Be sure to save the date for NALTA’s 32nd Annual Conference (September 27th – 29th) at the fabulous Moody Gardens Hotel in Galveston, Texas! The 2017 conference committee has been busy preparing another outstanding event. Be on the lookout for our full conference brochure coming in early April. Although we are still finalizing the details, we are excited to provide a few teasers of what you can expect at conference this year.

The conference seminar will begin on Wednesday and provide a day of “Surfing the Lease through the State Laws and Regulations”. The morning session will cover state laws and regulations as they pertain to the oil and gas lease with attorney George Snell (and others to be announced) as the guest speaker.  After lunch, attendees will be led on a guided field trip and educational tour of the Ocean Star Energy Center Museum and Offshore Drilling Rig. Red Willow Production Company will be providing an offshore expert to be our tour guide during the trip. This is a new twist on our usual Wednesday seminar and one you definitely won’t want to miss!

The keynote speaker on Thursday will be J. P. Bryan, founder and CEO of Torch Energy Advisors. Mr. Bryan is known for his museum-quality collection of Texana: rare artifacts such as rifles, swords, uniforms, fine art, old books, papers and more documenting the Lone Star state’s history.  In 2015, Mr. Bryan opened the Bryan Museum in Galveston to display his collection.  His museum tells the story of the American West. He was born into one of Texas’ most storied families, a great-great grandson of the dynamic settler Emily Austin Perry and her first husband, James Bryan. Perry was the sister and sole heir of Stephen F. Austin, known as the father of Texas.

We are fortunate to have another outstanding luncheon keynote speaker, Nancy Robinson Masters, with us on Friday.  Ms. Masters is a popular inspirational speaker for schools, businesses, organizations, and events. She is a pilot and the author of 44 books with combined sales of more than 500,000 copies. Her feature articles have appeared in a variety of magazines and newspapers, and her flying/writing adventures have taken her around the world, including traveling with the National Science Foundation in Antarctica by special invitation from the White House. She has twice been named the Distinguished Citizen of the Year by the United States Air Force and became the first woman to receive the Stephen F. Austin Distinguished Service Award for her “Freedom to Read ‘em” programs promoting patriotism and the power of free people to freely read and write.  Thousands of Americans have been inspired hearing Nancy speak, and her workshops are highly recommended by teachers and participants.

Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center is located on Galveston Island approximately 73 miles south of Houston Intercontinental Airport and 41 miles south of Houston Hobby Airport.  Come early or stay late to explore the hotel and many other island restaurants and attractions. The hotel has four complimentary shuttles available for transporting guests to other venues around the island. The low conference rate of $165/night plus taxes will be honored 3 days prior to and following the NALTA Conference.

In addition to the hotel, Moody Gardens’ massive complex (242 acres) is also host to the following popular Galveston attractions (excerpt from

EXPLORE the ocean and meet penguins, sharks and more at the Aquarium Pyramid®.

ENJOY an authentic rainforest adventure and close encounters with free-roaming monkeys, macaws and other endangered animals and plants at the Rainforest Pyramid®.

CLIMB the five-tier Sky Trail® Ropes Course and SOAR over Palm Beach on the Zip Line.

LEARN about the mysteries of science at the Discovery Museum® or IMMERSE yourself at the MG 3D Theater and 4D Theater.

EMBARK on a Colonel Paddlewheel Boat cruise, HAVE FUN during the summer at the lazy river, wave pool and more at Palm Beach, Galveston’s only white sand beach.

RELAX and indulge in a little island time at the beautiful Moody Gardens® Hotel or take on a new CHALLENGE at the Moody Gardens Golf Course.

For updates on conference and more information on everything Galveston has to offer, check and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@OfficialNALTA), LinkedIn, and Instagram. Start making plans now to join us in Galveston and to “Catch the Education Title Wave”!


Nicholas (Nick) Nelson

NALTA 1st Vice President and 2017 Conference Coordinator

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