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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

KTA/TNBA Fall Conference & Supplier Showcase

Start Date: 10/12/2021 11:00 AM EDT
End Date: 10/14/2021 12:30 PM EDT

Venue Name: Holiday Inn University Plaza-Bowling Green

1021 Wilkinson Trace
Bowling Green, KY  United States  42103

Organization Name: Kentucky Telecom Association

Tyler Campbell
Email: tyler@ktaoffice.org
Phone: (502) 699-2206

The Kentucky Telecom Association and TN Broadband Association are pleased to announce that our 27th KTA-TNBA Fall Conference & Supplier Showcase will return to the Holiday Inn University Plaza - Bowling Green and the adjoining Sloan Convention Center in Bowling Green, KY on October 12-14, 2021. 

The conference agenda is designed for managers, supervisors and other company employees involved in plant and equipment operations, field and network operations, customer service, marketing and regulatory.  However, all company personnel can obtain important information and educational benefits by attending. 

The Supplier Showcase is always a featured highlight of this meeting where more than 85 exhibit booths are expected to display the latest in communications products and services.  The showcase has proven to be an excellent, low cost opportunity for KTA and TN Broadband member companies to allow their employees to see new products and discuss their needs with vendors. 
In conjunction with this meeting, the KTEA Association will hold its own annual meeting on October 14-15.  A separate registration packet will be issued for their meeting.  The joint fall meeting and KTEA meetings are scheduled together to allow both groups the opportunity to attend the supplier showcase. 

All meeting events will be at the hotel or convention center.  Business casual dress is appropriate. 
Hotel Reservations.  The Holiday Inn University Plaza is 2 miles from I-65 (Exit 22) just off Hwy 231W.  The hotel contains 218 guest rooms and suites, restaurant and lounge, indoor pool and exercise room.  The convention center and golf course are adjacent to the hotel and parking is free.

room block rate of $129 (+ tax) is available for the nights of October 12-14  Make your own room reservations directly with the Holiday Inn University Plaza by Saturday, September 11.  Be sure to mention group code KTA to get the group rate. 

Bowling Green, home of the Corvette, is centrally located between Lexington, Louisville and Nashville.  Local area information is available at www.visitbgky.com.   

Sponsorships.  Multiple sponsorship opportunities are available for the fall conference.  General meeting sponsorships are $500.  Business luncheon and meeting break sponsorships are available at $750.00.  Golf hole sponsorships are $200. Golf beverage cart sponsorship is $400. If you are interested in providing golf cart gifts or prizes for giveaways, please feel free to contact KTA Executive Director Tyler Campbell at tyler@ktaoffice.org.  

Golf Tournament.  The golf tournament fee is $125/person and covers green fees, cart, lunch and prizes.  Players should send their handicap and special playing requests to tyler@ktaoffice.org prior to the registration deadline. If you are planning to ship any golf cart items and golf giveaways, please make sure they arrive to the KTA Office at 305 Ann Street, Ste 202, Frankfort, KY 40601 prior to October 1.  You may also bring the golf giveaway items with you on the day of tournament play.  

The golf tournament will be held at the Crosswinds Golf Course beginning at noon (CT) on Tuesday, Oct 12.  A buffet luncheon will begin at 11:00 am (CT) in the golf pavilion at the pro shop.  Soft spikes are required.  Dress appropriately for the season. 

The tournament will be a scramble format and all skills levels are welcomed.  All players must be registered for the conference or the supplier showcase.  For rental club information or other course questions, contact the pro shop at 270/393-3559.  The course is next to the hotel with a common parking lot. 

Supplier ShowcaseThe suppliers showcase exhibit booth fees are $699 for KTA or TN Broadband associate members and $999 for non-members.  These fees cover meeting registration, an 8x10 booth set-up and refreshments for 2 attendees. Additional attendees and special booth arrangements are at an additional cost. If you wish to register more than two individuals under "guests" just select the additional booth attendees under the "items" tab to pay for the additional registrations for each individual. If you do not wish to purchase a vendor booth, individuals may select a "conference-only" registration under the "items" tab for $125/person.
Additional booth attendees are $100/person. Double booths are available for an additional $250.  Additional tables are $100.  Cancellations after October 5 and no shows will be billed.  Substitutions are welcomed. A showcase fee of $50/person for an expo-only registation is available to non-members only.  The one-day fee covers access to the supplier showcase, materials and breaks on October 14. 

Booth Set-Up.  The exhibit booth set-up times are Oct 13 – 5:00 pm - 11:00 PM CT and Oct 14 – 7:00-8:30 AM CT. The showcase will open to the public at 8:30 am - 12:30 pm on October 14.

