Daily Agenda

Speakers and sessions are subject to change. All events are at the hotel unless otherwise noted.


Wednesday, June 19, 2019

4:00-6:00 p.m.

6:30-8:30 p.m.
Welcome Networking Reception/Dinner

Reconnect with old friends and make new ones at the opening reception.  There will be plenty of time to eat, drink, and network.

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Thursday | June 20, 2019

7:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

7:30–8:15 a.m.

8:15–8:30 a.m.
Welcome and Introduction

Jeff Price, President TMUA, Director of Utilities, City of Mansfield

8:30–9:15 a.m.
AMI…Beyond the Meter
Two cities, at different phases of the process, discuss the utilization of AMI data to drive accuracy, efficiency, and customer engagement.

Speakers: James Foutz, Marketing and Conservation Manager, City of Georgetown and Jeff Price, Director of Utilities, City of Mansfield

9:30–10:15 a.m.
Topic – Reuse Water Systems

Speaker: TBA

10:15–10:45 a.m.
Networking Break with Exhibitors

10:45–11:45 a.m.
Back to the Future…Managing an Evolving Workforce with Differing Generational and Workplace Viewpoints
No matter the profession, employers are facing challenges when trying to close generational gaps and maintain a focused, satisfied and efficient staff throughout their departments. This presentation will focus on these differences in generations in our work places, strategies for embracing those differences and keeping all generations engaged and motivated.

Speaker:  Kristin Navarro, Director of Business Development and Recruitment, Strategic Government Resources

Noon–1:45 p.m.
Lunch and Keynotegreg

Standing Tall in an Upside Down World
The opportunity to grow is both exciting and unsettling.  Communication, transparency and establishing trust are key components for effecting positive change  while maintaining or improving quality.  How the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering has met the challenge to increase and achieve a more diverse enrollment while ensuring students are prepared for lifelong learning will be discussed.

Speaker: Jim Owen, Author of Cowboy Ethics, Cowboy Values, and The Try

2:00–3:00 p.m.
Recap of the 86th Texas Legislature
This presentation will provide an overview of the major water and water utility-related initiatives from the 86th Regular Legislative Session, detailing important bills and possible future regulatory action arising from them.  Proactive steps for utilities in responding to these legislative initiatives will also be provided.—
Speakers: Troupe Brewer, Attorney, Lloyd Gosselink Rochelle & Townsend, P.C

3:00–3:30 p.m.
Networking Break with Exhibitors

3:30–4:15 p.m.

Topic: Regional Water District Integrate Pipeline Project Planning

Speakers: Greg Hooten, P.E., Program Manager, Jacobs Engineering

4:30–5:15 p.m.

Topic:  Emerging Technologies on Water Loss

Speakers: TBA

5:15–6:45 pm
Free Time

7:00–9:00 p.m.
Dinner and Casino Night
Enjoy a fun and relaxing evening with dinner and drinks on the Little Palm as we cruise Lake Conroe – a perfect way to network when you are at a resort!

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Friday, June 21, 2019

7:30–9:00 a.m.

8:00–9:00 a.m.
Breakfast, Business Meeting, Awards, Scholarships

9:00–10:30 a.m.

Getting the Most Out of Engineering Consultants
Engineering consultants can extend the capabilities of municipalities in a wide variety of ways. The spectrum of services can include specialty technical expertise on on-call basis, technical and peer review services, staff augmentation during projects and programs ramp-ups and ramp-downs, troubleshooting, program and project management and administrative support, exposure to greater array of services and knowledge, and of course the traditional full-scale design for construction.  To get the most out engineering consultants, municipalities must match well-understood need with the right consultant under the contract.  This session will provide to public utility managers an overview of effective ways to work with engineering consultants.

Speaker: :  Alex Barabanov, P.E., Sr. Project Manager, City of Corpus Christi

10:30 a.m.
Closing and Adjournment

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