Speakers

Alex Mahadevan
2024 FMC Speaker
Alex Mahadevan is the director of MediaWise at the Poynter Institute. Since 2019, he's taught and trained thousands of journalists across the world in verification, AI and digital tools for investigations.
Moni Basu
2024 FMC Speaker
Moni Basu teaches advanced journalism courses at the University of Georgia. She is the director of the low-residency MFA in Narrative Nonfiction and the Charlayne Hunter-Gault writer in residence at UGA’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Mark Wilson
2024 FMC Speaker
Mark Wilson serves as president and chief executive officer of Florida’s largest and most influential business advocacy organization. Wilson leads the substantial political, lobbying, grassroots, and economic research operations of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.
Denis Riel
2024 FMC Speaker
Tampa Bay Times 2024 Newspaper in Education Teacher of the Year Denis Riel retired as detective commander of the Lincoln (R.I.) Police Department in 2004 after 20 years of service.
Bill Steiger
2024 FMC Speaker
Dr Bill Steiger has served as the Coordinator and classroom instructor of the nationally recognized Professional Selling Program at UCF for the last 13 years.
Scott Maxwell
2024 FMC Speaker
Scott Maxwell is a columnist for the Orlando Sentinel. Three times a week, his column focuses on the interesting, funny, maddening and crazy things that make Florida … well, Florida.
Rita Wells
2024 FMC Speaker
Rita Wells’ tourism career began in 2014 in the marketing department at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. She continuously added to her responsibilities throughout her tenure, fostering collaborations across departments and engaging with tourism industry partners in marketing and media.
Peter Lamb
2024 FMC Speaker
With over three decades of marketing experience, Peter Lamb has worked with some of the world’s largest media companies and helped orchestrate some of their most impressive successes. As a strategy consultant Peter transforms media companies to make them more efficient, more competitive, and more profitable. For Peter’s clients, this entails an unprecedented focus on NEW-NEW revenue, an approach that targets customers that have never used the client’s products or services.
Nila Do Simon
2024 FMC Speaker
Nila Do Simon is a writer and editor for various publications, including Conde Nast Traveler, Vogue.com, Elle.com, The New York Times, Garden & Gun and Marie Claire.
Denise Spiegel
2024 FMC Speaker
As vice president of communications, Denise Spiegel leads the communication strategy and development of organizational messaging that supports Visit Orlando’s mission, vision, business objectives and values, and delivers them to internal and external audiences. Prior to this role, Spiegel served as Visit Orlando’s senior director of public relations overseeing publicity efforts leading a team of in-house representatives and agencies around the world.
Camila Clark
2024 FMC Speaker
Camila Clark serves as the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Visit Lauderdale. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Bowie State University and a Master’s degree in Strategic Communications from the University of Maryland Global Campus.