2018 MTA Convention Keynote Speakers
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MTA 2018 Annual Convention


Meet our Keynote, Opening Session and Special Issues Luncheon Speakers

Mike Veeck

Keynote Presenter: Mike Veeck, Author, Co-Owner of Several Minor-League Baseball Clubs, Restaurateur, Citadel Professor, Philanthropist and Founder of Fun Is Good - Employee Engagement Consultants

Wednesday, March 28 from 11:00 a.m – Noon

Fun is Good! Be inspired, laugh, and have FUN with author and Saint Paul Saints Co-Owner, Mike Veeck.  Mike will close out the event with humorous and inspirational lessons and stories on how to build a fun, engaged and creative environment motivating individuals and leaders to re-discover their passion & bring it into their work and personal life.  

Bio: Mike Veeck is a nationally renowned speaker, entrepreneur, college professor, marketing, promotions and advertising expert as well as an owner of several successful minor-league baseball clubs and the business consulting firm, Fun Is Good. His name is synonymous with fun and creativity and he continues to blaze new trails each year.

He believes anything is possible and that passion drives performance! This is the premise of his acclaimed books; Fun Is Good and his newest irreverent book; Another Boring, Derivative, Piece of Crap Business Book. Through stories of his successes and failures, Mike demonstrates that every good idea starts with innovative, creative and many times totally outrageous suggestions. Who else would train a pig to deliver baseballs to the umpire, hire mimes to perform instant replays or lock fans out of the stadium to set an all-time attendance record for fewest people at a game? He has been recognized and praised by reputable business critics for exceptional employee engagement by bringing, joy, innovation and inclusion to the workplace.

Thank you, MP Nexlevel, LLC, for your sponsorship of the Keynote Presenter!

Shirley Bloomfield

Opening Session Presenter: Shirley Bloomfield, NTCA

Tuesday, March 27 at 8 a.m.

Shirley Bloomfield is a staunch advocate for rural telecommunications. During the course of her career, she has led efforts to raise the visibility of the value and innovation of independent, rural telecom companies. As CEO of NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, Bloomfield’s leadership has been a significant factor in moving the organization forward in uncertain regulatory times. Her rural telecom knowledge, ability to build alliances and visionary drive have energized and advanced NTCA and the rural telecom industry.

Recently, Bloomfield served as the staff lead for the unification of National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA) with the Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunications Companies (OPASTCO). Working with the boards of directors of both organizations, Bloomfield brought to fruition a combined industry organization that was years in the making. With the unification of the two leading industry organizations, Bloomfield now leads a strengthened association that speaks with one voice on national issues related to rural telecommunications.

Bloomfield also serves as a board member of GlobalWin, an organization of women leaders in the high-tech industry. Through the organization, she participates in efforts to support and advance women in telecommunications through educational opportunities and networking. She serves as a mentor and advisor to those interested in developing their careers in telecommunications.

From her days as a congressional aide to her years as a lobbyist for NTCA, Qwest and Verizon, Bloomfield has developed expertise in understanding complex issues and advocating effectively on behalf of her constituency. Bloomfield received her Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in public administration from American University.

Brad Finstad

Issues Luncheon Speaker: Senator Tina Smith

Tuesday, March 27 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Bio: Tina Smith serves as United States Senator for Minnesota. She’s a fierce advocate for Minnesotans and is focused on continuing the progressive legacy of the seat she holds. In 2014, Tina was elected to serve as Minnesota’s 48th Lieutenant Governor. As Lieutenant Governor, she's traveled to every corner of the state to talk with, learn from, and work on behalf of Minnesotans.

Tina is proud to have worked on issues like tax fairness. In Minnesota, she helped push to make sure the wealthiest two percent to pay their fair share which resulted in lower income taxes for everyone else in the state—and all while balancing the state’s budget.

On health care, she worked to lower the number of Minnesotans without health insurance, and now the state's uninsured rate is among the lowest in the country. But Senator Smith understands there's still a lot we need to do to tackle health care costs, including prescription drug prices, and she's committed to working to address this issue for Minnesota families.

And Sen. Smith will continue working on many of the things she championed as Lt. Governor—including early education and rural broadband.

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