2014: Greater Miami, FL

Posted on Jun 12, 2015

2014: Greater Miami, FL

With year-round mild climates, miles of sandy beaches dotted with classic Art Deco architecture and a glittering nightlife, Miami Beach ranks among America’s most iconic cosmopolitan cities. Miami streets are busy with many districts, trendy nightlife, attractions and stars and personalities from around the world.

Home to the Miami Heat, Dolphins and Marlins, as well as the University of Miami Hurricanes (among other colleges and universities), Miami caters to sports fans from around the globe. Featuring some of the world’s top golf, tennis and sporting facilities, plus the sparkling waters that are a magnet for boating enthusiasts, fishermen, divers and water sports aficionados, it is easy to see why Miami is a number one choice for active travelers of all ages and skill levels.

The arts are a one billion dollar industry in Miami-Dade County and an essential part of the creative economy. At the nexus of North America and Latin America, the world-famous Art Basel show in Miami embraces the art world with special exhibitions at museums and galleries across the city, transforming the week into a dense and dynamic cultural event. Showcasing over 250 of the world’s leading galleries and artwork from across the globe, Art Basel draws an impressive 70,000 visitors each year. Combined with the city’s world-class dance performances, theater, live music, film festivals and the natural culture, it’s easy to see why Miami is a sought-after international arts and entertainment destination.

2014 Agenda

Wednesday, September 23

Wednesday, September 28

6:30 AMBus arrives at Gwinnett Chamber
7:00 AMBus departs Gwinnett Chamber
8:30 AMArrive at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
10:53 AMFlight departs Atlanta Delta Flight 1375
11:57 AMFlight arrives in Houston William P. Hobby Airport
12:45 PMBus departs for Petroleum Club of Houston 1201 Louisiana Street, 35th floor / Houston, TX 77002
1:15 PMLunch at Petroleum Club of Houston
1:45 PMWelcome to 2016 Strategic Leadership Visit Dr. Dan Kaufman – President/CEO, Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce
2:00 PMWelcome Message from Houston First Corporation
2:15 PMCommunity & Economic Development Overview of Greater Houston Greater Houston Partnership
3:00 PMFrom Parking Lot to Entertainment District: Avenida Houston Houston First Corporation
3:45 PMLoad Buses
4:00 PMBus departs for JW Marriott Houston Downtown 806 Main Street / Houston, TX 77002
4:15 PMHotel Check-in
5:45 PMWelcome Reception JW Marriott Executive Lounge, 11th floor Sponsored by: Precision Planning
6:45 PMWalk to dinner at III Forks (.3 mile walk)
7:00 PMDinner – III Forks 1201 Fannin Street / Houston, TX 77002 Sponsored by: Brand Mortgage and Jackson EMC

Thursday, September 24

Thursday, September 29

6:30 AMExercise Option - Group Run Meet in hotel lobby
7:30 AMBreakfast - JW Marriott, Monet Room Sponsored by: Wells Fargo
8:00 AMInnovative Learning Houston Independent School District Sponsored by: Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center
8:45 AMHigher Education The Posse Foundation
9:30 AMBreak/Board buses
9:45 AMBuses Departs for CityCentre
10:30 AMArrive at Mays Business School at CityCentre CityCentre Plaza, 800 Town and Country Blvd./ Houston, TX Room # 224
10:45 AMMixed-Use Redevelopment CityCentre Sponsored by: Lose and Associates
11:30 AMWalk to lunch at Seasons 52
11:45 AMLunch at Seasons 52 CityCentre Plaza / 842 West Sam Houston Pkwy. N / Houston, TX 77024 Sponsored by: Evermore CID, Gwinnett Place CID, Gwinnett Village CID, Lilburn CID, and Sugarloaf CID
1:15 PMWalking Tour of CityCentre
1:55 PMReturn to Mays Business School at CityCentre
2:00 PMTransit System Overview Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County Sponsored by: Pond and Company
2:45 PMBoard Buses
3:00 PMBus 1: Depart for Sugar Land Town Square Bus 2: Depart for JW Marriott Houston Downtown
3:30 PMArrive at Sugar Land City Hall 2700 Town Center Blvd. North / Sugar Land, TX 77478
3:45 PMMixed Use Town Center Sugar Land Town Square
5:15 PMSugar Land bus departs for JW Marriott Houston Downtown
6:45 PMBus departs for Vic & Anthony’s
7:00 PMDinner - Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse 1510 Texas Ave. / Houston, TX 77002 Sponsored by: Andersen Tate and Carr and Georgia Power

