Robyn Benincasa
World Champion Adventure Racer and San Diego Firefighter


Robyn Benincasa, world champion adventure racer and San Diego firefighter, will take you on a fast-paced multimedia adventure which visually and viscerally imparts the mindset that allows teams to adapt, overcome, and win as one against all odds—especially when the stakes are high, the goals are audacious, and constant change is the only thing your team can count on (aside from one another). Your world class team discovers that achieving at peak levels isn’t about only reaching up and trying harder as an individual, but reaching out and sharing strengths, talents and even our challenges. ...


SESSION: Closing General Session, Leading Through Change, Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. – Noon

Kevin Beyer
Chairman, NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association

Kevin Beyer received his BA from Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minnesota and started his career as staff accountant at Blue Earth Valley Telephone in Blue Earth, Minnesota. In 1998, Kevin was hired as the General Manager of Federated Telephone Cooperative, headquartered in Chokio, Minnesota and in 2002, began sharing his General Manager duties to include Farmers Mutual Telephone Company, headquartered in Bellingham, Minnesota. Kevin oversees 24 employees and the two Cooperatives serve over 2,700 square miles in west central Minnesota, providing customers with telecommunications services on an all fiber network. ...


SESSION: Opening General Session, Chairman's Address Monday, 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

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, 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Joe Candido
Co-Founder, Executive Crash Course

Joe Candido is the co-founder of Executive Crash Course and founder of Fifth Element Associates. He has worked in the IT and telecom industries for over 30 years where he’s held positions within a variety of companies as VP of Sales and Marketing, Director of Sales, VP of Innovation, and Member of Technical Staff...


SESSION: Second General Session, You Don’t Need A Crystal Ball to Predict the Future, Tuesday, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 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: Closing General Session, Celebrate FRS, Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. – Noon

Seth Mattison
Co-Founder and Chief Movement Officer, Luminate Labs


Seth Mattison is a fourth-generation farm kid striving to help leaders and influencers connect with their most powerful selves so they can create transformational change in the lives of those around them. He helps leading brands and high-performance leaders navigate the future of work through actionable insights. ...


SESSION: Opening General Session, Monday, 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.


Ajit Pai
Chairman, FCC


Ajit Pai is the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. He was designated Chairman by President Donald J. Trump in January 2017. He had previously served as Commissioner at the FCC, appointed by then-President Barack Obama and confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate in May 2012. ...


SESSION: Opening General Session, Monday, 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Sheldon Petersen
Chief Executive Officer, RTFC/CFC


Sheldon Petersen has been chief executive officer since March 1995. He joined CFC in August 1983 as an area representative where he provided financial management and consulting services to members in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Montana and the Dakotas. In 1990, Petersen moved to CFC headquarters where he held various management positions. ...


SESSION: Closing General Session, Finance Update, Wednesday,10:00 a.m. – Noon


Other Speakers


David Raucher
Director of IT Engineering
CHR Solutions


Michael Weening
Executive Vice President of Field Operations