14 th Annual Holt Cat® Symposium on
Excellence in Ranch Management
Succession Planning: Transitioning Ranch Ownership and Management
October 26-27, 2017
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.
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, King Ranch, and RA 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.
Memorial Student Union Building
Texas A&M University-Kingsville Campus
Kingsville, Texas 78363
$150-covers materials, refreshments, lunch, and Thursday night dinner
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
2400 South Highway 77
Kingsville, TX 78363
Hampton Inn & Suites
2489 South U.S. Hwy 77
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
R.A. Brown Ranch, Texas
Attorney at Law, Texas
McFaddin Enterprises, Texas; Past NCBA President
Padlock Ranch, Wyoming
MCV Consulting, Texas
Wittman Consulting & Wittman Farms, Idaho