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MPI Sunshine Education Summit 2017 formerly known as the SEC

August 16, 2017 9:00 AM to August 18, 2017 7:00 PM
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Sawgrass Marriott


Dear Members of MPI Florida Chapters,
On behalf of the MPI Florida TONS Steering Council, I am writing to inform you that we have decided to postpone the Sunshine Education Summit 2017 (SES) – formerly known as the Southeast Educational Conference (SEC) – until August 2018.  Our team has worked hard to develop a great program for our redesigned conference, but because of circumstances beyond TONS’ control, SES was not shaping up to be the dynamite conference that you all deserve and that we all expect it to be.
This was not an easy decision, so please know that all options were considered before deciding to postpone SES. We worked through different scenarios with our meeting manager, MPI Global, and in addition we consulted with and received unanimous support from the Tampa Bay Area, Greater Orlando, North Florida and South Florida chapters on this very difficult decision.
For those of you that had already registered for SES, you will be given the option to defer your already paid registration fees for 2018 SES, or you will receive a full refund. The choice will be yours.
The rescheduled dates for SES are August 22-24, 2018, and it will be held at the location previously planned for 2017, which is the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. The good news is all the keynote speakers that we booked this year have confirmed they will participate in 2018; plus, our conference program will continue to feature cutting-edge industry education that addresses the hottest topics and issues affecting meetings and events professionals at all levels.
While we all were all looking forward to SES 2017, I can assure you that TONS’ vision for SES has not changed and that SES 2018 will be even better. TONS will work tirelessly with the MPI Global Education & Events Team, as well as the MPI Global Marketing Team to ensure that SES moving forward will be the premier professional development conference in the southeast. To ensure that will be the case, we will take some time to analyze and address the reasons for this postponement and move forward.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to our members and especially to the meeting professionals that registered this year. We will send out a communication to all registered attendees shortly detailing next steps for either deferring event registration or obtaining a refund.
Thank you for your understanding and support. We promise you that SES will be back next year!
Anthony M. Fabrizio III
2016 – 2017 MPI Florida TONS Chair

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