December 2014 Mid-Winter Conference

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About the Speakers

Rob Cohan Download Handout

Rob Cohan is a Senior Managing Partner with Gartner in the State & Local Government industry group. Mr. Cohan has served as a senior advisor and business and government services leader in the assessment, planning and delivery of technology and business solutions for governmental organizations for more than 22 years.

Rob has contributed to, overseen and led initiatives in IT strategy, planning, re-engineering, IT service delivery, sourcing, application modernization, quality assurance, enterprise application implementation, BPO, governance and managed services.

Before joining Gartner, Rob’s experience included executive leadership of Public Sector, Strategy and Enterprise Solution practices providing management consulting, system integration or outsourcing solutions. He also served as an auditor conducting performance, management control and financial audits of governmental or government funded entities. Rob is a Certified Public Accountant with a BBA from the University of Texas, San Antonio.

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Joaquin Guadarrama

Joaquin Guadarrama works in the Office of the Governor as a Governor’s Advisor on budget issues. Starting in 2008, he spent four years with the House Appropriations Committee under the leadership of Chairman Pitts. Prior to that, he worked as an Accounting Manager for a high-tech company in the private sector.

He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas.

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Harvey Hilderbran

Rep. Harvey Hilderbran was first elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1988 and was most recently re-elected in 2012 to serve the people of District 53.

In 2013, he was reappointed chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, which deals with all legislation relating to the state’s tax code. As chairman of the committee, his work has provided tax relief to Texas businesses; extended the state’s most important economic development tool, the Texas Economic Development Act; and passed legislation that generated more than $294 million for the state without raising taxes.

The chairman also sits on the Legislative Audit Committee and the Legislative Budget Board, and he serves as a member of the Redistricting Committee, the State Affairs Committee and the Select Committee on Voter Identification and Voter Fraud.

In the past, he served as chairman of the Human Services Committee for three sessions, as a member of the Natural Resources Committee, and as co-chairman, along with Sen. Kip Averitt, of the legislative oversight committee for the Edwards Aquifer Authority. In the private sector, Hilderbran has worked in real estate, ranching, advertising and business management and marketing. Born in Uvalde in 1960, he is a 1983 graduate of Texas Tech University.

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Ray Hymel, Jr. Download Handout

Ray Hymel, Jr. has been a lobbyist for the Texas Public Employees Association (TPEA) since February 2005. During five regular sessions working for senators Truan and Barrientos, Hymel had varied duties ranging from constituent relations to handling major legislation.

Hymel served as legislative liaison for the Employees Retirement System for 11 years, spearheading the agency’s legislative relations with a primary emphasis on the finance and appropriations committees. He also served as staff director for the Joint Select Committee on Employee Benefits. In addition to TPEA, Hymel has represented Sagebrush Solutions, a health claims auditing company.

Hymel received his bachelor’s degree in history and his masters in government from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Terry Kile Download Handout

Terry Kile is a Director in the Dallas/Fort Worth office of Deloitte & Touche LLP. He is a firm designated specialist in the public sector serving governmental clients.

Terry serves all segments of the public sector market, with experience working with cities, school districts, counties, special districts, states and state agencies. He has extensive knowledge and experience in state and local government accounting and auditing, including the single audit and has supervised services to numerous governmental entities.

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Bob Lewis Download Handout

Bob Lewis is the Principal at Lewis Training and Consulting. Prior to LTC, he was the Training and Learning Manager for Texas Parks and Wildlife and the Business Development Officer for the University of Texas Professional Development Center. He has more than 25 years experience in education, human resources and leadership/management.

A nationally known speaker, Bob has worked extensively in helping corporations and organizations develop talent management processes, such as selecting talent using behavioral interviewing, coaching and counseling employees, setting up mentoring programs, building leadership assessments, developing and implementing leadership programs and certifications, retention and exit strategies and many other areas related to employee and leader development.

He earned his B.A. in Education from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and his master’s degree in Educational Management from the University of Houston.

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Catherine Melvin Download Handout

Catherine Melvin serves as the Chief Auditor for the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS). Prior to working at DPS, she served as the chief audit executive for the Texas Lottery Commission, the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services and the Office of the Governor under Governor George W. Bush.

