2020 Annual Meeting and Technical Seminars
Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center
San Marcos, Texas
February 21 & 22, 2020
2020 Annual Meeting will be held Friday, February 21st at 8:15 AM
Thank you to our 2020 Sponsors
2020 Annual Meeting & Conference Sponsorship Opportunities
The TCEL Annual Meeting is the Annual Meeting and Seminars for Texas Geo-professional firms. This conference is an opportunity for TCEL members to come together for the annual business meeting and have an opportunity for Management Level training on Friday and Technical Training on Saturday. The conference also provides an opportunity to network and gain professional development hours for our members and attendees. We believe promoting your company and its services to the Engineering Laboratory Industry at our 26th Annual Meeting is a great opportunity. Click the button below to for the Sponsorship Form, and you can pay from the drop-down menu.
2019 Technical Seminars
Friday, February 21, 2020
9:05 AM to 9:50 AM
Legislative Update: Stephanie Hayes Cook
Ms. Cook will present on current legislation and proposals this year as the Legislature goes into session. Laws affecting engineers, architects and contractors including the right to repair, the statute of repose for claims, and the trendy construction defect litigation will be discussed and positions from various industry leaders will be presented for discussion.
Stephanie Hayes Cook is Senior Counsel at Cokinos Young in Austin. She has extensive experience with a wide range of business disputes, having successfully represented contractors, subcontractors, banks, insurance companies, developers, owners and individuals in complex commercial and construction litigation and bankruptcy. Stephanie has handled, tried and/or appealed a wide variety of commercial and construction cases in state and federal courts in Texas, including matters related to construction defects, delay and acceleration claims, breach of contract, mechanic’s liens, performance and payment bonds, termination, commercial leases, subcontractor and general contractor disputes, director and officer liability, fraud, lender liability, transportation claims and professional liability.
She represents general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers on substantial construction projects, including schools, public universities, highway projects, mixed-use developments, retail centers, hotels, and office buildings. Stephanie was recognized in Texas Monthly magazine as a “Texas Rising Star.”
Friday, February 21, 2020
10:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Counter Mentor Leadership: How to Unlock the Potential of the 4-Generation Workplace
Presented by: Kelly Riggs
“Leadership is difficult in the best of circumstances, but today's workplace is radically different than it was 20 years ago. On top of all of the normal responsibilities of leadership, a whole host of new challenges has presented themselves.
The first is generational conflict. Millennials (ages 20-35) have become the largest group of employees in the workplace, and they often find themselves at odds with managers from the Boomer generation. The second is the impact of technology, which has created a host of new workplace problems, including multiple distractions, complexity, constant change. The third is the perpetually low level of employee engagement that costs companies billions of dollars each year.
In this presentation, Kelly outlines these problems and presents some practical solutions for the dilemma facing today’s leader.
Founder & Chief Sales Officer
Business LockerRoom, Inc.
Kelly Riggs is an author, speaker, and business performance coach for executives and companies throughout the United States and Canada, with sales revenues ranging from $3 million to Fortune 500. Widely recognized as a powerful speaker and performance coach in the areas of sales, management leadership, and strategic planning, Kelly is a former sales executive, a two-time national Salesperson-of-the-Year, a serial entrepreneur, and was recently selected to join the Forbes’ Coaches Council.
He has written two books: 1-on-1 Management: What Every Great Manager Knows That You Don’t and Quit Whining and Start SELLING! A Step-by-Step Guide to a Hall of Fame Career in Sales.
His third book, Counter Mentor Leadership: How to Unlock the Potential of the 4-Generation Workplace, was co-written with his Millennial son, Robby Riggs. It was selected as the 2019 Gold Medal winner in the leadership category by Axiom Business Books Awards. Note: No trophies were awarded in the writing of this book.
Saturday, February 22, 2020
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Presented by: Brad Hartmann, Red Angle, Inc.
CONSTRUCTION SPANISH The Spanish language is now the dominant language on the jobsite, and no one underestimates the importance of clear communication in construction. Despite widespread failure within our educational system to make learning a second language simple and entertaining, Hartmann does just that. He brings relevant language skills to life in a way that is memorable and fun. This is an interactive workshop customized for the Geoprofessional Industry.
AFTER the Workshop
- Participants who opt-in can begin a 6-week construction Spanish program
- 10 minutes a day for 6 weeks designed to be learned on the job
- Daily videos delivered to participants via email
- Streaming audio content included
- PDF Workbooks available for download
- Retail price for Construction Spanish Program $295 per person and is included in the cost of this workshop.
LEARNING OUTCOMES In the workshop participants will:
- Acquire Spanish language skills specific to construction materials engineering and testing.
- Share techniques to improve communication driven by clarity of intent and coordinated follow-up.
- Understand how cultures have different baseline levels of trust and how to leverage this insight on the job.
- Review how culture affects power dynamics on the job and how individuals engage with supervisors, peers
Saturday, February 22, 2020
2:00 to 4:00 PM
Introduction to the Special Inspector General Requirements Course by SI Certs
Presented by: Russell Gibson, PE; ETTL Engineers & Consultants, Inc. and Bryan Sy, PE; Intertek-PSI
The first step to become an ICC Special Inspector is passing the Special Inspector General Requirements (GR) Exam. If you do not have a current Special Inspector Certification, you must pass this exam. This is a one-time requirement for earning any of the Special Inspector Certifications. This seminar is an introduction to the course offered by SI Certs which is a free course.
The SI Certs instructors have many years of experience in the special inspection industry. They have taken the certification exams multiple times and know what kind of material you need to know to pass the test.
Course Access also, has a chat box where you can use it to easily contact the instructors if you have any questions.
The SI Certs Special Inspector General Requirements Course includes:
- Three practice tests like the real exam
- 90-Day Course Access
- Interactive Training Plan Set
- Insightful Audio Instruction
- Codes and Plans Practice Test
- Detailed Charts & Illustrations
The presentation will go through a practice exam.
The following 2 references would be used during the 60min/open book, ICC Exam:
Both books are recommended. Please note: These books will not be available on site.
Russell Gibson, PE
ETTL Engineers & Consultants, Inc.
Russell W. Gibson, P.E. is a licensed Professional Engineer registered in the State of Texas as well as Arkansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. He received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1997. Russell has over 21 years of experience in civil engineering and construction and worked on many types of projects over the years including municipal, industrial, commercial and residential. He has been active in the Northeast Texas Branch of ASCE Texas Section since 2010, serving in multiple officer roles at the branch and section level.
Russell has been with ETTL Engineers & Consultants Inc. since 2009 and has provided geotechnical and construction materials engineering services for projects over a large portion of Texas as well as Arkansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. In addition to his time serving ASCE, Russell has been a state board member for TCEL – Geoprofessionals Serving Texas since 2011. He has served as Secretary/Treasurer (2014 – 2015) and Vice President (2016 – 2017) and is the current President of TCEL (2018 – 2019).
Bryan Sy, PE
Mr. Sy obtained his BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee. He is a Professional Engineer within the State of Texas and also has PCI (Pre-cast/Pre-stress Concrete) Level 3 Inspector/Auditor Certification. He has been employed at PSI for 13 years and started his career with PSI in Nashville, Tennessee as a Staff Engineer. In 2009, Mr. Sy relocated to the DFW Metroplex to assume a Site Management Position within PSI. Since then, Bryan has served several roles for PSI, including District Manager for PSI’s DFW Area CMT services. Mr. Sy currently serves as a Chief Engineer for PSI’s Construction Material Testing and Inspection Service Line, officed in Dallas.