Opening Keynote Speaker:

Jennifer Fitzpatrick, MSW, LCSW-C, CSP
Jenerations Health Education, Inc

Jennifer L. FitzPatrick, MSW, LCSW-C, CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) is a speaker, consultant, author and founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc. She is currently a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University and has been featured on ABC, CBS, Sirius XM and in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, Redbook, Fast Company and many other media outlets. One of less than 800 Certified Speaking Professionals worldwide, Jennifer is the author of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One. She is also an Advisory Board Member for Salisbury University's School of Health & Human Sciences.

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Closing Keynote Speaker:

Ty Jones, MBA
iCARE Seniors Initiative

Ty Jones earned his Executive MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas. He is a former professor of Miami-Dade College School of Business having taught courses covering the following topics: leadership, organizational behavior, human resource management, financial management, ethics, and small business management.

His two decades of professional leadership experiences include having built and led successful teams as both a C-level and senior management professional for Fortune 500, private enterprise, and nonprofit companies. In addition, he’s advocated for seniors for the past 9 years including having served as both the founder and first chairman of the City of Miami Commission’s Senior Advisory Board. He influenced city government to pass an ordinance establishing the board and ensuring that senior citizens, representing all five districts, were included as board members. While working with seniors and hosting numerous speaking forums in the senior living mecca, Florida, he was a two-time recipient of the City of Miami Philanthropy Award for community service.

He currently specializes in developing senior initiatives and revamping underperforming businesses in Florida. Since 2007, in addition to conferences and workshops, some of his speaking engagements have also included volunteering as a speaker in prisons and homeless shelters empowering men and women to regain their faith, focus, and life’s purpose despite the difficult circumstances that they may be currently faced with.

Topic:

Aaron Fish, MBA, CHS
Trestle Hospitality Concepts

With nearly 30 years of hospitality industry experience, Aaron has spent his time in the industry with a singular focus on the customer experience. Having gained experience in some of the top hospitality organizations in the country, he has brought a keen attention to building customer-focused operations to the senior living industry. From Dining Room Manager to Senior Vice President, Aaron has spent his career creating best-in-class experiences for the residents he served. He does this with an eye towards innovation in concept design, as well as implementing a combination of best practices, system development, and quality training for all levels throughout any organization.

Aaron holds a B.S. in Hospitality Management from Kansas State University as well as a MBA in Marketing from Baker University.

Topic: “Bringing Your Food & Beverage Program Front & Center: Generating Revenue & Brand Awareness with Your Senior Living Foodservice Program”

Aaron Fish, MBA, CHS
Trestle Hospitality Concepts

With nearly 30 years of hospitality industry experience, Aaron has spent his time in the industry with a singular focus on the customer experience. Having gained experience in some of the top hospitality organizations in the country, he has brought a keen attention to building customer-focused operations to the senior living industry. From Dining Room Manager to Senior Vice President, Aaron has spent his career creating best-in-class experiences for the residents he served. He does this with an eye towards innovation in concept design, as well as implementing a combination of best practices, system development, and quality training for all levels throughout any organization.

Aaron holds a B.S. in Hospitality Management from Kansas State University as well as a MBA in Marketing from Baker University.

Topic: “Bringing Your Food & Beverage Program Front & Center: Generating Revenue & Brand Awareness with Your Senior Living Foodservice Program”

Adrienne Bambach, Ph.D., D(ABMM)
CirrusDx

To me, there is nothing more beautiful than yeast under a microscope. I guess this means I was destined for a career in Microbiology! After completing my Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology at Georgetown University, my training took me to a fellowship in Medical and Public Health Laboratory Microbiology at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Since my training, I have worked in the Infectious Diseases Diagnostics industry in a variety of roles from Product Management to Clinical and Scientific Affairs. Some of the most fun I have had in my career is taking complex Microbiology concepts and making them easier to understand in an interactive and engaging way (I hope!!). I am a Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Microbiology. When not living the Microbiology life, I enjoy playing the piano, hiking with my husband, kicking some tail (martial arts), and loving on my two bunnies.

