Texas Association of Venues & Facilities

Annual Conference


October 25, 26 & 27, 2017

Killeen, TX


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As part of membership benefits, the Texas Association of Venues & Facilities hosts a conference every year.
Attendees can expect to hear speakers discussing topics relevant to members job functions,
meet partners and vendors that will showcase products relevant to TxAVF members,
network with fellow TxAVF members, and tour facilities within the host city.

The Annual Conference is a great way to expand knowledge within the industry by learning
some best practices from fellow members or speakers!

  Click here to see last year's Conference recap video! 


$550 - Regular Conference Registration (TxAVF Member)
Includes conference registration for all three days, two-night stay lodging at Shilo Inns & Suites Killeen, meals, snacks, and offsite tours or activities coordinated by TxAVF. (Note: alcohol is not included in any registration fees.)

$275 - Regular Conference Registration - SHARING ROOM
Are you from the same venue or facility and plan on saving cost by sharing a room?  This option is for you! Includes all items listed above for regular registration. (Note: this option only available for TxAVF members employed by the same venue/facility.)

$350 - Regular Conference Registration - NO LODGING
Includes conference registration for all three days, meals, snacks, and offsite tours or activities coordinated by TxAVF. (Note: member is responsible for coordinating own lodging.)

$200 - Companion Registration
Have someone that wants to experience Killeen with you? No problem! This rate includes all meals, snacks, and offsite tours or activities coordinated by TxAVF.  And if you need suggestions on things to do while the conference is in session, the Killeen Convention & Visitors Bureau will be happy to assist! (Note: rate is based upon companion sharing room with you. Conference sessions not included.)


Andrew Szabo is a marketing author, strategist, speaker, commentator, entrepreneur and consultant who is reinventing the way people view marketing.  Over the past 30 years, Andrew has been responsible for strategic planning, brand positioning, advertising and direct marketing for divisions of major companies including Dell, Household Finance, MeadWestvaco, Sony, Weblink Wireless and many others. Andrew was awarded BA in Economics, magna cum laude, from the University of Wales at Swansea in the UK. He holds an Advanced Communicator Bronze designation with Toastmasters International, is a Certified Guerrilla Marketing Coach and is a charter member of the Association of Coaching. Andrew is also a professional member of the National Speakers Association and currently serves as the President of NSA North Texas Chapter.

Jordan Meserole is currently the Digital Marketing Manager for the Grapevine Convention and Visitors Bureau.  In his role he oversees the main website for the GCVB, in addition to five sub-websites ("microsites") for other GCVB attractions, and manages 11 different social media profiles on various social platforms. Jordan also has a background in television and radio broadcasting among other marketing skills acquired over his professional years. Jordan graduated from Texas A&M in 2005 with a degree in Journalism; he spends much of his time with his two daughters and wife, volunteers for two organizations assisting with their marketing and social media, and occasionally squeezes in a Texas Rangers game.

Past Host Cities

2016 - Abilene
2015 - Fredericksburg
2014 - Temple
2013 - Conroe
2012 - Galveston
2011 - Possum Kingdom
2010 - Austin
2009 - Lake Whitney


October 25

    • 3 pm - Check in at Shilo Inn & Suites Hotel
    • 5:30 pm - Night of international cuisine and entertainment (Killeen Civic & Conference Center)
    • 9 pm - Return to Shilo Inn & Suites Hotel

October 26

    • 7:30 - 8:30 am - Breakfast in special events room (Killeen Civic & Conference Center)
    • 8:30 am - Welcome & on-time door prize
    • 9 am - Opening session "UPGRADE! Deliver Positively Outrageous to Wow!" (Andrew Szabo)
    • 10:30 am - Break & on-time door prize
    • 11:30 am - Lunch (Meeting Room 1 & 2)
    • 12:30 pm - On-time door prize
    • 12:45 pm - Afternoon speaker "My Way! Right Away! Why Pay? Meet the Millenneal" (Andrew Szabo)
    • 2:30 pm - Break & on-time door prize
    • 2:45 pm - Association meeting / Board of Director elections / Roundtable discussions
    • 4:30 pm - Allied Member infomericals
    • 5:30 pm - Dinner & game night (Brick & Barrel Event Center)

October 27

    • 7:30 - 8:30 am - Breakfast in special events room (Killeen Civic & Conference Center)
    • 8:30 am - On-time door prize
    • 9 am - Morning speaker "5 Ways To Ramp Up Your Social Media" (Jordan Meserole)
    • 10 am - 2017 Conference recap and evaluations
    • 10:30 am - Load bus for Fort Hood tour
    • 11:30 am - Lunch with soldiers
    • 1:30 pm - Arrive back at Shilo Inns & Suites - safe travels home!

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