2021 Hybrid Annual Meeting

Option to register for virtual or on-site attendance.

Monday, August 23rd - Wednesday, August 25th

Big Sky Resort
50 Big Sky Resort Road
Big Sky, MT 59716
800-548-4486
The Annual Meeting is a telecom policy conference attended by more than 100 senior execs from Montana’s telecom industry.  We offer sponsorship opportunities and other ways for associate members to participate.  It’s a great venue for exposure to senior level telecom execs and the public policies that affect the industry.  

Room reservations can be made by clicking here or by calling 800-548-4486, option 2, reference MT Telecommunications Association. Room rates start at: $163/night plus tax. Room block rates expire July 23rd, 2021. Rooms are filling fast - book your reservation ASAP!
Other hotels nearby:
Buck's T-4 and The Wilson Hotel

With the decreased availability for rental cars nationwide, below are some helpful links for transportation to and from the airport, and around Big Sky:

Karst Stage Airport Shuttle
Big Sky Shuttle - Airport Shuttle
https://www.mountainandcanyoncab.com/
https://turo.com/
Mountain & Canyon CabSkyline Bus - Summer Schedule -
Big Sky Meadow Village to Mountain Village transportation



Vendors and Associate Members
Click here to register and view sponsorship opportunities!

 

 TELCO Members and all others

Pay by Credit Card*
Mail in Payment

*3% charge added to all credit card transactions 

$400 | $150 Government
Same price for both on-site and virtual access
$450 | $200 Government after August 9th


Agenda

Monday, August 23rd

9am Fly Fishing
9:30am Golf
5pm President's Welcome Reception

 

Tuesday, August 24th

8:30 - 12:15pm
General Sessions
8:30am: Welcome Remarks: Geoff Feiss
General Manager, Montana Telecommunications Association

Senator Jason Ellsworth (R-Hamilton)
Chair, Montana Broadband Commission

Misty Ann Giles
Director, Montana Dept. of Administration
Vice Chair, Montana Broadband Commission

10am: Break  
 

10:15am: Local Government Priorities for ARPA funding
Eric Bryson, Executive Director

Montana Association of Counties

11:30am: Montana Telemedicine Alliance
Jody Haines, President, Montana Telemedicine Alliance
Director, Telehealth Services, Billings Clinic

Jody Haines has dedicated her career to improving the health of Montana. Jody is the director of Telehealth Services at Billings Clinic. For the past fifteen years she has served in regionally based healthcare management roles including the strategic development, implementation, and oversight of population health, telehealth and virtual care, innovation, operations, and community and workforce development programs.

Jody earned her Bachelor of Science from Montana State University in 2006. In 2010 she graduated from the University of Washington with an executive master’s degree in healthcare administration. She is also the youngest board-certified healthcare administrator in the state of Montana- earning her FACHE in 2013. In 2016 she was listed in the Missoulian’s “20 Under 40” for her dedication in putting the patient first while managing the state’s largest medical home program. Additionally, she has received numerous awards for her work in advancing healthcare in Montana.
Jody currently serves in several volunteer positions, including president of the Montana Telehealth Alliance, past-president and current Regent of the Montana American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), and more locally with youth sports and conservation organizations.

In her rare spare time, Jody enjoys spending it with her husband and kids enjoying one of the several outdoor opportunities Montana offers.

Sarah Compton, Telehealth Program Manager, One Health

Sarah Compton is the Telehealth Program Manager for One Health, a family of federally qualified health centers that serves rural and frontier communities in eastern Montana.

Sarah has worked at the Gallatin City-County Health department, first as an AmeriCorps VISTA, progressing into grants administration, and then to accreditation coordinator. In this role, she was responsible for preparing the health department for national public health accreditation, leading efforts of performance management, quality improvement, as well as conducting collaborative community health assessment and improvement planning processes.

Sarah spent five years at Bozeman Health building a telehealth program from the ground-up. She worked with a diverse stakeholder group to develop and implement workflows, managed vendor relationships, and stayed abreast of regulatory and compliance requirements. She oversaw a 7,000% increase in telehealth visit volumes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sarah has been a member of the Montana Telehealth Alliance since 2016, and is the current vice-president-elect of that member-organization and is currently pursuing her Masters of Public Health at the University of Montana.

12:15pm: Annual Awards Lunch
1:30 - 4pm
General Sessions
 

1:30 Federal Funding Priorities for Montana Education
Kirk Miller, Executive Director, School Administrators of Montana

Michael Sweeney, CIO, Office of Public Instruction

Michael Sweeney has been the Chief Data Officer at the Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) since January 2019.  He provides leadership, direction and supervision to 40 data and technology professionals responsible for the day-to-day operations of the data management and information technology services and systems utilized by the OPI.  Michael has over 25 years of experience delivering secure, reliable and cost-effective data and technology solutions to a wide variety of public and private sector customers.

