2018 MTA Fall Conference
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10/10/2018 to 10/11/2018
When: October 10-11, 2018
Where: Minneapolis Marriott Northwest
7025 Northland Drive N
Brooklyn Park, Minnesota  55428
United States

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MTA Fall Conference

Welcome to the Minnesota Telecom Alliance Fall Conference. MTA members will come to Minneapolis from all over the state to learn more about the important issues facing our industry — this is an event you can't miss!

We are excited to announce this year’s Keynote – Jake Anderson of Bevcomm. Jake will address the importance of Cyber Security Awareness with an exciting and interactive presentation.

Jake Anderson

Have you been hacked? Would you know? See why anti-virus software, firewalls and other technology doesn’t protect you from the number one source of data breaches – Social Engineering. In this low-tech session you’ll see how phishing, vishing, and on-site breaches can wreak havoc on your company and personal information. Learn how to protect yourself and see real, first-hand examples of how social engineering attacks are planned and executed. 

Why attend the MTA Fall Conference?

  1. Network. MTA members come from all over the state to attend the Fall Conference, enjoy time to connect and build relationships with exhibitors, attendees and sponsors.
  2. Learn. Keep up to date with issues affecting our industry from topics on legislative updates to cybersecurity awareness up through, hear from industry leaders and learn about the latest trends.
  3.  Grow. Grow your business by visiting the exhibit hall and connecting with the presenters and other attendees.

Know you want to attend, but don’t know which sessions you want to attend? It doesn’t matter — you can mix and match sessions to meet your individual needs.


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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

12:30-1:00 pm


1:00-1:05 pm

Welcome, Mary Ehmke, MTA Board Chair

1:05-1:45 pm

All Things BDAC, OBD, and Mapping, Danna MacKenzie, BDAC Member

1:45-2:15 pm

NTCA/DC Update, Kevin Beyer, incoming NTCA Board Chair

2:15-3:00 pm

Panel: Telco/Electric Partnerships: A Look at Southeast Minnesota
Shelly Geerdes, Pinnacle Marketing Group; Moderator, Jill Fishbaugher, Spring Grove Communications; Julie Kolka, Mabel Coop Telephone; Brian Krambeer, MiEnergy

3:00-3:30 pm

Networking Break

3:30-4:15 pm

Legislative Press Panel, Jess Myers, MTA, Moderator, Members of the Capitol Press Corps

4:15-5:00 pm

MTA’s Incident Response Vehicle/Quick Reaction Team Update, Aaron Wilfahrt, MTA Safety Team

5:00-6:30 pm

Networking Reception

Thursday, October 11, 2018

7:30-8:00 am

Continental Breakfast

Choose from the IT Track or OM/HR Track

8:15-9:00 am

IT Track: Latest Trends in DDoS Attacks, Todd Buttweiler, Arbor Networks

8:15-9:30 am

OM/HR Track: Sexual Harassment — What More You Should Know, Alec Beck, Partner at the Ford Harrison Law Firm

9:10-9:55 am

IT Track: Boost Consumer Confidence with Enhanced Security in the Premises and at the Edge, Greg Owens, Calix

9:40-10:50 am

OM/HR Track: A Closer Look at Mental Health with ADA and FMLA Guidelines, Alec Beck, Partner at the Ford Harrison Law Firm

10:05-10:50 am

IT Track: The World is a Vampire – Standards Fall Behind the Threat, Bill Balmer, Business Development Manager, ADVA Optical Networking

11:00 - 11:45 am

Keynote Speaker: Cyber Security Awareness, Jake Anderson, Bevcomm

12:00 pm


Registration Rates

(on or before 9/13)

(after 9/13)







Thank you, Sponsors


Bader Comunications

Calix logo


inteliquent logo


National Information Solutions Cooperative


Olsen Thielen logo



Dakota Supply Group


EMC Insurance


Finley Engineering

Power & Tel

Telcom Construction



Innovative Systems LLC
Interstate Telcom Consulting, Inc.
Mega Hertz
ZyXel Communications, Inc.

Badger Communications
CCI Systems
Cisco Systems
EMC Insurance
Mega Hertz
Olsen Thielen CPAs
Primex Manufacturing
Subsurface Solutions
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
ZyXel Communications, Inc.


>> View sponsor or exhibit details for the 2018 MTA Fall Conference.


Minneapolis Marriott Northwest
7025 Northland Dr. N
Brooklyn Park, MN 55428

$145.00 single/double per night
Reservation cut off is September 13, 2018, or when the room block is filled, whichever comes first.
>> Book your reservation online or call 1-877-303-1681 or 763-536-8300.


Audio/Video Policy: Registration and attendance at, or participation at association events, constitutes an agreement by the registrant to association’s use and distribution of the registrant or attendee’s image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions and audiotapes of such events and activities.

Cancellation Policy: With online cancellation notice received by September 13, 2018, you will receive a full refund, less a $25 administrative charge. Cancellations after September 13 are non-refundable. Notices of cancellation must be submitted online to the MTA office. No-shows will not receive refunds.

Please do not email forms with credit card information. To protect your data and to comply with PCI standards, the MTA office will not accept emailed credit card information. Pay by registering online, phone, or fax only.

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