College Eagles, and was drafted in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. He also won a Super Bowl ring when playing for the New York Giants after defeating the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI.

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3.00PM – 4.30PM SEND ME ON VACATION’S “COCKTAILS & DREAMS”
Since 2012, the generosity of GNEX Attendees has had such a positive impact on SMOV’s Breast Cancer Surviviors. This session will begin with a celebration of this amazing charity’s efforts, and then a fun, charity auction on the top deck of the SeaFair accompanied with speciality “pink” cocktails and more.
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6.30PM – 9.30PM MAIN PARTY (TBC)


Join us at an exclusive Miami location for a stylish social event, including ample food, open bar and entertainment. Transportation Provided.

Please Note: The SeaFair will set sail at 3pm and will return at approximately 6.30pm.
Please ensure you are onboard no later than 2.30pm to participate in the Finale Party and iconic Miami Skyline Sunset Cruise.

9.00AM BOARD SEAFAIR GRAND LUXE / NETWORKING TIME
Hold some planned meetings or network with others in the Networking Lounge ahead of the first general sessions. Coffee available. PLEASE NOTE: We WILL be sailing for a few hours from 3pm today only.
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9.45 AM – 10.45AM LEADERSHIP IN A HIGH PERFORMANCE CLUTURE
An interactive discovery into what it takes to lead in today’s environment. How to extract high performance from teams through adoption of a culture they’ll believe in, and exploring the correlation between employee satisfaction and customer satisfaction.
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10.45AM – 11.30AM GUEST SPEAKER: “LET’S GO PLACES” – THE WHAT & WHY OF CUSTOMER DATA
 
Denise Jacobson
Sr. Mgr., Analytics, Reporting, & Data Governance, Toyota Motor Sales USA
Denise Jacobson shares with us what customer data the world’s largest automotive company is interested in, and why it’s important for Toyota to track and analyze their customer behavior. How an effective customer engagement strategy can help access untapped revenue, and avoid money being wasted on the wrong marketing and product development, plus how to manage all that data, and store it safely and securely.
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11.30AM – 12.30PM NETWORKING BREAK
Grab some coffee and pastries and then either hold planned meetings, network with other attendees or attend the optional break-out sessions below.
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11.45PM – 12.30PM BREAKOUT 1 BREAKOUT 2
TBC. Choose one of two breakout sessions to attend. TBC. Choose one of two breakout sessions to attend.
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12.30PM – 1.10PM X-TALKS
More high impact “10 minute” solo presentations on various topics. Details of each session will be added when confirmed.
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1.10PM – 2.00PM LUNCH
Enjoy a beautiful lunch on Deck 3.
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2.00PM – 3.00PM X-TALKS
More high impact “10 minute” solo presentations on various topics. Details of each session will be added when confirmed.
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3.00PM – 3.30PM SETTING SAIL
Join us on the Sky Deck to watch the SeaFair as it disembarks.
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3.30PM – 4.30PM THE BIG DEBATE
Participate in our final session that looks at a burning topic affecting the industry today. TBC.
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4.30PM – 6.30PM SKYLINE PARTY & PERSPECTIVE MAGAZINE AWARDS


Join us atop of the SeaFair Grand Luxe as it cruises Biscayne Bay, includes open bar, live entertainment, appetizers, the presentation of the Perspective Magazine Awards. With spectacular views of the iconic Miami skyline at sunset.

* Please Note: This schedule is provided as a guide only, and is subject to change at any time without prior notice in the interests of producing the best possible event. A final schedule will be posted closer to the event date.

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