2018 TSPRA Annual Conference
February 19-22, 2018
Embassy Suites Frisco Hotel and Convention Center
Executive Committee Meeting ♦ Monday a.m., Feb. 19
Pre-Conference Sessions ♦ Monday p.m., Feb. 19
Regular Conference Sessions ♦ Tuesday, Feb. 20 through noon on Thursday, Feb. 22
Star Awards Banquet ♦ Wednesday p.m., Feb. 21
7600 John Q Hammons Dr
Frisco, TX 75034
Keynote Speaker - Jones Loflin
Jones Loflin has made it his life’s work to deliver powerful ideas and practical solutions to individuals around the world so they can achieve more of what is most important to them. His books are described as “illuminating” and his presentations as “unforgettable.” In his 22 years as a speaker and trainer he has helped countless people regain confidence in their ability to achieve greater success in work and life.
Jones’ “3P Approach” of Powerful Ideas connected toPractical Solutions delivered with a Personal Approach has attracted the attention of organizations around the world. His client list includes Federal Express, Wal-Mart, Choice Hotels, Volkswagen, Bridgestone, Saudi Aramco and State Farm as well as the United States Navy and Air Force.
Looking for ways to expand the reach of his message, Jones chose to become an author. His newest book, Always Growing, is a fresh approach to leadership and offers powerfully practical strategies for individuals who have been leading for two days or two decades. Juggling Elephants is a witty and profound parable about one man’s search for solutions for the struggle of too much do. The book is available in the US and over 14 countries. He is also the author of Getting The Blue Ribbon, a unique story offering simple strategies to get better results in your work and life. Getting to It is considered a field guide to accomplishing what is most important. You can learn more about his work as an author at his Amazon author page or Goodreads.
Prior to becoming an internationally-recognized speaker, Jones was an educator. His past work also includes serving as the "Trainer of Trainers" for the best-selling book, Who Moved My Cheese? Jones holds a BS and M.Ed. from North Carolina State University. He is a member of the National Speaker’s Association as well as the Association for Talent Development.
Jones believes the key to success is being passionate about certain things in life, including family, spiritual beliefs, career and relationships. He is active in his community and because of his commitment to improving the lives of others, Jones has been presented the Distinguished Service Award by the Charlotte Jaycees.
When not working with some amazing individuals and organizations seeking better results, Jones resides in North Carolina with his wonderful wife Lisa and their two perfect daughters.
Distinguished Lecturer - Jay Rosser, Vice President of Public Affairs, BP Capital
Jay Rosser is Vice President of Public Affairs with BP Capital and Chief of Staff to its Chairman and CEO, T. Boone Pickens. Mr. Rosser coordinates media, legislative and philanthropic initiatives for the Dallas-based energy hedge fund led by Mr. Pickens, the legendary Texas oil and gas industry executive. Mr. Rosser first joined Mr. Pickens in 1990.
Mr. Rosser, a 1978 graduate of Texas Tech University, parlayed a journalism major with a political science minor into a newspaper career that lasted from 1978 to 1985. Working for Harte-Hanks Newpapers, Mr. Rosser reported for 14 of the chain’s Texas newspapers and authored a political column for its readers that provided a keen insight into the operations of the Texas Legislature and the state’s various regulatory bodies.
In 1986, Mr. Rosser joined the office of Governor Bill Clements as a press secretary where he helped manage aspects of the governor’s involvement with the high-profile investigation by the NCAA into Southern Methodist University program while the governor was chairman of the board of regents. That resulted in the NCAA’s first-ever “Death Penalty” against a major college football program.
In 1989, Mr. Rosser served as an executive assistant to Kent Hance, the chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission that regulates oil and gas production in Texas.
Mr. Rosser joined Mesa Petroleum in 1990 where he managed communications for the high-profile firm and its founder and chairman, Mr. Pickens.
From 1996 to 2002, he was director of communication for Koch Industries, based in Wichita, Kan., the world’s largest privately-held company. While there, Mr. Rosser managed a number of high-profile issues for the company, including the communications surrounding litigation between the Koch family brothers in what became one of the most high-profile family legal battles of the 20th century. While there, he guided much of the crisis response plans surrounging the firm’s environmental challenges and an investigation into the company’s practices by a 60 Minutes program.
Mr. Rosser rejoined Mr. Pickens in 2002. With Mr. Pickens, Mr. Rosser managed the “Pickens Plan” initiative, a broad, award-winning grassroots campaign designed to secure legislation to reduce the national security and economic threat posed by America’s escalating dependence on OPEC crude oil.
With Mr. Pickens, Mr. Rosser has helped manage his record-setting philanthropic giving to Oklahoma State University and served as a key outside crisis communications advisor to the university amid Sports Illustrated’s controversial – and widely discredited – four-part “investigation” into the school’s football program.
Distinguished Lecturer - Dr. Carol Simpson
Dr. Carol Simpson received her Juris Doctor from the Dedman School of Law at the Southern Methodist University after a prestigious career in public education. Dr. Simpson holds a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction (Educational Technology) from the East Texas State University, Masters in both Library Science and Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science in Art Education and French from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.
She began her teaching career as an Art and French teacher at Round Rock High School in Round Rock, Texas and from there found a niche as a Librarian and library administrator in the Mesquite Independent School District. Dr. Simpson has also taught at the graduate level at the University of North Texas and Texas Women’s University.
Dr. Simpson has devoted a vast portion of her efforts on Library and Media Services. An accomplished author of ten publications, Dr. Simpson is a highly sought lecturer on all aspects of copyright issues and library technology. She has presented for school districts, curriculum organizations, and library associations across the country.
Dr. Simpson's article, Intellectual Property: Mining Gold in Your Backyard, has been published in The School Administrator, a publication of the American Association of School Administrators.
We invite you to peruse Dr. Simpson’s publications, including her latest book, “Copyright for Administrators.”
Distinguished Lecturer - Fred Campos
Fred Campos, previous owner of Fun City Social Media, now DFW Website Designers, has run social media campaigns for several hundred small businesses. For the past eight years, he has taught social media marketing classes throughout the country and even on both Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise Lines. Winner of Toastmasters “Humorous Public Speaking” contests at the regional and district levels, Fred is sure to both educate and entertain.
Fred is married to an amazing elementary school teacher super mom. Together they are blessed, yet outnumbered, with three very different children. Fred plays mafia monitoring dad to his college bound drama daughter, reality debater to his Sheldon Cooper nerdy gifted 9th grade son, and ultimate Lego builder with his adventure bound highly social 2nd grade son.
Fred’s passion is working with parents caught in child custody issues and drags down the average IQ by serving on the HEB ISD school board.