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Upcoming events

    • February 27, 2024
    • 8:30 AM (CST)
    • February 29, 2024
    • 4:30 PM (CST)
    • The Lodge at Gulf State Park, A Hilton Hotel, 21196 East Beach Blvd, Orange Beach, AL, 36542
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    The conference will be loaded with great training courses, guest speakers and tours of historic parks and landmarks. This will be a conference you will not want to miss so start planning today.  The agenda is shown below.



    PLEA Annual Training Conference

    February 27 - February 29, 2024

    The Lodge at Gulf State Park

    Gulf Shores, Alabama

    Agenda

    Virtual conference attendees will be emailed a link to sign-in for the virtual portion of the conference.

    Our Conference Agenda is:

    Monday, February 26

    09:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Board of Directors Meeting – PLEA Executive Board and Board Members.

    4:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Registration at The Lodge at Gulf State Park.

    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM - Networking Social - Hospitality Room.

    Tuesday, February 27

    Breakfast on your own.

    07:00 AM – 08:00 AM – Registration and Meet & Greet – Outside of Classroom.

    08:15 AM – Opening Ceremonies. Welcome by PLEA President and Host Agency.
    Colors and pledge by the Alabama State Parks Honor Guard.

    08:30 AM – 9:30 AM – Leadership of the Younger Generations and Recruitment & Retention – Pete Mitchum, Southwest District Ranger, Alabama State Parks

    9:30 AM – 10:00 AM – Morning Break & Door Prizes

    10:00 AM – 10:15 AM Group Photo

    ** NOTE:  Please bring a uniform for group photo at end of morning break. **

    10:15 AM – 11:15 AM – LEO, Emergency Services Assessment Model – Ed Thomas, emergency Services Section Chief, Arkansas State Parks.

    11:15 AM – 12:15pm – Cross-Training Program Within the New Jersey State Parks, Forests, & Historic Sites Program. – George Fedorczyk, Chief Ranger, New Jersey State Parks Police.

    12:15 PM – 1:30 PM - Lunch (On your own)

    1:30 PM – 2:30 PM – Peer Support Groups in Law Enforcement – Mark Caughlan, Chief Ranger, Wyoming State Parks. 

    2:30 PM – 2:45 PM - Afternoon Break & Door Prizes

    2:45 PM – 3:30 PM – ALERRT (Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training) – Larry Behnke.

    3:30 PM – 3:45 PM – 2nd Afternoon Break & Door Prizes

    3:45 PM – 4:30 PM – ALERRT (Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training) – Larry Behnke.

    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Networking Social - Hospitality Room.

    Wednesday, February 28

    Breakfast on your own.

    08:15 AM – 08:30 AM – Meet outside lobby for transportation.

    08:30 AM – Vans depart The Lodge at Gulf State Park. 

    08:30 AM – 10:00 AM – Tour Gulf Shores State Park

    10:30 AM – 11:30 AM – Tour Fort Morgan State Historic Site

    11:30 AM – 12:30 PM – Lunch at Fort Morgan

    1:30 PM – 3:00 – Tour Big Lagoon State Park (Florida)

    4:00 PM – Arrive at The Lodge at Gulf State Park.

    6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Awards Banquet. Dinner is provided. Fund raising raffle.

    8:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Networking Social - Hospitality Room.

    Thursday, February 29

    Breakfast on your own.

    8:30 AM – 4:30 PM – Keynote Presenter Donald Forgione.  Donald will offer the following presentations:

    • 1.      The Art of Active Management: Managing Mole Hills Before They Become Mountains
    • 2.      Building Sustainable Teams: Internal or External, Recruitment to Conflict Resolution
    • 3.      Principles of Leadership That Work: Trust, Communications, and Resilience   
    • 4.      Mentoring the Next Generation: Roles for the Mentor and Mentee

    8:30 AM – 9:30 AM –   Donald Forgione

    9:30 AM – 10:00 AM – Break & Door Prizes

    10:00 AM – 11:00 PM – Donald Forgione

    11:00 AM – 11:15 AM – Break & Door Prizes 

    11:15 AM – 12:00 PM – Donald Forgione

    12:00 PM – 1:30 PM - Lunch (On your own)

    1:30 PM – 2:30 PM – Donald Forgione

    2:30 PM – 3:00 PM – Break & Door Prizes

    3:00 PM – 4:30 PM – Donald Forgione

    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Networking Social - Hospitality Room.

    Friday, March 1   

    Breakfast on your own   

    Safe travels, hope to see everyone in 2025!


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