77th Annual Texas Association of County Auditors Fall Conference

October 11 - 14, 2022

Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center
3100 Town Center Trail
Denton, TX 76201

For more information contact Luz Hinojosa or Jackie Boone at (800) 456-5974.

The 77th Annual Fall Conference of the Texas Association of County Auditors is designed to keep members informed about the issues that are important to your counties. This four-day conference in Denton is a convenient way to earn continuing education credits during education sessions, as well as an opportunity to network with your peers.

Registration is scheduled to open on Thursday, Aug. 11.
Check back often for conference updates. 

Registration Fees

Full conference registration includes all education sessions and evening events.

Conference Registration Fees Registration by Sept. 22
County auditor (full conference) $275
County auditor assistants, staff members $275
Retired county auditor $150
Guest Tickets Cost
Wednesday: TBD (guest) TBD
Thursday: President’s Banquet (guest) $50

Continuing Education

The conference offers continuing education credits for county auditors. Please check back for updates on the exact hours offered.

Vendor Information

For information on vendors and sponsorships, contact Wood County Auditor Terri Sellars at (903) 763-2921.

Payment Information

Please make checks payable to the Texas Association of Counties.

Mail checks to:
Texas Association of County Auditors
c/o Texas Association of Counties
P.O. Box 2711
San Antonio, TX 78299

Special Services

To ensure that our conference is ADA-accessible to all, please contact Jackie Boone or Luz Hinojosa at (800) 456-5974 if you need assistance.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center
3100 Town Center Trl.
Denton, TX 76201
(940) 243-3799

Room rate: $155 per night, plus tax (single/double)
$165 per night, plus tax (triple)
$175 per night, plus tax (quad)

Rates available: two days before and after the conference dates, depending upon availability

For reservations, click the hotel link above or call (940) 243-3799. Ask for the "77th Annual TACA Fall Conference" room block.

The deadline to reserve rooms at the special rate is Sept. 22, or when the block is full. We encourage you to make reservations early.

Parking Rates
Self-parking is free.

Overflow Hotels
Please use the links below to schedule your stay at the negotiated rates.

Courtyard Marriot Denton
2800 Colorado Blvd
Denton, TX 76210
817-585-1160

Tuesday, Oct. 11
6-8 p.m. Welcome Reception and Cornhole Tournament at the Embassy Suites
Bring your A-game to compete in the TACA cornhole tourney. Sign-up details coming soon.
Sponsored by Patillo, Brown & Hill LLP
Wednesday, Oct. 12
6-10 p.m. Night at the Denton Square
Denton County is proud to showcase the historic courthouse on the square. Attendees will also enjoy dinner and entertainment at another well-known Denton venue—LSA Burgers. Transportation will be available.
Sponsored by Indigent Healthcare Solutions
Thursday, Oct. 13
5:30-9:30 p.m. President's Banquet at the Denton County Courthouse
Don't miss out on this opportunity to see the new Denton County Courthouse and celebrate with the Jerry Ware Award and Denise Linch Award winners. Transportation will be available.
Entertainment: Big City Outlaws (band)
Tuesday, Oct. 11
8 a.m.-noon Board of Directors Meeting
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration and Information Desk open
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Vendors set up/Exhibit Hall open
1-1:50 p.m.

Investment Policy
Linda Patterson, President, Meeder Investment/Patterson Group

Every public and private organization needs an investment policy to ensure that its funds and assets are safe. Safety is the primary objective in public organizations, but the law and best practices tell us that the policy scope must include many other elements to protect liquidity needs and to utilize the funds to the entity’s best advantage. This session will look at all the necessary elements of a policy and explain why they are important, as well as how you can implement them effectively and efficiently.

1:50-2 p.m. Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall
2-2:50 p.m.

Keynote: Communicating to Connect: Relating to Others and Communicating Ideas Effectively
Dr. Brian Richardson, Associate Professor and Department Chair for the Communication Studies Department, University of North Texas

In this presentation, Dr. Brian Richardson will highlight the critical role communication plays in building relationships, enhancing credibility and selling one’s ideas. He will offer insights and tips for communicating with impact.

2:50-3 p.m. Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall
3-3:50 p.m.

Conflict Management: You've got style!
Dr. Brian Richardson, Associate Professor and Department Chair for the Communication Studies Department, University of North Texas

In this session, Dr. Brian Richardson will assist participants with understanding their conflict styles, how their styles affect conflict interactions, and additional critical conflict management tips.

3:50-5 p.m.

Economic Update
Dr. William Chittenden, Associate Professor of Finance, Texas State University

This session will review the current state of the Texas and U.S. economies. Issues discussed will be the GDP, employment, price levels, interest rates and consumer confidence. At the end of this session, attendees should have a better understanding of the relationship between GDP growth and unemployment, as well as between interest rates and recessions. Attendees will also be able to make an informed judgment about the future direction of the U.S. and Texas economies.

