Get to Know Your 2024 Florida Advocacy Conference Speakers

Have you registered for the 2024 Florida Advocacy Conference yet? If not, register today so you don’t miss this dynamic speaker lineup! Join us as we embark on a journey of empowerment, collaboration, and advocacy – because together, we shape the future.

CFO Jimmy Patronis
1/23/24 | 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Ballroom

Jimmy Patronis is a native Floridian born and raised in Panama City. He earned his associate degree in restaurant management from Gulf Coast Community College and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Florida State University. He is a partner in a family-owned seafood restaurant called Captain Anderson’s that celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017. His public service career began with experience as an intern in the Florida Senate and the United Kingdom’s House of Commons. Following Patronis’ college graduation, Governor Lawton Chiles appointed him to the Florida Elections Commission, and he was later reappointed by Governor Jeb Bush. He served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2006 to 2014, representing his hometown region in the Florida Panhandle. He was appointed to serve on Florida’s Public Service Commission, as well as the Constitution Revision Commission, which meets once every twenty years to propose changes to the state constitution. He and his wife, Katie, are proud parents to two sons, Jimmy Theo III and John Michael.


Florida Chamber of Commerce 2024 Florida Politics Update
1/24/24 | 9:30 – 10:00 a.m. | Ballroom

As the Senior Director of Political Affairs & Coalitions Advocacy for the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Andrew Wiggins manages the Florida Chamber’s political campaign activity throughout Florida. Before joining the Florida Chamber, Wiggins served as the Deputy Director of Senate Campaigns at the Republican Party of Florida, where he previously spent three years working for House Campaigns. Wiggins has worked on grassroots campaigns all over the United States, as well as statewide in Florida and for both the executive and legislative branches of government. He has over 13 years of experience helping elect candidates to the House and Senate across Florida. Wiggins, a fifth-generation Floridian, was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida with a B.A. in History and an M.A. in Political Science with a certificate in Political Campaigning. Andrew lives in Tallahassee with his daughter and son.

Senator Blaise Ingoglia
1/24/24 | 11:00 – 11:30 a.m. | Ballroom

Since 2020, Senator Blaise Ingoglia has represented Florida Senate District 11, encompassing Citrus, Sumter, Hernando, and Pasco counties. He formerly served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2014 to 2022 in the 35th district. Senator Ingoglia was recognized as the 2022 LSCU Legislator of the Year. He has remained accessible to Florida’s credit unions, and the League of Southeastern Credit Unions (LSCU) appreciates his commitment to serving the state.

Office of Financial Regulation Presentation and Q&A Panel
1/24/24 | 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Ballroom

Ben Brinkley joined the Florida Office of Financial Regulation in July 2005. He started as a field examiner in the Jacksonville office. He has held various positions in both the Bank Bureau and the Credit Union Bureau. In September 2019, he was promoted to Bureau Chief of Credit Unions. Before joining the Office of Financial Regulation, he worked as a loan officer in the Jacksonville office of Washington Mutual. Ben graduated from Georgia Southern University in 1998, and the Florida School of Banking in 2012.

You don’t want to miss the opportunity to advocate in Florida’s capital and get the inside scoop on what’s to come for the legislative session from key insiders! Make sure to review this year’s conference agenda, hotel booking details and speaker information.

Register for your spot at the conference today and remember to book your room using LSCU’s hotel block before Thursday, December 21.

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Written by
Lizeth George
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