2011 Summer Conference – Austin

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About the Speakers

Brett Barnes

Brett Barnes, Director of Development and External Relations for LifeWorks, began his career in development after having first established a successful career in music. A native of San Antonio, he received his formal music education at the University of Texas at Austin and the Juilliard School, as well as numerous prestigious training programs around the country. He has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe singing opera, oratorio and choral music.

After an intensive four years of traveling and singing, he decided to move to the administrative side of the arts in 1998. Barnes was appointed the Artistic Administrator of Austin Lyric Opera and Director of the Young Artist Training Program. He began his development career in 2002 at Conspirare, one of the country’s premier choral arts groups, and helped move them from a $300,000 organization in 2002 to a million dollar performing arts group in 2006.

Currently, Barnes is the Director of Development and External Relations for LifeWorks, a social services agency that provides critical services for youth and families in need. He manages a diverse team of colleagues that is responsible for raising over $3.5 million in revenue each year. He is a 2006 graduate of Leadership Austin and an active member of the Austin Fundraising Professionals, serves as Chair of the Austin Arts Commissioner appointed by Council Member Laura Morrison, completed a McBee Fellowship with the Austin Area Research Organization in 2009 and is a cantor and soloist at St. Mary’s Cathedral in downtown Austin.

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Ann Pritchard Grady

Anne Pritchard Grady is the President of Acclivity Performance. As a nationally recognized speaker, facilitator, consultant and coach, she captivates audiences with her unique blend of humor, refreshing honesty, down-to-earth style and ability to help individuals and organizations get results.

For over 15 years, Grady has taught at colleges and universities, helped lead organizations and leveraged the strengths of individuals and teams. As the mother of a special needs child, she has a unique perspective that allows her to turn concepts and ideas into practical, easy-to-implement strategies.

Grady holds a master’s degree in Organizational Communication and works with individuals, teams, and organizations around the country to grow leadership, improve communication and maximize organizational culture.

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Tracey Guidry, CPA

Tracey Guidry is a CPA and Auditor Director with more than 16 years of diversified audit and accounting experience at Deloitte & Touche LLP, serving not-for-profit, health care, higher education and governmental clients. She was in the Deloitte Dallas practice for 12 years, was most recently in the Deliotte Chicago practice, and returned to the Austin marketplace in May 2011. She has supervised and managed numerous projects involving state agencies in Texas.

Guidry received her bachelor’s degree in Economics from LSU and her MBA at Texas A&M.

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Guy Haddleton

Guy Haddleton is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Anaplan, Inc. Anaplan is a next-generation cloud-based modeling platform designed to enable high-performance analytics, planning, forecasting and reporting in a single environment. The Anaplan Platform’s pioneering use of cloud technology enables — for the first time — businesses to connect their data, people and processes in the same user interface to work faster, smarter, together.

Haddleton has 20 years experience in the business analytics sector. In 1990, he was the founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the enterprise performance planning leader Adaytum. After expanding from market leader in the United Kingdom to Europe, the U.S. and Asia Pacific, Adaytum was sold to Cognos in 2003.

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Andy Homer

Andy Homer has been Director of Government Relations for the Texas Public Employees Association (TPEA) since March 2000. He worked for nearly a decade in the Texas Senate for Senators Hugh Parmer and Gonzalo Barrientos and as Chief of Staff for Senator Peggy Rosson. He served as Staff Director for the Senate Special Committee on Welfare Reform prior to the 1989 session. His areas of public policy expertise have included the state budget, telecommunications, housing, and state/federal entitlement programs. Before joining TPEA, Homer worked for the Enterprise Foundation and Public Strategies, Inc.

Homer has a BA from Kenyon College as well as both an MBA and Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Ray Hymel, Jr.

Ray Hymel, Jr. has been a lobbyist for the Texas Public Employees Association 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. He then 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, Ray represents Sagebrush Solutions, a health claims auditing company.

Hymel received his bachelor’s degree in History and his master’s in Government from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Harvey Kronberg

Harvey Kronberg was a contract writer for the Quorum Report before buying that publication in 1998. He initiated the website which now receives more than a million hits per month. Kronberg is also a political analyst for News 8 Austin, a 24-hour cable news channel. A February 2005 Texas Monthly article declared him one of the 25 most powerful individuals in Texas politics.

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Irene Lee, CPA, CGFM

Irene Lee is the Financial Reporting Section (FRS) supervisor of the Fiscal Integrity Division at the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. The major responsibilities of the FRS section include the compilation of the State of Texas Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the issuance of Reporting Requirements for Annual Financial Reports of State Agencies and Universities and the implementation of the accounting standards established by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB). She has worked with the Comptroller’s office since 1990 in Financial Reporting, Change Management and the Integrated Statewide Administrative System. Before joining the Comptroller’s Office, she worked with the Texas State Auditor’s Office for five years.

