Shirley Bloomfield
Chief Executive Officer, NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association


Shirley Bloomfield is chief executive officer of NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, the premier association representing nearly 850 independent, community-based telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural and small-town America. With more than 30 years of experience representing the country’s smallest independent telecom operators, Bloomfield is an expert on the role of federal communications policies in sustaining the vitality of rural and remote communities and the benefits rural broadband networks bring to the national economy...


SESSION: Opening General Session, NTCA CEO Address, Monday, September 17, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Jamie Clarke
Chief Executive Officer & Renowned Everest Adventurer, LiveOutThere.com


From the heights of the Seven Summits to the peaks of business success, Jamie Clarke draws from his unique position as an accomplished adventurer turned acclaimed entrepreneur to help you develop your team, establish your purpose and succeed in any endeavor. One of a handful of people in the world who have climbed the Seven Summits—including two summits of Mt. Everest—Clarke is the creator of the successful outdoor retail company, LiveOutThere.com, which has been named one of Canada’s fastest-growing businesses ...


SESSION: Opening General Session, Monday, September 17, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Eric Cramer
Chief Executive Officer, Wilkes Communications/RiverStreet Networks
Board Chairman, Foundation for Rural Service

Eric Cramer

Eric Cramer is currently the president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Wilkes Communications/RiverStreet Networks located in the foothills and mountains of Northwestern North Carolina. His 19 years of industry experience consist of eight years as a regulatory consultant with JSI and the past 11 with Wilkes.


SESSION: Foundation for Rural Service Update, Wednesday, September 19, 8:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Vinh Giang
Entrepreneur, Magician and Communication Coach


A successful entrepreneur and magician, Vinh Giang uncovers many common threads between business and magic. Coming to Australia with his family as refugees, Giang has worked with companies from all over the world and been mentored by internationally recognized high achievers, giving him the ability to always have fresh and cutting-edge material to share. Giang takes audiences on an unforgettable journey through his moving family story and offers remarkable insights into human psychology, leadership strategy, business and the wonderful art of magic. ...


SESSION: Closing General Session, The Psychology of Illusion, Wednesday, September 19, 8:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Jessica Golden
Executive Director, Foundation for Rural Service


Jessica Golden became Executive Director of the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) in 2015 after spending five years in NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association’s policy shop. With FRS, Jessica works to share the foundation’s mission of sustaining and enhancing quality of life in America by advancing an understanding of rural issues.


SESSION: Foundation for Rural Service Update, Wednesday, September 19, 8:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Ted Schilowitz
Futurist, Paramount Pictures


Ted Schilowitz, an expert in emerging technologies, has been named the first-ever Futurist in Residence at Paramount Pictures and will jointly report to Chairman/Chief Executive Officer Jim Gianopulos and Chief Operating Officer Andrew Gumpert. What is a “futurist in residence”? He is someone who works with technology teams—and Schilowitz will do just that with both Viacom and Paramount — to explore all the latest efforts in tech with an emphasis on virtual reality/augmented reality. ...


SESSION: Opening General Session, The Augmented Human, Monday, September 17, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.