Ken Lawson

Ken Lawson

President & CEO, VISIT FLORIDA

As VISIT FLORIDA’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Ken Lawson leads Florida’s official destination marketing organization in partnership with its Board of Directors and the statewide tourism industry.

During Mr. Lawson’s career, he has served in numerous leadership positions for several private sector companies and government agencies where he balanced the needs of the private sector while protecting public resources. Most recently, he served as Secretary of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation for six years where he led a team of 1,600 employees who successfully regulated more than one million businesses and professions across Florida. A native Floridian, Mr. Lawson received his bachelor’s and law degree from Florida State University.

He began his legal career in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Judge Advocate General and later served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida. In 2001, he was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as the Assistant Secretary of Enforcement for the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he was responsible for the oversight of several federal law enforcement agencies including the U.S. Secret Service and U.S. efforts combatting terrorist financing. Mr. Lawson also served as Assistant Chief Counsel for Field Operations with the Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration. In the private sector, Mr. Lawson served as the Vice President for Compliance for nFinanSe Inc., a Tampa financial services company, and consulted for Booz Allen Hamilton, for whom he served as Chief of Party for the Financial Crimes Prevention Project in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Breakfast & Opening General Session

Great Hall 4 - 6

The Breakfast and Opening General Session is sponsored by Miles Partnership. Dustin Bomar’s keynote address is sponsored by Fexy Media. Lynne Lancaster’s keynote address is sponsored by Crowdriff

Featuring remarks by Ken Lawson, CEO of VISIT FLORIDA and keynote addresses by Dustin Bomar, Head of Industry, Travel at Google and Lynne Lancaster, Generational Expert.

 

“Google & The Future of Travel”
Dustin Bomar

Google shares the latest travel trends and insights as well as the core themes that they are focusing on in developing travel and destination content: Better Discovery, More Personalization, and Universal Assistance. In this session we will cover the travelers’ shift to assistance and how Google is starting to use Machine Learning/AI to power their travel platform. This is framed against Google’s key Travel Pillars of Dream, Plan, Book and Experience.

 

“Selling & Marketing to the Generations”
Lynne Lancaster

Markets are becoming increasingly segmented and one size no longer fits all clients and customers. Lynne’s presentation reveals the hot buttons and preferences of Traditionalists, Boomers, Xers, and Millennials that marketers and sales people need to know to connect. This isn’t about inventing a new selling system–it’s about adding a generational lens to your already successful approach.

General Session
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Lunch, sponsored by Airbnb

Great Hall 4 - 6

This Lunch is sponsored by Airbnb.

Featuring remarks by Ken Lawson, President & CEO of VISIT FLORIDA and Cissy Proctor, Executive Director at the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

General Session
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Chairman’s Dinner feat. the Flagler Awards, Florida Tourism Hall of Fame Award & the Iris D. Larson Awards

Great Hall 4 - 6

Bob Kulhan, CEO of Business Improv, will be the Master of Ceremonies. The Chairman’s Dinner is sponsored by TripAdvisor. The Flagler Awards are sponsored by Madden Media.

General Session Networking
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