Shipping. Please include the following information on your in-bound shipping label:
Name of Group or Event and Date of Contact Arrival
Name of On-Site Contact and Their Number with Area Code
Holiday Inn University Plaza
1021 Wilkinson Trace
Bowling Green, KY 42103
Items need to be shipped for arrival no more than two (2) days prior to the event start date.  Items arriving prior to two (2) days will be charged a holding fee in addition to the handling charge.  Packages will be held in storage and released to the appropriate contact person prior to the start of the event unless otherwise directed by arrangements made prior to arrival.
The hours for receiving convention freight are as follows:
Monday-Friday 7am-5pm (CT) Contact Sales & Catering Administrative Assistant
Saturday-Sunday 7am-5pm (CT) Contact Banquet Manager or Manager on Duty
Handling Fees:
In-bound packages  $10.00 each
In-bound pallets $25.00 each
ALL packages unclaimed over thirty days will be discarded.
Outgoing packages MUST have completed shipping labels affixed to them. Please use the company’s address as the sender NOT the hotel’s address. Arrangements will be made with FedEx, FedEx Ground and UPS for pickup at the end of the expo. The designated carrier will charge the actual shipping costs to the credit card or account number you provide them.
Outgoing Freight shipments MUST have a bill of lading completed and left with the outgoing shipment. Please include contact names and numbers for the sender, the receiver and the shipper. You are responsible for contacting the freight companies and arranging pick-up.
*Holiday Inn University Plaza/Sloan Convention Center is NOT responsible for any damaged packages and has the right to refuse any shipments.
**Holiday Inn University Plaza/Sloan Convention Center is NOT responsible for helping unload delivery trucks that may drop off shipments. (NO forklift owned by properties.)

For more information or questions, contact: Angela Price, Events Sales Manager at Angela.price@atriumhospitality.com, 270/393-8668 (O) or 270/842-9585 (Fax)

Vendor Dessert Party Reception
The annual vendor’s dessert party reception will return on October 13 from 8:30-10:00 p.m. CT and everyone is invited.  The Vendor Party Reception Sponsorship is $100.  This is an easy way for a vendor to support the KTA/TNBA Fall Conference and be recognized for your support of both associations! Table top cards will recognize each of the vendors that sponsor the reception.

2021 KTA/TNBA Fall Conference & Supplier Showcase

Tuesday, October 12
11:00 am                          Golf Luncheon at Crosswinds Golf Club
12:00 pm                          Golf Tournament
4:00 pm                            Registration Desk Open
                                           Plaza Deck 2- Hotel
6:00-7:30 pm                   KTA/TNBA Opening Reception
                                           Salon B – Hotel
10:00-11:00 pm              Hospitality Suite
                                           Suite 219
Wednesday, October 13
8:00 am                    Registration Opens/Cont. Breakfast
                                   Sloan Convention Center Foyer
                                   General Session, Ballroom A - Sloan Convention Center
8:30 am                Welcome, Opening Remarks and Announcements
                                   Tyler Campbell – Executive Director, Kentucky Telecom Association
8:30-9:30 am       Keynote Speaker: Federal Broadband Update
                                  Mike Romano – Senior VP of Industry Affairs & Business, NTCA-The Rural
                                                                Broadband Association
9:30-10:15 am     Network 2030
                                   Tasos Tsolakis– Chief Executive Officer, JSI
10:15-11:00 am   Growing Pains: Hidden Risks in Network Expansion
                                 Andy Deinert – Network and Security Services Manager, Vantage Point                                                                     
11:00 am – Noon The State of Fiber
                                   Gary Bolton – CEO, The Fiber Broadband Association
12:00 – 12:15 pm  Showcase Announcements & Closing Remarks
                                 John Dorris – KGPCo and Scotty Likens – Electricom
                                 Levoy Knowles – Executive Director, Tennessee Broadband Association

12:30 -1:30 p.m.     Business Luncheon
1:30-2:30 p.m.        Breakout Sessions

Breakout 1:             Building a Multiservice Aggregation Network for Rural Broadband
                                   Jamie Gibson – VP Technology and Sales Engineering, Ribbon                                                 
                                   Salon A - Hotel
Breakout 2:         Delivering Managed Subscriber Experiences Beyond Broadband and Wi-Fi
                                   Betsy Ray – Cloud Solutions, Calix
                                   Salon B - Hotel

Breakout 3:           Fiber and the Future
                                    Michael Vineyard/Van Barnett – Senior Project Engineers,
                                    Finley Engineering
                                    Salon C - Hotel
2:30-2:45 p.m.         Meeting Break
2:45-3:45 p.m.       Breakout Sessions (Continued)
Breakout 4:           2021 Video and Internet Report on Rural America
                                    Scott Meyer – Marketing Director, Innovative Systems
                                    Salon A - Hotel
Breakout 5:           Alternative Financing Strategies for a Changing Business Environment
                                    Michael Anthos – Relationship Manager, Farm Credit Leasing, CoBank
                                    Salon B - Hotel
Breakout 6:           Energize Your Engagement with Enhanced Data
                                     Kathy Sweatman – Regional Business Manager, NISC
                                     Salon C - Hotel
5:00 -11:00 p.m.    Booth Set-Up 
                                      Ballrooms A-D, Sloan Convention Center  
8:30-10:00 p.m.    Vendor Dessert Party Reception             
                                      Salon B – Hotel
10:00-Midnight          Hospitality Suite
                                      Suite 219-Hotel (Open After Vendor Party)
Thursday, October 14
7:00-8:30 a.m.         Booth Set-Up
                                         Ballrooms A-D, Sloan Convention Center
8:00 a.m.                    Registration Desk Open
                                        Sloan Convention Center Foyer
8:30-12:00 p.m.      Supplier Showcase and Continental Breakfast
                                        Ballrooms A –D, Sloan Convention Center

Remember: Bowling Green is on Central Time!

Online Registration

Registration is Closed
Closed: 10/5/2021 5:00 PM

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