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70th Annual County Treasurers’ Association of Texas Conference - Agenda

Note: You must sign up for the special events on your registration form​ or tickets will not be issued.

Monday, Sept. 17

11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration
11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Past President's Luncheon (Hawaiian Room)
1-2 p.m. Legislative Committee Meeting (Bermuda Room)
Chair: Hon. Shawn Walston, 1st Vice President
County Treasurers' Association of Texas; Concho County Treasurer
2-2:30 p.m. Fundraising Committee Meeting (Bermuda Room)
Chair: Hon. Jan Hartl, President-Elect
County Treasurers' Association of Texas; Wilson County Treasurer
2:30-3 p.m. Education Committee Meeting (Bermuda Room)
Chair: Hon. Dianna Spieker, Tom Green County Treasurer
3-5 p.m. CTAT Board Meeting (Bermuda Room)
Chair: Hon. Cheryl Chambers, President
County Treasurers' Association of Texas; Ellis County Treasurer
​6 p.m. Presidential Museum and Library Tour and Reception
Located on the campus of the University of Texas-Permian Basin, the museum serves as a study of the history of the nation’s highest public office. Unlike the many presidential libraries, the museum is dedicated to the office of the President of the United States, rather than any individual who has held the position. The museum maintains a collection of campaign memorabilia, portraits, signatures, documents, commemorative items and political cartoons of the Presidents, Vice Presidents, First Ladies, defeated presidential candidates, as well as the four presidents of the Republic of Texas and Jefferson Davis, the only president of the Confederate States of America.

Tuesday, Sept. 18

8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Registration and Information Desk (Ballroom Foyer)
8 a.m. Breakfast and Coffee with Exhibitors (Caribbean Ballroom/Foyer)
8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall Hours (Waterfront Room)
(Closed during lunch)
Caribbean Ballroom
9-9:30 a.m. Welcome
Call to Order and Announcements
Invocation and Presentation of Colors and Invocation
Pledge to the American Flag
Pledge to the Texas Flag
"Honor the Texas flag;
I pledge allegiance to thee,
Texas, one state under God,
One and indivisible."
9:30-10:20 a.m. Legislative Updates
Hear a timely update on issues from the 85th session of the Legislature last year and how possible outcomes could affect your office.
Mr. Jason McElvaney, McElvaney Public Affairs
Ms. Aurora Flores, Legislative Liaison, Texas Association of Counties
​10:20-11:20 a.m. Why Can't We All Just Get Along: Finding Value in Inter- and Intra- County Relationships
In today​'s busy world, it's often difficult to find time to cultivate strong working relationships within your county and with peers in other counties. This session examines how to build strong, positive relationships at work. We'll see why it's important to have good working relationships, and how to strengthen your relationships with people that you don't easily get along with.
Hon. Susan Redford, Judicial Program Manager and Incoming Executive Director, Texas Association of Counties
​11:20-11:50 a.m. Break with Exhibitors (Waterfront Room)​
​11:50 a.m.-2:20 p.m. Business Meeting and Lunch
​2:20-2:50 p.m. Break with Exhibitors (Waterfront Room)
​2:50-3:40 p.m. $$$ Economic Updates
Hear the latest on the economy and what important events are on the horizon.
Mr. Charles Dougherty, Vice President and Economist, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC.
​6 p.m. Ellen Noel Art Museum: Tour and Dinner

Wednesday, Sept. 19

​8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Registration and Information Desk
8-9 a.m. Breakfast; Coffee with Exhibitors (Caribbean Ballroom/Foyer)
8 a.m.-3 p.m. Exhibit Hall Hours (Waterfront Room)
Caribbean Ballroom
9-10:15 a.m. The Disaster Declaration: How does it Start and What is the Treasurer's Role?
Mr. Dale Little, Midland County Fire Marshal/Emergency Management Coordinator
10:15-11:05 a.m. Critical Strategies to Control Your County's Healthy care Costs
Between rising levels of chronic disease and ever-increasing costs of care, the long-term trajectory of employer-sponsored health care is sadly not sustainable for many counties. We must start thinking of wellness or health promotion as a strategic and intentional risk management for health. This presentation highlights three critical strategies counties can implement to help control not only medical but other risk coverage areas. Attendees will learn how to get proactive about health care and outline at least two Healthy County programs available through TAC HEBP.
Mr. Mark Zollitsch, Wellness Consultant, Texas Association of Counties
11:05-11:25 a.m. Break with Exhibitors (Waterfront Room)
​11:25 a.m.-12:15 p.m. $$$ Public Funds Investment Act: 85th Legislature Updates and Internal Control Considerations
Staying on top of legislative changes is important for all public entities. We'll discuss the most recent changes to the Public Funds Investment Act and the processes and internal controls that should be in place to ensure compliance with the Act's requirements.
Mr. Tony Sekaly, Managing Director, Public Trust Advisors, Program Administrator for Texas CLASS
Mr. Daniel Graves, Partner, CPA, Risk Advisory Services, Weaver
​12:15-1:15 p.m. Tumbleweed Smith Luncheon Honoring Outstanding Treasurer Nominees and Hon. Cheryl Chambers, CTAT President
​1:15-2:30 p.m. Interviewing and Hiring for Success
County treasurers responsible for hiring have a direct effect on building a strong, qualified county workforce. Everything said and done during the interviewing and hiring process has a profound effect on the county. This interactive session will offer practical tips on interview questions, "do's and don'ts" during the hiring process and how to select the candidate best suited for your county.
Mr. Diana Cecil, Senior Human Resources Consultant, Texas Association of Counties
​2:30-2:50 p.m. Break with Exhibitors (Waterfront Room)
​5:30-7 p.m. Reception and Silent Auction
Drop off silent auction items after 5 p.m.​
​7 p.m. Installation Banquet Honoring Hon. Jan Hartl, Incoming CTAT President

Thursday, Sept. 20

8:30-11 a.m. Registration and Information Desk (Ballroom Foyer)
​8-9 a.m. Breakfast and Coffee (Caribbean Ballroom/Foyer)
8-9 a.m. CTAT Board Meeting
Chair: Hon. Jan Hartl, County Treasurers' Association of Texas; Wilson County Treasurer
Caribbean Ballroom
9-9:50 a.m. Open Records Request - What to Do When You Receive One
Learn what records maintained by the county treasurer are subject to the Public Information Act, including financial records and payroll/personnel records. This presentation also will address best practices to follow when your office receives an open records request and how to communicate this information with the requestor and other county officials and staff.
Ms. Jenny Gilchrist, Associate General Counsel, Texas Association of Counties
9:50-10:40 a.m.​ $$$ Ratings Agencies and Texas Local Government Issuers
This session will explore topics relating to credit ratings agencies (CRAs) and how they view Texas local government issuers of debt. The information will include methodologies used by CRAs to assess issuers and assign ratings, best practices to achieve and maintain for the best possible ratings and mistakes to avoid. We'll also look to several county case studies.
Mr. Samuel E. Vaughan, Assistant Vice President, Financial Northeastern Companies
Mr. Jose Acosta, Senior Director, U.S. Public Finance-Southwest Region, Fitch Ratings
​10:40 a.m. Closing Remarks

Agenda subject to change​​​​​