Host Sponsor

Texas Means Business.

Connect Texas is an education conference and appointment-only trade show.  Hosted by Connect, the event brings together the most active planners, suppliers and experts in Texas meetings and events for general sessions, round tables, preset appointments and quality networking.














Enhance your skills, interact with industry leaders and drive more business—

whether you’re a planner or supplier focused on Texas meetings and events.



2019 Agenda

Subject to Change

Wednesday, Oct. 2
2-4 p.m.Registration
3:30-4:30 p.m.Opening Session
5-6 p.m.Marketplace Appointments
7-9 p.m.Opening Reception
Thursday, Oct. 3
9-10 a.m.General Session
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.Marketplace Appointments
Noon-1:30 p.m.Lunch and Session
2-3 p.m.Education Sessions
3:15-4:15 p.m.Education Sessions
4:30-5:30 p.m.Marketplace Appointments
6-7:30 p.m.Happy Hour
Friday, Oct. 4
9-10 a.m.General Session
10:30-11:30 a.m.Marketplace Appointments




2018 Speakers (2019 Coming Soon)

Roger Rickard

Roger is the guy organizations call when they want to ensure that their advocates are educated, engaged and actively supporting your cause. He is the Founder of Voices in Advocacy® and author of 7 Actions of Highly Effective Advocates.

Rickard is recognized as an expert on advocacy engagement and activation with more than 30 years of experience as an advocacy professional, consultant, speaker, facilitator, author, and communicator. His education, experience and enthusiasm enlighten audiences on key issues that turn passion into action.

Roger’s experience spans a wide cross-section of local, regional, national and international organizations; from such diverse industries as agricultural, financial, medical, and construction, to name a few. His involvement in the meetings and events industry is particularly robust; having contributed work with AH&LA, ASAE, DI, EIC, GBTA, HSMAI, IAEE, MMB, MPI, and PCMA along the way. Roger authored The DMO Advocacy Toolkit for Destinations International. He currently serves as an advocacy consultant to the Exhibitions Mean Business campaign.

He is a recipient of several international industry awards and is a member of Meeting Professional International’s prestigious "Community of Honorees."

Smart Meetings Magazine did a cover story on Roger, entitled Passion & Purpose, Roger Rickard’s Call to Action. Successful Meetings Magazine named Roger one of the Six People Worth Watching in the Meetings Industry. Meetings Focus Magazine named him to their inaugural list of Meetings Trendsetters.

Kate Delaney

Four former Presidents and Lebron James are just a few of the 12,000 people Kate Delaney has interviewed in her twenty years in radio and television. Kate has broadcast from places all over the United States and the world, and is one of the first women to ever host a solo sports radio talk show in two Top 10 markets–WFAN in New York City and KRLD in Dallas, Texas.

She empowers organizations and individuals to achieve bold high level and dramatic results with the strategies and secrets she discovered through broadcasting for Super Bowls, MLB All Star Games, U.S. Opens and the New Hampshire Primary in 2012, along with the Republican and Democratic conventions She earned an Emmy for a series on the AIDS crisis and led The Golden Broadcasters radio network as its chief operating officer. Kate has transformed leading-edge organizations nationwide, including Las Vegas Thunder, Golden State Warriors, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Radio Shack, McDonald’s and Southern Methodist University. Her message resonates with any organization that wants to get heard, stand out and attain rapid breakthroughs in eloquence, influence and impact.

Jeremiah Pauley

Jeremiah Pauley comes from the blue-collar town of Massillon, Ohio, where high school football is so popular on Friday nights you can hear the roar of the crowd from miles away. He’s proud to have served his country for 11 years in the United States Army. His journey in the airborne infantry ultimately took him to Tal Afar, Iraq, where he was injured by a roadside bomb.

Due to his wounds, Jeremiah was medically retired from the Army in 2007 as a staff sergeant. His awards include the Purple Heart and Combat Infantry Badge. Jeremiah’s story is one of turning negative events into positive actions that serve others. And he’ll no doubt tell you about the biggest inspirations in his life—the happy smiles of his two children who love their dad.

2018 Education (2019 Coming Soon)

Subject to Change

Tuesday, Nov. 6
4-5:15 p.m. | Opening Session Sponsored by El Paso

Presented by Roger Rickard

After learning a bit more about what this year at Connect Texas has to offer, be prepared to participate in a session with one of the industry's best, Roger Rickard. What is the relevance of today’s meetings industry? What issues help or hurt our ability to run meetings? What issues will affect how we do business in the future? Why does this matter to you? What is your key role in supporting a successful meetings industry? This presentation informs one of today’s significant issues, peers into the crystal ball to forecast issues of tomorrow and raises your awareness of your important role as a meetings industry advocate.

Wednesday, Nov. 7
9-10 a.m. | General Session Sponsored by Kalahari Resorts

Presented by Kate Delaney

Communicate what sets you apart from everyone else and eliminate doubt from you, your business and your future. In this engaging session, learn how to kick the door open for opportunity. Clarity and confidence lead to connection in every aspect of your life; are you ready to learn the tactics of developing your WOW?

1:30-3 p.m. | Discussion Session

Presented by Roger Rickard

An open forum to discover, discuss, share, and learn from each other on topics that matter to you by crowdsourcing. This program is created by you and will look into issues like: safety and security, the financial impact of meetings, trends, technology, and any topic that gains the favor of the group.

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