Executive Development Conference

Our annual summer conference is intended for head of department Fire Chiefs, Chief Officers and any Fire Service professionals who currently hold or wish to pursue a career in leadership. The educational program is structured as all general sessions, bringing together executive and management level discussions as well as topics at the forefront of concern. This program aims to give the participants a more expansive view of Fire Service issues and their role as leaders to influence the future of their department and the industry as a whole.

Full registration to the conference includes access to various networking events and a guest pass for a spouse/partner. In an industry so close knit and where relationships matter, this event fosters the concept of the "fire family" and encourages participants to connect and share ideas with one another so together, we can make the Fire Service better than we left it.

The vendor opportunity at this event is through sponsorship and a limited vendor showcase of cocktail rounds with only informational material/giveaways permitted to give all vendors equal representation.


Executive Development Conference 2023

Friday, July 14 - Tuesday, July 18, 2023
Naples Grande Beach Resort
475 Seagate Drive Naples, Florida 34103


Hotel Information & Booking
Sponsorship Opportunities
Silent Auction


Hotel Information & Booking
*Please carefully review and note the terms specific to this hotel*

FFCA Group Rate

The group rate of $209.00 per night (plus tax) for Run of House accommodation has been negotiated for conference attendees. The group rate is subject to availability, and room types are limited. Discounted rate ends June 23, 2023.

Garden Villa Suites are accommodations with 700-plus square feet of indoor and outdoor living space, including two patios or balconies, and a large living room, with a full sized sleeper sofa ideal for families, located adjacent to the main tower. A limited number of these room types are available at a reduced rate. Click here for additional details on this room type.

  • Rates quoted are for single or double occupancy. An additional charge of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) will apply for each additional adult. Children under age eighteen (18) stay free in the same room with parents. Maximum occupancy is 4 (four) persons per room, regardless of age. These rates are European plan (no meals included) rates.
  • Run of House rooms will be assigned based on hotel availability at check-in. Check in time is 4pm and check out time is 11am. Guests arriving prior to 4pm are welcome to enjoy resort amenities by checking their luggage with the Bell Desk. Early check-in is based upon availability at time of arrival and cannot be guaranteed in advance.
  • A daily WAIVED resort charge (reduced from of $40.00 plus 12%) tax per room per night will be applied and includes: 1-800/local calls; high speed WIFI in guestroom; two bottles of water in room; bicycle rentals; beach towels and luxury chaise lounges; range balls and use of driving range at Naples Grande Golf Club; 24-hour access to the fitness club; weekly fitness classes; newspaper in the lobby; 10% discount on tennis court fees and weekly resort activities.
  • Self-parking is WAIVED (normally $20.00 per day) and valet parking is REDUCED to $20.00 (normally $30.00) per day (plus 7% sales tax).
  • Event Parking is $10 plus tax daily for attendees not staying overnight.
  • Reservations booked by individual attendees require a credit card at time of booking. The Credit Card will be held on file and NOT charged at time of reservation.
  • Cancellation: Hotel must receive notice of individual reservation cancellation at least (3) days prior to scheduled arrival, otherwise, it will be deemed a late cancellation. In the event of a late cancellation or no-show reservation, one (1) night’s rate plus tax will be charged to the credit card given at time of reservation.
BOOK HOTELReservations by phone: 1-844-489-9663

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Full Registration
Registrant and spouse/partner. Includes Saturday Vendor Reception, Sunday Prayer Breakfast, Sunday Opening Party, Monday Evening Party and Tuesday Installation Banquet.
Before May 31
After May 31
Before May 31
After May 31
$550 $650 $650 $750
Full Registration Add-on
For students attending the ESLI Marketing Fire & EMS module July 18-19, 2022 ONLY.
Before May 31
After May 31
Plus 1 Guest
Before May 31
Plus 1 Guest
After May 31
$200 $250 $315 $400
Per Day Registration
Saturday, Sunday, Monday and/or Tuesday
Member Non-Member
$175 $200
Meetings Only
No Charge
Add-on Options
Partner Program
$35 per participant, per day
Additional Guest Admission for Sunday Prayer Breakfast, Sunday Opening Party or Monday Evening Social
$35 per guest, per event
Additional Guest Admission for Tuesday Night Installation Banquet $100 per guest

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Silent Auction

The Executive Development Conference Silent Auction and Raffle is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Florida Fire Chiefs’ Foundation. Proceeds from the auction and raffles go to support the mission of the foundation, such as the Firefighter/EMT Scholarship for at-risk and economically disadvantaged candidates, educational grants for current Fire Service professionals seeking professional development, and to offset the individual costs for the Fire Cadet Section.

