COUNTDOWN TO THE GREAT FLORIDA BIGFOOT CONFERENCE | JUNE 8, 2024
The Skunk Ape of Florida
Announcing the fourth annual Great Florida Bigfoot Conference on June 8, 2024, at the World Equestrian Center in Ocala, FL (Expo 1) featuring an all-star lineup of Bigfoot researchers, investigators, and authors ready to interact with fans and discuss their experiences and findings.
Doors open at 9 am and we go until 6 pm. This event is open to the public but advance tickets are recommended as we cannot guarantee them at the door in case of a sell-out. Tickets are all day in and out entry but don’t miss the end segments as we bring back the full panel of speakers on stage for an interactive Q&A along with a segment of encounters from the audience.
Additional events are planned for the weekend to include a Meet & Greet Dinner a day before the event for all VIP ticket holders in the first 4 rows.
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2024 SPEAKER ANNOUNCEMENTS
Russell Acord is an accomplished author, part-time filmmaker, and dedicated professional in the Nuclear industry. His diverse career also includes a significant role in the Travel Channel’s series ‘Expedition Bigfoot’, where he collaborated with three other serious researchers. Russell’s participation in the series highlights his commitment and brings a level of professionalism and experience to the field of Bigfoot research.
Russell was born in Baltimore, Maryland, but his life took a significant turn when his family moved to Montana, a place he holds dear and considers the greatest state in the US. His strong connection to Montana’s majestic scenery is a constant source of inspiration.
His literary work is deeply influenced by his upbringing around the Bitterroot Mountains, allowing him to infuse his writing with a personal and vivid description of the landscape. While Russell may not have personal Bigfoot encounters to recount, his enthusiasm for researching and investigating leads about this elusive creature is evident.
After completing grade school in Corvallis and high school in Arlee, Montana, Russell embarked on travels across the United States, seeking his own path. Yet, he repeatedly returned to the comforting scenery of Montana, which always felt like home. His fascination with Bigfoot’s culture and secretive nature led him to explore various tales and legends about the creature, forming the basis for his literary work.
Russell’s sense of duty and patriotism led him to enlist in the Army, where he experienced both the highs and lows of military life, gaining exposure to different countries and cultures. His service, which ended with an honorable medical discharge, filled him with immense pride. The military provided him with a four-year college education, culminating in a Magna Cum Laude graduation with a major in Safety and Health Management and a minor in Civil Engineering. This educational journey paved the way for his career in Nuclear Safety while allowing him to pursue his passion for writing.
Despite the demands of his career, Russell managed to complete the first book of his trilogy in March 2012. His second book, ‘Bigfoot and the Tripwire’, was released in January 2016, with a third installment already in progress.
Russell’s life philosophy is simple yet profound: work hard, commit fully, and remain open to the world’s mysteries. He believes in the potential for groundbreaking discoveries, including evidence of Bigfoot, and is dedicated to the ongoing pursuit of these enigmatic findings.
Ranae Holland, widely recognized as “The Skeptical Scientist,” is an accomplished biologist and a prominent figure in the field of wildlife research. With a strong academic background, Holland has made significant contributions to the scientific community through her research and advocacy for evidence-based inquiry.
Holland’s academic journey began with a Bachelor of Science degree in Fisheries and Wildlife from the University of Minnesota. She later pursued a Master of Science degree, specializing in fisheries biology, which further solidified her expertise in the study of aquatic ecosystems and wildlife conservation. Her academic achievements are marked by a deep commitment to rigorous scientific methodology and a passion for understanding the natural world.
Beyond her academic pursuits, Ranae Holland gained public recognition as a co-host on the Travel Channel’s popular show “Finding Bigfoot.” In this role, she brought a critical and scientific perspective to the search for the elusive Bigfoot. Holland’s participation in the show highlighted her dedication to applying scientific principles in exploring unexplained phenomena, and her skepticism became a defining characteristic of her public persona.
As a biologist and television personality, Holland has been instrumental in bridging the gap between scientific inquiry and popular culture. Her work on “Finding Bigfoot” not only entertained a wide audience but also educated viewers about the importance of critical thinking and evidence-based investigation in understanding the natural world.
Throughout her career, Ranae Holland has remained an advocate for science education and wildlife conservation. She continues to be a respected voice in the scientific community and a role model for aspiring scientists, particularly in her efforts to promote rational inquiry and skepticism in the face of unverified claims and legends.
Ken Gerhard is an acclaimed cryptozoologist, author, and television personality, renowned for his extensive research into the world of mysterious and unexplained creatures. With an adventurous spirit and a deep curiosity for the unknown, Gerhard has established himself as a leading figure in the field of cryptozoology, dedicating his life to exploring and documenting the existence of enigmatic animals.
Gerhard’s journey as a cryptozoologist has taken him across the globe, where he has conducted investigations in search of creatures such as Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, the Chupacabra, and various giant winged creatures, including those likened to werewolves. His expeditions are driven by a passion for discovery and a commitment to scientific inquiry, as he seeks to unravel the mysteries behind these legendary beings.
