2018 Summer Conference – San Antonio

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2018 Annual Business Meeting Packet


Diamond Sponsor


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Emerald Sponsor


Gold Sponsors

neos consulting group
resource integrators

Silver Sponsors

Bridgepoint Consulting
Bill Pewitt & Assoc.

Bronze Sponsors

Information Services Group
Retired State Employees Association
Sense Corp
Texas GovLink
Innovation Event Management

About the Speakers

Joe Alves

Joe Alves has 27 years of learning and development experience. He works with organizations, teams and individuals to engage, support and provide opportunities for increasing the capacity to perform. He has worked with organizations ranging in size of 10 to 75,000 employees.

He is known for his straight forward approach with excellent questioning skills to assist individuals in looking at themselves first in where they are now and second where they need to be. He developed an award-winning Management Development Program for the Texas Workforce Commission, partnered with Insights Learning and Development to develop the Insights Transformational Leadership Program and developed the Management and Leadership Academies for the Energizer Corporation and its subsidiary companies.

He continues to provide Coaching and Mentoring to all Energizer Corporation identified “Up and Coming” North American Leaders. The primary focus of this work is Individual and Team Effectiveness, Sales, Leadership Effectiveness and Executive Coaching.

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David Biemer Download Presentation | Download Handout

Dr. David Biemer is a specialist in the areas of organizational effectiveness and professional development.

Currently, Dr. Biemer teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in management, organizational change, and leadership, in the McCoy College of Business Administration at Texas State University. For over 17 years, he was responsible for preparing the next generation of leaders in Texas government through a comprehensive program of coaching, seminars, and action learning.

Most recently, Dr. Biemer served as Chief Learning Officer at the Health and Human Services Commission.

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Bryan Collier

Bryan Collier has 32 years of adult correctional experience and became the Executive Director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) in 2016. He oversees the operations of one of the largest adult criminal justice systems in the country; responsible for the confinement and care of approximately 146,000 felony offenders, the supervision of roughly 490,000 more offenders on probation or parole and the management of nearly 37,000 employees statewide. Bryan joined the TDCJ in 1985 as a Clerk and has held a wide variety of positions. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminology and Corrections from Sam Houston State University.

Bryan is an active member of the Association of State Correctional Administrators, the American Correctional Association (ACA). He was appointed to serve on the Board of Governors and sits on numerous committee’s for the ACA to include Awards Committee, Congress Program Planning Committee and the Standards Committee. Bryan formerly served as Chair of the ACA Adult Corrections Committee, is a past member of the ACA Delegate Assembly and a past member and president of the Texas Corrections Association (TCA). Subsequently, he was also recognized as one of ACA’s “Best in the Business” and received the Dr. George J. Beto Hall of Honor award from the TCA in 2013.

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Melinda Crockom

Melinda currently serves as the Public Education Coordinator at the Texas Commission on State Emergency Communications (CSEC). She oversees the development and implementation of both 9-1-1 and Poison Control program public education information and materials for use by the agency, stakeholders and the general public. Prior to working at CSEC, she worked in the Communications Department of both the Texas Workforce Commission and the Office of the Attorney General, with a total of over eleven years in government communications and public relations.

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Tom Entsminger

As the Texas Water Development Board’s (TWDB) State Programs Coordinator, Tom is involved with the administration of several financing programs for water and wastewater infrastructure across Texas.

Before joining TWDB he worked with the grants program at the Texas Department of Agriculture, with a focus on drought relief and Colonia funding. Tom holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Texas at El Paso, and served as a Grant Writer for the County of El Paso before moving to Austin.

In his free time, he enjoys reading, gardening, making music, cooking, and spending time with his dog Sonora.

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Robert Gonzalez

Robert is the 9-1-1 Assistant Director of Programs for the Commission on State Emergency Communications. His role helps oversee the strategic planning, public education, compliance for both the 9-1-1 and Poison Control Program in Texas. Administration of 9-1-1 is done in collaboration with the 22 Regional Planning Councils of Government while the administration for Poison Control is accomplished via collaborative contract with 6 poison medical centers in the state.

Currently he is working on an initiative to help businesses identify the shortcomings on their phone system that could prevent them from reaching 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency.

Top item on his bucket list is the opportunity to see the northern lights!

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Jason Keiningham See Jimmy Mullis for Presentation

Jason Keiningham is a graduate of Tarleton State University with a B.S. in Management. Prior to attending Tarleton State University, Jason worked as a firefighter with several departments.

Jason started his career with the Texas A&M Forest Service in 2004 as a Regional Fire Coordinator, where he was responsible for building the capacity of local fire departments, as well as responding to emergencies in a ten county area located in Central Texas. He has provided aid to citizens and communities throughout the state in response to wildfires, tornados, floods, hurricanes and other emergencies.

In 2013 he assumed the role of Department Head in the Capacity Building Department, Forest Resource Protection Division (FRP). As the Department Head, he partners with a team of capacity building professionals in the delivery of the TFS fire department assistance programs. The programs managed are the most aggressive suite of programs in the country aimed at helping fire departments. Jason is also a graduate of the Texas A&M Forest Service’s Leadership Enrichment Program as well as the Agrilife Advanced Leadership Program.

