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35th Annual Forum Tips for Your Trip

Tips for Your Trip to Naples!

FSSA would like to be the first to welcome you to Naples, Florida!  Included below are Tips for Your Trip to the FSSA 35th Annual Forum.

Download the Annual Forum Mobile App

The Fire Suppression Systems Association (FSSA) is proud to present the Annual Forum app sponsored by Firetrace International. Get the most from your 35th Annual Forum experience by downloading the FSSA App! 


Downloading the app is easy!

SEARCH the Apple app store or Google Play for "FSSA Annual Forum"


Scan the QR code:


For all other devices, point your mobile browser to to be directed to the proper downloadable version for your specific device.


FSSA Headquarters will be on-site during the seminar to help you download the app and answer any questions you may have. Have specific app questions? Contact support at


Creating Your Profile in the FSSA App


In order to be viewed and/or to connect with fellow attendees, you will need to create your own profile in the FSSA App.


Please use the following instructions to create your profile:

  • Open the FSSA App
  • While on the app's main dashboard, swipe right or press the three bars to the left of the “Dashboard” Header
  • Tap the area where it says, “Tap here to setup your profile”
  • Enter your name and contact information
  • Click on the image to add your photo
  • When complete, check the box next to “Publish My Profile” and hit “Save”

After completing these steps, your profile will be visible in the “Attendees” section of the app. All attendees who create a profile will be listed in this section and will be searchable.

To connect with attendees that have created profiles listed under the “Attendees” section:

  • Click on the “Attendees” icon
  • Search or scroll to find an attendee
  • Select the attendee by tapping the screen
  • Then hit “request friend”
  • After the attendee accepts your request, you will be able to send messages, share Annual Forum schedules and view complete profile information 


On Saturday, February 18, 2017, please visit the FSSA Registration Table in the Orchid Atrium in the main lobby from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. to pick up your name badge and on-site program. Registration will also be available during the Welcome Reception.

It is important that you wear your badge at all FSSA functions as it serves as your admission ticket and is the best way to get to know other members.


FSSA will also be selling branded short-sleeved and long-sleeved shirts. Stop by the registration desk to order one for yourself!


Click here for an Annual Forum attendee list.


 Schedule and Forum Attire


Click here to view the schedule of events for the 35th Annual Forum.

View the hotel map here.

Conference Attire

FSSA Sessions/Social Events: Business casual/resort wear is suitable (Men: khaki pants, dress shorts, collared shirts, slacks. Women: dress shorts/capris, slacks, blouses, knit tops).

Welcome Reception: This is a beach casual event and will be outside (weather permitting).  No suits, no ties, no sport coats.  Women are encouraged to wear flat shoes. 

President's Banquet: Women: dresses, pant suits, skirts and tops. Men: suits or coat and tie.

Hotel, Transportation and Parking

The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club

851 Gulf Shore Boulevard North
Naples, Florida 34102
 (239) 261-2222

Check-in time is after 4:00 p.m.; check-out time is 12:00 p.m.


During Naples Beach Club's high season and/or high demand dates, early check-in may not be available. The hotel encourages guests to utilize their bell services for luggage storage until accommodations are available.

Transportation and Parking


The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club is 45 minutes from the Southwest Florida International Airport. Taxis are available 24 hours a day.  The average cost is $75/each way.There is a $10 charge for the fourth passenger.


Hotel Transportation

Airport transportation is available to and from the Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) for $75 each way.  Please contact the Concierge at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club for additional airport transportation options by phone: (239) 261-2222 or email:


Click here for directions from the Southwest Florida International Airport to the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club.

Valet and self parking is complimentary.

FSSA Annual Golf Tournament 


FSSA Annual Golf Tournament
Saturday, February 18, 2017
12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

This year’s tournament will be played at The Naples Beach Hotel Championship Golf Course.


Call 239-435-2475 for all requests for club/equipment rentals. (Rental Clubs - $60.00; Golf Bag Storage - $4.00/per night)

- Sponsored by Victaulic, the golf lunch will be served at the course beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Beverage Cart
- sponsored by Healey Fire Protection, Inc., will be available on the course throughout the tournament.

Mulligans - Mulligans can be purchased at the golf course and will be 3 for $20.00. All mulligan proceeds are donated to the FSSA Educational Foundation and are tax-deductible.

