Mennonite-Entrepreneurs-ConferenceA weekend of challenge and reflection

Building Trust and Breaking Ground

Jan. 29 – Feb. 1, 2015
The Resort at Longboat Key Club, Longboat Key, Florida

The Mennonite Entrepreneurs Conference is designed for Christian business owners and entrepreneurs who seek God’s direction in their lives and integrate their faith and work to step back from their busy schedules to connect with others. Thanks to everyone who was able to join us at this year's conference. Information about next year's conference is coming soon!

2015 Presentations

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2015 - Scott HackmanBuilding trust was addressed at three levels:

  • Spiritual: God with us -- Learn from Jesus in the desert
  • Self: Our personal stories -- Manage the complexities of our personal/emotional growth
  • Others: Dignity and focus in the midst of transitions -- Build a deeper capacity for whole-hearted relationships and understanding roles in family and business
Our time included story-telling, Scott's "Yuck-to-Amazing" scale to evaluate roles, sharing vision, and setting goals.

Our conference leader was Scott Hackman, who has been called to guide leaders who are in the process of transforming their lives and their organizations. As a partner, advisor and strategist with the Delaware Valley Family Business Center, Scott energizes roles in his work with presidents/executives, key leadership teams, next generation leaders and family councils. As Scott listens to leaders, he hears similarities in their longing for happiness, success, and fulfillment in their many roles in family, business and community.


2015 - Dan and Mary Miller resized

Our business leader presenters were Dr. Dan and Mary Miller, who have experienced a life of service in various forms. For 38 years, Dan was a rural family physician. Dan and Mary are now active partners in a hospitality company consisting of restaurants, gift shops, inns and a wholesale food service. They discussed the similarities and differences between a service profession and a service-oriented business. Dan and Mary have been supporters of MEDA for many years, and Dan is a former MEDA Board member. They have been blessed with a family of four children, four in-laws and 10 grandchildren.


Jim Miller 2Our Sunday morning sermon was given by Jim Miller. Jim is president and CEO of JMX Brands, an e-commerce company that he co-founded in 2003. JMX owns several brands, including DutchCrafters, the leading internet retailer of Amish furniture. JMX is an Inc 5000 company and recognized by Internet Retailer as one of the top 1000 internet retailers in America.


Miller was associate pastor at Bahia Vista Mennonite Church in Sarasota, FL from 1993-98.  Recently, Miller served as pastor at Covenant Mennonite Fellowship, a small congregation in Sarasota, FL, from 2012-14.

Miller has degrees from Goshen College and the University of South Florida and has studied at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Eastern Mennonite University, and Bethel Theological Seminary.

The conference includes opportunities for connecting with old and new friends over dinners, singing and worshipping together, and unstructured free time. Golf will be arranged for those interested. Other activities in the area include beaches, shopping, galleries and more.

The Mennonite Entrepreneurs Conference is organized under the umbrella of Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA).

Conference Schedule

Thursday, January 29, 2015

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

6:30 p.m.

Opening Session with Scott Hackman (Island House Dining Room)

Dinner at The Resort at Longboat Key Club (Barefoots Lower Deck)

Friday, January 30, 2015

8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

1:30 – 7:00 p.m.

7:00 – 9:00 p.m. 

Session with Scott Hackman (Island House Dining Room)

MEDA Update

Lunch at Longboat Key Club (Under Oaks at Island House)

Afternoon Free-time

Dine-Around Dinner at area restaurants in groups of 6-8 people

Saturday, January 31, 2015

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

4:30 – 5:00 p.m.

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Morning Free time/Golf arranged for those interested (sign up on the registration form)

Lunch on your own

Session with Scott Hackman (John Ringling West)

Business Session

Dinner and Program (John Ringling West)
Presentation by Dr Dan and Mary Miller, Walnut Creek, Ohio

Sunday, February 1, 2015

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.


Worship Service (Island House Dining Room)
Sermon by Jim Miller, Sarasota, Florida

Conclusion of conference