By Emmanuel Quiroz, UT San Antonio
Director of Marketing, Central Texas Region

Over the last weekend 10 entities gathered together in San Antonio, TX for the Fall 2019 CTX Regional Conference. The theme of the conference was Power, Perseverance, & Passion. Keynote motivational speaker, Rick Ramirez from El Paso, TX shared his story of coming from nowhere and finding his WHY. A brother who was at the conference, reached out to him and said “even though I’ve had my why since I was a child, I’ve lost motivation in recent years. However, after listening to your talk today. I feel motivated again! Thank you for sharing your story and helping me remember why again!”

Director of Intake Eric Barrera, along with RMDC-North Alex Garcia and RMDC-South Marco Gonzales led the prospective members in a service event at a local high school with a beautification project on Saturday morning. With presentations such as Title IX, 4 Corners: Passion, and Emotional Intelligence, brothers spent the majority of the time working on self-development. 

Alumni Brothers from all over the state came together to host a post-grad panel with the undergraduate membership. Brothers had the opportunity to ask the alumni an array of questions and ODPhi Alumni were represented the fields of engineering, education, marketing, federal work, and graduate and professional school. 

This year undergraduate brothers were able to present at conference. Brother Mario Lao (UTSA) shared Social Media strategies and Programming for a successful academic school year. Brother Richard Villareal (Beta Theta, TAMUSA) engaged brothers in discussion of what makes a good fundraiser, how to maximize profits, and the importance of marketing yourself well. 

The conference concluded at a Sunday Awards Brunch where brothers were recognized for all the hard work that they accomplished for the 2018-2019 academic year. Beta Theta (TAMUSA) took home the Chapter of the Year, Chi (UT-Austin) received the Community Service award, and Alpha Gamma (UTRGV) were recognized as the Social Media Presence award. At the brunch, brothers were given the opportunity to take professional portraits with hopes that they would use them for their growth-development.

The regional board was also very proud to announce their newly unveiled Central Texas Region logo which will be used moving forward to represent the region in all facets. 

The Central Texas Region is excited to finish the year strong and are looking forward for Spring 2020 where they will gather at 2 HYPE Weekend.