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TCCE Annual Conference Schedule

Event Description

Join TCCE in West Texas 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

Monday, June 26th

3:00 - 10:00 PM

6:30 - 8:30 PM

Load In and Set up for Exhibit Hall

Early Arriver's Activity: - Rooster's Diner

Attire: Casual

Tuesday, June 27th - Day One
10:00 AM
11:00 AM
1:00 PM
1:25 PM
1:45 PM
2:30  - 2:45 PM
2:45 - 3:45 PM

Registration Opens/Visit with Exhibitors

Permian foyer - 2nd floor

First-Timer/ New Attendee Orientation - Travertine
Travertine - 2nd floor

Sponsored by: SmarTours

Opening & Welcome
Jim Johnson, Chair, 2023 TCCE
Reneé Earls, Conference Chair

Brooks Landgraf, Texas State Representative

Grayson Hankins, Chair, Odessa Chamber

Permian 1 and 2

Opening Keynote

Travis SticeDiamondback Energy CEO

Permian 1 and 2

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 


Vincent Branchesi, National Director, Group Benefits Center of Excellence MetLife


Keri Schmidt, Fort Bend Chamber CEO

Esmy Villarreal, Brownsville Chamber CEO

Permian 1 and 2

Break & Exhibit Hall

Concurrent Education Sessions:

Session A - (Room: Travertine 2nd floor) 

From Transactional to Transformational: How to Elevate from Transactional Service to Meaningful Transformational Member Relationships That Last

Bill Holman, Holman Brothers Membership Sales Solutions

Introduced by Mary Frazior, Hurst Euless Bedford Chamber CEO

Session B - (Room:  Devonian 1 & 2 1st floor) 

Governmental Affairs; The Role of Chambers in Community/State/National Issues

Heather Kumpe, San Angelo Chamber Director of Operations and Management

Teresa Burnett, Monahans Chamber Executive Director

Andrea Hutchins, El Paso Chamber CEO

Introduced by Jonathon Packer, New Braunfels Chamber CEO


Session C - (Room:  Devonian 3 & 4 1st floor) 

Cultivate a New Sponsorship Mindset: Align Value to Mission

Cathi Hight, Hight Performance Group CEO

Introduced by Gina Spagnola, Galveston Regional Chamber CEO

3:45- 4:00 PM
4:00  - 5:00 PM
5:00 PM
6:30 PM - 8:45 PM

Break & Exhibit Hall with Food

Concurrent Education Sessions:

Session A - (Room: Travertine 2nd floor

TCCE Breakout Session

Succession Planning

Tony Felker, Frisco Chamber CEO



Kay McDowell, Lubbock Chamber CEO

3 Committee Structure

Keri Schmidt, Fort Bend Chamber CEO

Coffee with Council or Elected Official Reception

Tony Moline, Cedar Park Chamber CEO

Positioning Yourself for the Right Position

Anthony Michelic, The PACE Group President


Session B -  (Room:  Devonian 1 & 2 1st floor) 

R&D - “Rip Off & Duplicate”


Hosting A Civics Bee

Esmeralda VillarealBrownsville Chamber CEO

We Believe in BISD!

Becki WombleBastrop Chamber CEO


CEO Roundtable  

Bruce Hillegeist, Greater Tomball Area Chamber CEO

Maurice Nassar, Manager Partner of Emergent Partners

Annual Meeting Themes/Women's Conference

Gina Spagnola, Galveston Regional Chamber CEO

Introduced by Jill McCartney, Kilgore Chamber CEO

Session C - (Room:  Devonian 3 & 4 1st floor)

Communications – New Trends

Britney Mann, Current Media Partners Co-Founder

Ryan McGuire, Armic Systems President & Digital Advertising Consultant

Mary Siders, Levelland Chamber CEO

Introduced by Matthew Ferraro, Katy Chamber CEO

Day One Programming Ends

Basin Barn Bash - Dinner & Music at Legends Honky Tonk Saloon:

Attire: Cowboy Chic

Sponsored by: Discover Odessa & the Odessa Chamber of Commerce

Buses leave at 6:30 & 6:45 PM and return at 8:45 & 9:00 PM

Wednesday, June 28th - Day Two
7:30 - 8:30 AM
9:00 - 9:50 AM
10:00 - 11:00 AM

Breakfast - Offsite at Torchy's: 306 E 5th St, Odessa TX 79761

Sponsored by: Holman Brothers Membership Sales Solutions

Opening Session & Keynote; The State of the Texas Economy

Dr. Ray Perryman, The Perryman Group CEO

Keynote Session; Recap of the 88th Legislative Session
Glenn Hamer, Texas Association of Business CEO

