Texas Public Funds Investment Conference

November 3 - 4, 2022

Westin Hotel Houston, Memorial City
945 Gessner Rd.
Houston, TX 77024

For more information, contact Deanna Auert or Nino Miranda at (800) 456-5974.

Educational Co-Sponsor: McCoy College of Business Administration at Texas State University.

The Texas Public Funds Investment Conference helps you piece together the puzzle of your county’s investment options. Experts from the financial industry discuss the influences on the current economy and timely trends in investing. This training is open to all county officials and staff members who want to learn more about county investment operations.

Continuing Education

The McCoy College of Business Administration at Texas State University is the conference’s education co-sponsor. There are no prerequisites required to attend this program.

The conference presents 10 hours of investment education required by the Public Funds Investment Act, Section 2256.008. Ten hours of continuing education credit are available for Public Funds Investment Act compliance and for members of the County Investment Academy. Credit approval is pending for commissioners, county and district clerks, tax assessor-collectors, treasurers, auditors and CPAs.

County Investment Academy

The County Investment Academy is a partnership between the Texas Association of Counties and the McCoy College of Business Administration at Texas State University to work together in the planning of educational programs for county officials and employees.

  • Membership in the academy is acquired through completion of the Basics of County Investments course.
  • Fifteen academy hours per calendar year are required to maintain membership, with five outside hours and five carryover hours allowed per year.
Registration Fees Early Bird After Oct. 13
County officials and employees $160 $185
City, school or special district   $215 $240
Nongovernment $500 $500

*TAC now accepts credit cards for the registration fee online at www.county.org/tpfic.

Special Services

♿ To ensure that our conference is ADA-accessible to all, please contact Nino Miranda at (800) 456-5974 if you need assistance.


Westin Hotel Houston, Memorial City
945 Gessner Rd.
Houston, TX 77024
1 (800) 228-9290

The host hotel is the Westin Houston, Memorial City, 945 Gessner Rd., near Memorial City Mall. To receive the $122 single/double conference room rate, please click here. Call 1 (800) 228-9290 or (281) 501-4300 and ask for the "2022 Texas Public Funds Investment Conference" room block. Self-parking is available at the hotel at $10 per night.

Please reserve your hotel room before the group rate cutoff of Oct. 13, after which availability and rates are no longer guaranteed.

Thursday, Nov. 3
5:15 p.m. Reception
Thursday, November 3
7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Registration and Information Desk (Foyer)
7:30-8:30 a.m. Morning Coffee and Continental Breakfast (Foyer)
8:30 a.m. Welcome
8:45-9:35 a.m.

Bank Structures and Sweeps
Banking has changed over the last decade bringing mergers and acquisitions as well as additional regulations to assure customers' funds are safe and available. As a result of economic conditions and regulations public entities must be aware of the changes and how to change with them. Add to the changes the increase in rates and each entity must review their account structures and services to insure safety, liquidity-and possibly some additional yield! This session looks at the changes in the regulations and driving forces for bank consolidation and how automated sweeps could help create the most efficient and effective banking relationship.

Ms. Linda Patterson, President, Meede4r Public Funds | Patterson Group

9:35-9:55 a.m. Break (Foyer)
9:55-10:45 a.m.

Municipal Bond Market Update and Outlook. Explore Laddered Fixed Income SMA's
Look back on how Municipal Markets have performed, and dive into the outlook and opportunities in today’s environment. Explore managed bond ladders as a diversification alternative for your portfolio. Find out how they work, how they can be tailored to your specific portfolio needs and policy constraints, and how to implement these strategies in the current interest rate environment.

Ms. Purva T. Patel, CIMA, Client Portfolio Manager, Nuveen

10:45-11:35 a.m.

Vendor Payment Fraud - A Timeline of Lessons Learned
After nearly losing $888,000 in a vendor payment fraud attempt in 2017, the Harris County Auditor's Office implemented a number of robust controls that, to date, have thwarted over $3 million in additional fraud attempts. This session will cover a timeline of events that have occurred since 2017, including lessons that continue to be learned about business email compromise (BEC) and the controls necessary to mitigate the financial and reputational risk that these types of fraud schemes present to local governmental entities.

Ms. Leslie Wilks Garcia, CPA, M.Jr., First Assistant County Auditor, Harris County

11:35 a.m.-1:05 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
1:05-1:55 p.m.

