Darien Schaefer

Darien Schaefer

President & CEO, Visit Pensacola

Panel Session #4 – Creating a Destination for Locals and Tourists Alike

Biography

Schaefer joined Visit Pensacola as President & CEO in April 2020. Previously, he served as CEO of Visit Big Bear in Big Bear Lake, Calif. Born in Milwaukee, Wis. and growing up in the resort community of Wisconsin Dells, Darien has been involved in the hospitality and tourism industry for over 40 years.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Depart for Pensacola, FL

5:30 a.m.

Welcome & Lunch

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Orientation

“The Founding and Mission of the Studer Community Institute”

12:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Downtown Walking Tour

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Happy Hour Mixer

5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

Welcome Dinner + Panel Session #1

“Pensacola’s Burning Platform: Retaining Young Talent”

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Breakfast + Check Out

7:30 a.m.

Depart Pensacola

8:30 a.m.

Arrive in Lafayette

2:00 p.m.

Sunrise Exercise at YMCA (Optional)

6:00 a.m. - 7:00 a.m.

Breakfast & Panel Session #2

“Galvanizing and Growing Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs”

8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Panel Session #3

“Empowering the Community through Civic Conversation”

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Panel Session #4

“Creating a Destination for Locals and Tourists Alike”

10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Lunch + Panel Session #5

“Becoming America’s First Early Learning City”

Or lunch on your own

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Institute for Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC) Tour

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Debrief

4:00 p.m.

Dinner + Pensacola Blue Wahoos vs. Biloxi Shuckers Baseball Game

5:45 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

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