As an accomplished author, Ken Gerhard has penned five books on the subject of unknown animals. These works showcase his comprehensive research, offering readers an in-depth look at the world of cryptozoology. His writing is both informative and engaging, blending scientific analysis with captivating narratives of his adventures and findings.
Gerhard’s expertise and charismatic presence have made him a sought-after figure in the media. He has been featured on numerous TV shows, including “Missing in Alaska,” “Monster Quest,” “Ancient Aliens,” “Legend Hunters,” and “Unexplained Files.” His appearances span a variety of major networks, such as the History Channel, Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, Syfy, National Geographic, and the Science Channel. Through these programs, Gerhard shares his knowledge and experiences with a wide audience, contributing to the public’s fascination with cryptids and the unexplained.
Currently, Ken Gerhard is a featured expert on the Travel Channel series “In Search of Monsters.” In this show, he delves into the lore and evidence surrounding some of the most famous and elusive monsters from around the world. His role on the series allows him to further his pursuit of uncovering the truth behind these legendary creatures, while engaging viewers with compelling storytelling and scientific analysis.
Throughout his career, Ken Gerhard has remained a prominent and respected voice in the world of cryptozoology. His dedication to the field, coupled with his ability to captivate and educate audiences, has solidified his status as a preeminent figure in the quest to understand and document the world’s most mysterious creatures.
Ryan “RPG” Golembeske is a notable researcher and media personality specializing in the study of Bigfoot, other cryptids, and various aspects of the paranormal. Known for his enthusiastic and inquisitive approach, Golembeske has made significant contributions to the field of cryptozoology and paranormal investigation.
Golembeske’s interest in the unknown and unexplained began at an early age, leading him to pursue a path in researching mysterious phenomena and elusive creatures. His fascination with Bigfoot, in particular, has driven much of his work, as he seeks to gather evidence and understand the nature of this legendary cryptid.
Throughout his career, Golembeske has been involved in numerous field investigations, exploring areas known for Bigfoot sightings and other paranormal occurrences. His research methods combine traditional techniques with innovative approaches, allowing him to gather unique insights and data. Golembeske’s fieldwork often involves interviewing eyewitnesses, analyzing physical evidence, and employing technology to track and document potential encounters with cryptids and paranormal entities.
Golembeske’s expertise and charismatic personality have led to numerous appearances in the media. He has been featured on various television shows, documentaries, and podcasts, where he discusses his research and shares his experiences in the world of cryptozoology and the paranormal. His media presence has been instrumental in bringing these subjects to a broader audience, fostering interest and awareness in the mysteries that lie beyond the realm of conventional understanding.
In addition to his fieldwork and media appearances, Golembeske is an active member of the cryptozoology and paranormal communities. He participates in conferences, seminars, and events, engaging with fellow researchers, enthusiasts, and those curious about his work. These interactions provide opportunities for collaboration, discussion, and the exchange of ideas, furthering the pursuit of knowledge in these intriguing fields.
Ryan “RPG” Golembeske’s passion for exploring the unknown has established him as a respected and influential figure in the study of Bigfoot, cryptids, and the paranormal. His dedication to uncovering the truth behind these enigmatic subjects continues to inspire and captivate those who share his interest in the unexplained mysteries of our world.
Matt Pruitt is a renowned researcher and author in the field of cryptozoology, particularly known for his extensive work on the subject of Bigfoot. With years of dedicated research and fieldwork, Pruitt has established himself as a leading figure in the Bigfoot community, contributing significantly to the ongoing discussion and exploration of this elusive creature.
Pruitt’s journey into the realm of Bigfoot research began with a deep fascination for the unknown and a desire to understand the mysteries surrounding this legendary creature. His methodical approach to gathering evidence and analyzing sightings has earned him respect among both enthusiasts and skeptics in the field. Pruitt’s research has taken him to various parts of North America, where he has conducted field investigations, interviewed witnesses, and collected data to further the scientific understanding of Bigfoot.
In addition to his fieldwork, Matt Pruitt has recently authored a new book, “The Phenomenal Sasquatch: Seeking the Natural Origins of a Cultural Icon. His book delves into the history, sightings, and evidence surrounding Bigfoot, offering a comprehensive and insightful look at the phenomenon. The book reflects Pruitt’s commitment to rigorous research and his ability to present complex information in an accessible and engaging manner.
Matt Pruitt also played a significant role in the popular Travel Channel series “Finding Bigfoot.” As a key member of the team, Pruitt brought his expertise and critical eye to the show, contributing to its investigative approach and helping to explore various Bigfoot sightings and legends. His participation in the series helped to bring the topic of Bigfoot to a broader audience, sparking interest and debate among viewers.
In addition to his other channels, Pruitt works with Cliff and Bobo as the producer of their podcast “Bigfoot and Beyond.”
Throughout his career, Matt Pruitt has remained a dedicated and passionate researcher, striving to bring a scientific and objective perspective to the study of Bigfoot. His contributions to the field, through his research, writing, television appearances, and podcast, have made him an influential figure in the ongoing quest to understand one of the world’s most enduring mysteries.
