2024 TeCMEN Industry Day


Wednesday, May 15, 2024

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


Registration Desk Opens; Exhibit Hall Opens for the Day

Kick-off Refreshments sponsored by Dynamic Software Solutions (DS2)


Host Welcome & Opening Remarks

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

Panel #1 – Building the Future Defense Workforce

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

Panel #2 – Utilizing Artificial Intelligence for Business Optimization

Panelists – Cole Allen, Chief Information Officer, Northwest Florida State College; Dr. Paul Marty, Professor, Florida State University School of Information; University of Florida Panelist TBA; Industry Panelist TBA


Morning Break

Sponsored by General Dynamics OTS

11:00 – 12:00

Panel #3 – Federal Contracting

Panelists – Gary Funkhouser, Director of Contracting, Air Force Test Center, Eglin AFB; Jonathan Terry, Director, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin AFB; Rob Burns, Director, AFSOC Small Business Office, Hurlburt Field; Christina Smith, Director of Business Operations, 1 st Special Operations Contracting Squadron, Hurlburt Field

12:15 – 1:30

Keynote Luncheon – Speaker to be Announced

Sponsored by CHELCO and PowerSouth

1:45 – 2:45

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

3:00 – 4:00

Afternoon Workshop – Florida’s Manufacturing Sector

Sponsored by FloridaMakes

4:00 Networking Reception
5:00 Exhibit Hall Closes / Exhibitor Tear Down Begins


Agenda is subject to revision.