April 16-19, 2024 | Miramar Beach, FL

Events & Networking

FBEC Golf Outing

Tuesday April 16, 2024

8:00 am - 3:00 pm

7:45 am 

- 3:00 pm

The Links Golf Club

Chairs: Scott Jay and Justin Olson, World Water Works

A winding layout against the backdrop of the Baytowne Marina and the Choctawhatchee Bay designed by renowned architect Tom Jackson, The Links is the ultimate in risk-reward golf. A shot-makers course, accuracy, and proper club selection are key if you want to outfox the prevailing Gulf Coast winds. With five holes that run along the bay, this is a one-of-a-kind links-style golf outing on the Emerald Coast with spectacular views. And a heart-pounding challenge. Sandestin’s original course is a must-play for golfers of all skill levels.

The $125 player fee includes participation in the golf event and lunch with other FBEC golfers.



Tuesday April 16, 2024

7:30 am - 12:30 pm

Join us for an unforgettable fishing charter and enjoy a morning of fishing, sightseeing, and relaxing.  Sign up is available during the registration process. $340 participant fee includes transportation to the charter, 6-hour charter fee and gratuity. Participants should plan to bring appropriate footwear, sunscreen, hat and water.

Community Event

Thursday April 18, 2024

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

1:00 pm 

- 4:00 pm

Chair: Ann Marie Gathright, Environmental Standards, Inc.

The community event during FBEC is historically an opportunity for attendees to join together and give back through a local service project that supports networking amongst participants. FBEC is excited to partner with Friends of South Walton Sea Turtles (FOSWST) for our 2024 Community Event! Dedicated to promoting sea turtle conservation through awareness and education for the residents and the 4 million+ visitors to Walton County, Florida, Friends of South Walton Sea Turtles is focused on locating and monitoring sea turtle nests and overseeing volunteers for the protection of the turtles and their hatchlings.

FBEC Community Event participants will head to a nearby beach to participate in a beach walk clean up and learn more about how their efforts have helped support FOSWST’s mission and protect the local sea turtles.


Women’s Networking Event

Thursday April 18, 2024

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

5:15 pm 

- 6:00 pm

Inspired by the increasing number of women attendees, FBEC 2024 is honored to host a women’s networking event for female food industry environmental professionals to connect and network.

Evening Receptions

FBEC Closing Event

Friday April 19, 2024

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Wednesday March 29, 2023

6:00 pm 

- 8:00 pm

Grand Lawn at Hotel Effie

Let’s close the conference out with a bang. Enjoy drinks and food with your new and old friends and see who will take home the conference’s biggest awards!

Poster Sessions & Social Hour

Wednesday April 17, 2024

4:45 pm - 5:45 pm

Wednesday April 17, 2024

8:00 pm - 8:45 pm

Friday April 19, 2024

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Monday March 27, 2023

4:45 pm 

- 5:45 pm

Chair: Jane Kettler, Johnsonville Sausage, LLC & Casey Velaquez, Smithfield Foods
Co-Chair: Domagoj Gotovac, Woodard Curran
Conference attendees are invited to a poster session and happy hour Wednesday and Friday evenings at FBEC. A broad array of technical subjects will be poster presented to conference attendees through discussion that promotes mutual learning and help in developing professional contacts.

Hospitality Suite

Tuesday April 16, 2024

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Wednesday April 17, 2024

9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Friday April 19, 2024

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Sunday March 26, 2023

8:00 pm 

- 11:00 pm

Enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres while catching up with old friends and making new ones at the Hospitality suite, hosted by Gannett Fleming, Inc.

Welcome Reception

Tuesday April 16, 2024

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Sunday March 26, 2023

5:30 pm 

- 7:00 pm

Hotel Effie Rooftop

The Welcome Reception at FBEC kicks off the conference and sets the tone for four successful days of education and networking. Enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres with your fellow attendees.

First Timers Reception

Tuesday April 16, 2024

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Sunday March 26, 2023

5:00 pm 

- 5:30 pm

Hotel Effie Rooftop

Is this your first time attending FBEC? Join the FBEC Steering Committee, Conference Chair and past chairs to learn more about what to expect from the conference and get insider tips.

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