MavPAC kicks off annual conference in Miami

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The annual MavPAC conference began this evening in Miami, welcoming a host of state and national conservative icons to its three day gathering. 

MavPAC opened at 5:30 Friday evening with a welcome reception featuring US Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, and Florida Speaker Will Weatherford.

Saturday’s events span from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and include panels on GOP renewal and immigration, including presentations by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and CFO Jeff Atwater, US Senator Marco Rubio, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.  Saturday culminates with a presentation of the 40 under 40 awards, of which a sizeable portion of honorees are Florida’s own.

Among Florida’s political highlights are Josh Cooper with NG Strategies; Glen Gilzean with Step Up for Students; Alberto Martinez, in the office of Senator Marco Rubio; and Michael Sevi, who works for Governor Scott.

Armando Guiterrez, with Conglomerate Investment Co; Jose Oliva with Oliva Cigars; and Andrew White with Franklin Street Financial are Florida’s three selected entrepreneurs.

Four elected officials also made the cut: Florida Speaker Will Weatherford; Senator Anitere Flores; Congressman Ron DeSantis; and School Board Member Carlos Curbelo.

Proportionally, Florida dominated the business honorees: Carlos Arboleda, COI Access; Lucas Boyce, Orlando Magic; E. Tyler Cathey, Englander Fischer LLP; John Couriel, Kobre & Kim; Edward Crawford, Goldman Sachs; Rob Gidel Jr, Holland & Knight; and Justin Wilson, The Villages, will all be honored on Saturday night.

On Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., MavPAC will host a final panel on “the path forward.”


Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.