Lee is a licensed CPA in the State of Texas and a certified government financial manager (CGFM). She earned her Master of Professional Accounting degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Marny Lifshen

Marny Lifshen is an author, speaker and marketing communications and public relations consultant, with more than 20 years of experience. She works with businesses to develop brand awareness and credibility with key audiences, and to establish relationships with key influencers. Lifshen integrates grass-roots strategies into every marketing campaign, including customized networking programs.

Lifshen graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Journalism in 1991. In 2009, she was named a winner of the Profiles in Power and Women of Influence Awards hosted by the Austin Business Journal. She serves on the Governing Board of The BeHive, and on the steering committee of the Austin chapter of the National Speakers’ Association.

Lifshen is the author of Some Assembly Required: A Networking Guide for Women, which was recognized as the business category winner for the 2009 Eric Hoffer Awards for Independent Books. She is a nationally recognized expert on professional women’s networking, communication and personal branding, and is the featured networking columnist and forum leader for w2wlink.com. She is a seasoned keynote speaker, break-out session leader and panelist for conferences and events across the country. She also creates custom workshops for corporate clients. Her areas of expertise include strategic networking, personal branding, improving communication and professional relationships between the genders, strategies and skills for productive professional relationships, networking successfully in a male dominated environment, communicating through complications, and conflict and clutter.

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Nicole Perrotta

Nicole Perrotta of Solutions Training Group has over 15 years of entrepreneurial experience opening markets and growing business revenues.

After graduating from the University of Texas’ McComb’s School of Business, she began her sales career in the food and beverage industry, introducing Red Bull Energy Drink to the U.S. market. Following that, she experienced a lucrative 10 years of selling large telecommunication networks to Fortune 100 companies throughout the U.S. Now Perrotta leads Solutions Training Group, a local training company that offers continuing education services to the government and private sector.

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Ben Philpott

Ben Philpott covers politics and policy for KUT-FM and The Texas Tribune. He has been covering state politics and dozens of other topics for the station since 2002. He has been recognized for outstanding radio journalism by the Radio and Television News Directors Association, Public Radio News Directors Incorporated, the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters and twice by the Houston Press Club as Radio Journalist of the Year.

Before moving to Texas, Philpott worked in public radio in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and at several television stations in Alabama and Tennessee. He holds a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Alabama.

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Ron Pigott

Ron Pigott is the Director of the Texas Procurement and Support Services division at the Texas Comptroller’s Office. Pigott is responsible for statewide procurement, the Historically Underutilized Business program, the state travel program, the state fleet management program, the Centralized Master Bidders’ List, the cooperative purchasing program, and state mail operations.

Prior to becoming Director, Pigott served as in-house legal counsel for the Department of Public Safety, the Texas Water Development Board, and the Comptroller’s office. He was also an Assistant Attorney General for the Child Support Division.

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Ed Schaefer

Ed Schaefer currently serves as the Director of Homeland Security for the Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG). He has more than 25 years experience in emergency management, homeland security and emergency response.

Before coming to CAPCOG, Schaefer served as the Emergency Management Coordinator for the Lower Colorado River Authority and as AssistantState Coordinator for the Texas Division of Emergency Management. He has also served as Emergency Management Coordinator for Burnet County, Texas. Schaefer is a past-president of the Emergency Management Association of Texas and past-president of the Capital of Texas Chapter, Association of Contingency Planners.

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Jon M. Stigliano

Jon M. Stigliano is President and Founder of Strategic Solutions Group, an Organizational Development firm based out of Waco, with affiliate offices in Ft. Worth and Austin. Over the years he has consulted with over 700 companies and thousands of individuals. Clients range in scope from small privately held organizations to publically traded corporations from all areas of the United States.

Strategic Solutions Group has developed a strong reputation by helping its clients achieve “a culture of success” by showing them how to “hire, train and manage their organization by design.” Stigliano is a former Regional Manager for one of the largest commercial real estate firms on the West Coast and Vice President of Development for an international consulting firm.

In addition, Stigliano is a collegiate basketball referee at the Division I level. He currently works in several major athletic conferences around the nation. He is also certified to facilitate topics such as supervisory management, management development, strategic planning, communication skills, behavior styles, personal productivity and time management, goal setting, employee recruiting, sales management, sales training, strategic analysis and planning, and executive leadership.

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Catherine (Cathy) Terrell, CPM

Cathy Terrell joined the Employee Retirement System of Texas (ERS) as head of the Benefits Communications Division in 1994. When communications merged into the Customer Benefits Division, she was selected to lead the new division. As Director of Customer Benefits, Terrell worked to simplify benefit enrollment and administration processes, increase direct communication with employees and retirees and transform complex paper-based transactions into easy online or contact center functions.

