2020 MTA Convention and Trade Show — Keynote Presenter

ACLEA's 56th Mid-Year Meeting

Convention Keynote Speaker: Richard Coffey

Wednesday, March 11 from 11:00 a.m. to Noon


Richard Coffey was born and raised in Aurora, NC. After Richard graduated, he joined the Army as a member of the famous 1st to fight last to fall 82nd Airborne Division. Completing a 3-year stint protecting and serving our country, Richard attended the University of Minnesota where he graduated with a business degree. While at the U of MN, he was also a member and 4 year starter on the Golden Gophers basketball team. Upon graduation, he continued his career playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves and overseas in Spain, Turkey, and Japan.

Richard is currently a successful business man in the Twin Cities. Richard has visited over 28 countries in his lifetime, but today he is excited to be here with us. Standing at 6’6, this guy is hard to miss.

Richard will speak about not only stepping outside your box, but living outside your box. With Richard’s background and experiences in the military, athletics and corporate America he will enlighten you on how to challenge yourself and strive to reach your full potential. Richard believes, “you can’t win at the game of life if you are not willing to get off the bench.” He creates a game plan to assist you with the next chapters of your lives. He often states that, “our life consists of ever changing seasons, one season never last forever.”

Richard believes that being “average is your enemy” and his ultimate goal is to assist others as they discover and utilize their talents to meet challenges and solve problems.

Join us at the MTA Convention to hear this dynamic and motivational keynote speaker!

Issues Luncheon Speaker: Derrick Owens, Senior Vice President of Government & Industry Affairs, WTA: Advocates for Rural Broadband

Tuesday, March 10 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Derrick Owens

Derrick is the Senior Vice President of Government Affairs & Industry Relations at WTA – Advocates for Rural Broadband. WTA is a national trade association that represents more than 340 small, rural telecom/broadband providers. He manages WTA’s Washington, DC office and works with Congress, Executive Branch agencies, and the Federal Communications Commission on legislative and regulatory policies affecting rural telecom/broadband companies.  

Derrick previously worked at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) serving in a number of senior-level advisory positions. He also worked for his hometown congressman, (now-former) Rep. Tom Sawyer in Washington, DC, advising on telecommunications and other legislative matters.

Derrick has a master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania. Derrick also serves on the Board of Directors of his high school, Archbishop Hoban, in Akron, Ohio.  Derrick and his wife, Denise, live in Silver Spring.


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