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Florida Keys Conferences & Meetings

Host conferences on the open ocean, enjoy breakfast in the company of bottlenose dolphins, partake in poolside team-building experiences, and spend free time diving and fishing. At Hawks Cay Resort, we believe in offering a unique Florida Keys meeting experience that your group will be excited to attend and that will leave them feeling rejuvenated. And we believe in getting down to business, providing state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor Florida Keys conference venues, as well as an expert sales and event staff dedicated to making every detail of your event a success.

With over 20,000 square feet of indoor waterfront meeting space, a variety of breathtaking outdoor venues that overlook the pristine waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, and a unique, private-event catamaran designed to give your attendees a one-of-a-kind Florida Keys experience, Hawks Cay Resort has the space and facilities to turn your next meeting into a truly memorable event. If you're looking for the best in hosting Florida Keys Conferences then fill our your request for proposal today.

Plan Your Florida Keys Conference

Drive to tropical meeting spaces in the Florida Keys

AN ISLAND YOU CAN DRIVE TO

Experience the best of the Caribbean without the hassles or expenses of traveling offshore. Hawks Cay features year-round tropical temperatures, clear turquoise waters, elegant accommodations, world-class fishing and diving, and more—all within a short, scenic drive from multiple major US airports.

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Florida Meeting Spaces for Conferences and Events at Hawks Cay

THE MOST MEETING SPACE IN THE KEYS

Whether you host your Florida meeting on the water's edge, aboard Hawks Cay's private event catamaran or inside our 20,000 square feet of oceanfront meeting space, Hawks Cay has the capabilities to accommodate all of your Florida Keys conference needs.

Meeting Spaces

PSAV PRESENTATION SERVICES

For more than 77 years, PSAV® has been setting the standard for event technology services within the hotel, resort and conference center industry, offering the expertise for everything from intimate gatherings to large conventions.

The most meeting space in the Florida Keys

AT YOUR SERVICE

Hawks Cay's professional sales and event staff members are dedicated to making your Florida Keys meeting a success. We will organize and implement every detail of your event and, with our impeccable personalized service, cater to your attendees' needs.

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Florida Keys team building activities

TEAM BUILDING EXPERIENCES

Inspire your group beyond the boardroom with our adventurous Hawks Cay team-building activities. Pursue sailfish on an offshore fishing charter, take a group Segway® tour around Duck Key, host a tropical-themed street party, or snorkel the coral reef.

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Conference and event space in the Florida Keys

REUNIONS & GATHERINGS

Bring your loved ones or social group together for an unforgettable vacation at Hawks Cay. Our tropical Florida Keys resort is ideal for family reunions, boating club excursions, girlfriends' getaways or any other excuse to vacation in paradise!

Reunions

Hawks Cay Resort provides a wide range of accessible meeting and event spaces, however please note the following exceptions. The Dolphin Conference Center main entrance has a step and is not accessible (conference center rooms are accessible via a service entrance in the rear of each meeting space). The Sunrise and Sunset Lawns do not have an accessible path. The Lagoon Deck does not have a ramp. All other meeting and event spaces are accessible.


Sales Team

Kim Thompson

Position:
Director of Sales

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Having grown up on the Northeast Coast of Florida, I have a great passion for the Atlantic Ocean and coastal lifestyle that surrounds it! My hotel career began at a road-side Holiday Inn across from the Speedway in Daytona Beach in 1987. From there my calling for the hospitality industry became clear. I thoroughly enjoyed the catering and conference services aspects for many years to come, serving as Director of Catering at One Ocean in Atlantic Beach for 10 years as well Director of Catering at Casa Monica Hotel in St. Augustine for 5 years. It was there, in 1999, that I made the “switch” from catering to sales (smile.) With a proven track record, I moved on to a large, downtown Jacksonville, convention property where I eventually became the Director of Sales for 5 years until I met the opportunity to work for Hawks Cay (another smile.) Somebody had to pinch me! I could not believe I was being recruited for my DREAM JOB to represent a 4 Diamond Resort in middle of the Florida Keys. Although I worked with most every geographic region in my 7-year tenure, I predominantly managed the Mid-West accounts including the Incentive Houses. There are many properties that make up my career but none as satisfying in EVERY way as Hawks Cay so the opportunity to return as the Director of Sales & Catering was an easy choice for me!

Corinne Whittington

Position:
Director of National Accounts

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Phone: 954-916-7998
Cell: 305-394-7030
Email: [email protected]
Having grown up on the Northeast Coast of Florida, I have a great passion for the Atlantic Ocean and coastal lifestyle that surrounds it! My hotel career began at a road-side Holiday Inn across from the Speedway in Daytona Beach in 1987. From there my calling for the hospitality industry became clear. I thoroughly enjoyed the catering and conference services aspects for many years to come, serving as Director of Catering at One Ocean in Atlantic Beach for 10 years as well Director of Catering at Casa Monica Hotel in St. Augustine for 5 years. It was there, in 1999, that I made the “switch” from catering to sales (smile.) With a proven track record, I moved on to a large, downtown Jacksonville, convention property where I eventually became the Director of Sales for 5 years until I met the opportunity to work for Hawks Cay (another smile.) Somebody had to pinch me! I could not believe I was being recruited for my DREAM JOB to represent a 4 Diamond Resort in middle of the Florida Keys. Although I worked with most every geographic region in my 7-year tenure, I predominantly managed the Mid-West accounts including the Incentive Houses. There are many properties that make up my career but none as satisfying in EVERY way as Hawks Cay so the opportunity to return as the Director of Sales & Catering was an easy choice for me!