Topic: “Beyond the Burn: The Secret World of UTIs”

Andrea Freitas,
Loree Tamayo Consulting & Management

Andrea Freitas is an experienced leader in the Senior Living and healthcare industry. She has over 30 years of management success in Long Term Care, Assisted Living, Acute Hospitals, Home Health, and Hospice. She is a native Houstonian and mother of 4, who attended LSU for her Bachelor of Business Administration. When she is not working, she enjoys cooking, reading, and traveling. Andrea first started in the senior healthcare industry because of her deep passion for helping others, especially seniors. She believes that nurturing and enriching the lives of our healthcare workers results in better quality care. She continues to strive to ensure seniors enjoy the lifestyle that best meets their needs.

Topic: “Dementia Detective”

Anthony Ormsbee-Hale, PHR, SHRM-CP
Civitas Senior Living

Anthony Ormsbee-Hale is the Vice President of People Operations at Civitas Senior Living. Civitas operates 45+ senior living communities in 6 states.

In his daily work, Anthony leads strategy development and execution in talent acquisition, learning and development and performance management. Anthony supports the sustainability and success of Civitas through his work on the Corporate Risk Management committee and as a partner to leaders within the organization.

Anthony has been a featured speaker at the Texas Assisted Living Association and LeadingAge Texas annual conferences in addition to authoring "Turnover Reduction Starts With The Right Data" whitepaper published by Argentum. Anthony has also conducted several media appearances including multiple interviews on Bridge The Gap Podcast for Senior Living.

In 2018, Anthony co-founded the Texas Assisted Living Association’s Young Professionals Network and has been involved with industry initiatives such as Argentum’s HR Executive Roundtable, LEAD Program Steering Committee and the TALA Workforce Development Committee. Anthony also served on an advisory group for the development of a senior living apprenticeship program managed by Argentum with funds provided by the Department of Labor.

Anthony has completed executive education through Cornell University focusing on Strategic Human Resource Management and holds the Professional in Human Resources designation from HR Certification Institute and the Certified Professional designation from the Society for Human Resource Management.

Anthony's professional background consists of senior living sales, marketing and operational experiencing with a variety of senior living asset types in secondary and primary markets. Prior to finding his passion in senior living, Anthony started his career in the non-profit industry as a volunteer and community education manager.

In 2021, Anthony received the Texas Assisted Living Association HERO Award and was named to the Senior Housing News's Future Leaders Class in recognition of his leadership in the senior living industry.

Topic: “The Makings of A Leader: How Organizations Can Increase First Time Manager Effectiveness”

Ara Sayabailan, Ed.D.
TIM - Total Incontinence Management

Dr. Ara Sayabalian is a dedicated advocate not only for all incontinent individuals but also for the caregivers and families that care for them. Dr. Sayabalian holds a doctorate in incontinence education and is acknowledged as a thought leader in the field.  Ara’s background spans a variety of areas of healthcare including manufacturing, design and education. He has developed education curriculums for both licensed and unlicensed caregivers and also has worked in all areas of the manufacturing process with a focus on design and comfort for the incontinent individual.

Ara has spoken at numerous conferences educating the attendees on the benefits of good incontinence practice and protocol for both caregivers and individuals. He has published numerous peer reviewed journal articles on the subject of incontinence. He has long highlighted incontinence as being a root cause of many other conditions and symptoms and has been instrumental in proposing solutions to address this. Ara has started and led the dialog with all stakeholders on how a strong incontinence management program can lead to risk reduction and superior clinical outcomes.

Ara holds a Bachelor of Science from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and an MBA and Ed.D. from University of Southern California (USC).

Topic:” All Senior Living Stakeholders are Affected by a Clinically Proven Incontinence Program”

Arlene Luu, RN, BSN, JD, CPHRM
MedPro Group

Arlene has more than 20 years of experience as a registered nurse in diverse areas that include direct patient care, long-term care administration, case management/utilization management, nursing education, and risk management and patient safety.

She has worked as a defense attorney representing doctors, nursing homes, nurses, and other healthcare providers in medical malpractice cases. Additionally, Arlene has defended providers in administrative procedures brought by medical and nursing boards.

Arlene’s experience in risk management and patient safety includes working in the hospital setting and providing risk consulting services to physicians in all specialties, dental providers, medical groups, and healthcare facilities. She has presented and published information on various patient safety topics, and she has provided risk management guidance and support related to healthcare law, quality improvement, and risk exposure.