Sponsored by: Bastrop Chamber

Permian 1 and 2

Concurrent Education Sessions:

Session A - (Room: Travertine) 

Recognize and Reward Members: Develop a Culture of Engagement

Cathi HightHight Performance Group CEO

Introduced by Beth Journeay, League City Chamber CEO

Session B -  (Room:  Devonian 1 & 2) 

Chambers' Emerging Leadership in Innovation Ecosystems

Tony Felker, Frisco Chamber CEO

CS Freeland, Texas Venture Alliance Co-Founder

Marisa Vickers, Builders + Backers, Director of Global Brand Growth


Session C - (Room:  Devonian 3 & 4)

Best Practice Pipelines:  Leadership Programs & Young Professionals

Emily Waldrop, VP of Chamber Relations – Midland Chamber

Karen Kim, VP of Marketing & Communications – Frisco Chamber 

Doug Peters, President & CEO – Abilene Chamber

Kaylie Banda, Board Chair – Young Professionals of Odessa

Introduced by Doug Peters, Abilene Chamber CEO and TCCE Treasurer

11:00 - 11:15 AM
11:30 - 1:00 PM
1:05 - 1:45 PM
2:00 - 3:00 PM
3:15 - 4:00 PM
4:00 PM
6:00 - 7:00 PM
7:00 - 9:15 PM
9:30 - 11:30 PM

Break & Exhibit Hall

Lunch & Keynote Session

Guests begin seating at 11:15 am, food service will begin at 11:30 am

The Partnership Between Chambers and Community Colleges

Matt Parsons, Workforce Innovation Assistant Commissioner

Greg Williams, Odessa College President

Gary Johnson, Chair, Odessa College Board of Trustees
Reneé Earls, Odessa Chamber CEO

Sponsored by: Community Matters, Inc

Permian 1 and 2

General Session: Ted Talks

How to Kill a Sacred Cow – Kelly Augustine, IOM COO – Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce

Ambassador Programs – Cathy Potter, VP of Programs and Sales – Lubbock Chamber of Commerce

Event in a Box/Lemonade Day – Darby BurkeyPresident & CEO Rockwall Chamber of Commerce

Candidate Endorsement Policy and Procedures – Julie Snyder, President/CEO Kyle Chamber of Commerce

Sponsored by: Lubbock Chamber

Permian 1 and 2

Concurrent Education Sessions:

Session A - (Room: Travertine) 

The Role of the Chamber During a Major Disaster/Tragedy

Randy Vivian, Section Chief, Business Outreach at Texas Division of Emergency Management

Sharon Mayer, Allen Fairview Chamber CEO

John Yeackle, Uvalde Area Chamber CEO

Introduced by Tony Moline, Cedar Park CEO and 2023 TCCE Chair-Elect

Session B - (Room:  Devonian 1 & 2) 

AI Tools for Chambers

Victor CuevasFounder & CEO of The Knowledge Jar

Introduced by Glenn Hamer, Texas Association of Business CEO


Session C - (Room:  Devonian 3 & 4) 

Employee Retention Credit

Lindsay PolyakTax Credit Collective Partner

Introduced by Tony Felker, Frisco Chamber CEO


General Session - Becoming Chamber of the Year! 
Dale Petroskey - Dallas Regional Chamber CEO

Introduced Glenn Hamer, Texas Association of Business CEO

Sponsored by: Atmos Energy Corporation

Permian 1 and 2

Day Two Programming Ends

TCCE Excellence Awards Reception

Permian 1 and 2

Annual TCCE Excellence Awards

Attire: Cocktail or Evening

Sponsored by: UT Permian Basin

Permian 1 and 2

Official Afterparty - Patrick Clay's Tavern
Sponsored by: Growth Zone

Thursday, June 29th - Day Three
7:30 - 8:15 AM
8:30 - 9:15 AM

Breakfast in Hotel

Sponsored by: Diamondback Energy

Permian 1 and 2

General Session - Reminders for Success for You and Your Chamber

Jim Johnson, TCCE Chair

Dave KilbyWestern Association of Chamber Executives President Emeritus

Sponsored by: Pearland Chamber of Commerce

Permian 1 and 2

9:15 - 10:00 AM

General Session - Chambers Doing Big Things (On Any Budget)
Sheree Anne Kelly, Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives CEO

Sponsored by: Collette

Permian 1 and 2

10:05 - 10:45 AM

General Session - Energy Security in a Time of Energy Transition

Christopher Guith, U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Global Energy Institute Senior Vice President

Sponsored by: Chevron

Permian 1 and 2

10:50 - 11:25 AM

2024 Annual Conference Location

Tony Moline - Cedar Park Chamber CEO

Giveaways & Farewell

Permian 1 and 2

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