Jason has been married to his wife, JoAnn, since 2002 and they have two grown children. Jason and JoAnn, over the course of five years, they have fostered twelve children who were the victim of abuse and/or neglect.

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Harvey Kronberg

Published, Quorum Report, the Newsletter of Political Texas since 1989. Quorum Report is a non-partisan online publication covering state politics and government from an insider’s perspective. The site can be found at www.quorumreport.com.

Originally a contract writer for Quorum Report, Kronberg bought the publication in 1998 and converted it to the first exclusively online subscriber based publication covering Texas politics and government for political professional.

Kronberg also is a political analyst for Spectrum Cable News and a regular on their nightly Capitol Tonight. Spectrum Cable News is a 24 hour news channel broadcast in Austin, San Antonio, Waco and Fort Worth. Kronberg is also a former contributing columnist to the Austin American Statesman.

Quoted in publications as diverse as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Congressional Quarterly, The Dallas Morning News, The Houston Chronicle, Christian Science Monitor, etc.

Has received no prestigious awards cuz he is just too much of a pain in the ass.

However the February 2005 Texas Monthly declared him one of the 25 most powerful individuals in Texas politics.

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Jimmy Mullis Download Presentation

Jimmy Mullis is an Assistant Chief Regional Fire Coordinator at Texas A&M Forest Service, where Jimmy directs wildland fire suppression, emergency response, capacity building, grants and overall operations of the Branch.

Jimmy has worked in the fire service in Texas for 33 years, serving as a firefighter/ paramedic, Lieutenant, Captain and Assistant Chief.

Throughout his 33 years as a member of the Fire Service, Jimmy has worked with career and volunteer first responders, held membership with the Texas Fireman’s and Fire Marshal’s Association, Texas Fire Chief Association and achieved a Bachelor of Arts in Public Safety Management from St. Edwards University graduating with honors as Cum Laude.

His is married to Kelly, his wife of 35 years. Has two daughters and one Grandson.

In his role, he has served as: Emergency Service Branch Director, State Operations Center; Wildland Fire Deployments; Operation Section Chief, West Fertilizer Plant Explosion; Chief of Party 2015 Hays County Flood Event; serves as a member of the Texas A&M Forest Service Safety Council; Hurricane Deployment in 2004 and 2016 to Florida; and deployed to the Communities of Victoria and Rockport during Hurricane Harvey.

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Mary Scott Nabers

Mary is President/CEO of Strategic Partnerships, Inc. (SPI), a business development/ public affairs firm that specializes in procurement consulting, market research, government affairs, knowledge transfer and public-private partnerships (P3s).

Mary is the author of Collaboration Nation – How Public-Private Ventures Are Revolutionizing the Business of Government and Inside the Infrastructure Revolution – A Roadmap for Rebuilding America.

Mary writes for many publications and blogs weekly. Her articles have been published by media outlets including Forbes, CNBC.com, Bloomberg Government, Politico, and many others. She is a regular contributor to business journals and SPI publishes two newsletters each week that carry her columns. Mary has an extensive business background in both the public and private sectors. She served as the Commissioner representing Business at the Texas Employment Commission. In that position, she was a high-profile, proactive business advocate who founded The Texas Business Council.

Later, Commissioner Nabers moved to the Texas Railroad Commission, which at the time regulated approximately $65 billion of the state’s economy annually. She was active on both the state and federal levels and represented Texas on numerous national boards.

Mary holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin and is active with numerous University of Texas groups. She is the current President of The Headliners Club and is a Mentor for the University of Texas’s Forty Acres Scholars. Additionally, Mary is a Partner and Mentor at the Capital Factory, an incubator for high tech start-up companies.

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Ursula Parks

Ursula Parks is the Director of the Texas Legislative Budget Board (LBB). She has been with LBB since 1993. During her tenure at the agency, Parks has worked in various capacities including a budget analyst, a budget team manager, an assistant director and the agency’s deputy director.

Parks has been directly involved in the development of budget and policy recommendations for numerous state agencies and institutions within all state government functions; for much of her tenure she was involved specifically in the area of public education finance.

She is an expert not only in big-picture state fiscal policy, but also in the details of developing state appropriations. Parks is a life-long Austinite, and holds a bachelor’s degree from American University.

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Vonda Payne Download Presentation

Vonda Payne has 20 years of state service and currently serves as the Project Manager at the Texas Commission on State Emergency Communications (CSEC). She oversees the implementation of emerging 9-1-1 technologies for the 9-1-1 program at CSEC.

She also worked in the 9-1-1 private sector for four years before joining the commission.

She is currently focusing on the much-needed implementation of Text-to-911 in the areas served by the commission.

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Madeleine York

She brings over two decades of experience in leadership development, executive and mid-level coaching and team development with an unparalleled commitment to excellence. She has co-authored Using Your Inner Power to Find Meaningful Work, developed leadership programs for company-wide initiatives, initiated sales training for engineers, bankers and health care professionals, creating a cohesive and communicative work environment products bottom line results and a more pleasant workplace.

This breadth of experience enables her to see the big picture of what an organization wants to achieve and provide tailored approaches and solutions that result in true business outcomes.

Madeleine has been an in-demand facilitator for Insights, accredited in 2000. She is passionate about the value Insights creates for the individuals, teams and organizations and to date has led over 500 Insights sessions to thousands of clients.

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