First County Investment Academy Conference in Galveston a Success

 

The 2013 Conference of the County Investment Academy was held June 10-12 at Moody Gardens Hotel in Galveston. Thanks to all the hard work of the County Investment Education Committee and interest in the newly created Academy, the conference was a huge success and set a new attendance record for a June investment conference.

The Annual Conference of the County Investment Academy is one of three investment conferences sponsored each year by TAC. The others are the Texas Public Funds Investment Conference, which will be held November 7-8 at the Omni Houston Hotel, and the Basics of County Investments course, which will be held January 21-24, 2014, at the TAC Events Center in Austin.

The County Investment Academy has replaced the former County Investment Officer (CIO) program. For 20 years, this program has been one of the nation’s premier educational programs for county investment professionals.

There are currently 219 members of the County Investment Academy. They earned membership by their participation in the former CIO program. In the future, those who complete the Basics of County Investments course will earn membership in the Academy. Membership is maintained by completing 15 hours of continuing education per calendar year.

Academy members receive credit for the number of years they were active in the former CIO program. At the Galveston conference, an awards recognition luncheon was held to honor the following members:

20-Year Honoree: 

Myra Harris, Upshur County Treasurer

15-Year Honorees: 

Edward Dion, El Paso County Auditor

 

Donna F. Kelly, Erath County Treasurer

 

J. R. Kirkpatrick, Johnson County Auditor

10-Year Honorees:

Diane Avila, Pecos County First Assistant Auditor

 

Courtenay Dugat, San Patricio County Treasurer

 

Debbie Eoff, Hamilton County Treasurer

 

Mary Horton, Jackson County Treasurer

 

Bryan Jeanes, Wood County Judge

 

Leann Jennings, Potter County Treasurer

 

Patsy J. Lassiter, Cherokee County Treasurer

 

David McElwain, Port of Houston Authority Treasury Manager

 

Chuck Oakley, Jefferson County Drainage District 6 CFO

 

Lori D. Rangel-Pompa, Caldwell County Treasurer

 

Nancy E. Rister, Williamson County Clerk

 

Cynthia M. Salinas, Kenedy County Treasurer

 

Romeo Salinas, Zapata County Treasurer

 

Karin Smith, Anderson County Auditor

 

Barbara Wright, Yoakum County Treasurer

5-Year Honorees:

Monika Arris, Collin County Budget and Finance Director

 

Cynthia A. Berger, Guadalupe County First Assistant Treasurer

 

Shonda L. Black, Bailey County Treasurer

 

Tracy Butler, King County Treasurer

 

David Cooksey, Bexar County Senior Analyst

 

Renee Couch, Comal County Treasurer

 

Truman Dougharty, Newton County Judge

 

Carolyn Etheridge, Montgomery County Executive Administrator

 

Deborah D. Huffman, Angelina County Treasurer

 

Kathy Kohutek, Williamson County First Assistant Treasurer

 

Terrie Neuville, Marion County Treasurer

 

Denise Salzbrenner, Carson County Treasurer

 

Marisol Villarreal-Alonzo, Hays County Assistant Auditor

 

Becky Wilkins, Hill County Treasurer

 

Jeanna Willhelm, Winkler County Auditor

 

Erica Wood, Walker County Deputy Treasurer

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