 

2:15pm: Broadband Solutions: Satellite, Fixed Wireless, Fiber
Larry Thompson. CEO, VantagePoint Solutions

Larry is the CEO and founder of Vantage Point Solutions, a national provider of engineering and consulting services to broadband providers. Larry is a licensed professional engineer and has been designing satellite, wireless, and wireline broadband networks for more than 30 years. Larry is a frequent speaker at state and national conferences and a frequent expert witness at utility commission and legal proceedings relating to telecommunication technology and regulatory matters. He is also a two-term member of the FCC’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee.

 3:00pm: Open Access with the Montana Broadband Communications Commission


Senator Jason Ellsworth (R-Hamilton) Chair
Scott Osterman, Director, Montana Department of Commerce
Senator Dan Salomon (R-Ronan)
Senator Janet Ellis (D-Helena)

  Scott Osterman is a visionary leader with a private sector background of guiding successful strategy and execution to realize growth, develop strong partnerships and lead companies through transition. Osterman is a north central Montana native whose Montana roots date back over 150 years. Mostly recently, Osterman served as senior director of business unit operations at Applied Materials in Kalispell. Over the course of his career, Osterman has served as a senior executive in Fortune 500 companies, privately held companies and venture start-ups, including the semiconductor, automobile, medical technology and high-tech hardware and software industries with international activity in over 35 countries. His broad experience in business includes strategic planning, rapid growth initiatives, mergers and acquisitions, operations, sales, market development, and turnaround execution. Osterman is a graduate of the University of Montana and continued his graduate studies at Washington State University.  
Daniel Salomon is a member of the Montana Senate, where he represents Senate District 47 which represents the Ronan, Montana, area. He served in the Montana House of Representatives from 2011 to 2017.
Senator Janet Ellis currently represents Senate District 41, where she specializes in the state budget, election law, state pension plans, and energy issues. She currently serves on the following interim committees: Legislative Finance, American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Communications Committee (broadband), State Administration & Veterans Affairs, and Energy & Telecommunications. Janet also served in the Montana House of Representatives from 2015 to 2018. Prior to retiring in 2018, Janet worked for Montana Audubon for 29 years to protect wildlife and wildlife habitat through public policy. She holds a degree in biology from the University of Montana. She lives in Helena with her husband; they have an adult son.
4pm: Adjourn

 

Wednesday, August 25th

8:30 - Noon
General Sessions
8:30am: FCC
9:15am: Staff Panel - Federal Broadband Initiatives
Evan Viau: House Energy and Commerce Committee
Evan Viau is a professional staff member at the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Prior to this position, he served as a legislative assistant for Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) He also held positions as a legislative clerk and staff assistant. Viau earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science and history from the University of Michigan and currently serves as a mentor at the university’s Michigan in Washington program.
 
Seth Ismail: Telecom Advisor, Congressman James Clyburn (D-SC)
John Lin: Counsel, Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation

John Lin is a professional staff member for the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, where he works on communications, technology, innovation, and internet policy.

Prior to joining the Commerce committee, Lin was an oversight counsel for the Senate Budget Committee and a litigation and regulatory attorney at Wiley Rein LLP, where his practice focused on telecommunications, technology and international trade law. Before becoming a lawyer, Lin served as personal aide and scheduler for former Gov. Rick Snyder (R-Mich.).

Lin earned his B.A., J.D., and MPP from the University of Michigan.

Vivek Chilukuri: Senator Michael Bennet
Vivek Chilukuri is the Senior Policy Advisor for technology and telecommunications for Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO). Senator Bennet is the lead sponsor of the BRIDGE Act, major bipartisan legislation that informed the broadband provisions of the bipartisan infrastructure proposal. Vivek has worked for Senator Bennet since 2017. Previously, Vivek worked as a speechwriter and policy advisor for the Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights. Vivek earned a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He lives in Washington, D.C.
10am: Break
10:15am: Broadband Coverage in Montana
Jean Kiddoo, Chair, Broadband Data Task Force
Federal Communications Commission
11am: Concluding Keynote
11:30 am: Rural Education Fund Drawing
Noon: Adjourn

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Gold

 

 

 

Silver

 Montana Farmers Union Insurance Agency

 

Awards Luncheon

 

 

 

  

  

  

 

Rural Education

 

 

  

 

Virtual

 

OTHER ASSOCIATE MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE
Altec Industries | Corning Optical CommunicationsFatbeam | Goldfield TelecomKLJ Engineering | Meridian Management, Inc.Metaswitch Networks | Mid America Computer Corporation | Northfork Strategies LLC | NRTC | Unitel InsuranceVantage Point Solutions | Vision Net

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BIG SKY RESORT
50 Big Sky Resort Road
Big Sky, MT  59716