Attendee fees cover all CAMPference events and meals.
Vendors may purchase meal tickets for the President's Reception and Breakfast Banquet.
Steve is a lifelong camper. He first attended camp when he was 8 and he continued for 11 years. In his years as a camper and a counselor, he discovered the power of the camp experience to develop confidence, social skills and joy.
He even wrote about camp in his college applications as one of the defining experiences of his life. After graduating with honors from Davidson College, he got off the camp track for a few years during which he was an investment banker with Goldman Sachs in New York and Simmons & Company in Houston. He then went to Harvard Business School, where he decided to pursue his true passion: summer camp. He and Susie have been full-time campers since 1993. Steve is lucky to have the pleasure of partnering with his wife (and best friend).
Steve has been featured in articles in the Wall Street Journal, American Way magazine, the Houston Chronicle and the Austin-American Statesman. He currently writes for Psychology Today on youth development, education and parenting. Steve chaired the Tri-State Camp Conference (the largest camp conference in the world) from 2008-2010. In 2009, he received the National Service Award from the American Camp Association (ACA). In 2010, he was appointed Treasurer of the ACA and serves on its Executive Committee.
Respected parenting and youth development expert, Deborah Gilboa, MD, is the founder of AskDoctorG.com. Popularly known as Dr. G, her passion for raising kids with character makes her a favorite family physician, media personality, author,speaker and social influencer. A mom of four boys, she inspires audiences with relatable stories and easy tools to develop crucial life skills in children ages 2-22.
Dr. G is a board certified attending family physician at Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill Health Center, caring for diverse patients from 100+ countries, speaking 47 different languages. Her work with the deaf community has received national recognition and was the focus of her service as an Albert Schweitzer Fellow.
She has received multiple awards for clinical excellence in teaching, including the Alpha Omega Alpha Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award as a Clinical Associate Professor for the University of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine.
A graduate of University of Pittsburgh’s SOM and Carnegie Mellon University, as well as alumnus of Chicago’s Second City Improv Theater, Dr. G’s diverse background and experiences add to her credibility and lively story-telling.
Dr. G is the author of multiple books including Get the Behavior You Want, Without Being the Parent You Hate! (Demos Publishing) and parenting activity books focusing on building her 3R’s of Parenting: Respect, Responsibility and Resilience.
Dr. and Dr. Gilboa have four boys together and are happy to call Pittsburgh, PA their home.
Kim Aycock, MST, has 30+ years of experience blending the skills of a master teacher with the knowledge of a seasoned camp expert. She trains camp staff at all levels and speaks professionally at regional and national conferences. Kim has the ability to connect with and motivate learners of all ages through her interactive and innovative presentations.
Courtney Read Hoffman, C.A.M.P. government relations liaison, will provide a legislative update from Austin, including relevant Interim Charges, changes in the Texas legislature for the 2017 Session, regulatory information from the Department of State Health Services and an overview of the Texas election process.
Robert Monaghan is the Executive Vice President and sales manager of Hibbs-Hallmark and Company in Tyler, Texas. Robert has insured camps since 1986 and currently works with over 100 camps. He also insures the American Camp Association and serves on their insurance committee. Hibbs-Hallmark & Company has recently been awarded the Torch Award from the Better Business Bureau for ethical business practices.
Tim Huchton is Member and Customer Development Specialist with the American Camp Association. He works to support the work and missions of the camp experience. Tim is passionate about the camp experience and feels that every child should get the chance to go to camp. He is a regular speaker at conferences across the country and at numerous camps during staff training season.
Tommy Ferguson started as a camp counselor in 1971 and became full time director of Camp Olympia at age 23. Tommy continued as Director until 2016. Olympia has become a nationally recognized camp for its outstanding summer camp operation. Tommy served as president of the Texas Section of the American Camp Association, C.A.M.P., Association of Independent Camps, and Camp Owners and Directors Association. He was also a member of the national board of the American Camp Association. Presently he is serving as the chair of the C.A.M.P. Legislation Committee.
Gilbert Sauceda is the owner of Color Factory, LLC, a graphic design and marketing house that specializes in brand development and logo design, located in Round Rock, Texas. The Color Factory specializes in aligning the vision with the message. Color Factory works with excellence, integrity, creativity and knowledge to bring your business to the forefront.
Richard Solomon is a Senior Vice President for American State Bank, Tyler, Texas, a privately held community bank that serves clients all over Texas. His banking career spans 30 years in the public and private sector with the last 20 years as a commercial banker. More importantly, he has spent the last 10 years serving the youth camp industry in Texas both as a banker and a volunteer. He is a passionate camp supporter and is currently on the Board of Lakeview Methodist Conference Center, Palestine, Texas. Lakeview serves youth and families for the Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church, and is the sixty year home to Texas A&M University’s Fish Camp. Richard recently published an article in Camping Magazine (November/December 2017 issue) entitled, “Top Ten Banking Products and Services Important for Camps”, and spoke at Christian Camp and Conference Association’s 2017 national conference in Colorado Springs. Richard received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University and his Graduate Banking degree from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. When Richard is not serving clients, he loves spending time with his family in the outdoors or at Texas A&M athletic events. You can reach him at email@example.com or at his office at 903-266-5565.