Daily Agenda

Tentative Agenda

 

Wednesday Thursday Friday

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24

Topics and speakers are subject to change.
All sessions will be in the Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center unless otherwise noted.

TIME SESSION
8:00 a.m. BRUCE TESTA SEMIANNUAL GOLF OUTING
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Moody Gardens Golf Course
1700 Sydnor Lane, Galveston, TX 77554
10:00 a.m.–Noon CERTIFIED GOVERNMENT FINANCE OFFICER’S (CGFO) EXAM STUDY GROUP
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Salons G-H
Noon–1:30 p.m. CGFO Committee  (restricted to CGFO members only)
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Ivy Room 1
1:00–3:00 p.m. Conference Planning Committee
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Floral Hall A 1
1:30–3:00 p.m.

Committee Meetings – Show your commitment to GFOAT and your career; attend a committee meeting and get involved. The informal nature of these meetings allows you to experience more than one committee.  You can pick the committee that suits you best.

Ethics Committee – Vine Room 1
FRRR Committee – Azalea, Rose, Orchid
Membership Committee – Vine Room 2
Legislative Committee – Wisteria, Iris and Tulip
Communications Committee – Bluebonnet, Jasmine 
Scholarship, Fellowship, and Foundation Committee – Ivy Room 1
1:30–6:00 p.m. REGISTRATION
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Expo Registration Desk
2:00–4:30 p.m. CGFO TESTING
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Salons G-H
3:00–5:00 p.m. GFOAT EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
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Floral Hall A 1
5:00–6:30 p.m. WELCOME RECEPTION
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Moody I Ballroom
8:30 p.m.–Midnight TEXAS HOLD’EM
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Garden Cay Room

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25

Topics and speakers are subject to change.
All sessions will be in the Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center unless otherwise noted.

TIME SESSION
7:00–8:00 a.m. NETWORKING BREAKFST  (0.0 CGFO/CPA)

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Expo A 1 – A 2

7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. REGISTRATION

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Expo Registration Desk

8:00–9:15 a.m. WELCOME AND OPENING GENERAL SESSION (1.5 CGFO/CPE)

Welcome to Galveston
Brian Maxwell
, City Manger, City of Galveston

Legislative Update
Bennett Sandlin, Executive Director, Texas Municipal League
Moderator: GFOAT President Robert (Bob) Scott, Assistant City Manager and Chief Financial Officer, City of Carrollton
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Expo Hall B

9:30–10:20 a.m.

CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS (1.0 CGFO/CPE)

GASB on the Horizon
David R. Bean, Director of Research and Technical Activities, Government Finance Officers Association; and GFOAT President Robert (Bob) Scott, Assistant City Manager and Chief Financial Officer, City of Carrollton
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Expo Hall B

9:30–10:20 a.m. Practical Issues in Common Collection Practices
Matthew Tepper
, Attorney, MVBA
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Floral Hall A 1
9:30–10:20 a.m. Budget Hot Topics
Casey J. Srader
, Budget Manager, City of Plano
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Floral Hall A 2
10:20–10:35 a.m. REFRESHMENT BREAK/SPONSOR NETWORKING
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South Lobby Foyer
10:35–11:25 a.m. CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS (1.0 CGFO/CPE)
Learning the Ropes
GFOAT Board and Committee Chairs
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Floral Hall A 2
10:35–11:25 a.m. Employee Benefits
Andrea Cockrell, Administrative Services Manager, City of Plano
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Floral Hall A 1
10:35–11:25 a.m.

Trends in Local Government Disclosure: The New World We Live In
Ethan Klos, Treasurer, City of Arlington and Michael C. Lactson, Attorney, West & Associates, LLP
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Expo Hall B
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. LUNCH, BUSINESS MEETING, AND AWARDS
Presiding: GFOAT President Robert (Bob) Scott, Assistant City Manager and Chief Financial Officer, City of Carrollton
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Expo A 1 – A 2
12:45–2:00 p.m.

