November 1-2 | San Antonio, TX

The Texas Education Conference is MPI Texas Hill Country Chapter’s signature event through which it delivers exceptional education, business and networking opportunities for meeting and event professionals. Every programming decision MPI THCC is making for #TEC18 is toward the goal of providing you with usable ideas, practical solutions and the critical information you need to succeed. From the keynotes to concurrent sessions; from the networking events to the marketplace; #TEC18 will be BIGGER and BETTER providing an experience you won’t want to miss.

Earn up to 9.5 CEUs from the Events Industry Council by attending this year's TEC!

What’s New?

We’re shaking things up!! Based on member feedback, this year’s TEC will feature new and returning speakers from the meetings and events industry. The all-new TEC Marketplace, provides a supplier centered soiree where attendees and sponsors will share breaks and discover how each can benefit from a new or rekindled relationship.


TEC is the perfect way for partners to engage with planners and the meetings and events community. Announce your new products and services, generate leads, and extend brand awareness at the fastest growing central TX conference. The networking opportunities with leaders, peers and potential partners are outstanding and plentiful.


Be one of 10 exclusive Marketplace booth vendors where every break gives you an opportunity to make new connections and cultivate new leads at the Marketplace. Showcase and demo your newest products. Network during Welcome Networking Reception, lunch and brunch with attendees.


Featured Presenters

Michael Cerbelli
CEO & President
Cerbelli Creative
Michael Dominguez
Chief Sales Officer
MGM Resorts International
Michael Owen
Managing Partner
EventGenuity, LLC.
Hardy Smith
Consultant and Speaker
Hardy Smith Consulting
Paul Vorreiter
Innovation and Creativity Expert
Reflective Spark, LLC.
Susan Greenberg, CMP, CASE
Certified Executive Chef

Speaker Showcase

Courtney Clark
Ross Bernstein
Sam Richter


8:30 am - 6:30 pm
Sponsored by Attendee Management, Inc.
8:30 am - 10:00 am
Hotel Welcome Delight
Sponsored by Westin Riverwalk
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Community Outreach Donation Drop-Off: Wounded Warrior
10:00 am - 10:15 am
Opening Remarks
THCC President & Emcee Michael Owen
10:15 am - 12:00 pm
Opening General Session
Michael Cerbelli, CEO & President
This incredible presentation has become a ‘can’t miss’ annual event in and of itself.
With “The Hot ListTM,” Michael identifies fresh trends in the ever-changing marketplace and showcases acts and innovations for enhanced experiential marketing. “Michael Cerbelli’s: The Hot ListTM” is more than an education in the direction of event production, it is Michael’s way of giving back to the industry which has given him so much.

It’s been said that how ‘The Hot ListTM’ goes, so goes the industry. Michael himself has even become ‘the event within the event,’ posing for pictures with fans even as he orchestrates the magnificent happening. Michael’s secret? He loves what he does, and he loves to see others succeed. Michael never needs to be the life of the party; his dream is to bring life to your party.
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Concurrent Education Sessions
Sponsored by Attendee Management, Inc.
Hardy Smith
Recruiting, Retaining & Leading Association Volunteers
Volunteers can be a valuable resource for helping create a successful event. However, they can also be time-wasting, stress-causing problems.

This session will provide solutions for overcoming challenges related to volunteer engagement. Meeting professionals will learn how to turn volunteer stress into volunteer success.
Paul Vorreiter
Super Charge Your Speakers' Slides
You've spent over a year planning every aspect of your meeting. Everything matters and everything impacts how your participants rate your event. How do you guarantee the speakers you hired don't show up with terrible slides that kill your event mojo?
Michael Owen
Meeting Risk in a Changing World
The buzz today is rightly about active shooters and terrorism, yet we face a variety of threats from unexpected forces. The good work of the venue standard initiatives is welcome and long overdue, but where and how does the planner engage in the process to insure maximum participant safety? This session guides the planner through steps in creating their own customized action plan depending on a variety of components that comprise the individual event.
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Marketplace Reception
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Community Outreach Project - Assemble Baskets
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Experiential Sessions
Sponsored by Visit Killeen
Hardy Smith
Effective Communication for Association and Corporate Professionals
Effective communication is essential for developing relationships critical for career success. Achieving connection through communication takes more than increasing frequency. It's about understanding who you're communicating with and using the right platform for delivering your message. Becoming an effective communicator also requires being an active listener.
Paul Vorreiter
Build a Better Event Template
Bring your laptop! Let's build a powerful and usable event template
In this experiential session, we will develop and build a slide template for your next event. Together we will implement the five simple secrets for a successful slide template and learn how to get your event speakers to use it.
Susan Greenberg, CMP, CASE
Edible Enhancements
Elate your senses, Engage your Attendees
Attendee: "Eeny, meeny, miny, moe, its break time and I can have an apple, a granola bar or a muffin. Hmm, I'm not really hungry, I think I'll go check email and make a few calls, anyway the session won't start again for 30 minutes."
Planner: "Why is no one networking?"

