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Southeast Private-Public Partner Summit

The third annual Southeast Private-Public Partner Summit (SPPPS) in coordination with Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity will be held Tuesday, April 30 - Wednesday, May 1, 2019.  This two-day event will bring together Private Sector liaisons from federal, state, and local emergency management agencies with non-governmental and private sector partners from across the Southeast.

Who Should Attend

  • Business Continuity and Resiliency Professionals
  • Association Leaders (Trade and Professional Organizations)
  • Federal, Tribal, State and Local Government Private Sector Liaisons
  • Chamber of Commerce Leaders
  • Corporate Directors of Physical and Cyber Security
  • Small Business Owners
  • Crisis and Internal Communications Professionals

Event Location

Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Orlando at SeaWorld
10100 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32821

Agenda-Day 1: Tuesday, April 30, 2019

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Registration

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.  Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • Maria Triscari, President/CEO, International Drive Resort Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Dwaine Stevens, Publix’s Media and Communications Manager for the Jacksonville Division
  • Kevin Guthrie, Deputy Director, Florida Division of Emergency Management
  • Reggie Dixon, Director, Office of Disaster Recovery, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
  • Don Robinson, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) Regional Director
  • Gracia Szczech, Regional Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency Region IV

8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. The Necessity of Preparing your Business for the Expected and Unexpected, Large and Small Events

  •  Rick Murrell, SVP -Managing Director- Saltchuk Resources, Chairman -Tropical Shipping 

10:00 a.m. – 10: 15 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Creating New Partnerships in Preparedness with Speed Networking

  •  Persia Payne-Hurley, Private Sector Manager, NC Emergency Management

Spend a few minutes with each of your fellow attendees to discuss what resources you can bring to bear, what you need to resume or continue operations in a disaster and share ideas on encouraging employee preparedness.
11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Lunch Buffet

12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Creating a new Response Culture with Community Lifelines, FEMA’s Outcomes-Based Response Approach

  • Gwen Keenan, FEMA Region IV Response Division Director
  • Kirsten Trusko, President, IRC Advisory 
  • Trevor Rhodes, Domestic Emergency Response Specialist, International Medical Corps

The panel will discuss the seven critical lifelines that FEMA prioritizes for rapid stabilization during disaster response operations and the cross-sector interdependencies creating a better understanding of both the public and private sector approach to solutions for the restoration of life-saving and life sustaining services.

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.  Preparing for the Recurring Issue of Responder Housing and Lodging

  • Lori Ray, Sr. Supply Chain Specialist, FedEx
  • Michelle Lowther, President & CEO, Continuity Housing
  • David Maske, Georgia Power
  • Mark A. Meinert, Business Continuity Manager, BankUnited

Every time a disaster happens we know there is going to be a run on lodging for the responding workforce. The panel will put us on the path to understanding each other’s needs and begin moving toward a solution that will inform our business cultures and prepare us for these conversations during the next event.

2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. A Local Perspective on the Culture of Preparedness and Disasters

  • Manuel Soto, Emergency Manager, City of Orlando, FL

How the City of Orlando is integrating the private sector into emergency management initiatives before, during and after disasters.

3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Networking Break

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Preparing for Access & Re-Entry after a Disaster

  • Persia Payne-Hurley, Private Sector Manager, NC Emergency Management
  • Jim Byrne, Emergency Services Sector Coordinating Council, Access and Reentry
  • Tom Farmer, Association of American Railroads, Assistant Vice President of Security

The panel discussion will focus on the need, benefits, and tools available to implement an interoperable approach to emergency access & re-entry management.

4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.  Day One Closing Session

Agenda-Day 2: Wednesday, May 1, 2019

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Preparing for Day Two

8:15 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Enhancing Region IV’s Culture of Disaster Preparedness

  •  Corinne Epstein & Karyn Swoopes, Private Sector Liaisons, FEMA Region IV

Examining the disaster operations of 2018 to improve our business postures, employee preparedness and responses in 2019.
8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Preparing for the No Notice Event: What’s Your Plan?

  • Richard Schwein, Corporate Director of Security, SeaWorld
  • Mary Donny, Business Continuity Outreach Manager, Verizon Wireless

Pipeline explosions, civil unrest, terrorist attacks and weather events can all happen without any notice. How can you prepare and respond? The panel will lead a discussion on different strategies you may consider to create a culture of preparedness at every level within your organization.
9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Networking Break

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. The Culture of Prepared and Resilient Partnerships

  •  Larry McIntyre, Emergency Coordination Officer, Florida Departmen of Economic Opportunity
  • April Chaffins, Deputy Director of Emergency Support Function 24, Business and Industry-Emergency Management, South Carolina Department of Commerce
  • Persia Payne-Hurley, Private Sector Manager, North Carolina Emergency Management
  • Greg Shanks, Acting Fiscal Branch Manager Kentucky Division of Emergency Management
  • Dean Flener, Executive Officer for External Relations, Tennessee Emergency Agency

Each of the Region IV states will discuss their preparedness efforts, the evolution fo private sector engagment and how those translate into partnerships that make the local communites more resilient.
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Creating Long-Term Economic Recovery

  • Gregory Vaday, Economic Development Representative, U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration
  • Mickie Valente, Valente Advisors
  • Joseph Ogelsby, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

A panel of representatives from the federal and state agencies with a role in assisting businesses with their long-term recovery needs will discuss how disasters effect the economy and how creating a culture of business preparedness benefits the community in the long-term.

12:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m.  Lunch Buffet

12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Luncheon Speaker: Introductin the new DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

  • Brian Harrell, Assistant Director of Infrastructure Security, CISA

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Creating a Disaster Prepared Small Business Culture

  • Julie Mathews, Vice President, National Entrepreneur Center (Invited)
  • Pauline Davis, Assitant Director, Florida Small Business Development Center at the University of Central Florida

Everyone touches small businesses. Learn about the programs and assistance that is available to them, so you can pass on the preparedness.

2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Networking Break

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Preparing for the Recurring Issue of Fuel Supply

  • Ned Bowman, FL Petroleum Marketers Association
  • LeeAnne Barnes, Contract Coordinator & Sales Representative, Sun Coast Fueling

When storm tracks begin to develop, we know there is going to be a run on fuel and inevitable rumors of a “shortage”. The panel will discuss the plans for fuel supplies, how the supply chain works and what we can all do to dispel some of the recurring rumors through preparing employees.

3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 2019 Southeast Private-Public Partners Summit Closing Session

  •  Kathy Fulton, Executive Director, American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN)

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Preparing for 2020: Southeast Private-Public Summit Hotwash
Have some feedback for the planning committee? Join us for a quick hotwash to discuss what you enjoyed and what we can improve for the next summit.


Handouts & Additional Links

Preparedness Planning for Your Business

Business Continuity Plan

HSIN Region IV Private Sector Portal

Social Media

We will be tweeting from our @FEMARegion4 account using hashtag #SPPPS

FEMA Social Media Accounts

Contact Information

If you have additonal questions, please contact Adam Eckstein at (561) 702-2666 or; or

FEMA Region IV: (770) 220-8764 or

Last Updated: 
04/29/2019 - 16:01