All sessions will take place at the Lake Granbury Resort Conference Center, located at 621 E. Pearl Street in Granbury
(directly next to the Hilton Garden Inn).

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Nin Hulett, Mayor, and Chris Coffman, City Manager, City of Granbury







9:00 – 10:15 a.m.
The Answer Was a Farm: Transforming Communities
After the death of his wife: Daron Babcock’s life spiraled into a life of bar fights and drugs.
Then something happened – a farm in South Dallas. Learn how agricultural intervention
can restore lives, create jobs, and ignite hope in the most neglected neighborhoods.

Daron Babcock, Executive Director, Bonton Farms

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Growing Your Team: Building Leadership
Former Dallas city manager and TCMA senior advisor will share stories and lessons learned for building a successful team.

A.C. Gonzalez, TCMA Senior Advisor and Retired City Manager

Noon – 1:00 p.m.  
Networking Luncheon








1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
All the Queen’s Horses: The Rita Crundwell Story
Kelly Richmond Pope, writer and director of the documentary film All the Queens Horses will discuss the story of Rita Crundwell, former comptroller and treasurer of the City of Dixon, Illinois, who was arrested in 2012 and became the largest municipal fraud perpetrator in the nation’s history, embezzling more than $50 million. Learn about the deterioration of city services, trust, and the critical need for professional management with checks and balances.

**It is highly recommended to view the film prior to attending this session. It is available on Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, YouTube, and Google Play Movies and TV.

Kelly Richmond Pope, PhD, CPA, Associate Professor of Accounting, DePaul University

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. 

2:45 – 4:00 p.m.
Harvesting Quality Crops: Best Practices for Hiring the Right Candidate
Employee selection is one of the most important decisions you make. While there is no method of hiring which guarantees you’ll get it right every time, there are steps you can take to improve your ability to hire the best fit for your organization. This informative and interactive session provides best practices for preparing for interviews, identifying the right questions, conducting effective interviews, and tips to help you avoid costly hiring mistakes!

Debbie Maynor, HR & Management Solutions

Friday, February 22

7:30 – 8:00 a.m.  
Continental Breakfast

Chris Coffman, City Manager, City of Granbury

8:00 – 9:15 a.m.

Planting the Seeds: An Organizational Culture Embraced by All Employees
This session will discuss the importance of growing solid organizational culture and defining the values of your city.

Cori Reaume, City Manager, City of Justin and Gabe Reaume, City Manager, City of Saginaw

9:15– 9:30a.m.   

9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Ripe for the Picking: Legislative Update
Learn what the lowest hanging fruit and the most difficult issues will be for the 86th session of the Texas Legislature

Bennett Sandlin, Executive Director, Texas Municipal League