She has more than 20 years experience in Texas state agency internal audit. A graduate of both the Governor’s Executive Development Program and the Texas Fiscal Officers’ Academy, Catherine is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Internal Auditor and a Certified Law Enforcement Auditor.

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Machelle Pharr Download Handout

Machelle Pharr is the Assistant Director of Finance over Budgeting and General Accounting at the Employees Retirement System.

Prior to her current position, she served as the Deputy Assistant Director of Homeland Security, State Administrative Agency at the Texas Department of Public Safety, CFO at the Texas Department of State Health Services, the CFO at the Texas Department of Health, the CFO of the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission and the Financial Reporting/ General Ledger Manager of the Texas Water Commission.

Earlier she spent five years at the Comptroller’s office, where she had the opportunity to work on the first statewide Annual GAAP Report and played a lead role in the implementation of the Uniform Statewide Accounting System. She began her service with the state at the General Land Office as its first Internal Auditor.

Pharr graduated from the University of Texas with a BBA in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Governmental Financial Manager.

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Ed Robinson

Ed Robinson has been a business growth advisor and sales trainer for more than 30 years with experience in 30 countries and multiple industries. He is CEO of Rainmaker Performance Group, a company that provides business growth strategies and leadership skills to organizations worldwide, “transforming professionals to Rainmakers.”

His books include Four Giant Steps to Leadership, From Fighting the Storm to Dancing in the Rain and The Million Dollar Rainmaker series, a parable about developing new business. He also has created “Rainmaking Strategies for Success,” a sales and marketing system.

Organizations he has worked with include KPMG, Wells Fargo, American Airlines, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HUD, National Coalition of Concrete Burial Vault Owners, Institute of Internal Auditors, MetLife, Merrill Lynch, Zurich Financial, Clear Channel, Time Warner, Deloitte, U.S. Postal Service and Environmental Protection Agency.

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Marva Scallion

Marva Scallion is the Fiscal Project and Process Improvement Officer at the Legislative Budget Board (LBB), responsible for implementation of special projects and coordination of supplemental bills during legislative sessions.

Prior to her current position, Marva was the Team Manager for the General Government and Legislative agencies. She has worked at the LBB for approximately 23 years and is a Certified Public Manager.

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Bill Snyder

Bill Snyder is a leadership partner at Gartner for Enterprise IT Leaders working with Sourcing and Vendor Management. In his previous role at Gartner, as vice president in Gartner Research, Bill was considered a thought leader in vendor management, procurement and asset management. He is one of the original analysts covering strategic vendor management and has extensive experience planning and negotiating enterprise software license agreements, including financial analysis and software acquisition contract review, particularly with Oracle.

Bill chaired the Gartner IT Finance, Procurement and Asset Management Conference from 2007 to 2012 and is a regular speaker at Gartner events as well as external conferences.

Before joining Gartner, Bill was responsible for software asset management at ExxonMobil, working with dozens of software suppliers and guiding software decisions through more than 20 data center consolidations. He has spent nearly 20 years in IT and holds a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Houston.

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Stephen Stewart Download Handout

Stephen Stewart is the Financial Reporting Manager for the Finance Division at the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). His primary responsibilities include the preparation of the Texas Mobility Fund, Central Texas Turnpike System, TxDOT Annual Financial Report, Annual Report to the Legislature and the implementation of the General Ledger PeopleSoft module.

He has been at TxDOT since 2012 and previously worked at the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts in the Financial Reporting section. He has also worked in the field of information technology for his alma mater, Texas State University, where he graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Masters in Accountancy.

He is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Information Technology Professional with the AICPA and has owned his own accounting firm.

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Hunter Bryan Thompson

Hunter Bryan Thompson is Director of the House Appropriations Committee under Chairman Jim Pitts. He joined the committee in 2007 as the Education Analyst, a position he kept for four sessions until his recent promotion.

Hunter earned a B.A. in Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas in Austin and a Master of Public Administration Degree at Texas State University in San Marcos.

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