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2016 Sunshine EXPO® Announces Keynote Speaker CNN National Political Analyst Alex Castellanos

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For Immediate Release: April 12, 2016
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Nationally-renowned political and public affairs expert Castellanos will share his thoughts and expectations for the presidential election as well as other important national races during the Southeast’s premier trade show for retailing

TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Florida Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association (FPMA), the state’s premier trade association representing the petroleum and c-store industries and a division of the Florida Retail Federation (FRF), today announced that CNN national Political Analyst Alex Castellanos will serve as the keynote speaker during the 2016 Sunshine EXPO®, the premier trade show for retailing in the State of Florida. Taking place July 29-August 1 at the Orlando Marriott World Center, the EXPO features more than 2,500 attendees, 350 exhibitors and some of the biggest names in the industry gathered to network, learn and showcase new products and technology. Castellanos will speak Saturday, July 30 at Noon.

“We are honored to have someone with the experience and reputation of Mr. Castellanos addressing the thousands of convenience store owners, petroleum marketers and business leaders during the Sunshine EXPO®,” said FPMA Executive Director Ned Bowman. “We look forward to Mr. Castellanos sharing his thoughts on the upcoming national elections and letting our members know what to expect and how their businesses might be impacted.”

With nearly four decades of political and private sector consulting experience in the U.S. and around the globe, Alex Castellanos has developed communications strategies and campaigns for some of the world’s largest companies and helped elect U.S. Senators, Governors and Presidents. Castellanos co-founded Purple Strategies, a bipartisan public affairs firm, appears regularly on Meet the Press and currently serves as a member of CNN’s “Best Political Team on Television.”

In 2007, GQ Magazine named him one of the 50 Most Influential People in D.C. He has been a Fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has also been credited with the discovery of the political “soccer-mom” and called “father of the attack ad.”

“I want to thank Ned Bowman and FPMA for inviting me to address the Florida business and industry leaders who will be in attendance during the EXPO, and allowing me to share my thoughts on where things stand politically in our country and what the future holds,” said Castellanos.

The Sunshine EXPO continues to serve as one of the nation’s premier convenience and fuel retailing events designed to support the industry, including educational programs, renowned speakers and networking opportunities. This year’s EXPO has been expanded to incorporate the popular annual Loss Prevention Conference and the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year events, making the 2016 Sunshine EXPO® the premier trade show for retailing in the state of Florida. With attendees from all across the southeast U.S. and suppliers from around the country, the EXPO is a not-to-miss event for retailers to find new ideas, products and services that help grow and strengthen their business.

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With more than 10,000 convenience stores in the Sunshine State and hundreds of petroleum-related businesses, the mission of the Florida Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association is to protect the industry and advocate on its behalf. FPMA strives to promote a growth-oriented business community in the state of Florida and work to ensure that every one of our members reaps the benefits of a fairly regulated and business friendly environment. FPMA’s members receive the benefit of consultations on individual business problems, interpretation of laws and regulations or assistance in negotiation with governmental agencies.

Founded in 1937, the Florida Retail Federation is the statewide trade association representing retailers -- the businesses that sell directly to consumers. Florida retailers provide three out of every four jobs in the state, pay more than $49 billion in wages annually, and collect and remit more than $20 billion in sales taxes for Florida’s government each year. In fact, more than three out of four of Florida’s budget dollars come from retail-related activity.

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