Arlene earned her bachelor of science degree in nursing from San Diego State University, a certificate in public health nursing for the state of California, and her juris doctorate degree from California Western School of Law. She is a licensed attorney in California and a certified professional in healthcare risk management (CPHRM).

Topic: “Make Risk Management and Insurance Costs Your Competitive Advantage”

Carmen Tilton, MGPS
Texas Assisted Living Association

Carmen Tilton, VP of Public Policy, oversees legislative and regulatory affairs. She represents TALA with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and is a leading voice at the Texas Capitol. She joined TALA in February 2020 after two years as a Senior Executive Policy Advisor for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and five years as a Senior Policy Analyst for several members in the Texas Legislature.

She has an extensive background in both the legislative and rulemaking processes with a focus on long-term care and behavioral health policies and programs. Carmen received her Master’s in Global Policy Studies from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a sixth generation Texan, a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, and a native of Terlingua, TX.

Topic: “Public Policy Update”

Charles Turner, MBA
KARE

An innovator in the senior housing space, Charles is currently the CEO of KARE, which is the leading solution to solve the labor shortage in senior care. Charles is also CEO of Invidia for Seniors, a multi platform company focused on improving the senior housing and care industry. Prior to Invidia, Charles was the President of Lifewell Senior Living and Pin Point Senior Living where he led development and operating initiatives for the companies. Invidia invests time, money and resources in technologies and programs that provide improve care and evidence based outcomes for its residents.

Charles has been instrumental in identifying and developing nearly a half billion dollars in Medical and Senior Housing projects including Hospitals, Medical Office Buildings and Assisted Living developments in several states throughout the Sun Belt United States. Charles has also been Vice President of Finance, Planning and Operations for Attachmate (formerly NetIQ), a $400 Million software company, where he was responsible for financial management, strategic planning activities and real estate.

Prior to Attachmate, Charles worked at BMC Software where he was responsible for internal strategic planning as well as restructuring the company’s real estate portfolio, saving the company over $30 Million per year in real estate expense from asset sales and lease restructuring. Charles also has several years experience in Big 4 consulting as well as industrial distribution management.

Charles holds a B.A. in History and Politics from Wake Forest University and an M.B.A. in Finance from The University of Texas in Austin.

Topic: “The Looming Labor Crisis”

Danny Mack, MDiv., CDP
Christian Care Communities and Services

Danny Mack is the Director of Spiritual Life at Christian Care Communities and Services.  He has a Masters of Divinity and is a Certified Dementia Practitioner.  He regularly speaks at Alzheimer's Conferences and seminars.  He has been a key note speaker at the Texas New Mexico Conference and the Leading Age Conference. His personal experience caring for a relative with dementia allows him to make an instant connection with his audience.  His presentations are educational, insightful, and creative. Danny Mack is an educator, business philosopher and an expert on rock-n-roll.

Topics: “Compassion Fatigue: Managing Care Stress” and “Moving Forward: Bacon, COVID 19, and Luby’s

Elizabeth Thomas, B.S., CMDCP, Certified Consultant ACHC, Certified Investigator
ET Solutions Group

Elizabeth Thomas is the owner of ETsolutionsgroup-a consultation service for assisted living. Her career has included owning and running various businesses, working with people with mental and physical disabilities, Director of a private ICF facility and working for HHSC Texas as a Surveyor, Manager of Investigations, Regional Director and Director of Regulatory Quality Assurance. Elizabeth attended St Edward's University and graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in psychology. She has received the Covey management training and Lean Six Sigma training. She balances work by spending time with family, travel and working on plans for building a cabin in New Mexico!

Topic: “Innovative Leadership-Position Your Community for Success”

Heather White, MBA, CALM, NIDE Proctor
Grace Truth Education

As a senior living professional for more than 15 years, working with older adults living with dementia has been common-place.  In 2018, I began my journey with the National Institute for Dementia Education as a proctor, leading educational courses and certifying others as Dementia Experts.  These experiences, in addition to my MBA in Healthcare Administration, my work with Rosa, my German Shephard Therapy Dog, and my more than 10 years of Leadership Development in Senior Living, are all evidence of the passion I have for creating opportunities for meaningful connectedness.

