Our Conference and Annual Membership Meeting  will be held:

October 27 – 29, 2019

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Embassy Suites Hotel & Spa

1001 E McCarty Ln,
San Marcos, TX 78666
Phone: (512) 392-6450

The Embassy is full!  And we’ve just added more rooms to the Holiday Inn block!

Hotel Reservations can now be made online or by calling the hotel directly at 512-392-6450 or 866-327-0186.  Please be sure to use the code TRC to take advantage of the special room rate of $129.00 per night during the conference.  Reservations must be made by September 27, 2019 in order to take advantage of this special rate.

If you make reservations that you later decide you do not need, please contact Bud Black at or by phone at 512-522-2405 before cancelling.


Overflow Hotel Information

Rooms have gone really fast! If you weren’t able to get a room at The Embassy,we have some rooms available at the Holiday Inn Express that is directly across I35 from the Conference Center.

Here are ways that you can book a reservation:


  1. Call the front desk at 512-392-6355 and mention that you are with the “Texas Rural Chief Appraisers” group and the front desk will book your reservation.
  2. Book online! Click the TEXAS RURAL CHIEF APPRAISERS BOOKING LINK. It will take you to their website. From there, select the dates you wish to stay per the agreement and the rates will appear.

Reservations must be made at the overflow hotel by October 11, 2019 to take advantage of this rate.

2019 TRCA Conference Agenda

PTAD has approved the Required Laws & Rules Update for 3 CEs.  All other sessions are approved for an additional 8 CE credits.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

1:00 pm – 1:30 State Laws & Rules Update Registration
Veramendi Salons CD Foyer

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm State Laws & Rules Update, Course 21025
Tracey Foster, Instructor 1879
Veramendi Salons CD

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Exhibit Booth Setup
Veramendi Ballroom E Foyer

1:00 pm – 6:30 pm Early Conference Registration
Permanent Registration Desk

3:00 pm – 5:30 pm Auction & Raffle Item Check-In
Veramendi Ballroom E

4:30 pm – 6:30 pm Trade Show Preview
Veramendi Ballroom E
Let’s get this year’s conference started of right! Visit with some returning sponsors and some new ones to see what goods and services they have to offer – and enjoy the company of returning friends and colleges over some refreshments!
And by the way – auction items will be on display and so will the raffle items!

6:00 pm – ??? Embassy Happy Hour

Monday, October 28, 2019

7:00 am – 8:00 am Conference Registration
Permanent Registration Desk

8:00 am Trade Show Opens
Veramendi Ballroom E

8:00 am – 8:30 am Opening Ceremony
Veramendi Ballroom ABCD

8:30 am – 9:30 am “Ding Happens!”
Avish Parashar
Veramendi Salons ABCD
The world is changing faster than ever before and people often get “stuck in the past,” resisting and complaining about change. “Ding Happens” is a fun and interactive presentation to help participants learn how to deal with change in the workplace and reduce stress with changing workloads and dealing with customers and other employees in the ever-changing workplace.
1 Customer Service CE credit

9:30 am – 10:30 am “Is Harvey Weinstein One of Your Employees?
Sexual Harassment Training in the “Me Too Era!
Michelle Bohreer, Attorney – Boehreer Law Firm, PLLC
Veramendi Salons ABCD
Over the last year, sexual harassment allegations regarding events that allegedly occurred decades before are being brought forward to the EEOC and courts have taken interest and simply said these claims are too old!
Employers must understand and train employees on sexual harassment and be proactive to stop it before it starts. Policies and investigation procedures serve as best defenses when a claim is brought. This training will help make sure you are prepared.
1 Laws & Rules CE credit

10:30 am – 11:00 am Break
Veramendi Ballroom E

11:00 am – 12:00 pm What A Good Wildlife Management Plan Looks Like
Tim Siegmund, Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept.
Veramendi Ballroom ABCD
In today’s world, landowners are looking for ways to save money on property taxes. Often times, the property owners can list creative activities as part of their management plans. Knowing what are and what are not acceptable wildlife management practices is important
to appraisers reviewing plans submitted to them for approval of the special valuation.
This session will include the basics of a wildlife management plan, and frequently asked questions. Mr. Siegmund will also provide information regarding resources for assistance, workshop availability and additional resources available from the agency.
1 Appraisal Standards & Methodology CE credit

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Luncheon
Veramendi Ballroom E

1:00 pm – 1:15 pm Awards Ceremony
Veramendi Ballroom E

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Ethics for Chief Appraisers – And the Rest of Us Too!
Tracey Foster, Attorney – Hugh Landrum & Associates
Veramendi Salons ABCD
This session covers the TDLR Code of Ethics Rules, as well as the USPAP Ethics Rules and focuses on ethical dilemmas facing Chief Appraisers (and the rest of us too), as well as topics dealing with maintaining the independence of the appraisal district from political pressure.
1 Chief Appraiser Ethics CE credit

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Tiny Houses – To Value or Not to Value –
That is The Question!
Michelle Cardenas, Chief Appraiser Atascosa CAD
Sarah Curtis, Chief Appraiser Kaufman CAD
Mickey Hand, Chief Appraiser Wise CAD
Sandy Griffin, Attorney – PBFCM Law Firm
Veramendi Salons ABCD
Attendees to this session will hear the experiences of these panel members in their attempts to appraised tiny homes and the “not so mobile” recreational vehicles that are marketed as “tax exempt” but exceed the 400 square foot area dictated by law.
Discussion will include: (1) how appraisal models are developed by these appraisal districts; (2) their experiences before the ARB; and, (3) an attorney’s opinion on when these properties are taxable and when they might not be.
1 Appraisal Standards & Methodology CE credit

3:30 pm – 5:30 pm Trade Show
Veramendi Ballroom E

5:30 pm – Silent Auction Winners Named & Live Auction
Veramendi Ballroom E
Tuesday, October 28, 2019

After the Auction – Embassy Happy Hour

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

8:00 am – 8:30 am Business Meeting

8:30 am 9:30 am What’s Going On Around The State
Doug Smithson – Legislative Committee Report
Larry Krumnow – PTEC Report
Shannon Murphy – PTAD Report
Tim Radloff – TDLR Report
Various representatives from these organizations provide information to keep TRCAA members on track with legal requirements.
1 Laws & Rules CE credit

9:30 am – 9:59 am Break

9:59 am Drawing for $50

10:00 am – 11:00 am What CAD’s Need to Know About PVS
Carla Pope-Osborne, Appeals Director PBFCM
Monty Smitherman, Appeals Director MVBA
Robby Harbuck Appeals Director LGBS
Bill Messick, Manager Field Appraiser PTAD
Veramendi Ballroom ABCD
This session will go over information and rules that govern the Property Value Study. Discussion will include procedures followed by PTAD and their field appraisers when conducting a property value study.
The speakers will discuss how the changes to current year value for school funding has changed the procedure and what the plans are going forward.
1 Appraisal Standards & Methodology CE credit

11:00 am – 12:00 am Legislative Update & Case Law
Robert Mott, Partner PBFCM
This session lead by veteran ad valorum tax attorney Robert Mott will include discussion of various cases against appraisal districts where decisions have been handed down by trial and appellant courts during the past year. Mr. Mott will also give his opinion regarding new legislation and the impact it may have on the tasks of the appraisal district.
1 Laws & Rules CE credit

12:00 pm Drawings for Door Prizes!