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2017 Meeting of the Southern Management Association

Join us for SMA 2017 in St. Pete Beach, FL at the TradeWinds Island Resorts

10/24/2017 to 10/28/2017
When: 10/24/2017
Where: TradeWinds Island Resorts
5500 Gulf Blvd.
St. Pete Beach, Florida  33706
United States
Contact: Hettie Richardson

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Registration is $270. Until Oct 15, there is a $50 Early discount. 


Student registration is $120**. Until Oct 15, there is a $20 Early discount.


A full registrant can register a guest for $75.


**IMPORTANT** In order to receive the student price, you must have an active student membership to SMA. Register as a student member and complete that transaction first. Then, register for the conference. If you do not, you will see the full price ($270) minus whatever student discounts there are. 




Thanks to our members' enthusiastic response, the group block at the TradeWinds Island Grand is now full for most nights of the conference, and online reservations using the group code are now unavailable. Please call the property at (800) 360-4016 and ask to speak with group reservations to inquire about any availability and make reservations, if possible. We have also made overflow and waiting list arrangements:

  • We have limited availability at the group rate at the Guy Harvey Outpost (part of the TradeWinds property, .4 miles from the adjacent Island Grand) the TradeWinds group reservations can also assist you with these accommodations prior to the September 23 reservations cutoff: (800) 360-4016
  •  The Sirata Beach Resort (.2 miles from the Island Grand, adjacent to the TradeWinds) - (855) 344-5999. (Identify yourself as part of the SMA Conference Overflow Rooms group block.)
  • If you wish to be placed on a waiting list for group rate accommodations at the TradeWinds Island Grand, please email Group Reservations Manager Yolanda Perez at with your room preferences(s) and requested dates of stay. Use SMA Waiting List as the subject line. Copy SMA Executive Director David Nershi at We will monitor the waiting list. Rooms will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, if and when cancellations occur. Please Note: Be sure to secure your room at an overflow property first! That's the only way to guarantee you'll have a room.



SMA is pleased to offer two special sessions on Wednesday, October 25.

SMA/CARMA Research Methods PDI Session -1:00 pm  5 pm

Presented as part of the collaboration with CARMA (Consortium for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis). The session is presented by Larry Williams and Andrew Hanna and is designed for both beginning and advanced Structural Equation Modeling users. to participate, please register here.  This session is limited to 50 people.

SMA Career Paths Symposium - 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm   

Designed to offer insights into post-tenure career options. The symposium offers various round tables so a scholar interested in a particular aspect of a career can attend the round tables most targeted to personal interests.  The 2017 symposium is co-chaired by Patricia Lanier (University of Louisiana at Lafayette) and Aaron Hill (Oklahoma State University). For more information regarding this year's program, or to express interest in participating, contact Patricia at or Aaron at Limited to 50 participants.


Travel Information

TradeWinds Island Resorts are located in the Tampa Bay Area of Florida’s Central West Coast directly on the Gulf of Mexico beach. Nestled on the island of St. Pete Beach, the resorts have a breezy, casual ambiance, yet share the diverse cultural events and active nightlife of the Tampa Bay metropolitan area. Both Tampa International Airport and St. Petersburg/Clearwater Airport are about 30 minutes away, via Interstate 275.


TradeWinds Island Grand

5500 Gulf Boulevard, St. Pete Beach, Florida 33706



Guy Harvey Outpost, a TradeWinds Beach Resort

6000 Gulf Boulevard, St. Pete Beach, Florida 33706



Ground Transportation:


from TPA (Tampa International Airport):


from PIE (St. Pete/Clearwater Airport):


Driving Directions:


From I-75, take I-275 to Tampa and remain on it through Tampa and across Tampa Bay. Continue South on I-275 approximately 15 miles through St. Petersburg. Proceed from * below.


Take I-4 west into Tampa. Stay in the left-hand lane and follow the signs for I-275 South "To St. Petersburg" past downtown Tampa and across Tampa Bay. Continue South on I-275 approximately 15 miles through St. Petersburg. Proceed from * below.


From I-75 take the I-275 exit "To St. Petersburg" (not Tampa), and over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge (toll). Proceed from * below.


Follow the signs to I-275 South "To St. Petersburg" and across Tampa Bay. Continue South on I-275 approximately 15 miles through St. Petersburg. Proceed from * below.


Turn left out of airport onto Roosevelt and follow signs to I-275 South through St. Petersburg, approximately 13 miles. Proceed from * below.


* Exit I-275 at the St. Pete Beach/Pinellas Bayway Exit (exit 17). Proceed West across Pinellas Bayway (toll) which takes you directly to St. Pete Beach and ends at Gulf Blvd. Turn right, and the TradeWinds Resorts are on the left-hand side of the street, about 1.5 miles north.


Getting around St. Pete Beach:


VIP transfers are available from all three airports through Resort Transportation Services, located onsite at Island Grand. They maintain a full fleet of vehicles and drivers ready to pick you up and take you back for your return flight, as well as for excursions during your stay. Super Shuttle International is also available at the two major airports. Transportation fees apply.

CAR RENTAL - 888.407.1416

For your convenience, onsite car rental from Hertz is available at TradeWinds Island Grand. Call for special offers and reservations.


Suncoast Beach Trolley stops right outside of both Island Grand and Guy Harvey Outpost. The trolley allows visitors to explore the beach communities from Clearwater to Pass-A-Grille without the worry of driving and parking. The trolley also has connections to regular bus service in Pinellas County.

TAXI SERVICE - 727.367.3702

Taxi service is also available. Call for rates and availability.

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