About FFMA



In June 1985, a few arena managers in Florida met informally in Amelia Island to network and discuss common issues unique to their facilities. The conference was so successful the group decided to get together on an annual basis. Within four years, they realized many of their challenges were shared by other facilities of various sizes and types that were not represented at these annual conferences.

As a result a decision was made to formalize the group into the Florida Facility Managers Association (FFMA). The FFMA then invited all public assembly facility managers and their top administrative staff to join. In the mid 1990's the association revised its bylaws to enable presenters of public assembly events to become members, recognizing this would better represent the industry within the state. The FFMA continues to grow and evolve as an industry leader in public assembly management in Florida.


Scott Glaser 2015 - 2017
Jason Rittenberry, CFE 2015 - partial term
Kim Stone             2013-2015
Judy Joseph 2011-2013
Mickey Farrell 2008-2011
Rick Hamilton 2007-2008
Lionel Dubay 2005-2007
Mary Bensel 2003-2005
Mike LaPan, CFE 2001-2003
Rogert Englert 1999-2001
Bill Becker 1997-1999
Allen Johnson, CFE 1995-1997
Mike LaPan, CFE 1993-1995
Lionel Dubay 1991-1993
Ron Spencer 1989-1991

Ron Spencer Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center, Tallahassee
Lionel J. Dubay Stephen C. O’Connell Center, Gainesville
Rick Linio Jacksonville Memorial Auditorium, Jacksonville
Mike LaPan, CFE Sun Dome,Tampa
Charlie Thomas Sun Dome,Tampa
Bob Weaver Tampa Fairgrounds,Tampa
Donna Dowless Lakeland Civic Center, Lakeland
Norman Jones Fort Meyers Civic Center, Fort Meyers
Larry Updike Pensacola Civic Center, Pensacola
Phil Scott Bayfront Center, St. Petersburg


To be the leader of the State of Florida public assembly facility industry.


To promote and serve Florida's public assembly facility industry.


Promote and develop professionalism in the management and presentation of public assembly events.

Monitor legislative and governmental regulations.

Standardize business practices with promoters, presenter organizations, the public and vendors.

Cultivate professional relationships and cooperation among facility managers and presenters for the betterment of the citizens and visitors of the state.

Identify trends and develop cooperative solutions to industry challenges.

Provide programs focused on the specific interests and needs of the public assembly facilities and event presenters.


Membership is open to any person in the senior level management of either an existing or under construction arena, racetrack, auditorium/theater, stadium, convention/exhibit hall or outside amphitheater, or presenter organization of events in the State of Florida.

Member benefits: networking, education, legislative support, scholarships, newsletter, web site and professional development.


Held every June, FFMA's annual conference is the perfect opportunity to build relationships and exchange ideas with peers. The conference offers face-to-face opportunities to connect with artists' agents, promoters and suppliers. Education is provided through a variety of speakers and panel discussions seeking solutions to the most current issues. A program favorite is an opportunity to learn about the latest in the entertainment industry from a panel of promoters and agents. Members are kept up to date on industry trends and legislative issues in Florida as well as nationwide.

History of FFMA Annual Conference Locations

2002-2017 Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach
2001 Registry Naples
2000 Mission Inn Howie in the Hills
1999 Amelia Island Jacksonville
1998             PGA West Palm Beach
1997 Caribe Royale Resort Orlando
1996 Buena Vista Palace Orlando
1993-1995        Turnberry Isle Resort & Club Aventura
1992 Saddlebrook Golf & Tennis Resort Tampa  
1991 Palm Beach Polo & Country Club Palm Beach
1990     PGA West Palm Beach
1989 Saddlebrook Golf & Tennis Resort Tampa
1985-1988 Amelia Island Jacksonville


Hosted by a member facility once a year this seminar provides excellent training on industry practices for administrative staff, mid-level managers and operations personnel. It is an opportunity to network with each other, share ideas and obtain career advice from directors of Florida facilities and event presenters. Educational topics include crowd management, group sales, marketing and promotion, rigging, customer service, risk management, safety and security, ticketing, plus team building and leadership.