2018 Conference Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Eddie Thompson, Ed.D., FCEP
President and CEO,
 Thompson & Associates

R. Edward Thompson, Founder and CEO of Thompson & Associates, the nation’s premier charitable estate planning firm, brings over 35 years of planning experience to the leadership of his company established in 1996. Eddie has planned over 3,200 estates ranging from $2,700 to almost a billion dollars.  The Thompson & Associates’ team, consisting of over 45 attorneys and experienced professionals, helps individuals and families plan to pass their estate assets to their family and to the organizations they support in a manner consistent with their values and objectives.


Jan Hargrave
Author and CEO, 
Hargrave & Associates

Body language expert Jan Latiolais Hargrave teaches you the ways in which your body communicates to the world around you. As the nation’s leading behavioral authority and body language expert, Ms. Hargrave provides you with the skills you need to “read” your family, your associates, your customers, in fact, everyone around you.  Jan is the author of Let Me See Your Body Talk, Freeway of Love, Judge the Jury, Strictly Business Body Language, and Poker Face.  She has shared her expertise about body language, persuasion and influence with the New York Times, NBC News, ABC News, CBS News, Fox Television, the Steve Harvey Show, The Lifetime Channel, E-Entertainment Television and dozens of popular magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Glamor, People, InTouch Weekly, Us Weekly, Life & Style, First for Women, The Forensic Examiner, Golf Magazine and others.  Jan describes the “hidden messages’ you use in your everyday life and shows you how to stop the lies and uncover the truth—in any conversation or situation.


Session Speakers

Tom Barrett, JD LL.M
Advanced Markets Director, Mass Mutual Financial



Alan Breus
President, The Breus Group

Amanda Brown Irving
Executive Director of Development, UT Austin





Amelia Ribnick Kleiman, CFRE, MBA, JD
Houston Center for Literacy





Tama Klosek
Managing Member, Klosek & Associates PLLC





Tom Moore, CFRE
Director of Advancement, The Kinkaid School





Patrick Pacheco
EVP, Trust Executive, Cadence Bank

Stephanie Loomis Price
Shareholder, Winstead PC





Kimberly Sterling
President, Sterling Associates






Angela Throne
Gift Planning Officer, Texas A&M Foundation