2015 Summer Conference – San Antonio

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2015 Annual Business Meeting Packet


About the Speakers

Jennifer Bloodworth Download Presentation

Jennifer has served in law enforcement since 2000, shortly after earning a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Texas State University. She started as a 911 dispatcher for Hays County Sheriff’s Office, and then earned her commission as a state trooper with the Texas Department of Public Safety in 2002. After two years in uniform, she took a sergeant position at the Office of the Attorney General (OAG). During her 10 years at the OAG, she investigated a multitude of crimes, including child pornography, financial crimes, election fraud, public integrity crimes and mortgage fraud. In 2014, Jennifer became a senior investigator at the State Auditor’s Office where she currently investigates various frauds involving abuse of state funds.

Jennifer’s favorite job is that of mom to two crazy kids, ages 8 and 5. She volunteers as a Girl Scout troop leader and enjoys time with her husband, who is a police officer with the City of Austin.

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Nancy Clark Download Presentation

Nancy has been the chief financial officer for Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) since September 2012. Before that, Nancy served as the budget manager and as a budget analyst. She has five years of state experience, all with TDI. Before joining the state, she was an actuarial assistant and the financial manager for an actuarial consulting firm for 13 years, where she specialized in asset adequacy analysis and reserve reporting. As the financial manager, Nancy was responsible for all financial reporting, billing, accounts receivable, accounts payable, purchasing, benefits and facility management. She also performed quality assurance and programming for the software development section of the actuarial firm.

Nancy graduated from St. Edward’s University with a Bachelor of Arts in computer information science in 1997. She is currently pursuing her Master of Science in organizational leadership and ethics at St. Edward’s University. Nancy is also a 2012 graduate of the Texas Fiscal Officers’ Academy.

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Terence T. “Tom” Henricks

Tom is a partner in Newport Board Group, a board director of Ascent Aviation Services and engaged with Corporate Aviation Analysis & Planning Inc. Tom’s past positions include president of McGraw-Hill’s Aviation Week, vice president of Government Business Development at Bell Helicopter and V-22 deputy director on assignment with Boeing Inc. He also held positions with Textron Information Services and the Timken Company.

A NASA astronaut from 1985 to 1997, he flew four Space Shuttle missions as commander and pilot. He commanded the longest mission at the time and spent 40 days in low Earth orbit, becoming the first pilot to log over 1,000 hours in the shuttle. His crews included astronauts from Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Canada. He also held senior management positions in the Space Shuttle Program Office and was responsible for transporting the orbiters atop a 747.

Tom retired from the U. S. Air Force having reached the rank of colonel. He served as commander of the 57th Fighter Weapons Wing Detachment at Edwards Air Force Base and was an experimental test pilot on the F-16. He was also Outstanding Graduate of F-4E Fighter Weapons School (Top Gun) and served tours of duty in England and Iceland.

He received his Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a Master of Public Administration from Golden Gate University. He is certified as a Six Sigma Black Belt. His numerous awards include the Distinguished Flying Cross, Chairman’s Award of Excellence from Aviation Week, NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal and three honorary Doctor of Science degrees. Tom resides in the Texas Hill Country and enjoys deer hunting and Stearman piloting.

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Harvey Kronberg

Harvey Kronberg has served as editor of the Quorum Report, the Newsletter of Political Texas since 1989. The Quorum Report is a non-partisan online publication covering state politics and government from an insider’s perspective. Five years ago, he started another online publication, Texas Energy Report, which focuses on the intersection of government, politics and energy in Texas. Harvey is a political analyst for Time Warner Cable News and a regular on their nightly Capitol Tonight. He is also a former contributing columnist to the Austin American-Statesman.

Texas Monthly declared him one of the 25 most powerful individuals in Texas politics in 2005. The Houston Press honored the Quorum Report as the “Best Source for Texas Political Info,” and Campaigns & Elections Magazine named it the “Number 1 Online Political Newsletter in the Country.”

He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with special honors in history and participated in the Junior Year Abroad Program at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Harvey spent several years as a licensed auctioneer and also ran a mobile retail operations and a wholesale distribution business. He and his wife Michele own and operate Austin Flag and Flagpole, Inc.

Harvey serves on the board of the Wine and Food Foundation of Texas as well as the Headliners Foundation. While no longer conducting auctions professionally, he conducts four philanthropic auctions a year for the Wine and Food Foundation of Texas, Austin Lyric Opera, Heartgift (financing heart surgeries for third-world children) and Long Center. These auctions collectively raise more than half a million dollars for their charities.

