2024 TeCMEN Industry Day


Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Destin Fort Walton Beach Convention Center
1250 Miracle Strip Parkway SE, Fort Walton Beach

7:00 Registration Desk Opens
Kickoff Refreshments sponsored by Dynamic Software Solutions (DS2)
7:30 Exhibit Hall Opens for the Day

Host Welcome & Opening Remarks

Andrew Rencich, Chair, Technology Coast Manufacturing & Engineering Network (TeCMEN)

8:40 Opening Keynote – Brigadier General Jeffrey T. Geraghty, Commander, 96 Test Wing, Air Force Materiel Command, Eglin Air Force Base

Panel #1 Building the Future Defense Workforce

Panelists Dale Marks, Executive Director, 96thTest Wing, Eglin Air Force Base; Joe Veranese, President & CEO, Advanced Manufacturing International (AMI); Joe Marino, Executive Director, Veterans Florida


Morning Break

Sponsored by General Dynamics OTS

10:45 11:45

Panel #2 – Federal Contracting

Panelists Cynthia Savage, Chief, Base Installation Contracting Division, AFTC / PZI, Eglin AFB; Jonathan Terry, Director of Contracting, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin AFB; Rob Burns, Director, AFSOC Small Business Office, Hurlburt Field; Richard Compton, Small Business Professional & Commodities Flight Chief, 1st Special Operations Contracting Squadron, Hurlburt Field

12:00 – 1:15

Lunch & Learn Utilizing Artificial Intelligence for Business Optimization

PanelistsDr. Paul Marty, Professor, Florida State University School of Information; Dr. Joel Davis, Director of David F. Miller Retail Center & Clinical Professor ofInformation Systems andOperations Management, Warrington College of Business, University of Florida; Cole Allen, Assistant Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Northwest Florida State College; Jerry Williams, President & CEO, Eglin Federal Credit Union

Sponsored by CHELCO and PowerSouth

1:30 – 2:30

Speed Matchmaking Sessions (Pre-registration required)

Table hosts to include Melissa Hoover, Contracting Officer, TETRAS Contract Vehicle, Eglin AFB; Emma Jones, Team Lead, TETRAS Contact Vehicle, Eglin AFB; Capt Alyssa Hurst, Contracting Officer, EWAAC contract vehicle; Anita Jackson, Director, Small Business Office, Eglin AFB, Cameron White, Contracting Officer, AFLCMC 

3:00 – 4:00

Afternoon Workshop – Florida’s Manufacturing Sector

Sponsored by FloridaMakes


Networking Reception

Sponsored by LiveOak Fiber


Agenda is subject to revision.