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TCCE Annual Conference Schedule

Event Description

Join TCCE in Galveston for career development Chamber-style!

The TCCE Annual Conference brings together chamber professionals from across Texas to network, discuss ideas, and learn new skills with colleagues who are facing similar challenges. 

Over the course of three days, attendees will engage in interactive social gatherings, learn fresh approaches to combat difficult obstacles, and hear from leading experts on issues that are relevant now. First-timers and veterans won't want to miss this opportunity to interact with individuals who hold similar positions, compare tales, and build new relationships!

The attire is Business Casual unless specified otherwise.

Event Schedule  Last updated June 11

Sunday, June 23rd

4:00 - 8:00 PM

Early Arriver's Activity:

- 2:00pm Sign in/Registration starts at the Hilton Foyer

- 4:00pm continuous buses start

- 4:00pm-6:00pm buses take folks from hotel, to The Strand

- 6:00pm-8:00pm buses go to Pier 21 (appetizers and drinks)

- 8:00pm depart from sunset tour on Pier 21
- *Pier 21 is walkable from The Strand

Attire: Casual

Sponsored by: CAC Entertainment & Fertitta Hospitality

Monday, June 24th - Day One
10:00 AM
11:00 AM
1:00 PM
1:30 PM
2:15-2:45 PM 
2:45 - 3:45 PM
3:45- 4:00 PM
4:00  - 5:00 PM
5:00 PM
6:30 PM - 8:45 PM

Registration Opens/Visit with Exhibitors

Galveston Convention Center: Grand Ballroom foyer - 2nd floor

First-Timer/ New Attendee Orientation  
Tony Moline
, Chair, 2024 TCCE

Doug Peters, Chair-Elect, 2024 TCCE

Gina Spagnola, Congerence Chair, 2024 TCCE
Galveston Convention Center: Ballroom C

Opening and Welcome Ballroom A (Convention Center)
Tony Moline, Chair, 2024 TCCE
Gina Spagnola, Conference Chair, 2024 TCCE

Hon. Randy Weber, U.S. Congressman

Hon. Mayes Middleton, Texas State Senator

Hon. Greg Bonnen, Texas State Representative

Hon. Terri Leo-Wilson, Texas State Representative

Sponsored by: Galveston Chamber

Opening Keynote Ballroom A (Convention Center)

Col. (Ret.) Mike Fossum, USAF, Texas A&M Galveston, COO

Sponsored by: Elite Care Emergency Hospital

Break & Exhibit Hall

Concurrent Education Sessions:

Session A - Ballroom A (Convention Center) 

In the Age of Digital Marketing, Chambers of Commerce are More Important than Ever

Margarey Valdez -  Marketing Design Team, Co-Owner

Session B - Ballroom B (Convention Center)
Don't Be Afraid Of the "A" Words (Access, Accountability, Accreditation, Advocacy)

Monique Thierry, U.S. Chamber of Commerce


Session C - Ballroom C (Convention Center)

More money for your mission: Diversifying Revenue Streams

Cathi Hight, Hight Performance Group CEO

Break & Exhibit Hall with Food

Sponsored by: Advantous

Concurrent Education Sessions:

Session ABallroom A (Convention Center)

Small Business Resources: Are You Tapping In?

Amy Reid, Galveston County Small Business Development Center, Director
Rhonda Ellisor, Sam Houston State University Small Business Development Center, Director

Jennifer Finney, Brazosport College SBDC, Director 
Dianne Amerine, Angelina College SBDC, Business Consultant
Dana Espinal, Lamar State College Port Arthur SBDC, Director


Session B Ballroom B (Convention Center)

Building Strong Chambers: Practical HR Solutions for Every Organization; HR 101

Kent Etienne - VP of HR, AMOCO Federal Credit Union

Session C - (Ballroom C @ the Convention Center)
C.S. Freeland - Co-Founder, Texas Venture Alliance

Day One Programming Ends

Luau Poolside Bash - San Luis Resort, Spa and Conference Center
5222 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77551

Attire: Hawaiian

Sponsored by: AMOCO & Moody Bank

Tuesday, June 25th - Day Two
8:00 - 9:00 AM
9:00 - 9:50 AM
10:00 - 11:00 AM
11:00 - 11:30 AM
11:30 - 12:30 PM
12:30 - 1:00 PM
1:00 - 1:30 PM
2:15 - 3:15 PM
3:15 - 3:30 PM
3:30 - 4:15 PM
4:15 - 5:00 PM
5:00 PM
7:00 - 9:15 PM
9:30 - 11:10 PM

