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August 27 – August 29, 2018

HR Florida Conference & Expo

The HR Florida Conference & Expo is the annual conference of the HR Florida State Council, a state affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).  This is one of the largest human resources conferences in the state of Florida attracting over 2,000 HR professionals and vendors throughout the state and across the globe.  Representing virtually every industry and size of business, this is the place to be for professionals to network, grow, and learn about the human resources industry.  You also have the opportunity to earn maximum credits for both the HR Certification Institute and SHRM Competencies Certifications.
Join us for our 40th annual conference on August 27– August 29 at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

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2018 HR Florida Conference & Expo

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Our comprehensive program is designed to give you the full range of an HR education. From the basics that every HR professional needs, to the innovative ideas that are changing how you work, our 100+ sessions have something for everyone at every level.

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Learn From The Best

2018 Keynotes & Emcee

Lou Holtz

Legendary Football Coach & Sports Analyst

Marlee Matlin

Academy Award Winning Actress & Activist

J.R. Martinez

Actor, Best-Selling Author, Motivational Speaker & U.S Army Veteran

Jon Petz

Our conference Emcee. Jon is a TV Performer & Best Selling Author of two business best-sellers. Ever meet one of those people born to be on stage? That’s Jon!

Is There Special Pricing For Hotel Rooms While Attending The Conference At The Gaylord Palms Resort?

Yes. Please Click Here for special pricing.

Also due to record attendance, we have provided an additional hotel block for our attendees located at the Courtyard Orlando Lake Buena Vista.  Click here to book your room

What Local Attractions And Restaurants Are Close To The Gaylord Palms And Resort?

Sun-drenched and spectacular, Gaylord Palms Resort Convention Center offers world-class Kissimmee entertainment, restaurants and breathtaking Florida gardens under glass. The resort is close to many major theme parks and attractions for plenty of things to do in Kissimmee while immersing yourself in the sights and sounds of the area. Please visit http://www.marriott.com/hotels/local-things-to-do/mcogp-gaylord-palms-resort-and-convention-center/ for more information.

I Am New The HR Florida Conference This Year. How Can I Make The Most Of My Experience At The Conference, And Learn About What It Has To Offer While I Attend?

If you are a first-time attendee or just want to learn how to maximize your HR Florida Conference experience, attend Conference Orientation on Sunday at 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Discover all the conference has to offer; create a format that fits your personal needs and design a plan of action to make the most of your conference experience!

Will Lunch Be Provided As A Conference Attendee, And At What Time?

We will be featuring a flexible lunch schedule this year. Concurrent sessions run throughout the entire day. As a result, lunch is available over a two-hour time period. Attendees have a choice to attend EARLY LUNCH at 11:45 am or LATE LUNCH at 1:00 pm, alleviating a lunch rush. The intent is to create a more pleasant experience allowing attendees to enjoy a leisurely lunch and more time for face-to-face interaction with exhibitors.

Are There Special Accommodations For Someone Who Has A Food Allergy, Or Special Dietary Needs?

The Gaylord Palms Resort does provide lunch options for conference attendees, such as vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, etc. Please email conferenceadministrator@hrflorida.org before the conference, to let them know any dietary needs.

What Is The Dress Code While Attending The Conference?

Dress attire is business casual. We recommend bringing a light jacket or sweater, as some of the session rooms tend to get cold. We also recommend wearing comfortable shoes, as you will be doing a lot of walking!

Is There A Designated Area For Nursing Mothers?

We will have a designated session room reserved to ensure privacy for any nursing mothers. Please email terri.greene@hrflorida.org before the conference to make arrangements.

If I Have A Question When I Am Attending The Conference Whom Do I Ask?

We have volunteers that are posted around the conference to help answer any of your questions. If you are a first-time attendee or just want to learn how to maximize your HR Florida Conference experience, attend Conference Orientation on Sunday at 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Discover all the conference has to offer; create a format that fits your personal needs and design a plan of action to make the most of your conference experience!