Adam Davies is a renowned explorer and cryptozoologist, known for his extensive travels in pursuit of evidence of legendary and undiscovered creatures around the world. With a background in both travel and research, Davies has embarked on numerous expeditions to remote and challenging environments. His quests have taken him to the dense jungles of Sumatra in search of the Orang Pendek, the vast wilderness of the Himalayas in pursuit of the Yeti, the deep forests of North America in search of Bigfoot, and the swamps of Florida looking for the Skunk Ape.
Davies is not only an adventurer but also a dedicated researcher. He collaborates with local experts and scientists, employing a blend of traditional folklore and modern scientific methods in his investigations. His work has been featured in various documentaries and publications, making significant contributions to the field of cryptozoology.
Davies is admired for his determination, courage, and respect for both the natural world and the cultures he encounters. His explorations continue to inspire those fascinated by the mysteries of our planet and the possibility of undiscovered species.
Brian is an author, researcher, and podcaster with a passion for the unexplained. Growing up in northwestern Georgia, he was captivated by tales of mysterious creatures in the nearby mountains. A personal encounter as a child sparked his deep fascination with Sasquatch. After a successful sixteen-year career in law enforcement, Brian turned his passion into a hobby by starting a podcast.
By 2022, Brian’s hobby had transformed into a full-time job as his podcast, Sasquatch Odyssey, became one of the most popular Sasquatch encounter shows on the air. He dedicated himself to unraveling the enigma of Sasquatch through interviews with countless witnesses and conducting field research on his forty-acre property in North Carolina, as well as the Radium BC area in Canada.
Brian recently published his first book, “Sasquatch Unleashed: The Truth Behind The Legend,” which has garnered widespread acclaim. He has appeared as a guest on numerous podcasts and has been featured on television shows on the Vice Network and Tubi networks. As a skilled public speaker and host, Brian has been invited to speak at Sasquatch conferences and festivals across the United States as well as the United Kingdom.
In addition to hosting Sasquatch Odyssey, Brian also hosts the popular podcasts “Backwoods Horror Stories” and “That Bigfoot Podcast.” As the founder and CEO of Paranormal World Productions, LLC, Brian continues to delve into the world of the unexplained and share his findings with a broad audience.
Connor Flynn is a passionate author and the creative force behind the popular “Bigfoot Anonymous” podcast. With a lifelong fascination for the unexplained and the mysterious, Connor has dedicated himself to exploring and sharing stories about Bigfoot, cryptids, and other enigmatic creatures that capture the imagination of many.
Connor’s journey into the world of cryptozoology and the unknown began at a young age, fueled by an insatiable curiosity and a desire to understand the mysteries that lie beyond the fringes of conventional knowledge. His enthusiasm for these subjects is evident in his engaging storytelling and in-depth research, which have earned him a dedicated following.
As the host of “Bigfoot Anonymous,” Connor delves into the world of Bigfoot and other cryptids, sharing tales of sightings, encounters, and legends from around the globe. His captivating narrative style and thorough investigation into each story make the podcast a must-listen for enthusiasts and skeptics alike.
In addition to his podcast, Connor is an accomplished author, having penned several books that explore the realms of cryptozoology, folklore, and the unexplained. His writing is characterized by a blend of factual research, personal experiences, and a vivid imagination, creating works that are both informative and entertaining.
Connor’s expertise and enthusiasm have made him a respected figure in the cryptozoology community. He frequently participates in conferences, events, and discussions, where he shares his knowledge and insights with fellow enthusiasts and curious minds.
Driven by a deep passion for uncovering the truth behind the world’s most enduring mysteries, Connor Flynn continues to inspire and intrigue audiences with his work on “Bigfoot Anonymous” and his contributions to the field of cryptozoology. His commitment to exploring the unknown and sharing his discoveries with the world makes him a standout voice in the realm of the unexplained.
Daniel is a curious 14-year-old with an immense passion for cryptozoology. He spends his free time researching and studying various cryptids, from the elusive Bigfoot to the Exmoor beast. Daniel’s passion for cryptozoology has led him to explore the great outdoors and interview researchers and scientists from various parts of the world in search of information on these fascinating creatures.
Despite his young age, Daniel is a respected member of the cryptozoology community, having made notable discoveries in the UK and contributions to the field. His use of EDNA in the UK saw him gain national press with his unexpected and unexplainable discovery of Old World monkey and great ape Edna in the South West of the UK.
Being autistic, Daniel possesses a keen eye and meticulous attention to detail, as well as an unwavering dedication to the study of these elusive creatures. He has been busy documenting his journey and expeditions for his upcoming debut book and organizing non-profit conventions to help build the UK Cryptid community.
When he’s not out in the forest, Daniel can often be found hosting his hugely successful Mythical Legends Expedition & Podcast or connecting with other cryptozoologists from around the world. He is determined to continue his work and make even more groundbreaking discoveries in the years to come.
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