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

Gold Sponsor:  Elm Tree Systems




Bronze Sponsor:  SI Certs

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.

Sponsorship Levels
TECL/ Geo-Professionals ServingTexas


Embassy Suite Hotel
& Conference Center
1001 E. McCarty Lane
San Marcos, TX 78666-1035
(512) 392-6450

Click the logo below to book your room.

Registration Notes


  • Annual Meeting - No Fee
  • Friday Seminar Fee is $150 for Members / $200 for Non-Members (for all sessions).
  • Saturday Seminar Fee is $150 for Members / $200 for Non-Members
  • Combined Friday and Saturday Registration
  • Walkins on the day of the event will be an additional $25.00 for members and non-members at the door.


  • Seminar fee will includes coffee breaks, lunch and all meeting materials.
  • The registration fees above are valid until close of business February 18, 2020 for members and non-members. This is also the date the Online Registration Closes.
  • A block of rooms is being held at a rate of $157.00 per night. Please click on the Embassy Suites image above for details. The Room Block will be held until January 21, 2020.
  • Please make checks payable to TCEL. Mail to 9980 W. Sam Houston Parkway S., Houston, TX 77099.
  • Registration is also avaible online.
  • For Multiple Registrations, please contact Kim Icenhower at

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.” 

Stephanie Cook

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

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.

Kelly Riggs
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
Construction Spanish

Presented by:  Brad Hartmann, Red Angle, Inc.

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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
Bradley Hartmann
Red Angle, Inc.
Founder and President

Bradley Hartmann is the founder of Red Angle, Inc. In his role as President, Hartmann works with the nation's largest general contractors and sub-contractors, helping them build trust across all ages and ethnicities to drive productivity, safety, and retention.

Hartmann's four core service areas are strategy facilitation with executive teams, cultural intelligence workshops for leaders at all levels, industry-specific language training, and leadership keynote speeches.

Hartmann is the author of six books and hosts The Construction Leadership Podcast, dedicated to sharing insights and ideas from construction leaders across the country.

Hartmann recently co-authored a research study with Purdue University and the University of Denver investigating how the three different generations on our job sites collaborate—and the obstacles facing them as they strive to do so effectively. The insights and recommendations will be shared in Hartmann’s upcoming book titled, Leading and Managing Millennials (and everyone else).

Bradley has a degree from the University of Illinois and lived in Guadalajara, México. He later earned his MBA with Distinction and teaches in the Construction Management departments at Purdue University and Oklahoma State University.  He lives near Dallas with his wife and two sons.

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. 

Rusty Gibson
Russell Gibson, PE
Project Manager
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
Chief Engineer

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.


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