In this interactive session, moderated by a Chef foodie meeting professional, you will discover functional insights, in order to heighten the interactive aspects of your events by working with F&B partners to make breaks and meals meaningful engagement opportunities which gets your attendees connected - with their peers.
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
First Time Planners / VIP Reception
Invitation Only
Sponsored by Westin Riverwalk
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Complimentary River Boat Barge Ride -
Scheduled barge departures 6:00 & 6:30 pm
Open to All Attendees
Sponsored by Visit San Antonio
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Opening Night Reception
No time for Siesta, Let’s Fiesta!! Join us as we kick off the night with entertainment, food, drinks and some CHA, CHA, CHA. Ole’ with your peers, meeting experts, and TEC sponsors. Music provided by Jordan Kahn Orchestra
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Speakeasy Lounge
6:30 am - 7:30 am
Wellness Break - Yoga with Jessica Chester
Sponsored by Experience Bryan College Station
7:30 am - 8:30 am
7:30 am - 8:30 am
Community Outreach Project - Assemble Baskets
7:30 am - 10:00 am
Registration / Community Outreach Donation Drop-Off
8:30 am - 10:00 am
Speaker Showcase
Sponsored by Wyndham Garden Austin
Ross Bernstein
The Champion’s Code: Building Relationships Through Life Lessons of Integrity and Accountability from the Sports World to the Business World
The best-selling author of nearly 50 sports books, Ross Bernstein is an award-winning peak performance hall of fame business speaker who's keynoted conferences on five continents and has been featured on CNN, ESPN, Fox News, and “CBS This Morning,” as well as in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and USA Today. Ross' program is based on a series of books he wrote in which he was able to interview more than 500 professional athletes and coaches that all had one thing in common — they were all members of championship teams. In his research he concluded that the same metrics and characteristics that were common among champions in sports, were also common in peak performers in business.
Courtney Clark
Detour: Winning When Life Doesn’t Go According to Plan
In today’s competitive world, there’s no time to recover from setbacks slowly. But Courtney has proven techniques to help you navigate life’s detours with humor, resilience, and tenacity. The research-based strategies from Courtney’s new book, The Successful Struggle, will have you managing stress, chaos, and life’s other challenges in the most productive way possible.
Sam Richter
Every Sales "YES" Begins with a "KNOW"
Web Search Secrets to Know More, So You Can Win More
In a prospect or client meeting, do you talk mainly about you and your organization? Or is the conversation focused on the other person and what he or she cares about? Do you make your prospects and clients feel important? Are you relevant? It's no longer enough to be interesting. In today's world you need to be interested. In this dynamic presentation, you will discover…
  • Web search secrets that you never thought possible for finding leads, creating lists, uncovering opportunities, identifying trigger events, and understanding decision makers.
  • Tips and tricks on how to connect with just about every executive on the planet (for free!) and find the prospects who fit your desired profile.
  • How to access and leverage the "Hidden Web," or the majority of the valuable online information that is invisible to search engines – discover competitive information, industry information, company information, and even personal information so you gain the edge.
  • Strategies to differentiate, make an amazing first impression, generate warm referrals, tailor offerings, build deeper relationships, and bottom more business.
It doesn’t matter if you have limited technical ability or if you grew up using the Internet, you will leave with new ideas that you and your team will immediately put to use. This high energy, motivating, incredibly high content presentation has a huge "WOW" factor – you will be shocked at what you don't know (but soon will).
10:00 am - 10:30 am
Break & Marketplace - Bloody Mary Stations
Sponsored by Fort Worth CVB
10:30 am - 10:50 am
Brunch Served
Sponsored by Marriott International
10:50 am - 11:50 am
Brunch & Closing General Session
Is this thing on? Open Mic with Mike & Mike
Sponsored by Kalahari Resorts & Conventions
A wide-ranging conversation about trends and issues facing the business events industry Commissions, emergency preparedness, room block poaching, cyber security, Wi-Fi at meetings, national and local economy, harmful legislation, GDPR... What’s keeping you up at night? Join Michael Dominguez, Chief Sales Officer, MGM Resorts International, and Michael Owen, Managing Partner of EventGenuity, LLC. for a lively and informative chat around successes we can celebrate and challenges we face in our industry by examining what’s now, what’s next, and why you should care.
11:50 am - 12:00 pm
Closing Remarks
THCC President & Emcee Michael Owen


Luxury riverfront hotel with a Spanish colonial feel in the heart of San Antonio’s Riverwalk. Offering four onsite restaurants and bars, rejuvenate at the spa, enjoy the fitness center and full-service business. Energize in the fitness studio or take in the sites. Transition from day to evening at the hotel bar with signature cocktails and complimentary crudités.




The Westin Riverwalk is now SOLD OUT. Additional rooms are available at Hotel Contessa.

Hotel Contessa Luxury Suites on the Riverwalk is taking guest room reservations by phone for TEC 2018. Please reach out to the hotel at 210.298.8053.


Standard Rates


Planner – $225
Supplier – $300


Planner – $300
Supplier – $375

Attention Non-Members!

$ave with Membership and TEC Registration Package Pricing

Take advantage of a $50 discount off new MPI THCC membership when you join before September 30, 2018 and qualify for a $25 discount on your TEC member registration fee.

Complete 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Go to to join MPI THCC and enter discount code “MyFriendMPI” for the $50 discount on your membership.
  2. Within 2 business days you will receive the discount code from MPI THCC for $25 off TEC Registration.
  3. Return to the TEC Event Website to register for TEC using the code provided.


Sponsorship and Marketplace Opportunities

Interested in Sponsorship or becoming a Marketplace booth vendor?  Click below to download either the full TEC 2018 Sponsorship Prospectus or the Marketplace vendor information sheet.



TEC Sponsors

Partner Level

Year long sponsors who are in Level 3 or higher


Contributor Level


Frequently Asked Questions

Conference registration includes the following: Opening general session, all education sessions, Thursday lunch and welcome reception, brunch and closing general session on Friday and access to the Marketplace on Thursday and Friday.
Registration fees are non-refundable. Registration fees may not be pro-rated based on partial attendance.