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Bob Lewis Download Presentation

Bob is currently the principal at Lewis Training and Consulting (LTC). Before starting work at LTC, he was the training and learning manager for Texas Parks and Wildlife, the business development officer for the University of Texas Professional Development Center, an HR consultant, a recruiter in the technology and engineering fields, and a principal and human resource professional in the public school system.

With more than 25 years experience in education, human resources and leadership/management, Bob has helped organizations develop talent management processes such as behavioral interviewing, coaching and counseling employees, mentoring programs, leadership assessments and retention strategies. He is a nationally known speaker whose clients include Cirrus Logic, Abila Software, Process Industry Practice, Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation, Social Security Administration, Farm Credit Bank, Veristics Technology and Concordia University.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts 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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Dr. Mathew McCarter Download Presentation

Matthew earned his B.S. in management from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and received a Ph.D. in business administration from the College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. He is assistant professor of management at the College of Business at the University of Texas at San Antonio and a research affiliate at the Economic Science Institute. He is the recipient of the 2012 Ascendant Scholar Award of the Western Academy of Management. Prior to his arrival at Texas, he held the Wang–Fradkin Assistant Professorship in the Argyros School of Business and Economics at Chapman University (Chapman’s highest faculty research professorship award).

Matthew’s primary research interest is managerial decision making with a particular interest in social dilemmas and collaboration problems in organizational settings. He employs field survey, case study, archival data, simulations, and experimental research methods to capture a fuller picture of how managerial decisions can be effectively made and collective action achieved in organizational settings. He has published in a variety of scholarly outlets including Academy of Management Review, Organizational Behavior & Human Decision Processes, Journal of Operations Management, Human Resource Management Journal, Groups and Organization Management, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal and Journal of Business Logistics.

Matthew resides in San Antonio with his wife, Miriam Ellis of Lehi, Utah, and their four children. He enjoys traveling, scouting, martial arts and chess.

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Mike Meyer

Mike joined the Texas Juvenile Justice Department as its chief financial officer in June 2013. Before that, he was the deputy director of budget, planning and policy in the Governor’s Office. In that position, Mike coordinated the activities of policy advisors in a broad range of areas, including budget and fiscal policy, infrastructure, criminal justice and natural resources. Mike also served as lead budget and fiscal policy advisor, covering all aspects of Texas’ state budget development and implementation, revenue analysis, and forecasting. He led the production of the Governor’s Budget for fiscal 2014–15 and worked with the Legislative Budget Board counterparts on processes and requirements related to state agencies’ strategic plans, performance measures and budget structures.

Prior to his work in the Governor’s Office, Mike was a budget analyst for the Texas Senate Finance Committee, where he advised the chair in writing biennial state budgets for public safety and criminal justice, general government and natural resources agencies. While the Legislature was not in session, he advised the chair on matters of budget implementation, for example by interpreting budgetary provisions and making recommendations on agencies’ budgetary requests. Mike was also the lead analyst over interim reports made to the Legislature on topics including public debt, cancer research and governmental spending limits.

Mike holds a Master of Public Affairs and a Master of Arts in Latin American studies, both from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from Luther College.

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Ron Pigott Download Presentation

Ron is the deputy executive commissioner for Procurement and Contracting Services at Texas Health and Human Services Commission. He is responsible for the contract operations for the five health and human services agencies, focusing on TEXAS procurements, contract management and contract monitoring.

Before becoming deputy executive commissioner, he was the director of the Texas Procurement and Support Services Division for the Comptroller of Public Accounts. He also served as in-house legal counsel for the Department of Public Safety, Texas Water Development Board and Comptroller’s office, as well as serving as an assistant attorney general for the Child Support Division.

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John Reynolds

John has been the newsletters editor for the Texas Tribune since October 2013. Prior to that, he worked for fellow panelist Harvey Kronberg at Quorum Report for more than seven years — covering the waterfront from health and human services and redistricting to pensions and elections. A native of Atlanta, he started his journalistic career one day after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, in Lubbock, where he rotated through a slew of beats at The Avalanche-Journal.

He received his undergraduate degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and studied at the University of Georgia’s graduate school in journalism.

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Nick Villalpando, CPA Download Presentation

Nick is the chief financial officer for the Department of Information Resources (DIR). Nick, a Certified Public Accountant, joined DIR’s Finance Division in May 2010. In April 2011, Nick accepted the position of DIR interim chief financial officer and was then promoted to chief financial officer. Nick is responsible for leading DIR’s finance, budget and accounting functions. His responsibilities include ensuring that DIR fees are set at levels consistent with cost-recovery principles.

Nick’s prior experience includes eight years in public accounting and eight years with the State Auditor’s Office. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1993 with a BBA in accounting and a master’s degree in professional accounting.

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