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Southern Region Events

2019 Southern Region Meeting

The 2019 Southern Region Meeting will be on Feb. 27-Mar. 1, 2019 at the Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel in Austin, TX

Hotel & Travel

Our room block at the Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel is now sold out! The following hotels are within walking distance of the Intercontinental (NACD has not negotiated discounted room rates with any of these hotels). Additionlly, if you would like to be added to the waitlist for the Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel, please email your arrival/departure dates. If any rooms become available, we will contact you directly.

Element Austin Downtown (1-minute walk from the hotel)
109 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78701 (512) 473-0000

Omni Austin Hotel Downtown (2-minute walk from the hotel)
700 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701 (512) 476-3700

Residence Inn by Marriott Austin Downtown/Convention Center (8-minute walk from the hotel)
300 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701 (512) 236-8008


ONLINE: Click here to register online.

HARD COPY: Click here to download a hard copy registration form.

Fax completed forms to (703) 527-7747 or email it to

Registration Deadline: February 6, 2019



Click here to view a current list of attendees. Please note you will need your username and password to access the list.

2019 Meeting Agenda

Please click the bolded session name to view session description.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019
6:00 pm Registration
6:30-7:30 pm Opening Reception
Thursday, February 28, 2019
7:30-8:00 am Breakfast
8:00-8:10 am Opening Remarks
Jason Jacobus, Buckley Oil Company;
NACD Southern Region President
8:10-8:30 am

NACD State of Affairs 
Edward Boss, Riteks; NACD Treasurer of the Board

NACD Treasurer of the Board, Ed Boss, will deliver an update on association membership, programs, and events and provide an outlook of what’s ahead.

8:30-9:45 am

Becoming Unstoppable – Success from a Four-Time Olympian
Ruben Gonzalez, Olympic Motivation, Inc.

What can you learn about leadership, overcoming challenges, and taking advantage of change from an Olympic luger? A lot! In this entertaining keynote, Ruben Gonzalez will share how he went from college soccer benchwarmer to four-time luge Olympian and how you can use the same principles to create an incredible life. Fasten your seat-belts and get ready for an Olympic experience you’ll never forget!


9:45-10:00 am


10:00-11:00 am

Weapons of Mass Destruction Toxic Industrial Chemical and Explosive Precursor Awareness
TFO Thomas Sullivan, FBI San Antonio

In this session, FBI Task Force Officer Sullivan will explain how the FBI proactively seeks out and relies on community intelligence to drive preparedness, countermeasures, and investigations designed to keep weapons of mass destruction threats from becoming reality.

11:00 am-12:30 pm

Discrimination & Harassment: Your Rights and Responsibilities
Tiffany Releford, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP

In this highly interactive session, Tiffany will clearly define what harassment and discrimination are and then discuss best practices of how employers can prevent these issues from occurring in the workplace. Using hypotheticals, she will review with the participants how best to respond to instances of discrimination and harassment, should they occur.

12:30 pm


1:30-4:00 pm

Optional Activity – Top Golf (departure time 12:45 pm)

Challenge your fellow attendees to an addictive point-scoring golf game that combines your love of darts and golf. Using microchipped golf balls, aim to hit the bullseye on this 240-yard outfield with dartboard-like targets.

1:30-4:00 pm

Optional Activity – COTA (Circuit of the Americas) Karting (departure time 12:45 pm)

Duke it out for on-track supremacy in a Grand Prix style showdown, complete with trophies for top 3 finishers, and photo on the Winner’s Podium!

5:30 pm

Reception and Dinner

To Be Announced

Friday, March 1, 2019
7:30-8:00 am


8:00-8:45 am

Legislative and Regulatory Update
Eric Byer, NACD

This session will provide highlights of the current legislative landscape and an overview of the regulatory initiatives and enforcement trends underway and coming down the pike that could impact our industry.


8:45-11:00 am

Leading with Values
Becky Frederick, Workplace Strategy

Leading with values begins with an organization’s most valuable asset: people. In this highly interactive experience, participants will start by identifying and clarifying their core values – the values which most often guide their day-to-day decisions, behaviors, and actions. Using customized Value Reflection cards and worksheets, Becky guides participants through a series of activities. Ensuing conversations provide further opportunity for participants to reflect on how these values inform the way they make decisions, treat others, and take action. There will be discussion on how values are a key driver in employee engagement and how organizations can “move values forward” by engaging in values work, aligning strategy with values, and embedding values in practices.