Topic: “Why Dementia Specific Education is Crucial to your Business”

Hollie Glover, MA, LPC, NCC
James L. West Center for Dementia Care

Hollie Glover, is a Licensed Professional Counselor, who currently works for the James L. West Center for Dementia Care in Fort Worth.  She is the Director of Education and Family Support Services.  She facilitates the center's family support groups and is involved in many of the numerous education services provided by the center.

Hollie is a Dementia Care Specialist and Certified Grief Counseling Specialist.  She has over twenty-nine years of experience in education and working with people of all ages.  She has degrees from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Sam Houston State University, and Dallas Baptist University.  She also attended Southwestern Theological Seminary to obtain hours in theology.

Topics: “Trauma Informed Care”,“Sexuality and Dementia”, and “Supporting Your Families to Create a Cohesive Team:  How to build trust, manage expectations, and create a team that works together for the benefit of the resident”

Jack Angel, CSA, CDP, CBDDP, MBA
Senior Care Authority of Southeast Texas

Jack Angel is a Senior Care Advocate and owner of Senior Care Authority of Southeast Texas. He is a Texas A&M Masters graduate, Certified Senior Advisor®, Certified Dementia Practitioner, and Certified Beyond Driving With Dignity Professional operating in the Southeast Texas region. Jack is a former presenter at the 2021 TALA Annual Conference and a member of the Texas Chapter of the National Placement & Referral Alliance (NPRA).

Topic: “Increase Occupancy with Prequalified Referrals”

Jaime Capelo, JD
Capelo Law

Jaime Capelo is the legislative consultant for the Texas Assisted Living Association.  Mr. Capelo has been actively lobbying the Texas Legislature and regulatory agencies for over 13 years, advocating for his clients directly with the Governor, Lt. Governor, the Texas Senate, the Texas House of Representatives, numerous state and federal agencies, and even the U.S. Senate and Congress.  Prior to initiating his legislative consulting practice, Mr. Capelo was elected and served 4 terms in the Texas House of Representatives from the Corpus Christi area.

In the Texas House, he served on the House Public Health Committee and was ultimately appointed Chairman of the Public Health Committee.

After graduating salutatorian from Roy Miller High School, Mr. Capelo earned his J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law and his B.A. in history from Yale University.

Topic: “Public Policy Update”

Jaime Cobb Tinsley,
James L. West Center for Dementia Care

Jaime Cobb Tinsley, certified Alzheimer’s Educator, is the Vice President of Dementia & Caregiver Education at James L. West Center for Dementia Care. Jaime has over 15 years of working with persons with dementia and their families. Since she has been at the West Center, Jaime has developed and implemented a variety of innovative programs that focus on enhancing the quality of life for families living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and for healthcare professionals that have become an integral service to the community. Jaime is a Certified Independent Positive Approach to Care™ Trainer and Consultant, and a Master Trainer for Dementia Live®, Compassionate Touch™ programs, Dealing with Dementia, and the Stress-Busting Program for Family Caregivers™.

Jaime has a bachelor's degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Abilene Christian University.

In addition to her work at the West Center, Jaime serves on the board of Care & Prepare, an organization dedicated to bringing advance care planning to all people.

Topics: “The Magic of Reminiscence” and “Effective Tools for Managing Dementia Behaviors: Non-pharmacologic Approaches”

James Lee, MBA
Bella Groves/Bear Wise Consulting

James Lee is a 14-year professional in the senior living industry.  He started as a caregiver and has worked across the country in training, sales, and operations leadership positions for respected companies.  James is the owner of Bear Wise Consulting, the host of Level Up Leadership Podcast, and the co-founder and CEO of Bella Groves.

He is a graduate of the Executive MBA from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas, and he lives and serves his community of San Antonio.

Topic: “We're Looking at Labor Analysis All Wrong”

Jason DeCesari, PT, DPT, GCS, OCS
FOX Rehabilitation

Dr. Jason DeCesari is a physical therapist with 10 years of clinical and leadership experience. He obtained his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2012 from Stockton University and has since become a board certified specialist in both Orthopedics and Geriatrics.

He has spent the last 7 years with FOX Rehabilitation where he has held positions in regional and national quality assurance, as residency program faculty, and now in operational leadership. He also served as an adjunct instructor at Rutger's University for the past 4 years.