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Expo Hall opening times, schedule & more

Exhibit & Sponsor Opportunities

What better way to stay connected with all the latest tools and services to help your business thrive, by visiting the expo hall on level 1. Meet over 200 companies in one place to make your job easier and take your business to the next level. Visit the Expo Hall on Monday beginning at 11:00 am, stay for lunch, and come back often!

Expo Hall access is included in conference registration.  For non-registered conference guests, one day Expo Hall passes are available for $50 each, which includes unlimited access to the Expo Hall for the day of purchase only. The pass does not include a meal ticket.  Click HERE to purchase Expo Hall Passes.

Sunday, August 26, 2018
  • 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Open for Sponsor/Exhibitor Registration, Check In & Set Up
Monday, August 27, 2018
  • 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM | Open for Sponsor/Exhibitor Registration, Check In & Set Up
  • 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM | Expo Hall Open to Attendees
  • 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM | Expo Hall Grand Opening Reception
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
  • 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Expo Hall Open
Expo Hall Grand Opening Reception

Take advantage of the Expo Hall Grand Opening Reception on Monday from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm. Enjoy light appetizers and drinks while browsing through a great assortment of vendors offering the latest human resource related products and services and networking with your human resource colleagues from across the state.

HR Florida Conference and Expo

2018 Sponsors

We couldn’t put on this amazing conference without our sponsors.  Don’t forget to check them out to see what services and products they offer to help you with your business.

Great memories

Our Gallery Wall

All photos of the conference can be found here: Uncharted Video Productions provides the official photography and videography services.
NOTE: When you enter the HR Florida State Conference & Expo, you will be entering an area where photography, video and audio recording may occur. By entering the event premises, you consent to photography, audio recording, video recording and their release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction to be used for news, web casts, social media, promotional purposes, telecasts, advertising, inclusion on websites, or any other purpose by HR Florida and its affiliates and representatives.

The 2018 HR Florida Conference and Expo at the

Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center

HR Florida Overflow (August 26, 2018 to August 28, 2018)

As record attendance is projected for the 2018 HR Florida Conference & Expo we have added an additional hotel block.  The Courtyard Orlando Lake Buena Vista in the Marriott Village is conveniently located and complimentary shuttle service will be provided to the Gaylord Palms throughout the conference.

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Location:

6000 W. Osceola Parkway
Kissimmee, FL 34746
Phone: 407-586-0000
Click here for directions.

Check-In/Check-Out:

The time for check-in at Gaylord Palm Resort will be 3:00 pm and check-out will be at 11:00 am.

Confirmations:

In order to confirm a hotel reservation, Gaylord Palms Resort requires a first night’s room deposit. This deposit is fully refundable up to 5 days in advance of your reservation date.

Cancellations:

In the event that you have to cancel your hotel room, please note that cancellations made within 72 hours of arrival will forfeit on night's room and tax deposit.

Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center: 888-236-2427

Parking:

Self-parking is available at $10.00 per day. Valet parking is available at $33.00 per day.

Transportation

Gaylord Palms partners with Mears Transportation, a company providing Orlando transport service for over 60 years, to ensure you have a top-notch experience. A member of Mears Transportation can bring you from Orlando International Airport to the hotel as part of their 24-hour airport shuttle service. There is a charge for the service.

To secure your shuttle reservation, call Mears Transportation's

24-hour reservations line at (407) 423-5566.

As record attendance is projected for the 2018 HR Florida Conference & Expo we have added an additional hotel block.  The Courtyard Orlando Lake Buena Vista in the Marriott Village is conveniently located and complimentary shuttle service will be provided to the Gaylord Palms throughout the conference.

Courtyard Orlando Lake Buena Vista in the Marriott Village
8623 Vineland Avenue
Orlando, FL 32821, US

Book your room at Courtyard Marriott 

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