Friday, September 25

Friday, September 30

6:30 AMExercise Option - Group Run Meet in hotel lobby
8:00 AMBREAKFAST BUFFET JW Marriott Houston Downtown - Monet Room
8:30 AMDebrief Session
9:30 AMAdjourn
9:45 AMPlace luggage on bus
10:00 AMBus departs for William P. Hobby Airport
10:30 AMArrive at William P. Hobby Airport
12:33 PMFlight Departs Houston Delta Flight 1375
3:42 PMFlight Arrives in Atlanta
4:00 PMBus departs Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport for Gwinnett Chamber

2014 Attendees

First Name Last Name Organization
Norwood Davis 12Stone Church
Pam Ledbetter Accent Creative Group
Brad Carr Andersen, Tate, and Carr, PC
Diontia Cornell Anderson Corporate Solutions, Inc.
Raye Varney Artworks! Gwinnett
Cindy Price AT&T
Doug Hooker Atlanta Regional Commission
Anthony Rodriguez Aurora Theatre, Inc.
Kip Stokes Balfour Beatty Construction
Chad McLeod Balfour Beatty Construction
Greg Shumate Brand Mortgage
Tammy Shumate Brand Mortgage
Judy Jordan Johnson City of Lawrenceville
James Johnson City of Norcross
Rusty Warner City of Norcross
Lorri Christopher City of Peachtree Corners
Doug Ireland City of Suwanee
Judy Waters Development Authority of Gwinnett County
Raymer Sale E2E Resources, Inc
Jim Brooks Evermore Community Improvement District
Lisa Anders Explore Gwinnett
Renee Byrd-Lewis Georgia Gwinnett College
Doug Jenkins Georgia Power
William Edwards Georgia Power
Rachel Jeffers Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce
Dan Kaufman Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce
Alicia Krogh Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce
Misty Aguilar Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce
Connie Wiggins Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful
Jace Brooks Gwinnett County
Lynette Howard Gwinnett County
Glenn Stephens Gwinnett County
Bryan Lackey Gwinnett County
Kim Conroy Gwinnett County Department of Transportation
Ron Seibenhener Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources
Berney Kirkland Gwinnett County Public Schools
Alvin Wilbanks Gwinnett County Public Schools
Danny Jardine Gwinnett County Public Schools
Ed Shaddix Gwinnett County Public Schools
Kevin Tashlein Gwinnett County Public Schools
Louise Radloff Gwinnett County Public Schools
MaryKay Murphy Gwinnett County Public Schools
Carole Boyce Gwinnett County Public Schools
Steve Cannon Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center
Phil Wolfe Gwinnett Medical Center
Randy Meacham Gwinnett Municipal Association
Joe Allen Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District
Leo Wiener Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District
Stan Hall Gwinnett Sports Commission
Elissa Dooman Gwinnett Sports Commission
Dave McCuolloch Gwinnett Technical College
Chuck Warbington Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District
Alyssa Sinclair Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District
Jim Liley IBM
Caroline Cassidy IBM
Heather Gibbs-Poe IBM
Randy Dellinger Jackson EMC
Todd Evans Jackson EMC
Chuck Button Jacobs
Trey Ragsdale Kaiser Permanente
Gerald McDowell Lilburn Community Improvement District
Greg Cantrell Living Stone Properties
Wendy Butler MARTA
Dave Williams Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
Cathy Nichols Mobile Communications of Gwinnett
Ann Hanlon North Fulton Community Improvement District
Patrick Corleto Parsons Brinckerhoff
Nick Masino Partnership Gwinnett
Carla Carraway Precision Planning, Inc.
Chess Britt Primerica
Dean Collins T.Y.Lin International
Sallie Foell Wells Fargo