Spring 2024 Conference Schedule

Spring 2024 Conference & Vendor Expo
"Embracing the Eclipse: Illuminating Procurement Excellence"
Margaritaville Lake Resort | Lake Conroe, Texas 
April 29 - May 2, 2024

Plan to join the Texas Public Purchasing Association for its Spring 2024 Conference & Expo. This powerful conference will include timely content and a dynamic expo. Be sure to register today!

Monday, April 29, 2024

1:00pm – 5:00pm       Pre-Conference Sessions (Two Options)

Pre-Conference A | Solicitation Activities: Three-Part Series | Ms. Stacy Gregg, CPPO, CPPB, NIGP-CPP Procurement Director, South Carolina State University 

Pre-Conference B | Ethics, Integrity & Transparency | Denise Badillo, City of South Charleston, SC (Session Eligible for NIGP Badging)

2:30pm – 2:45pm       Networking Break with Peers

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

7:30am – 8:30am        Breakfast

8:15am – 9:00am        Conference Opening Session | Embracing the Eclipse: Illuminating Procurement Excellence | Victor Castillo, TxPPA President

9:00am – 10:15am      General Session/Keynote | Great Cultures are More than Hawaiian Shirt Day or Flip Flop Friday | Derrick Strand, UPPCC

10:15am – 10:45am    Networking Break with Peers

10:45am – 12:00pm   Breakout Sessions 1

Session A | RFP #1 | Dr. Brian Lines, Professor, University of Kansas
Session B | Bid Rigging and Anti-Trust Issues for Texas Procurement Folks | Coulter Goodman, JD and William Schrieber, JD – Office of the Attorney General of Texas
Session C | Artificial Intelligence in Procurement | Dustin Lanier, CPPO, CEO and Founder of Civic Initiatives

12:00pm – 1:15pm     Lunch | Leveraging DIR for IT Procurements | Tom Hay, State of Texas, DIR          

1:15pm ­– 1:30pm       Break

1:30pm – 2:45pm       Breakout Sessions 2

Session A| RFP # 2 | Dr. Brian Lines, Professor, University of Kansas
Session B | Construction, Part 1 | Michelle Croft and Barbara Mendez, City of Austin
Session C | Navigating the Public Sector IT Procurement | Hershel Becker, Hershel Becker, Former CPO for DIR

2:45pm – 3:15pm       Networking Break with Peers

3:15pm – 4:30pm       Breakout Sessions 3

Session A | Self Care and Leadership: Why They Can and Do Exist | Diane Palmer- Boeck
Session B | Construction, Part 2 | Michelle Croft and Barbara Mendez, City of Austin
Session C | Talent Management Strategies for Procurement Workforce | David Gragan, NASPO

6:00pm – 8:00pm       Opening Reception | Entertainment by Joe Vega 

Wednesday, May 1,2024

7:45am - 8:30am          Breakfast 

8:30am – 9:45am        General Session/Keynote | Leading with Compassion | Stacy Gregg, CPPB, CPPO, NIGP-CPP

9:45am – 10:15am      Networking Break with Peers

10:15am – 11:30am    Breakout Sessions 4
Session A | Purchasing Ethics | LaVonia Horne-Williams, UT-San Antonio
Session B | TBD | PlanetBids
Session C | TBD

10:15am – 11:15am    VENDOR ONLY BREAK-OUT with Lunch for Vendors | Vendor Session | Victor Castillo, Alan Phillips, et. al

12:00pm – 3:00pm     Vendor Extravaganza and Participant Lunch

3:00pm – 4:00pm       Entity Networking

4:00pm – 5:15pm       General Session | TxPPA Live! | Tim Slifka, City of Southlake 

Thursday, May 2, 2024

7:45am  8:30am        Breakfast

8:00am – 8:30am        Closing Remarks/Conference Overview | Victor Castillo

8:30am – 9:45am        General Session | Sourcewell

9:45am – 10:00am      Break

10:00am- 11:30am      General Session/Closing Keynote | Can You Relate? Expanding Your Sphere of Influence | Carrie Mathis, Chair NIGP-Board