TEXPERS' Fort Worth Annual Conference Packs General Session With Nearly 530 Attendees

The Texas Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems held its 2022 Annual Conference at The Worthington Renaissance Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas, April 3-6, 2022.

This year's theme was Powering Up Pensions. Nearly 530 members attended - many came to level up their skills as trustees and administrators of public employee pension funds.

"TEXPERS applauds the sponsors and presenters for the diligent work in planning their educational content for the 27 sessions held during our 2022 Annual Conference," said Art Alfaro, the association's executive director. "The atmosphere at this year's event was almost electric in how enthused our members were to learn and network to strengthen pensions for Texas' state and local government employees. It was evident in our attendance numbers."

TEXPERS' System Members were invited to plug into the minds of the pensions and investment industry's top thought leaders and power up their governance, fiduciary, and investment performance. 

Event Highlights

Day 1: Sunday, April 3

Day one of the conference allowed attendees to focus on networking and peer connection during TEXPERS' Annual Golf Tournament at Rockwood Golf Course. The day also included the association's annual business meeting and the start of conference registration.


Day 2: Monday, April 4

On day two of the conference, after our opening ceremony, attendees heard from the event's first keynote speaker, Ari Rastegar of Rastegar Property Co., a Gold Sponsor of the conference. Ari, the founder and CEO of the company, outlined the importance of fiduciary duty and how real estate can be a hedge against inflation. (Presentation slide deck unavailable)

More Videos and Presentations from Day 2 

Day 3: Tuesday, April 5

Keynote speaker Steve Chiavarone, vice-president/head of multi-asset solutions at Federated Hermes, a Gold Sponsor of the conference, kicked off day three by discussing inflation's impact on the markets.

More Videos and Presentations from Day 3 

Day 4: Wednesday, April 6

On day four, the final day began of the conference started with an overview of public pension issues and trends by the Texas Pension Review Board's vice-chair, Keith Brainard. Keith compared public retirement benefits to the private sector and said that as of Dec. 31, 2021, public pensions in the U.S. had $5.85 trillion in assets. (PDF Presentation)

More Videos and Presentations from Day 4 


Educational Opportunities

TEXPERS hosts educational programs for the trustees and administrators that manage the retirement funds of police officers, firefighters, and municipal and district employees throughout Texas. TEXPERS has conducted the Annual Conference for 33 years, offering a professional development edge to sessions and workshops designed around current topics and trends focused on public fund management and investment issues. 

The 2022 Annual Conference in Fort Worth marked the association's 32nd event, having canceled its 2020 Annual Conference due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The association has 68 member pension systems that manage $32.7 billion in retirement assets for 57,728 active members and 60,737 retirees and beneficiary annuitants. TEXPERS' Annual Conference brings Texas' key pension stakeholders together for education, training, and networking.

"We invite our member system trustees and administrators to take advantage of our whole conference experience, from state-approved trustee training to peer-to-peer networking," said Alfaro, the association's executive director. "TEXPERS' Annual Conference is the perfect time to learn industry tactics and gain fresh perspectives from some of the industry's top thought leaders."

The next chance for TEXPERS' members to network and develop their pension management skills is during its Summer Educational Forum, Aug. 21-23, in El Paso, Texas. The venue is at 10 Henry Trost Ct., El Paso, TX 79901. 

Registration isn't open yet. Check our event page for additional details as they become available. For sponsorship information, email [email protected].

About the Author:
Allen Jones is the director of communications and event marketing at the Texas Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems. He joined TEXPERS in 2017. Follow him on Twitter at @AllenJones1974
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