Topic: “Resident Engagement and Socialization in the Management of Dementia”

Kimberly Rogers,
Good Shepherd Hospice

Kimberly Rogers is a Hospice Care Consultant for Good Shepherd Hospice with 21 years experience in Elder Care.

Topic: “5 Reasons Why Hospice in the Assisted Living Setting”

Linda Abel, RN
Dementia Friendly Fort Worth

Linda serves as President of Dementia Friendly Fort Worth (DFFW) where she helps lead the effort to make Fort Worth and all of Tarrant County a kinder and more compassionate community for persons living with dementia and their care partners, in other words Dementia-Friendly. Since her retirement as an RN, she has served the Texas Assisted Living Association as a trainer for assisted living managers all over the state of Texas.

Because of her background in nursing, area of her work with DFFW of particular interest to Linda is working to see nursing and other healthcare professionals graduate with an awareness and understanding of dementia so that they are better provide dementia-capable care for those with dementia until there is a cure.

Her greatest joy in working with Dementia Friendly Fort Worth has been the development of weekly dementia friendly Chapel service, now offered virtually. Through this virtual chapel service, it is possible for people living with dementia and their care partners to continue to enjoy worship with familiar hymns and Scripture in a comfortable environment. She has just completed a Dementia Friendly Chapel Toolkit, available on the DFFW website (DementiaFriendlyFW.org), making is possible for others to offer such a service to meet the spiritual needs of their residents, families, and friends living with dementia.

Linda and her husband Jim have been married for 52 years. Linda worked as an RN in Assisted Living communities for 20 years of her career. She also served alongside her husband, Jim who is a retired United Methodist Minister. She and Jim have 2 grown sons, who have families of their own. They especially enjoy spending time with their 4 granddaughters.

 Topic: “Ethics for Nurses and Social Workers”

Lucas McCurdy,
The Bridge Group Construction/ Bridge the Gap

Lucas McCurdy is the founder of The Bridge Group Construction based in Dallas, Texas. Lucas is widely known as “The Senior Living Fan,” and co-host of Bridge The Gap: The Senior Living Podcast where the mission is to educate, inform and influence. McCurdy has directed his passion for aging adults and the communities they live in to develop the industry’s first renovation and construction company dedicated solely to the senior living industry.

McCurdy has been working in the construction renovation space for over 14 years. Having previously worked in a number of other markets including hospitality and multi-family, the senior living industry has captured his love and attention. In late 2018, McCurdy amicably parted ways from his family’s business to pursue his full-time passion into seniors housing and launched his new company.

Active in the senior living industry including involvement in NIC, Argentum, LeadingAge, ASHA, McCurdy was appointed to the NIC Future Leaders Council for a three-year term.

He found his life’s work and passion in the senior living industry desires to use his time and talents to elevate and give back to the industry that gives so much to him. Working as a boutique general contractor for senior housing investors and operators is rewarding as he gets to execute construction projects in complex, delicate environments to ultimately make these communities safe and beautiful.

Successfully completing a construction project in a congregate care environment takes detailed planning, thoughtful execution, and at the core, an empathetic heart and mind to be part of something bigger than yourself. To bridge the gap between initial investment and ROI is a responsibility McCurdy takes seriously.

He was born in Texas, attended college at Winthrop University in South Carolina where he was a 3-time Big South Champion in cross country and track. McCurdy as his wife Danielle love spending time as a family with 5-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter. The two are advocates for adoption and for families with children on the Autism spectrum.

Topic: “The Market Shift: Navigating design, materials & construction challenges in Senior Living”

Michael Crowe, JD
Husch Blackwell

Active in assisted living policy and law since 1997.Michael Crowe is a partner with Husch Blackwell, L.L.P. in Austin, Texas.

He advises healthcare providers on administrative law, government investigations, mergers and acquisitions, governance and public policy. Mike’s clients include local governments and healthcare providers and professionals, with a focus on the post-acute and long term support services industry. His relationship with the assisted living industry began in 1997 when he served as the director of the Texas Senate’s Interim Committee on Home Health and Assisted Living Facilities.

Michael graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1991. He serves on the board of directors of the Texas Assisted Living Association and the Mothers Milk Bank of Austin and is the leader of Husch Blackwell’s post-acute care initiative.

