Friday, November 14

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.
This breakfast buffet is for all conference attendees
Navarro Ballroom – Ballroom Level

8:10 – 9:25 a.m.
Exploring the Property Appraisal Process – Lankford – GFOAT 2014 Exploring the Property Appraisal Process 11.14.14     Alvin Lankford Short Bio 2014
The Chief Appraiser for the Williamson Central Appraisal District will shed light on the entire appraisal process.  See how the various methods used to appraise property can affect your property tax revenue.
Alvin Lankford, Chief Appraiser, Williamson Central Appraisal District
Madero Room – Ballroom Level

Updates in the Municipal Securities Market – Jennifer Douglas – MA Rule 11-14-14  Marinaro – GFOAT_Market Update 11 13 2014
Join in the discussion with this panel to learn the current status of the municipal bond market, the impact of ongoing regulation and legislation, and trends in the industry.  Hear from financial advisors and bond dealers on their work with federal initiatives and get a first-hand update on the underwriting business to learn how the current environment is affecting our ability to issue municipal debt.
Panelists: Jennifer Douglas, Managing Director, Specialized Public Finance; John Vahey, Bond Dealers of America, and Annie N. Marinaro, Debt Capital Markets – Public Finance, JPMorgan Chase
Olivares Room – River Level

Government Accounting 101 – Government Accounting 101
Are you new to government finance?  This session will teach you the basics, along with some practical guidance, about the evolution and practice of accounting for governments.
Keith A Dagen, CPA, Assistant Director of Finance, City of Richardson
Camino Real – Lobby Level

Nuts & Bolts on Building a Better Budget Document – Nuts & Bolts on Building a Better Budget Document Presentation      Nuts & Bolts on Building a Better Budget Document Handout
This session offers a wealth of examples that illustrate how to effectively satisfy the 27 criteria of the GFOA’s Budget Awards Program. Four main topic areas covered include policy, financial, operations, and communications.
John Fishbein, Senior Manager, Tech Services, Government Finance Officers Association
Hidalgo Ballroom – Ballroom Level

9:25 – 9:45 a.m.

9:45 – 11:00 a.m.
Optimizing Your Total Compensation Package – Phillips – GFOAT Optimizing Total Comp Phillips 11142014
Finance officers know there is more to compensation that just salary.  This session will explore ways to enhance your return on investment and explain how to interpret the entire package for your employees.
Tadd Phillips, HR Director, City of Georgetown
Madero Room – Ballroom Level

Challenges in Recent Budgeting: Lessons Learned Roundtable – No Handouts or Presentation
This panel discussion will focus on the current economic impact to your budget strategy.  Did rising property values change your strategy? Discussion will include candid panel discussion of what is really expected during the budget process.
Moderator: Monika Arris, CGFO, Director of Budget & Finance, Collin County
Panelist: Jennifer Hundt, CGFO, Assistant Director – Budget, City of Frisco; David Vaughn, CGFO, City Manager, City of Burnet, and Katina Hampton, CGFO, Deputy Director of Administrative Services – Fiscal Operations, City of Friendswood

GASB: Today and Tomorrow – Kevin Smith – GASB History and Due Process v2
This session will delve into the latest happenings at the Governmental Accounting Standards Board.  You will hear about ongoing guidance and implementation along with upcoming projects.
Kevin W. Smith, Partner, Crowe Horwath LLP
Hidalgo Ballroom – Ballroom Level

Tapping into State Resources for Funding – Tapping into State resources   Lindsay Dennis -Texas Presentation for GFOAT conference      Jeff Walker – GFOAT Presentation FINAL     swift_faq swift_timeline_2014-2015  RWPD_Teams
The panel will provide information concerning the State Major Events Trust Fund, the State Economic Development Fund and the State Water Resources Development Fund.
Karen Brophy, Senior Assistant City Attorney , City of Irving; Lindsay Dennis, South/Midwest Regional Representative, Office of the Governor- Economic Development & Tourism; and Jeff Walker, Deputy Executive Administrator, Texas Water Development Board
Olivares Room – River Level

11:20 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
State of the Profession: Challenges and Opportunities – Moravec – GFOAT Fall 2014, State of the Profession Slides
Heads up!  Get away from the details of your daily work and focus for a moment on the larger picture.  Hear the challenges that exist for the profession of government finance and learn what you can do to meet them.
Randolph C. Moravec, Ph.D., Executive Director, Texas Coalition for Affordable Power Navarro Ballroom – Ballroom Level

12:15 p.m.

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