Florence, S.C., Offers Everything Needed for a Fun and Productive SEOPA Conference This Fall

Alan Clemons - Conference ChairmanSouth Carolina is known for its great outdoors opportunities and the 2018 SEOPA Conference in Florence will take full advantage of the Palmetto State's offerings October 3-6. From hunting and fishing in the Pee Dee River area during pre- and post-conference outings, to our conference workshops featuring several hands-on outdoors opportunities, attendees will be able to enjoy a combination of learning and fun.

Networking is always an important part of any conference, but it's extra special at a SEOPA gathering. Holly Beaumier and her team at the Florence Convention and Visitors Bureau are joining forces with downtown restaurateurs to make sure the first night of elbow-rubbing, hugging old friends and making new ones will be one for the books!

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The Conference:  Adapt, Evolve and Move Forward

Our conference seminar lineup this year has a range of topics and speakers intimately plugged into adaption, evolution and forward progress. Here are some highlights:

• Our keynote speaker is Col. Gregory D. Gadson, USA (retired), a Chesapeake, Va., native who will address us during lunch on Thursday, Oct. 4. Gadson was graduated in 1989 from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and has served multiple tours of duty around the world including in Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Gadson will share words of inspiration and motivation based on his vast array of life experience and his own ability to rise above adversity. His attendance is with great thanks to Hope for the Warriors and longtime SEOPA member Karen Lee.

• What’s the future of hunting and youth? Cyrus Baird, the Programs Director with the Council to Advance Hunting and The Shooting Sports, will provide insight on current data, trends and growing efforts about recruitment and retention.

Whit Gibbons• Whit Gibbons returns with his incredibly popular session on snakes of the Southeast. Gibbons will bring some commonly known snakes of the Southeast that we encounter and discuss them along with answering questions.

• Successful book author and SEOPA past president Rob Simbeck will give practical, proven tips about the business side of selling books. If you’re writing a book with the intent to sell it to make money then you have to approach it as a business. Simbeck knows the ropes and will give us the skinny.

• How will deer hunters, agencies and businesses adapt to today’s biggest whitetail threat? Chronic Wasting Disease is real, spreading, and more research is being uncovered each year about its mysterious effect on deer and elk. Lindsay Thomas with Quality Deer Management Association will offer the latest update in a session that should be of interest to anyone who communicates with whitetail deer hunters.

• Who flies drones and why? A lot of people do, because it’s a great way to shoot video or still images to expand your communications offerings and possibly open new doors to revenue. Chris Brown of AnglersChannel.com, and previously with several other fishing industry stalwarts, will lend his expertise about Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, aka “drones,” along with a hands-on session at our great Breakout site, Moree’s Sportsmans Preserve.

But wait, there’s more! Award-winning journalists Bryan Hendricks and Chris Batin will share tips about travel writing and the importance of feature writing in today's markets, respectively. Special activities (treasure hunt, K-9 demonstration) and good food will be a part of the Breakout and Shooting Days.

Bring your boots, cameras, notepads, recorders and pens, and get ready for a multitude of interesting possibilities. Whether indoors or outdoors, SEOPA members will enjoy the South Carolina sunshine and hospitality this fall. Register below and heck back here often for updates and publication of the conference agenda.

Members may register here.

Check out the agenda here.

Not a member? Join here.

To learn more about Florence click here.