She now leads the Communications and Research Department. The department manages external communications for ERS including the website; member, retiree, employer and association communication and education; and media relations. The department also supports ERS through policy and research reports.

Terrell graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in journalism in 1981. She earned reporting awards from the Associated Press while working as a daily newspaper reporter and national communications awards for her work as a marketing consultant and public affairs director. ERS has also received awards for enrollment and deferred compensation communication pieces. She earned certification as a public manager (CPM) from the LBJ School of Public Affairs and has completed the Governor’s Executive Development Program.

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Jan Thomas

Jan Thomas oversees state agency relations for the Texas Public Employees Association, a non-partisan, non-union professional association for state employees and retirees. She has over 25 years of experience in state government, serving as the Director of the Governor’s Job Bank and more recently as Director of Human Resources and Staff Development for the Texas Workforce Commission.

Throughout her career, Thomas gained knowledge of state government operations and management policies. She is a recipient of the Outstanding Woman in Texas Government Award and a graduate of Leadership Texas, and was named a Woman of the Year by Executive Women in Texas Government in 2002. Thomas has a BBA from the University of Mary Hardin Baylor.

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Maura Thomas

Maura Thomas founded RegainYourTime.com in 2003, and has worked for 17 years in the productivity training industry. During that time she developed a workflow management process for getting things done called the Empowered Productivity SystemTM.

Thomas is very active in her local community, has a strong social media presence, publishes a widely read blog on productivity issues, has been published in both local and national media outlets, and works both nationally and internationally. She has recently been approached by Wiley and is in conversations to publish her first book.

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Richard (Rick) Torres, CBCP, CRP

Rick Torres of the State Office of Risk Management has more than 30 years of combined data processing and business continuity experience. He is a highly effective Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Specialist recognized for developing and implementing plans and processes to mitigate risk and ensure business continuity. His collaborative skills have been instrumental in coordinating the inner-action required between numerous business areas and Information Technology, resulting in identifying, implementing and activating an effective recovery strategy. His strengths include the ability to coordinate functional exercises without impacting production regardless of the size or complexity of the business or agency. He has effectively coordinated realistic table-top exercises that identify gaps and developed processes to track the gaps to closure. He is adept at implementing best practice processes to meet compliance requirements. Torres has successfully performed the disaster recovery role when production outages occurred, resulting in the recovery of production and backup data centers.

Before joining the State Office of Risk Management (SORM), Torres served as Risk Manager for the Teacher Retirement System of Texas, as well as Business Continuity Manager for the Texas Department of Transportation and Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation. In the private sector, he was a Disaster Recovery Coordinator for Capital Group, and also a Senior Consultant with InfoCom Solutions working with customers in the areas of insurance, manufacturing, professional sports and financial investments. In this capacity he participated in performing business impact analysis as well as developing, implementing and exercising business continuity plans. Torres holds a BBA degree, summa cum laude from Saint Edward’s University. He is a Certified Business Continuity Planner (CBCP) through Disaster Recovery Institute and Certified Recovery Planner through Harris Recovery Institute. Torres is a member of the Capital of Texas Association of Contingency Planners.

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Charles (Chuck) O. Walts, CBCP, CRP

Chuck Walts of the Republic Preparedness Group is an independent consultant specializing in business continuity, emergency management, and data center disaster recovery planning. Before June 2009, he worked for 12 years with SunGard Planning Solutions following a seven-year stint as Disaster Recovery Coordinator for the Texas Education Agency. Previously, Walts served for more than 26 years in the United States Army, retiring at the rank of Colonel in 1988. During his military career, Walts spent 18 years in the data processing field including three years as the Information Systems Director at one of the largest military data centers in the Pacific. In 1991, Walts co-founded the Capital of Texas Association of Contingency Planners (ACP) and served as the chapter’s first president. In 1994, he was elected to the ACP National Board and served as CEO and Board Chairman during 1996-97.

Walts consults in the areas of applications impact analysis, business impact analysis, corporate-wide business resumption planning, data center recovery planning, emergency management, and operation analysis and planning.

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Sandra Vice, CIA, CGAP, CISA

Sandra Vice has over 20 years experience improving federal and state government operations. She joined the Texas State Auditor’s Office in 1998 and is currently an Assistant State Auditor. In 2010, Vice was appointed to the Comptroller General’s Advisory Council on Government Auditing Standards, which provides input and recommendations for revising the auditing standards.

Before joining state government, Vice was a senior evaluator with the U.S. General Accounting Office in Dallas. She has a Master of Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs and is a graduate of the Governor’s Executive Development Program. Professional certifications include Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP), and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).

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