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Saturday, April 6, 2019

30th Annual Conference - System Members

Start Date: 4/6/2019 8:00 AM CDT
End Date: 4/10/2019 12:00 PM CDT

Venue Name: Hilton Austin

500 East 4th Street
Austin, TX  United States  78701

Organization Name: TEXPERS

Email: texpers@texpers.org
Phone: 713-622-8018

TEXPERS 30th Annual Conference

Building Strong Foundations for Secure Futures

Don't delay! Register soon - your confirmation email will have a link to make your hotel reservations at the Hilton Austin!

Trustee Training Opportunities
Basic Trustee Training (BTT) fulfills the intial training requirement for new trustees per the Pension Review Board Minimum Education and Training rules. While the training is designed to help new trustees, anyone can take BTT, including trustees that have already met the initial requirement but would like to have a refresher on any or all of the content areas.
BTT Agenda
Register when you sign up for the conference or register only for the BTT class.
Advanced trustee training (ATT) student can attend any part of the BTT class that they would like. ATT students can "mix and match" the content areas of both classes.

Advanced Trustee Training (ATT) fullfills the Continuing Education requirement of the PRB MET rules.
Review information about ATT.  

Pre-conference Workshop - free for registered attendees!
Presiding with Confidence - Kay Crews, Parlimentarian

A Few of our Featured Sessions and Speakers

Conference Opening Keynote
Brian Singer
William Blair
Navigating a Troop of Gorillas: What Investors Should Do as QE Unwinds
Easy monetary policies across the globe have unleashed a troop of 800-pound gorillas to harass capital markets, and in doing so, have created unintended risks—and significant opportunities. Get insights on this and three other compounding issues that have heightened concerns of a market disruption, and learn how to navigate this environment and pursue resulting opportunities. Join one of TEXPERS' most highly rated speakers as he discusses:
  • Current Market Environment & Historical Perspective
  • Impact of Global Central Bank Policies
  • Rules-Based Strategies, Volcker Rule & Circuit Breakers
  • Portfolio Positioning—Risks & Opportunities

Monday General Session

Darin Turner

Listed Infrastructure and Real Asset Securities: Strong Relative Value Versus Private Alternatives
There are significant long-term opportunities for institutional investors in the listed infrastructure and real assets securities space.  Relative to the private infrastructure asset class, t listed infrastructure securities provides complementary geographic and sector exposures concurrent with similar behavioral return attributes and cashflow drivers. Listed infrastructure securities appear to be trading at significant valuation discounts relative to private infrastructure investments. For these reasons, listed infrastructure and real assets securities may offer the opportunity for institutional investors to enhance their infrastructure risk-return profile while providing a greater measure of diversification and liquidity.

Featured Speaker
David H. Webber
Boston University School of Law
The Rise of the Working Class Shareholder

Tuesday, April 9th, 9:05 am
This promises to be an excellent presentation! David is the winner of Boston University School of Law’s 2017 Michael Melton Award for Teaching Excellence. He also co-teaches the Pensions and Capital Stewardship course for the Harvard Trade Union program at Harvard Law. He's spoken for NCPERS, MAPERS, IPPFA, AFT and more. His presentation is based on his newly published book (April 2018). David will tell the story of how public pension funds have begun to wield their massive shareholder power to improve corporate governance, rein in excessive executive compensation, hold companies accountable for fraud and advance the interest of the workers. Following his presentation, his book will be available at no charge to the first 150 system members that would like one.

Monday Breakout Session

Sean Riley
Safe Call Now
Body Armor: Recognizing Depression and PTSD in First Responders
Attend this session to understand the signs and symptoms of job-related stress and the resources available to help. First responders experience trauma in their professions and can learn positive coping skills and strategies to deal issues that arise from these experiences. Sean Riley is the Founder and President of Safe Call now, a 24-hour crisis referral service dedicated to public safety employees. He is recognized as a dynamic speaker and trainer that shares his inspirational story to hit those once-thought-of-as-taboo topics head-on.

Monday Breakout Session (Small Funds)

Jeff Pabst, Education and Outreach, Missouri LAGERS
Using Social Media to Engage Your Members
Social Media has become many of our member's primary way of engaging with the online world. This is why many retirement systems should be on social media. This session is for smaller funds with limited or no staff and will give examples of how to enhance your social media presence with limited resources.

And Much More! 
Review the Preliminary Agenda  for more speakers and sessions. Check back often for updates!

Please join TEXPERS in thanking our sponsors (as of 3/5/19). They help keep TEXPERS conferences high-quality and low cost.

Gold Keynote 

MFS Investment Management
William Blair

Aberdeen Standard Investments
Adamas Asset Management

Van Eck

Silver Plus 
J.P. Morgan Asset Management
T. Rowe Price Associates Inc.
Northern Trust

Abbott Capital
Apartment Income Investors Inc.
CenterSquare Investment Management
Cohen & Steers Capital Management
Crestline Investors Inc.
Diamond Hill Capital Management
DWS Distributors
EnTrust Global
Frost Bank
HPS Investment Partners LLC

Intercontinental Real Estate Corp.
Johnson Asset Management
NXT Capital

Shenkman Capital
Thornburg Investment Management
USAA Real Estate
Wolf Popper LLP

Bentall Kennedy
Graystone Consulting Austin - a business of Morgan Stanley
Janus Henderson Investors
PGIM Fixed Income


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Registration is Closed
Closed: 3/25/2019 11:00 PM

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