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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.



2018 Agenda

Subject to Change

Tuesday, Nov. 6
3-5 p.m.Registration
4-5:15 p.m.Opening Session
5:30-6:30 p.m.Marketplace Appointments
7:30-9:30 p.m.Opening Reception
Wednesday, Nov. 7
8-9 a.m.Breakfast
9-10 a.m.General Session
10:30 a.m.-noonMarketplace Appointments
Noon-1:15 p.m.Texas Unites: Giving Luncheon
1:30-3 p.m.Texas Roundup Sessions
Share with your colleagues what keeps you up at night, while learning from others' achievements on how to move forward (and earn back that sleep)! Categories will be announced for this educational roundtable conversation.
3:30-5 p.m.Educational Field Trip
Take an education-focused visit to the Lubbock Civic Center followed by a hard hat tour of the Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences, scheduled for completion in 2020.
5:30-7 p.m.Bigger in Texas Happy Hour
Experience Overton Hotel like never before with this Bigger in Texas-themed event before enjoying the city of Lubbock on your open night.
8 p.m.Open Night to Enjoy Lubbock
Thursday, Nov. 8
9-10 a.m.Breakfast
10-11:30 a.m.Marketplace Appointments
11:30 a.m.Grab & Go Farewell
Grab a bite to eat and enjoy those last networking opportunities before you make your way home.




2018 Speaker

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.

2018 Education

Subject to Change

Tuesday, Nov. 6
9-10 a.m. | General Session

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?

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