Tampa Keynote Speaker

Patrick Schwerdtfeger is a motivational keynote speaker who spoke at an entrepreneurial luncheon in Tampa co-sponsored by Brighthouse Networks and Bloomberg TV in December 2010. He spoke about social media and was invited to come back a second time in 2011 and has come back multiple times since then. As an author and professional speaker, Patrick specializes in technology including ‘big data’, modern entrepreneurship and emerging business trends. He’s the author of the award-winning book Marketing Shortcuts for the Self-Employed (2011, Wiley) and a regular speaker for Bloomberg TV. So if you’re planning a business convention in the Embassy Suites Tampa Downtown Convention Center on South Florida Avenue, the Westin Tampa Harbour Island Hotel on South Harbour Island Boulevard, the Tampa Convention Center on South Franklin Street or some other conference facility in Tampa, Florida, Patrick will deliver the buzz and excitement you’re looking for.

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Tampa has many conference facilities, including:

  • Embassy Suites Tampa – Downtown Convention Center on Florida Avenue
  • Mainsail Suites Hotel & Conference Center Tampa on Eisenhower Boulevard South
  • Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina on South Florida Avenue
  • Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay on Bayport Drive
  • Tampa Marriott Westshore on North Westshore Boulevard
  • Other meeting spaces in University, Thonotosassa and Temple Terace


General Information about Tampa, Florida, for Meeting Planners

Tampa is located on the west coast of Florida, facing the Gulf of Mexico. When combined with Sarasota, the Greater Tampa Bay Area is home to over 4 million residents. The city is known for its enthusiastic sports culture and has received recognition as a great outdoor city and one that caters to younger generations. Tampa, as the 5th best outdoor city as rated by Forbes, is home to many theme parks and tourist attractions. Tampa is the headquarters of several Fortune 1000 companies including TECO Energy, Raymond James Financial and OSI Restaurant Partners. Tampa Convention Center, Mainsail Suites Hotel & Conference Center are only two of the huge convention venues available in Tampa. The city also hosted the Republican National Convention in 2012 and continues to host large international events on a regular basis. Here is Patrick’s economic forecast for America.


2014 Business Conventions in Tampa, Florida

During 2014, Tampa will play host to numerous business events. The Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk on North Ashley Drive will be the venue for the Six-Trait Writing for Common Core Success Conference in January. It is being organized by Staff Development for Educators, Inc. In January, the AACSB International World Headquarters on South Harbor Island Boulevard will play host to the Business Accreditation Seminar. It is being organized by AACSB International. Also at AACSB International World Headquarters, the Teaching Effectiveness Seminar will be held in May. The Public Relations Society Of America will hold the Travel and Tourism Conference at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina on South Florida Avenue in June.

2013 Business Conferences in Tampa, Florida

Save the date for the upcoming conferences and conventions in Tampa, Florida. Hundreds of conventions will be held in the city, including the FMEA Professional Development Conference by the Florida Music Educators Association, taking place at the Tampa Convention Center in January. Also, the University of South Florida College of Behavioral and Community Sciences is hosting the 26th Children’s Mental Health Research & Policy Conference at Hyatt Regency Tampa in March. Moreover, the 2013 SOFIC (Special Operations Forces Industry Conference), with the theme ‘Strengthening the SOF Bond’, hosted by the National Defense Industrial Association will be held in May at the Tampa Convention Center.

Speaking Opportunities for Aspiring Speakers in Tampa

Tampa Toastmasters clubs are a great place for Florida aspiring speakers to practice their craft. Tampa Noonshiners Club meets at St. Andrews Episcopal Church on East Twiggs Street (Thursday at 12:00 PM), Speaker’s Circle meets at Fort Brooke Parking Garage on North Franklin Street (Wednesday at 12:00 PM), Highrisers Toastmasters Club meets at Hyde Park United Methodist Church on West Platt Street (Wednesday at 7:45 AM) and Metropolitan Ministries Toastmasters meets at Metropolitan Ministries on East Frances Avenue (Friday at 12:00 PM).

Tampa Food Choices for Convention Attendees

Take a break from your business convention in Tampa and dine at some of the local restaurants like Colonnade Restaurant, Jackson’s Bistro, Mise en Place and Palm Restaurant. Colonnade Restaurant (Phone: 813-839-7558) on Bayshore Boulevard has been serving Tampa’s favorite seafood dishes since 1935. Jackson’s Bistro (Phone: 813-277-0112) on South Harbour Island Boulevard in downtown Tampa offers a panoramic view of the city’s skyline as guests enjoy a premium prime-aged steak. Mise en Place (Phone: 813-254-5373) exudes a sophisticated ambiance along West Kennedy Boulevard with the restaurant’s impressive wine list and diversified menu. Known as a classic American steak house, Palm Restaurant (Phone: 813-849-7256) on Westshore Plaza Drive features outstanding prime beef, fresh Nova Scotia lobster and traditional Italian entrees.

Tampa Attractions for Conference Delegates

After attending a business conference in Tampa, schedule some time to visit the attractions around the city, including the Tampa Theater, the Lettuce Lake Park, the Big Cat Rescue, the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Be dazzled by the movies and regular performances at the Tampa Theater which stills plays the Wurlitzer organ. About 15 KM away, enjoy a relaxing walk at Lettuce Lake Park. Transport yourself to the Serengeti highlights at the Big Cat Rescue in Tampa. Enjoy local talent at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center and then end the day with a breathtaking sunset view at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

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