Texas Association of Venues & Facilities

Annual Conference


October 23, 24 & 25, 2019

Granbury, TX

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Two scholarships will be awarded this year. Deadline to apply is October 1.
Click here to download the scholarship application.

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 Hilton Garden Inn, meals, snacks, and offsite tours or activities coordinated by TxAVF. (Note: alcohol is not included in any registration fees.)
*Allied members - scroll down for more info

$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 Granbury 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 Granbury Convention & Visitors Bureau will be happy to assist! (Note: rate is based upon companion sharing room with you. Conference sessions not included.)

*Allied Members who register at normal member rate also receive a booth space and opportunity to present a 15-20 minute "informercial" on Thursday morning.

2019 Featured Speakers


Claude has been teaching thousands of people to be prepared for the "unknown" since 2000.  A former Marine with two deployments under his belt as a part of a reconnaissance company, Claude now serves as an active police officer including as the entry team leader on his force's SWAT. When he's not wearing the badge, he's teaching his "students" how to master basic tactical operations for many different situations and environments to give you an opportunity to not only fight, but survive those situations you hope never arise. Claude will work with TxAVF Conference attendees on how to respond to active shooter situation in a large open space venue at which there may be a large crowd. He will also teach basic triage assessment and the recovery position.


Kristi founded Accessology LLC in 1990 as a direct result of her involvement in a national disability related issue. Kristi has more than 40 years experience leading the charge for accessibility compliance and disability-related issues. Kristi began her efforts in the transportation arena helping airlines and airports comply with the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA). After 12 years in the airline industry, she expanded to include ground transportation issues and facilities because of her close association with the Department of Transportation.  Kristi will inform TxAVF attendees on Title II, venue responsibilities, planning events, and technical requirements.

Past Host Cities

2019 - Granbury
2018 - Grapevine
2017 - Killeen
2016 - Abilene
2015 - Fredericksburg
2014 - Temple
2013 - Conroe
2012 - Galveston
2011 - Possum Kingdom
2010 - Austin
2009 - Lake Whitney


October 23

    • 3 pm - Check in at Hilton Garden Inn
    • 5:30 pm - Granbury trolley leaves for hotel for "progressive dinner". Start at Granbury "LIVE" for tour and hors d'oeuvres, followed by Farina's for dinner, and then Silver Saddle Saloon for dessert and games.
    • 9:15 pm - Trolley returns to Hilton Garden Inn

October 24

    • 7:30 - 8:20 am - Breakfast served at The Garden Grille at Hilton Garden Inn
    • 8:30 am - On Time Door Prize!
    • 8:45 am - Opening Session: "Active Shooter Training" (Claude Locke with 601 Tactical)
    • 9:35 am - 15 minute break
    • 9:50 am - On Time Door Prize!
    • 9:55 am - Resume Opening Session: "Active Shooter Training"
    • 11:50 am - Lunch served (Ballroom 1/2)
    • 12:50 pm - On Time Door Prize + Group Photo
    • 1:00 pm - Active Shooter Scenario
    • 1:45 pm - 15 minute break
    • 2:00 pm - On Time Door Prize!
    • 2:10 pm - Roundtable Discussions
    • 2:45 pm - TxAVF Annual Meeting
    • 3:30 pm - Allied Member "Infomercials"
    • 4:15 pm - Break until dinner
    • 5:30 pm - Granbury trolley picks up for evening progressive dinner
    • 9:00 pm - Trolley return to Hilton Garden Inn

      *Note: due to the active nature of Thursday's sessions, attendees are encouraged to dress comfortably and be ready to move around some. Comfortable shoes are encouraged.

October 25

    • 7:30 - 8:20 am - Breakfast served at The Garden Grille at Hilton Garden Inn
    • 8:30 am - On Time Door Prize!
    • 8:45 am - "Understanding ADA Requirements" (Kristi Avalos, Accessology Too LLC)
    • 10:30 am - 15 minute break
    • 10:45 am - Conference recap and evaluations (end of conference)
    • 12:30 pm - Lunch at Linda's Southern Kitchen (optional)

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Are you just paying by check? Make check out to TXAVF and mail to:
New Bruanfels Civic/Convention Center
Attn: Mandi Scott
375 S. Castell Ave
New Braunfels, TX 78130

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