2015 General Managers Peer Group Meeting & Christmas Party
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12/3/2015
When: Thursday, December 3, 2015
1:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Where: Minneapolis Marriott Northwest
7025 Northland Drive North
Brooklyn Park, Minnesota  55428
United States
Contact: Kevin Beyer
320-324-2800


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The MTA General Managers Peer Group Meeting & Christmas Party will be held on Thursday, December 3, 2015.  Attendance is limited to General Managers/Senior Executives of active MTA Active Member Companies and MTA Associate Members sponsoring the event. 

As in the past, spouses of General Managers/Senior Executives of MTA Active Member Companies are invited to attend the reception and dinner at no charge.  If your spouse will be attending the reception and dinner, please include your spouse’s name when you register for the event so that we can plan accordingly. 

Retired General Managers of MTA Active Member Companies are also invited, along with their spouse, to attend the reception and dinner at no charge, however, it is the responsibility of each individual telco to invite these individuals and provide them with the event information. 

MTA will be hosting retirement celebrations during the dinner for:

  • George Fish, Garden Valley
  • Lee Maier, Runestone
  • Bob Olson, Emily

Agenda

1:00 – 1:05 pm

Welcome
Kevin Beyer, GM, Farmers & Federated Telephone


1:05 – 1:45 pm

Border-to-Border Update
by Danna Mackenzie, Executive Director, MN DEED Office of Broadband Development


1:45 – 2:45 pm

Rewriting the Rural Narrative
by Benjamin Winchester, Senior Research Fellow, U of MN Extension, Center for Community Vitality

Getting to the Bottom of the Workforce Shortage
by Marnie Werner, Research Director, Center for Rural Policy & Development


2:45 – 3:05 pm

Break


3:05 – 4:05 pm

Broadband — Marketing Vs. Usage
by Frank Kaim, President, 7-Sigma
by Miguel Alonso, VP, Software Products, Calix


4:05 – 4:25 pm

MTA Update
by Brent Christensen, President/CEO, MTA


4:25 – 4:55 pm

Open Forum Discussion
by Kevin Beyer, GM, Farmers & Federated Telephone


4:55 – 5:00 pm

Closing Remarks
by Kevin Beyer, GM, Farmers & Federated Telephone


5:30 – 6:30 pm

Reception


6:30 – 9:00 pm

Dinner
MTA will host a retirement celebration for George Fish, Lee Maier, and Bob Olson


Registration Fee - $75

Members - Registration fee of $75 provides eligible MTA Members to attend meeting and/or dinner. 

Guests/Spouses of MTA Active Member General Managers/Senior Executives receive a complimentary reception/dinner ticket.

Retired General Managers and their spouse of MTA Active Member Companies each receive a complimentary reception/dinner ticket

Sponsors

    • Gold Level Sponsor - 6 complimentary tickets to attend meeting and/or reception/dinner
    • Silver Level Sponsor - 4 complimentary tickets to attend meeting and/or reception/dinner
    • Bronze Level Sponsor - 2 complimentary tickets to attend meeting and/or reception/dinner

Sponsors may register additional attendees from their company and pay the $75 registration fee for each additional attendee. 

Speakers

    • 2 complimentary tickets to attend meeting and reception/dinner

Registration

All members, spouses, sponsors and speakers attending the MTA GM Peer Group Meeting must be registered. Please register online above to attend. If you would like to sponsor, please complete this form.

Lodging

Minneapolis Marriott Northwest
7025 Northland Drive North
Brooklyn Park, MN 55428
(763) 536-8300

Executive Suite $194 per night OR Standard Suite $139 per night under MTA GM Peer Group Room Block

To make a reservation at Minneapolis Marriott Northwest, contact the hotel directly at (763) 536-8300. Hotel cutoff date is Wednesday, November 11, 2015.  If you have any issues with booking a reservation, please contact 763-536-8300 and ask for in-house reservations. If you receive notification that the room block is full prior to the hotel cutoff date, please contact Karin Jahnke at (320) 324-2809 or karin.jahnke@aciracoop.net.


Registration Cancellation Policy: With written cancellation notice received one week prior to the event, you will receive a refund, less $10 processing fee. Cancellations the week of the event are non-refundable. No-shows will not receive a refund.

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