6 p.m. Welcome Reception and Cornhole Tournament at the Embassy Suites
Bring your A-game to compete in the TACA cornhole tourney. Sign-up details coming soon.
Sponsored by Patillo, Brown & Hill LLP
Wednesday, Oct. 12
7-8 a.m. Breakfast at Embassy Suites
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration and Information Desk open
8-8:15 a.m. Welcome
Hon. Bruce McFarling, District Judge, 362nd Judicial District Court
8:15-9:05 a.m.

Speedway Clinic
Dr. Matt Richardson, Director, Denton County Public Health
Eric Hutmacher, Director, Denton County Office of Emergency Management

Texas Motor Speedway served as the site where medical personnel from Denton County Public Health, the Medical Reserve Corps and area fire departments vaccinated an estimated 30,000 residents. Presenters will share insights on how this massive project became a reality. They credit the support from Texas Motor Speedway, various cities generously providing additional staffing, and staff from multiple Denton County departments working in unison to carry out this shared project.

9:05-9:55 a.m.

COVID Grant Funding
Lansing Pedron, Grant Accounting Manager, Denton County

This session will provide an overview of current key topics for the CARES Act; American Rescue Plan Act; Emergency Rental Assistance 1&2; and FEMA COVID-19 public assistance.

9:55-10:10 a.m. Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall
10:10-11 a.m.

Auditor's Office from a Legal Perspective
Hugh Coleman, Attorney, Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, LLP

Using his experience as a former Denton County commissioner and as an attorney, Mr. Coleman will share some insights from his legal perspective.

11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Becoming a Person of Influence – Are You Building Sandcastles, or a Lasting Legacy?
J. Mark Warren, Training Consultant, Texas Association of Counties

Becoming a Person of Influence is a foundational text for anyone who aspires to grow as a leader. Based on their 2014 book, Dr. John C. Maxwell and Jim Dornan spell out ten fundamental qualities that define influencers. The authors carefully point out that a person’s influence does not develop overnight, but rather through a progression of four stages: modeling, motivating, mentoring, and multiplying. Influence can be acquired, but it only grows in increments.

The good news is that no matter where you stand on the stairway of influence, there are learnable qualities to help you climb to the next step.

12:15-1:30 p.m. Business Meeting and Lunch
1:30-3:10 p.m.

Tax Office Fraud Case
Janet Martin, County Auditor, Ellis County
Hon. William D. Wallace, District Judge, 378th District Court

"Why do you care about the bank accounts in the Tax Office? Those accounts aren't in your general ledger?" Because hiding in those unreconciled bank accounts was $2.1 million of county revenue, theft of $74,000, and payroll paid from the Special Inventory Tax bank account. The session will detail the process the Ellis County Auditor's Office used to rebuild, locate and ultimately prosecute the thefts.

3:10-3:20 p.m. Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall
3:20-4:10 p.m.

Cybersecurity: A County Under Attack
Robert Ruiz, Associate Director of Risk Management Services, Texas Association of Counties

This session will present an overview of the current cyber threat landscape through the eyes of Lone Star county.  Attendees will see the story unfold and choose which course of action they think is best and see if Lone Star county can avoid a catastrophe.

4:10-5 p.m.

So You Think You Want to Be a County Auditor?
Jeff May, County Auditor, Denton County
Carlos Pereda, County Auditor, Dimmit/Zavala County

The office of the county auditor has many responsibilities. Some county auditors make it look easy, but it isn’t always the case. In this interactive game-show-style session, attendees can test their knowledge, and they might even end up competing on the main stage.

6-10 p.m. Night at the Denton Square
Denton County is proud to showcase the historic courthouse on the square. Attendees will also enjoy dinner and entertainment at another well-known Denton venue—LSA Burgers. Transportation will be available.
Sponsored by Indigent Healthcare Solutions
Thursday, Oct. 13
7-8 a.m. Breakfast at Embassy Suites
8 a.m.-noon Registration and Information Desk open
8-8:15 a.m. Welcome
Hon. Bobbie J. Mitchell, Denton County Commissioner, Pct. 3
8:15-9:05 a.m.

Building A Culture of Appreciation
Debra Aiken, Ed.D., Training and Development Manager, Denton County

The concept of appreciation in the workplace is highly relevant to the development and sustainment of a positive working environment. Individuals at every level of an organization strongly desire to be appreciated and valued for who they are as individuals, as well as the contributions they make to the organization. This session provides a look into the different ways employees communicate appreciation and the power of communicating real, authentic appreciation, with the intended goal of building a culture of appreciation across the workforce.

9:05-9:55 a.m.

Generational Differences in the Workplace
Debra Aiken, Ed.D., Training and Development Manager, Denton County

Today's workforce is incredibly diverse, and most effective organizations are seeking out the diversity represented by our multigenerational workforce. Rather than looking at a multigenerational workforce as a challenge, leaders should look at that workforce as a benefit. This session provides a look into some of the generational differences and potential obstacles, as well as ways to cultivate a successful multigenerational workforce and promote a productive multigenerational environment.

9:55-10:10 a.m. Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall
10:10-11 a.m.

Budget Process for Subchapter A Counties
Ellen Friar, County Auditor, Ward County

This session is an overview of the budget process for subchapter A counties, and it will cover timelines and advertisements.