Clay Buchanan

Position:
Director of National Accounts

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Phone: 904-610-0035
Fax: 305.921.0696
Email: [email protected]
Hello from the Florida Keys! I am truly delighted to be a part of the exceptional team at Hawks Cay Resort and represent our AAA Four Diamond island resort paradise. I am a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Parks & Tourism. After graduating, I began my hospitality career in Texas with Wyndham Jade and the Westin City Center Dallas. But the Sunshine State was calling my name and I relocated back here in 2005. Prior to joining Hawks Cay, I represented Visit Jacksonville, Renaissance World Golf Village Resort and Ponte Vedra Beach Resorts – garnering more than 10 years of multifaceted experience in the hospitality industry.

Residing in the Jacksonville, Florida area, it is my pleasure to serve groups from North/Central Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. I look forward to working with you to help make your next program a very successful and memorable event. Where else but Hawks Cay Resort can you and your attendees swim with dolphins, snorkel and enjoy world-class fishing – all while having a productive program!

Michael Connolly

Position:
Director of National Accounts

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Phone: 305-509-2942
Hello from the Florida Keys! I am truly delighted to be a part of the exceptional team at The New and Improved Hawks Cay Resort and represent our AAA Four Diamond island resort paradise.
Guests will remember battling trophy fish on an offshore or backcountry fishing charter, taking a lazy paddle across the clear shallow waters, or toasting champagne on a magical Florida Keys sunset cruise.
There's truly something for everyone here at Hawks Cay, and I look forwarded to introducing you and your guests to everything we and the Florida keys has to offer.
With a strong food and beverage background and over 20 years of Resort , Hotel and Private Club experience from Key Largo to New England. Residing in Islamorada with my Family- I look forward to assisting you and your clients from the Mid-West, West Coast and New England.

Conference Services Team

Cheryl Matyi

Position:
Conference Services Manager

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Phone: 305-289-5136
As a Conference Services Manager at Hawks Cay Resort I look forward to assisting you with all of your planning needs and welcoming you and your group to our beautiful property. With the luxury guest rooms we have, the flexible meeting space, stunning outdoor venues, mouth watering culinary offerings and so many exciting things to plan for your group during your free time, helping you plan your event at Hawks Cay is truly a fun experience for all of us.
I have over 20 years experience in Conference Services and have worked at many luxury resorts around the country, but I have to say, this is the best so far! I hope to have the opportunity to partner with you to ensure your guests have a productive meeting, great culinary events and a lot of fun during their free time.

Laurie Lupton

Position:
Conference Service Manager

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Phone: 305-289-2973
Warm Island Greetings from the beautiful Florida Keys! I look forward to welcoming your group to our island paradise and showing you all that Hawks Cay Resort has to offer your attendees.Hawks Cay Resort holds a special place in my heart, following receiving my degree in Recreation, Sport, and Tourism from the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign; I started my hospitality career at Hawks Cay in the Recreation Department, and then transitioned into Group Coordination, Wedding Sales and Catering. When a unique opportunity presented itself, I had a wonderful experience traveling and working abroad in New Zealand, getting to see a completely different side of the travel and hospitality industry. When returning to the States, I worked as Catering and Conference Services Manager near the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia and enjoyed the change of seasons for a few years, but HOME was calling. I am so excited to return to Hawks Cay, where it all started for me, and I look forward to ensuring a smooth and successful planning process for your group!

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awards

Recent Wins + Accolades

We’re proud to have our name etched on some of the most heralded honors in travel. Here’s the proof.

Accolades
2020
AAA Four Diamond
Rating (since 2010)

AAA Diamond Awards

AAA Four Diamond Resort in the Florida Keys
2020
Top New or
Renovated Awards

ConventionSouth

Hawks Cay offers the most event and meeting space in the Florida Keys
2019
Readers' Choice Award - Top 15
Resorts in the
Florida Keys

Condé Nast Traveler

Host your meeting or event at an award-winning resort in Florida
2017
World's Best Awards - 10 Best Resort Hotels in Florida

Travel + Leisure

Meetings at the best hotel in Florida
2016
People's Choice Awards

Taste of Florida

Florida Keys meetings and events at Hawks Cay Resort
2016
Readers' Choice Award - Top 10
Resorts in the
Florida Keys

Condé Nast Traveler

Host an event at the top resort in the Florida Keys
2015
Readers' Choice Awards - Best Hotel Pools

USA Today 10Best

Plan a meeting a the top hotel in the Florida Keys
2015
Silver Magellan Award - Waterfront Resort

Travel Weekly

Florida Keys resort meetings at our seaside venues and meeting spaces
2015
Readers' Choice Awards - Top 25 Resorts in Florida (Atlantic & the Keys)

Condé Nast Traveler

Top Florida resorts to host your next meeting or event
2010
Top 500 World's
Best Hotels

Travel + Leisure

Host your conference at one of the best hotels in the world