15th Annual  Holt  Cat® Symposium on
Excellence in Ranch Management

ranch management symposiumOctober 18-19, 2018

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The annual Holt Cat® Symposium on Excellence in Ranch Management is KRIRM’s highlight event held every October. The symposium features an in-depth look at timely and important issues facing the ranch management industry, delivered in a workshop format.



14th Annual Holt Cat® Symposium on Excellence in Ranch Management

October 26-27, 2017

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The 2017 symposium will discuss Succession Planning: Transitioning Ranch Ownership and Management. With the average age of farmers and ranchers at 58 years, the conversation of how to transition the ranch to the next generation should be at the forefront of every ranch owner and manager’s mind. The program will begin with a keynote address by farm and ranch succession planning expert Dick Wittman about taking inventory and positioning your ranch for effective succession and building the right team of advisors to guide you through the process. Next, Margaret Vaughan of MCV Consulting will detail the phases in the succession process by providing instruction on how to initiate the succession planning conversation, create a shared ranch vision for the future, and formalize the ranch decision making model and governance. The agenda also includes guidance by attorney James Decker on estate planning and the transfer of assets to the next generation. Finally, representatives from Padlock Ranch, McFaddin Enterprises, and R.A. Brown Ranch will explain how each of these successful operations have remained in the family through the generations. Each session will conclude with a panel-style question and answer session for attendees to interact with speakers.

Included in registration is admission to the industry trade show open during symposium, a steak dinner on Thursday, October 26th—during which the Texas Farm Credit Certificate in Advanced Ranch Management awards are presented—and an in-depth tour of King Ranch that concludes the symposium on Friday, October 27th.


Registration Closed
Campus Map


Memorial Student Union Building
Texas A&M University-Kingsville Campus

1050 W. Santa Gertrudis Ave.
Kingsville, Texas 78363


$150-covers materials, refreshments, lunch, and Thursday night dinner

Travel Information:

Holiday Inn Express & Suites

2400 South Highway 77
Kingsville, TX 78363


Hampton Inn & Suites

2489 South U.S. Hwy 77
Kingsville,Texas 78363


La Quinta Inn & Suites

2151 S Hwy 77
Kingsville, Texas 78363


The Corpus Christi International Airport is approximately 33 miles from Kingsville, offering commercial flights with American Airlines, Southwest, and United. There are numerous car rental companies available including Enterprise, Alamo, Alvis, Hertz, and more. Please reserve your flight and car rental directly with the airport and rental company.

Corpus Christi International Airport
1000 International Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78406

Symposium Speakers

Donnell Brown
R.A. Brown Ranch, Texas
James Decker
Attorney at Law, Texas
Bob McCan
McFaddin Enterprises, Texas; Past NCBA President
Trey Patterson
Padlock Ranch, Wyoming
Margaret Vaughan
MCV Consulting, Texas
Dick Wittman
Wittman Consulting & Wittman Farms, Idaho