D.C. Reeves

D.C. Reeves

Mayor-Elect of Pensacola

Panel Session #2 – Galvanizing and Growing Small Business and Entrepreneurs


D.C. Reeves is an entrepreneur, community builder and native Pensacolian who moved home in 2015 to make a difference in Pensacola. He is the founder of Perfect Plain Brewing Company, which opened in 2017, and has grown to become a staple of downtown Pensacola, expanding to four different locations and 40+ employees. He is also the Chief Entrepreneur Officer at The Spring Entrepreneur Hub, which operates as the front door and advocate for aspiring small businesses in the Pensacola community. D.C. spent six years as Chief of Staff for Quint Studer. Through that time, D.C. had the chance to lead many impactful community projects that made Pensacola a better place to live. In 2018, D.C. led the effort to bring an appointed superintendent to lead Escambia County schools. In 2019, D.C. was the lead staff on the City of Pensacola Mayoral Transition team, putting together a 95-page transition report for mayor Grover Robinson, the most comprehensive transition report for a Pensacola mayor to date.


Depart for Pensacola, FL

5:30 a.m.

Welcome & Lunch

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


“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.


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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