Economic Update
Hear the latest on the economy and what important events are on the horizon.

Dr. William Chittenden, CTP, Associate Professor of Finance, McCoy College of Business Administration, Texas State University

1:55-2:45 p.m.

Advanced Liquidity Management
This presentation will focus on how to obtain a clear picture of your liquidity needs, how to use data to communicate those needs to internal & external stakeholders, and how to meld cash flow management into liquidity management.

Mr. Mike Ablowich, Vice President, three+one
Mr. Alex DeRosa, Senior Relationship Specialist, three+one

2:45-3:05 p.m. Break (Foyer)
3:05-3:55 p.m.

Inflation: Practical Considerations and Prospects
Should we be planning for a continued elevated rate of inflation? Will the Fed's current monetary policy actions bring inflation into check? In this session we examine these questions and look at current market measures of inflation expectations.

Dr. Holland Toles, Senior Lecturer, McCoy College of Business Administration, Texas State University

3:55-4:45 p.m.

Fed Fund Rates VS Local Government Investment Pool's (LGIP) Pool Rates
In this session there will be a review of all Texas Local Governmental Investment Pools (LGIP) and how they coincide with Fed Fund rates. Will review Govt Pools VS Prime Pools.

Mr. Tony Sekaly, Regional Director-Marketing, Texas CLASS

5-6:30 p.m.

Hibiscus Ballroom

Here's a great opportunity to network with fellow attendees over beverages and hors d'oeuvres.
Sponsored by: Texas CLASS

Friday, November 4
7:30-11 a.m. Registration and Information Desk (Foyer)
7:30-8:30 a.m. Morning Coffee and Continental Breakfast (Foyer)
8:30-9:20 a.m.

Common Sense Presentation
Investment Officers constantly face work situations, and often crisis, where common sense, county policy, and state and federal laws conflict. So, whatever they do, it's wrong. If they follow common sense in their response, they may violate policy or the law. Or, if they follow state law, they must necessarily violate federal law. And often, the strictly legal responses is so bizarre that common sense tells them not to do it.

In this session, the "investment officer" and her "assistants" present these situations to the audience. An expert panel takes over and responds both to the situation and proposed actions. They will cite relevant laws and policies, expound from their own experiences, and offer a more sound plan of action for the audience.

Mr. Carlos Pereda, Dimmit County Auditor
Mr. Sam Vaughan, Associate Financial Advisor, Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC
Hon. Alan Dierschke, Glasscock County Treasurer
Mrs. Amy Perez, Deputy Executive Director, Office of Mgmt & Budget, Harris County

9:20-10:10 a.m.

Tales from the Crypto
Since its introduction in 2009, Cryptocurrency is becoming increasingly mainstream and government entities are facing the realization that it will likely impact the way that they conduct business. This session will provide an overview of how governments are beginning to incorporate cryptocurrency into their business model, a quick tutorial on crypto-terminology, and why Texas is becoming known as "Bitcoin Country."

Mr. Tim Pinon, Consultant, Valley View Consulting, LLC

10:10-10:30 a.m. Break (Foyer)
10:30-11:20 a.m.

Public Funds Investing: The Final Challenge
Come prepared to use your knowledge of public funds investing with this interactive quiz game. Bring your A-game to compete in multiple choice questions that are designed to test your knowledge on what was presented the last day and a half. Questions will also cover investment risks, controls and compliance with the Public Funds Investment Act. In addition to bragging rights, the top three winners will receive cool prizes.

Mr. Sam Vaughan, Associate Financial Advisor, Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

11:20 a.m. Closing remarks and adjourn

*Tentative agenda, subject to change

For information on sponsorship opportunities, please click here or contact Deanna Auert.

The McCoy College of Business Administration at Texas State University is the education co-sponsor of the 2022 Texas Public Funds Investment Conference.

Continuing Education Type Hours
County Investment Academy 10
CPA/Auditors 10
Commissioners 10
County and District Clerks 8:35
Tax Assessor-Collectors 10
Treasurers 10

Conferences fees are fully transferable to other participants upon request. All registration refund requests must be received in writing before Oct. 21 to receive a full refund minus the $10 administrative fee. Refund requests received after that date will be subject to an administrative fee equal to half of the registration fee. No refund requests will be honored after Nov. 11.

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