Attendees and guests are encouraged to review the auction catalog beforehand to plan the best bidding strategy! This is an in-person event, so you must be present to bid and win items.

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2022 Conference Program
*For reference purposes, the 2023 schedule will follow the same format with some minor changes and updates to speakers.

Fri. July 15
Sat. July 16
Sun. July 17
Mon. July 18
Tue. July 19

Friday, July 15, 2022
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM Registration
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM Silent Auction
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM LTRT Workgroup
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Florida Fire Chiefs' Association Board of Directors Meeting
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM US&R Training Workgroup
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Wildland Fire Committee
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM FASAR Section Meeting
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Joint Council Luncheon and Capitol Memorial Committee Meeting (Invitation ONLY)
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Fire Prevention Section Meeting
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM FLAHR Section Meeting
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM FSFSI Section Meeting
2:15 PM - 4:15 PM Florida Fire Chiefs’ Foundation Board of Trustees Meeting
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Safety & Health Section Meeting
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Board of Directors and Board of Trustees Dinner
Sponsored by United Badges Insurance Services and Lexipol
United Badges Insurance ServicesLexipol

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Saturday, July 16, 2022
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM SERP – Statewide Emergency Response Plan Meeting
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM Registration
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM Silent Auction
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Florida Fire Training Directors Association (FFTDFA) Executive Committee
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM Florida Fire Training Directors Association (FFTDFA) Business Meeting
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Fire Rescue Cadet Section Meeting
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Vendor Showcase
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM Opening Ceremony
Annual Business Meeting
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM Fire Rescue Cadet Planning Meeting
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Past Presidents Luncheon (Invitation ONLY)
Sponsored by Bennett Fire Products
Bennett Fire Products
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Report on Recruitment and Retention Caucus
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Florida Executive Leadership Development Section Meeting
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Guest Program: Bunco Meet-and-Greet ($5 Cash Entry)
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Legislative Summit
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Five Bugle Cadet Review Board
3:15 PM - 5:00 PM Domestic Security Resource Committee (DSRC) Meeting
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Vendor Reception
6:30 PM - 7:15 PM Vigiles Societas Reception (Invitation ONLY)

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Sunday, July 17, 2022
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM Registration
8:00 AM - 9:30 PM Prayer Breakfast
Sponsored by Ten-8 Fire Equipment
Ten-8 Fire & Safety, LLC.
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Memorial Service
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Cadet Advisor Training
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM Silent Auction
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CFFCA Luncheon and Meeting (Additional Charge)
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Burning Shield
Jason Schechterle, Phoenix Police Department
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Guest Program: Craft
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM Opening Party
Sponsored by REV/RTC
REV Technical Center

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Monday, July 18, 2022
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM Registration
7:30 AM - 1:00 PM Silent Auction
8:30 AM - 9:45 AM Transforming your Department from Whiners to Winners
Bob Norton, CEO/Founder, Tenzinga
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Guest Program: White Elephant
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM ESLI - Marketing Fire & EMS Module CLASS FULL
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Innovation to Meet Your Future Recruiting and Retention Needs
Bruce Bjorge, Director, Fire Policy Sales
Lexipol LLC/Western Taney County Fire Protection District, Branson, MO
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Florida Fire Chiefs’ Foundation Silent Auction Reception & Raffle Drawing
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Integrating Telemedicine and Patient Navigation into Your EMS System: Taking Patient Care to the Next Level
Marc Eckstein, MD, CEO, Tele911
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Florida Fire and Incident Reporting System (FFIRS)
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Small Department Round Table
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Silent Auction Pick Up
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Firefighters Employment, Standards and Training Council (FFESTC)
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM Social Event
Sponsored by Fisher Scientific
Fisher Scientific

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Tuesday, July 19, 2022
7:30 AM - 10:00 AM Silent Auction Pick-Up (and Registration Assistance)
8:30 AM - 9:45 AM Communication is the Key!
Dave Downey/Kingman Schuldt, Senior Leadership Consultants, Tenzinga
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM ESLI - Marketing Fire & EMS Module CLASS FULL
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM The Future of the Fire Chaplaincy: Lessons Learned from the Surfside Condo Collapse
Joe LaCognata, Chaplain, Fire Rescue Support
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Emotional Intelligence: The Path to Inclusive and Level 5 Leadership
Alexis Mootoo, Associate Vice President, University of South Florida
3:15 PM - 5:00 PM Five Bugle Roundtable
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM FAPIO Section Meeting
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM Installation Reception
6:45 PM - 9:30 PM Installation Dinner & Annual Awards Banquet
Sponsored by Public Consulting Group
Public Consulting Group