Thank you to the following Hole Sponsors for supporting this years tournament: 

  • ABCO Fire, LLC
  • ETG Fire
  • Keeley Kuenn & Reid
  • S.O. Sales
Keynote Speakers

Join FSSA in welcoming our keynote speakers:

Opening Keynote:  Sunday, February 19 at 8:30 a.m.

Tom Burgoyne, The Phillie Phanatic

"Pheel the Love!: How the Most Powerful Force in the Universe Builds Great Companies"

Tom Burgoyne has been performing as the Phillie Phanatic for twenty-eight years.  A St. Joseph’s Prep and Drexel University graduate, Tom first donned the Phanatic costume in 1989 after answering an anonymous want-ad in the Philadelphia Inquirer.  Tom, a certifiable sports nut, won over a panel of judges with his audition in the Phanatic costume, in addition to showing the judges his collection of newspaper clippings showing him on top of statues during Phillies and 76ers victory parades and at other sporting events throughout Philadelphia.


The Phillie Phanatic has been widely acclaimed over the years as one of sports best mascots.  Forbes Magazine and other media outlets have repeatedly named the Phanatic the best mascot in the country. In 2002, the Phillie Phanatic was “enshrined” in baseball’s Hall of Fame and is currently part of a permanent exhibit in Cooperstown.




Monday Keynote:  Monday, February 20 at 10:15 a.m.

Michael Allosso, Communications and Awareness Specialist

You on Your Best Day


Michael Allosso is a master communications expert who coaches CEOs and other high level executives both in dynamic presentations as well as effective day to day leadership. He has led award winning workshops for leaders and sales teams all over the world and is a much sought after personal coach. His client base ranges from insurance producers to construction managers, doctors to bankers, actors to politicians. His experience as a professional theater and film director enables him to quickly identify strengths and weaknesses.

Michael gives his clients practical tools to fortify their strengths and eliminate their weaknesses. Since he started in 2004, Michael has been a top rated speaker for Vistage International (the world’s largest CEO enrichment organization). During that time he won an unprecedented four “Speaker of the Year” Awards, two “Members’ Choice” Awards, the “Above and Beyond” Award, the “Millennium” Award , and “Speaker of the Year” Award for TEC Canada. Michael has traveled the world bringing his “You On Your Best Day” program to a wide variety of organizations and businesses.


Spouse Breakfast on Sunday


Sunday,February 19, 2017

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.  

Location: Broadwell's Dining Terrace

Registered spouses are invited to a special breakfast on Sunday, February 19, 2017.  We encourage your spouses to attend and network with old and new friends.  Dress is casual.

FSSA's 1st Annual Wiffle Ball World Series

The fire suppression’s finest wiffle ball teams will battle it out for the 1st Annual Wiffle Ball World Series title during this year’s Forum!  We invite you to play ball or just attend as spectator on the Watkins Lawn. 

Are you interested in playing?  If so, RSVP here to be entered in the draft.


Team managers will be selected by the Commissioner.

Wiffle Ball World Series Commissioner:  Todd Stevens, Cannistraro
Wiffle Ball World Series Umpires:   Cal Clemons, George Keeley and Tom Wysocki


There will be no cost for this event and everyone will receive a commemorative t-shirt.  Donations will be accepted for the FSSA Educational Foundation during the game.  All donations received are 100% tax deductible and benefit the FSSA scholarship program and foundation.



Naples, Florida has temperatures in the high 70's to mid 80's typically in late February. Expect a warm and sunny stay!  For your 10-day-forecast click here.


 Thank you to the 35th Annual Forum Sponsors:


3M Company

ABCO Fire Protection Inc.

A-Gas Americas

The Amerex Group

BFPE International

Bourgeois & Associates, Inc.



ETG Fire

Firetrace International 

Gene Ptacek & Son Fire Equipment

Healey Fire Protection, Inc.

Honeywell Fire Systems Group

Keeley, Kuenn & Reid

Koorsen Fire & Security

Kidde Fire Systems

Marioff North America
Meetings USA

Minimax USA LLC

Orr Protection Systems

Phoenix Fire Systems

Siemens Industry

S.O. Sales

Tyco Fire Protection Products

Victaulic Vortex Fire Suppression System

Wesco HMB



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