About Us

Meet the Staff

Elisabel B Mannan with Hook 'Em

Elisabel Bordallo Mannan, Associate Director

Mannan has been with the Thompson Conference Center (TCC) since 2009. She was the conference services manager for many years and became the assistant director in 2018. She spent her time as the conference services manager underscoring the need for stellar customer service to her staff, nurturing a team that believes their success is achieved through client success. In this client-first, service-oriented atmosphere, Mannan has stepped back from managing the conference office and focused on the bigger picture, bringing her values and vision across the department.

Outside of work she enjoys being a foodie, photography, travel, hiking with her dog Duke and spending time with her son Julian.

Nestor Cordova with Hook 'Em on the south patio at TCC

Nestor Cordova, AV and Operations Manager

Cordova has over ten years’ experience with videography and AV systems. He has been a part of the UT Austin community since 2011, first joining with the TCC team in 2014 and returning in 2018. Cordova and his team are ready to help you with your technology and facility needs and to provide you, your staff and your attendees with a superior event experience at the Thompson Conference Center.

Cordova received his B.A. in history from Portland State University and he enjoys cooking for large groups.

Event Coordinator Amy Davis

Amy Davis, Events Program Coordinator

Davis joined the TCC staff in 2021 after spending 21 years in the professional theater industry, specializing in Shakespeare and classical theater. In her work at TCC, Davis focuses on supporting campus clients.

Davis loves exploring all the great places to eat around Austin and cooking southern classics and food from around the world.

TCC coordinator Rachel Lickteig

Rachel Lickteig, Events Program Coordinator

Lickteig has been working at TCC since 2018. She began her career planning weddings and quickly found her passion in corporate events and live production. She brings to UT her background in hospitality, event operations and client success. She currently manages external organizations and government clients for TCC.

Mike Sanchez on the north patio at TCC

Mike Sanchez, AV and Events Team Supervisor

Sanchez has worked for The University of Texas at Austin since 2000. For the first 17 years, he worked as a crew leader in the events and moving department. He moved to TCC in 2018.

Mike has lived in Austin his entire life and is the father of three sons and two step-daughters. He and his wife Diana also have nine grandchildren. Mike enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.

Customer service is the cornerstone of everything we do at the Thompson Conference Center (TCC). We are committed to ensuring that our clients feel prepared and supported throughout their planning process. As our client, your success is our success, and we want your attendees to leave campus having had the best possible experience that we can engineer.

The TCC Experience

We collaborate with you to make sure events run smoothly. We help solve unexpected problems quickly so that your participants don’t even notice. The focus of any event should be the program, not the amenities. The questions that arise for event attendees (where do I park? … how can I get breakfast? … what room am I in? … where will I get my afternoon dose of caffeine? … is there wifi?) are easily answered (right next door in Lot 40 – it's complimentary! … downstairs at Under the Oaks … check the screen by the elevators … Under the Oaks is open until 2 p.m. … yes, Wi-Fi is free on campus!). Which means participants can spend their energy focusing on the substance of the program you’re presenting.

Our Clients Educate and Innovate

TCC serves a specific niche of clientele. Any event we host must be educational in nature, so we can’t host weddings or parties. What we can do is provide a location for nonprofits, government agencies and campus clients to meet with their groups to train, inspire and innovate. In a rapidly-changing community like Austin, it’s important to have local options that remain accessible so your events can reach their target without breaking the budget.

Striving for Excellence

As part of the family at The University of Texas at Austin, we know that what starts here changes the world. We are excited to be an avenue by which many Austinites return to campus or even visit for the first time. Whether we are hosting a former president at the Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium, welcoming a government agency for training or setting up the dining hall for a reception, we extend a Longhorn welcome to each client and participant.

Hook ‘em!