Topic: “COVID 19 Vaccination and Mask Mandates

Misty Miller, MSN, RN
Civitas Senior Living

Misty Miller is Chief Operating Officer at Civitas Senior Living, where she supports its mission, vision, and culture by identifying areas of opportunity and growth, overseeing strategic initiatives, performing risk management, and ensuring Civitas communities have the necessary resources to provide high quality services and superior customer service.

Misty discovered her passion for seniors and healthcare at a young age when she watched her mother perform her duties as a private duty caregiver. Watching how her mother became part of her patient’s family, coupled with the wonders of the human body and medicine, ignited her passion for senior living.

She has worked in senior living her entire career in roles such as Director of Nursing, Regional Health Services Director, and Vice President of Clinical Services. Misty joined Civitas as Chief Wellness Officer in 2018 because she loved how the company’s values aligned so closely to her own and how its people were forward thinking and always looking for opportunities for improvement. She is known for her work ethic and dedication to making Civitas a great place for its residents and staff through optimal quality of life.

Misty is a Registered Nurse and holds an MS in Nursing with an emphasis on leadership and development from Western Governors University in Salt Lake City. She is Director of Nursing Services Certified and a Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer, Assisted Living Administrator, and Dementia Practitioner. She is involved with various Texas Assisted Living Association (TALA) clinical and public policy workgroups and a member of the Alzheimer’s Association. When she’s not working with Civitas to set high standards and improve the senior living industry as a whole, Misty enjoys yoga, weightlifting, listening to audio books, and spending quality time with her family.

Topic: “Infection Prevention and Control Program Considerations for ALF”

Paul Jarvis,
Bateau

Paul is the CEO and co-founder of Bateau, the first data analysis technology built specifically for senior living. Prior to starting Bateau, Paul worked at Palantir Technologies for 7 years helping Fortune 500 companies find insights in their data.

Topic: “Get proactive! How to use data to get ahead (and stay there)”

Stephanie Berman, MSN, RN, CALM
RN Delegation Academy/Engagement Through Education

Stephanie Berman, MSN, RN, is the leading expert on RN Delegation in Texas. Stephanie’s engaging, down-to-earth, practical, high-energy presentations leaves audiences wanting more. She engages them from the moment they start and leaves them empowered to handle their new responsibilities. Her ability to connect with the audiences creates a desire for more. From medication administration, to leadership training, it was the overwhelming response to any presentation Stephanie provides that lead her to form Engagement Through Education, a cutting-edge training academy.

She started her career in nursing as an emergency room nurse and has spent over 12 years as the Executive Director or Director of Nursing of various long-term care communities and has been the RN Delegate for dozens of assisted living communities here in Texas and other states as well. She earned her Associates Degree in Nursing from Austin Community College and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Masters in Nurse Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington.

A deep passion formed for the geriatric population and she has spent her career working in various long-term, assisted living, and memory care facilities where she developed programs that reduced re-admission rates, created an understanding of RN delegation, developed a leadership program, and fast became the go-to person for better standards of care and regulations. Her company, Engagement Through Education and RN Delegation Academy have paired with its partner facilities to revolutionize the training and delegation process, even including the development of an online curriculum to allow for remote training in a time of social distancing and beyond.

Advisory Panel Member: Center for Excellence in Aging Services and Long Term Care

Topic: “Nursing Leadership or Leadership in Nursing and why we need them both”

Vladimir Chemadurov, CIC, CRM, MBA
Risk Services - Leavitt Insurance Agency

Vladimir is a co-owner and practice leader with Risk Services - Leavitt Insurance Agencies. He began his insurance career in 2005 with Brown & Brown of Texas in Houston. His focus is all areas of risk management, including advanced cost management, risk prevention, and containment strategies for employee benefits and commercial insurance programs. Vladimir takes pride in being an insurance technician and constantly learning emerging trends.

Vladimir graduated from The University of Texas in 1997 with a degree in Economics. He earned his MBA from Southwest Texas State University in 2001. Vladimir has earned the CRM (Certified Risk Manager), CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor), and CLCS (Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist) designations.

Vladimir was born and raised in Mineralnye Vody, Russia. While a student at The University of Texas in Austin, he met and married his wife, Emily. They have called Houston, Texas home for 18 years, where they are raising two sons. His hobbies include gardening and restoring old houses.

Topic: “Make Risk Management and Insurance Costs Your Competitive Advantage”