Breakfast - Taco bar, fruit bar, juice and coffee

Sponsored by: Holman Brothers

Opening Session & KeynoteBallroom A (Convention Center)
Update on Texas Economic Development & Tourism

Mr. Terry Zrubek, Texas Economic Development & Tourism, Deputy Executive Director
Sponsor (Available)

Concurrent Education Sessions:

Session A - Ballroom A (Convention Center)

Chamber Industry Trends: Play the Feud, with GrowthZone! More Information

Scott Robertson, IOM

Session B -  Ballroom B (Convention Center)

Travel and Tourism is an Economic Development Driver!

Nate Gieryn, Texas Economic Development and Tourism Office, Tourism Deputy Director


Session C - Ballroom C (Convention Center)

Stronger Together: Why Merging Neighboring Chambers Just Might Work!

Scott Harper, Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce, President

Shannan Reid, Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce, Director of Community Relations

Break & Exhibit Hall

Lunch & Keynote SessionBallroom A (Convention Center)

Unlocking the Magic: Behind the Scenes of Visit Galveston's Marketing Mastery

Kimberly Danesi, Galveston Park Board, CEO 
Tony Lyle, Visit Galveston, Executive Director 
Sponsored by: Visit Galveston

General Session: Panel Discussion - Ballroom A (Convention Center)

Chamber Roles in Disasters (Hurricanes, Fires, Flood and Border) 

Randy Vivian, Business Outreach, TX Dept. of Emergency Mgmt.

Michael Gallops, President/CEO, Metrocrest Chamber & TCCE Disasters and Tragedy task force 
Sponsor (Available)

General Session - Ballroom A (Convention Center)
Texas and the Supply Chain

Nicole Sunstrum & Sally Bakko, Gulf Coast Protection District

Adam Knapp, Louisiana Committee of 100 for Economic Development, CEO
Mia Romero, El Paso Chamber of Commerce, Vice President of Advocacy and Government Affairs

Sponsor (Available)

General Session - Ballroom A (Convention Center)
Value of Digital Twinning & AI for Disaster Preparation

Speaker Pending

Concurrent Education Sessions:

Session A - Ballroom A (Convention Center)

Managing Chaos: Volunteers, Committees & Board Members

RaDonna Hessel, Grapevine Chamber of Commerce, CEO

Session B - Ballroom B  (Convention Center)

Blueprints for Success: Crafting a Chamber Leadership Program

Mae Frances, Leadership Galveston, Lookin' Up Consulting 

Scott Connell, Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce President/CEO

Becki Womble, Bastrop Chamber of Commerce, CEO

Session C - Ballroom C (Convention Center)

Effortless Onboarding: Chamber Drip Campaign Simplified

Shannan ReidConroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce

Break & Exhibit Hall with Food
Sponsored by: tekRESCUE

General SessionBallroom A (Convention Center)

Cybersecurity, The Number One Lie a Business Owner (or Chamber CEO) Must Overcome  
Randy Bryan - Founder & CEO of tekRESCUE


General Session Ballroom A (Convention Center)Retention Revolution: First-Year Member Retention = Sustainable Growth
Bill Holman - Partner, Holman Brothers Membership Sales Solutions

Day Two Programming Ends

Let The Good Times Roll: TCCE Excellence Awards 

Ballroom A (Convention Center)
Attire: Mardi Gras

Sponsored by: Community Matters & 
Gulf Coast Chamber Executives

Official Afterparty at B. Jiggers Lounge
5002 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77551
Sponsored by: GrowthZone

Wednesday, June 26th - Day Three
7:30 - 8:15 AM
8:30 - 9:15 AM
9:15 - 10:00 AM
10:00 - 10:50 AM
10:50 - 11:25 AM

Breakfast in Hotel - Ballroom Foyer (Convention Center)

Hot breakfast 

General Session - Ballroom A (Convention Center)

The State of Chambers 
Pending Speaker

Sponsor (Available)

General Session - Ballroom A (Convention Center)
Texas Workforce Development
Bryan Daniel, Chair, TX Workforce Commission

Sponsor (Available)

General SessionBallroom A (Convention Center)
Head of Appropriations, Texas Legislature

Dr. Greg BonnenState Representative 
Sponsored by: Texas Association of Business 

2025 Annual Conference Location

Tony Moline, Doug Peters, Gina Spagnola & Team

Giveaways & Farewell

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