Creator & Host
CECON 2023 will feature a keynote address from The Daytripper, Chet Garner (from the hit PBS show and local, state, & national celebrity). Chet will share his deep love for Texas along with stories from the road that he’s gathered while making 12 Seasons of his Emmy-award winning program. If you weren’t proud to be a Texan when you walked in, you will be when you leave.
Chet Garner is the creator, host, and executive producer of The Daytripper, a 12-time Emmy-award-winning Texas travel show airing on PBS stations across the country. Born in Comanche and raised in Port Neches, Texas, Chet’s love for storytelling began at a young age around the Boy Scout campfire and toting around his grandfather’s VHS video camera. Chet earned a degree in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Texas at Austin and went on to graduate first in his class from Baylor Law School. However, after practicing law for 3 years, he decided to follow his passions and simultaneously inspire folks to appreciate the beauty, history, and food of the Lone Star State. What followed was a crash course in travel, filmmaking, marketing, and doing whatever it takes to start a successful TV show. When not traveling Chet is at home in Georgetown, Texas with his wife and 5 children (14, 12, 9, 7, and 3) – although he’s usually got them on the road too.