11-11:50 a.m.

Legislative Update
Chuck Rice, Legislative Consultant, The Chuck Rice Group
Pete Winckler, Legislative Consultant, Texas Association of Counties

Sit in on this discussion of legislation and what we are doing to prepare for the 88th legislative session.

11:50 a.m.-6 p.m. Lunch and afternoon on your own in Denton
5:30-9:30 p.m. President's Banquet at the Denton County Courthouse
Transportation will be available.
Entertainment: Big City Outlaws (band)
Friday, Oct. 14
7-8 a.m. Breakfast at Embassy Suites
8 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Registration and Information Desk open
8-8:50 a.m.

Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) Updates
Deborah Beams, Supervising Project Manager, GASB

An update from the Governmental Accounting Standards Board on its standard-setting activities. Topics will include recently issued pronouncements, current projects, pre-agenda research activities, and post-implementation review.

8:50-9:40 a.m.

Creating a Positive Culture in the Courtroom
Ashley Cureton, M.Ed., CHES, HSMI,
Wellness Consultant, Texas Association of Counties

During this engaging and interactive session, attendees will learn the qualities needed to create a positive culture in the workplace; identify organizational culture, communication skills and styles; and learn ways to celebrate others in the workplace.

9:40-9:55 a.m. Break in Foyer
9:40-9:55 a.m. New Board of Directors Meeting
9:55-11:15 a.m. Creating a Positive Culture in the Courtroom (continued)
Ashley Cureton, M.Ed., CHES, HSMI,
Wellness Consultant, Texas Association of Counties
11:15 a.m.-12:05 p.m.

Let's Kahoot!
Jeff May, County Auditor, Denton County
Carlos Pereda, County Auditor, Dimmit/Zavala County

We are ending this learning fest with the ultimate pop quiz: Kahoot! Join in and test your knowledge for a chance to win a prize. Don’t forget to download the app on your smartphone.

12:05-12:15 p.m. Closing remarks/Adjourn

Upon approval, the number of continuing education hours will be posted. Please check back often for updates. No prerequisites are required for this class.

Continuing Education Type Hours
County Auditors 21.5

Conference Cancellation

Conference fees are fully transferable to other participants, upon request. All conference registration refund requests must be received in writing before Oct. 3 to receive a full refund. Please send an email to Jackie Boone at jackieb@county.org or fax notice of your cancellation to (512) 477-1324.

Hotel Cancellation

If you must cancel a room reservation, please notify Sam Burke. In the event of a waitlist, this allows others an opportunity to stay at the host hotel.

Interested in sponsorship or exhibitor opportunities for this conference?

Please contact Wood County Auditor Terri Sellars at (903) 763-2921.

Please click on the Agenda tab to view the schedule of events for the conference.

Exhibit Setup and Teardown

Exhibitors at the TACA conference can set up at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11. They can tear down on Thursday, Oct. 13.

The busiest time for the exhibit hall will be before and after conference sessions and during the scheduled conference breaks.

Texas Association of County Auditors Sponsorship Levels

$4,000 Diamond Sponsor

  1. Booth space in exhibitors area, if desired.
  2. Four admissions to all May institute or fall conference sessions.
  3. Four admissions to all May institute or fall conference social events.
  4. Name recognition as a Diamond Sponsor, including an announcement at the scheduled social event.
  5. Recognition in County Auditor’s Comments (quarterly newsletter).
  6. Sponsorship information printed in conference program. (Logos are due by 9/8/22.)

$3,000 Platinum Sponsor

  1. Booth space in exhibitors area, if desired.
  2. Four admissions to all May institute or fall conference sessions.
  3. Two admissions to all May institute or fall conference social events.
  4. Name recognition as a Platinum Sponsor, including an announcement at scheduled social events.
  5. Sponsorship information printed in conference program. (Logos are due by 9/8/22.)

$2,000 Gold Sponsor

  1. Booth space in exhibitors area, if desired.
  2. Three admissions to all May institute or fall conference sessions.
  3. Two admissions to all May institute or fall conference social events.
  4. Name recognition as a Gold Sponsor.
  5. Sponsorship information printed in conference program. (Logos are due by 9/8/22.)

$1,500 Silver Sponsor

  1. Booth space in exhibitors area, if desired.
  2. Two admissions to all May institute or fall conference sessions.
  3. Two admissions to one social event.
  4. Name recognition as a Silver Sponsor.
  5. Sponsorship information printed in conference program. (Logos are due by 9/8/22.)

$1,000 Bronze Sponsor

  1. Booth space in exhibitors area, if desired.
  2. One admission to all May institute or fall conference sessions.
  3. One admission to one social event.
  4. Name recognition as a Bronze Sponsor.
  5. Sponsorship information printed in conference program. (Logos are due by 9/8/22.)

For additional information about the exhibit hall

for the conference, contact:

Terri Sellars
Wood County Auditor
P.O. Box 389
Quitman, TX 75783
(903) 763-2921

Remit payment to:

Randy Donner
Texas Association of County Auditors
Ector County Auditor
1010 E. Eighth St., Room 520
Odessa, TX 79761

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