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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Annual Business Meeting

12:00 PM - 01:00 PM Central Standard Time

Location: Maggiano's Little Italy 10910 Domain Drive Austin, TX 78758 $15 for Members $10 for Student Members $25 for Non-members Lunch will be served family-style with several pasta and salad options available. Vegetarian and gluten free plates can be requested during RSVP. RSVP by 9am January 13 at www.wtsevents.org/chapter/HeartofTexas/


Annual Business Meeting
WTS 2014 Honorary Members


Curious about all the WTS activities that go on throughout the year?  Then join us for the Annual Business Meeting on January 15, 2014 at Maggiano’s at the Domain!  Our board will provide a presentation on our Year in Review for 2013, as well as look ahead to 2014. 

If you are not yet a member of the Heart of Texas Chapter, this is a great opportunity to get a glimpse of our organization!  If you are currently a member, this is a chance to meet with our 2014 honorary members, reminisce on all the fun of 2013, and see if your vote helped us determine our 2013 Member of the Year!

2013 MEMBER OF THE YEAR  We will announce the Heart of Texas Member of the Year for 2013.  Please join us in honoring the member that has gone above and beyond to help make the Heart of Texas Chapter such a great success!

INTRODUCTION OF HONORARY MEMBERS  Join us in welcoming our 2014 Honorary Members, Williamson County Commissioner Valerie Covey and Mr. Gary Schatz of the City of Austin.

Commissioner Valerie Covey was elected to represent Williamson County Precinct Three on the Williamson County Commissioner’s Court in November 2006 and was reelected for her second full term in November 2012. 

She serves the county by participating on various boards and committees, including: the Williamson County Conservation Foundation, the Williamson County Mental Health Committee, the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter Board, the Williamson County Audit Committee, and the Williamson County Investment Committee.  Commissioner Covey also serves as the chair of the Local Authority Network Advisory Committee, a statewide committee that advises the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) on technical and administrative issues that directly affect local mental health authority responsibilities.

She attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned a degree in accounting and has been licensed as a certified public accountant for more than 20 years.  She and her husband of over 28 years, Mark Covey, have lived in Georgetown, TX since 1994, and are blessed with three sons and a daughter-in-law. 

Mr. Gary Schatz is an Assistant Director with the Austin Transportation Department and is the city’s traffic engineer of record. Gary’s team is responsible for engineering, installing, operating, and maintaining all traffic signals, school zone flashers, traffic signs and pavement markings in the city.

Prior to joining the City of Austin in April 2010, Gary was a Senior Associate with Walter P. Moore and Associates in Houston, Texas. Before that, he was a Managing Engineer with the City of Houston’s Traffic and Transportation Division. With nearly 25 years of transportation engineering experience, Gary is a nationally recognized expert for alternative geometric design. His focus is on context-sensitive solutions, which provide safe and efficient mobility options for all roadway users. His experiences include development of complex master plans, such as the recently adopted Round Rock Historic Downtown Master Plan, Safe Routes to Schools, neighborhood traffic projects, modern roundabouts, railroad quiet zones, intersection improvements, and roadway safety programs. Gary is spearheading the use of pedestrian hybrid beacons (PHBs) in Texas. He was instrumental in having State law amended in 2011 to allow the use of these innovative devices. Austin currently has 33 PHBs installed, which is more than any other city in Texas and one of the largest concentrations in the US.

Gary received his BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Oklahoma. Currently a licensed professional engineer in five states, he is also certified as a Professional Traffic Operations Engineer. Gary has extensive experience with planning, designing, and implementing modern roundabouts. He currently chairs the Institute of Transportation Engineers’ Roundabout Committee.

When not being a traffic engineer, which according to his family is most of the time, Gary likes backyard grilling, barbecue road trips, home construction projects, and woodworking.

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