2016 MTA Annual Convention & Trade Show
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2016 MTA Annual Convention & Trade Show

3/21/2016 to 3/23/2016
When: March 21-23, 2016
Where: Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
1300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, Minnesota  55403
United States

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Please join us for our annual convention and trade show, March 21-23, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Our convention offers you an opportunity to talk with the (estimated 1,500) MTA attendees face-to-face.

Getting to the Convention

Please note there is construction on Grant Street affecting access to the parking ramp. The map below indicates the route to enter the ramp.

ramp directions

Registration Rates

After February 26, 2016, rates increase by $25. On-site registration will add $25 to the cost of admission. (Cancellation policy below).

Receptions are included in the price of admission. Rates do NOT include the Issues Lunch. This lunch may be purchased separately for a cost of $45.
To receive the Student rate, please call the office at 651-291-7311 to register.

Early Rate
(by Feb. 26)
Regular Rate
(after Feb. 26)
On-site Rate
Full Convention – Member $180 $205 $230
Full Convention – Non-member $280 $305 $330
Daily Rate (Mon., Tues. or Wed.) – Member $100 $125 $150
Daily Rate (Mon., Tues. or Wed.) – Non-member $210 $235 $260
Retiree $65 $65 $90
Student Free Free Free

Full Convention – Member

Early (By Feb. 26) — $180
Regular (After Feb. 26) — $205
On-site — $230

Full Convention – Non-member

Early (By Feb. 26) — $280
Regular (After Feb. 26) — $305
On-site — $330

Daily Rate (Mon., Tues. or Wed.) – Member

Early (By Feb. 26) — $100
Regular (After Feb. 26) — $125
On-site — $150

Daily Rate (Mon., Tues. or Wed.) – Non-member

Early (By Feb. 26) — $210
Regular (After Feb. 26) — $235
On-site — $260


Early (By Feb. 26) — $65
Regular (After Feb. 26) — $65
On-site — $90


Free (Call the office at 651-291-7311 to register)

Exhibitor and Sponsorship Opportunities

>> Sign up to Sponsor or Exhibit


  • MTA Member Booth Rental Rate: $900 by Feb. 1, $1,050 after Feb. 1 (includes two registrations)
  • Non-member Booth Rental Rate: $1,390 by Feb. 1, $1,540 after Feb. 1 (includes two registrations)

Booth Representative Rates

MTA Member Registration Rates
$180 pre-registration, $230 onsite

Non-Member Registration Rates
$320 pre-registration, $370 onsite

View more details on exhibiting or sign up online.

View the booth map.


There are a variety of sponsorship levels available. View more details on exhibiting or sign up online.

Download the Prospectus

  • Platinum: $3,500
  • Gold: $2,500
  • Silver: $2,000
  • Bronze: $1,500
  • Mobile App: $2,500
  • New! Continental Breakfast Sponsorship – $750
  • New! Coffee Break Sponsorship – $500
  • New! Marketing Email Blast: $500
  • Opening Reception: $200


Hotel Reservations

The Hyatt Regency, located in downtown Minneapolis, is home to our entire room block in 2016. Registration is already open and the hotel is available to accommodate all attendees and exhibitors!! You can reserve a room online or by phone at the number below

Book your reservation at the Hyatt Regency by the February 26 cut-off date and be entered to win a free upgrade. 20 lucky attendees who have made their reservations by the cut-off date will win a complimentary upgrade to an Executive Suite for the duration of their stay.

Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
1300 Nicollet Mall

Reservations can be made by calling 800-233-1234. Please indicate if you are an attendee or an exhibitor.

Reservations Can be made online as well:
Make Hotel Reservations as a Convention Attendee | Make Hotel Reservations as a Convention Exhibitor

Deadline Extended to: Friday, March 4, 2016.


Single: $155 | Double: $155 | Triple: $165 | Quadruple: $175

Hotel Room Scam Alert

A third-party housing company called Exhibitors Housing Services has contacted MTA attendees and exhibitors trying to get them to book MTA Convention hotel rooms through their service at what they claim to be a “better rate.”

PLEASE NOTE: Exhibitors Housing Services is not affiliated in any way with MTA or the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis.

Third-party companies, such as Exhibitors Housing Services, sometimes promise rooms in hotels where they do not actually have rooms or blocks set up. There is the potential to be left without a room and to lose money paid in advance if you book through them.

If you have made a reservation through this company, or have questions or concerns, contact MTA’s Meeting Manager Julie Cygan, at 651-290-7475 or via email at juliec@mnta.org.

Platinum Sponsors


Olsen Thielen CPAs


Gold Sponsors

Corero Network Security
Finley Engineering Company, Inc.
Metaswitch Networks
Moss & Barnett
TelCom Construction, Inc.

Silver Sponsors

Adams Cable Equipment, Inc.
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Interstate Telcom Consulting, Inc.
MP Nexlevel, LLC
Power & Tel
Transition Networks

Bronze Sponsors

Badger Communications
Border States Supply Chain Solutions
Communication Network Engineering Inc.
Dakota Supply Group
Ericsson, Inc.
Gone Viral TV
National Information Solutions Cooperative
Power Product Services
ZyXEL Communications, Inc.

Convention Highlights

User Group/Networking Meetings

Monday, 1:00 – 2:45 p.m.
There are many emerging markets that a User Group would benefit. User Groups help everyone: The User, the Telco, the Associate Members, the MTA and the Industry.

Keynote: The Upside of Down by Joe Malarkey

Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. – Noon
Joe Malarkey® is a member of the National Speakers Association “Speakers Hall of Fame”. His “Choose to Lose” philosophy propelled him to television appearances ranging from the prestigious 60 Minutes to the embarrassing To Tell the Truth. Successful Meetings Magazine listed Joe as one of its Top Ten Speakers in America. Amazingly, all this recognition came in spite of his notoriously poor work ethic and perpetually bad attitude.

Issues Update Luncheon

Tuesday, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Guest Speaker; John Tuma, MN Public Utilities Commissioner
Commissioner Tuma will share his experiences serving on the MN PUC and discuss the telecom regulatory environment from his perspective. $45 per person to attend (includes lunch).

Associate Member Reception

Tuesday, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Join the Associate Members in the MTA Exhibit Halls for the MTA “Building Bridges, Creating Connections” Associate Members Celebration! This reception will feature food, fun, excitement and prizes! MTA will be giving away gift cards and an Apple Watch at a “must-be-present-to-win” drawing!

Vendor Demos on the Exhibit Floor

The convention will feature 30-minute demos from our vendors on the exhibit floor. Plan to make time to visit these demos to learn what is new in telecommunication products and services. Demos will run from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

Past Conference Coverage

Check out the Conference Archives

Cancellation Policy: With written cancellation notice received by February 26, 2016, you will receive a full refund, less a $25 administrative charge. Cancellations after February 26 are non-refundable. Notices of cancellation must be faxed to the MTA office at 651-290-2266. No-shows will not receive refunds.

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