GENERAL SESSION  (1.5 CGFO/CPE)
Update on the Texas Economy

Dr. Mark G. Dotzour, Former Chief Economist of the Real Estate Center, Texas A&M University
Moderator: GFOAT President Robert (Bob) Scott, Assistant City Manager and Chief Financial Officer, City of Carrollton
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Expo Hall B
2:10–3:25 p.m. CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS (1.5 CGFO/CPE)
IT: What Every Financial Officer Needs to Know
Diane Holmes, Information Technology Director/CIO, City of Carrollton
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Floral Hall A 1
2:10–3:25 p.m.

GASB Update
David R. Bean, Director of Research and Technical Activities, Governmental Accounting Standards Board
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Expo Hall B
2:10–3:25 p.m. Bond Ratings Panel
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Floral Hall A 2
3:25–3:45 p.m. REFRESHMENT BREAK/SPONSOR NETWORKING
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South Lobby Foyer
3:45–5:00 p.m.

CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS (1.5 CGFO/CPE)

Texas Economy
Dr. Mark Z. Dotzour, Former Chief Economist of the Real Estate Center, Texas A&M University
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Expo Hall B

3:45–5:00 p.m. Emergency Management Roundtable:  Lessons Learned During Disasters

Steve Parker, Assistant City Manager, City of San Marcos; Cathy Nagel, CMO, Mayor, City of Pine Forest and Larry Yium,  Former Director, Office of Planning and Research, City of Houston Police Department
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Floral Hall A 1

3:45–5:00 p.m. Single Audit/Grant Administration
Celina Cereceres, Audit Partner , Whitley Penn, LLP
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Floral Hall A 2
6:30–9:00 p.m. Hotel Galvez Guided Ghost Tour Dinner 
Along the seawall, you’ll find all the hallmarks of what makes Galveston such an enjoyable stay. The gorgeous sky paintings when the sun sets and rises, the jostling waves crashing on the sandbar, and throngs of people enjoying life on the island. However, the island carries a tragic past. Traces of the most renowned tragedy dot the seawall, where you’ll find memorials of the catastrophic hurricane of 1900 that claimed several thousand lives. And, tucked away in the island’s historic Hotel Galvez, there are other stories that send shivers down the spine.  A buffet dinner and transportation is provided.
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Hotel Galvez

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26

Topics and speakers are subject to change.
All sessions will be in the Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center unless otherwise noted.

TIME SESSION
7:00–8:00 a.m. BREAKFAST (0.0 CGFO/CPA)
This breakfast buffet is for all conference attendees.
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Expo A 1 – A 2
8:10–9:25 a.m. CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS (1.5 CGFO/CPE)

AICPA Yellow Book Review – New and Improved
Laura Hyland, CPA, CGMA, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Washington, D.C.
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Floral Hall A 1

8:10–9:25 a.m. Ethics and Internal Controls
Miykael Reeve, County Auditor, Ellis County
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Floral Hall A 2
8:10–9:25 a.m.

Building a Better Budget Document
John Fishbein
, Senior Program Manager, Government Finance Officers Association, Washington, D.C.
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Expo Hall B
9:35–10:35 a.m. CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS (1.0 CGFO/CPE)

AICPA Audit Update
Laura Hyland, CPA, CGMA, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Washington, D.C.
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Floral Hall A 1

9:35–10:35 a.m.

Best Practices in Budgeting and Fiscal Policy
John Fishbein
, Senior Program Manager, Government Finance Officers Association, Washington, D.C.
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Expo Hall B
9:35–10:35 a.m. Municipal Court: What Every Finance Officer Needs to Know
Wayne Lambert, Municipal Court Director, City of Irving
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Floral Hall A 2
10:40–11:00 a.m. REFRESHMENT BREAK/SPONSOR NETWORKING
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South Lobby Foyer
11:00 a.m. –Noon

CLOSING SESSION (1.0 CGFO/CPE)

4th Dimension
Leadership
Ron Holifield, Chief Executive Officer, Strategic Government Resources
Moderator: GFOAT President Robert (Bob) Scott, Assistant City Manager and Chief Financial Officer, City of Carrollton
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Expo Hall B
Noon Adjourn

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