Wednesday, November 2

8:00am - 10:00am RTG Annual Meeting (Phoenix D)
  • Continental Breakfast
  • President's Remarks
  • Executive Director's State of the Association
  • Regulatory/Legislative Review – Bennet & Bennet
  • Director Elections
  • Wireless Marketing/Wireless Resellers Council - Telispire
  • Mobile Devices/Handset Opportunities including Ericsson, BandRich, Planet Cellular and Pine Belt Wirelss

RICA-RTG Fall Forum

9:00am Registration Opens
10:15am - 10:30am Welcome (Phoenix D)
10:30am- 12:00pm
Phoenix D
The Age Curve – How to Profit from the Coming Demographic Storm
Kenneth Gronbach

Kenneth W. Gronbach is a nationally recognized expert in the field of Demography and Generational Marketing. An accomplished President and CEO, Ken has proven success in creating value, leading companies and planning for the future with uncanny accuracy.  The demographic landscape in the United States is made up a series of waves that are about twenty years in duration. It would follow that business will rise and fall according to the critical mass of customers heading toward it. You will enjoy extraordinary success if you are prepared and in front of the wave.  Ken will take you through a fascinating common sense understanding of shifting demography and the related opportunities and challenges.

12:00pm - 1:30pm Lunch (Phoenix A-B)
1:30pm - 2:30pm Breakout Sessions
Phoenix D Make the Most of Your 700MHz or AWS Licenses
Moderated by David Fritz, Alcatel-Lucent; panel members Jerry Howe, Big River Telephone and Mike Higgins, Jr., Central Texas Telephone/West Central Wireless
Sponsored by Pario Solutions

This breakout panel will help you capture your wireless opportunity. Do you want to deploy LTE? Do you have a geographic build-out deadline in 2013? Can a hosted LTE core relationship with a peer rural carrier work for your near-term plans? This session will provide participants with an LTE market update and a review of construction obligations for AWS and Lower 700 MHz spectrum holders by Alcatel-Lucent's David Fritz, and the opportunity to hear from rural carries deploying fixed LTE and existing 2G/3G carriers deploying LTE.
Phoenix E Brand and Monetize Your Broadband Network
Chuck Harris, Sr. Vice President and Chief Market Strategist, CHR Solutions
Service providers are spending significant money and time in building broadband networks. Learn about the importance of brand development and key strategies in defining and executing marketing programs in order to monetize your broadband network investment.
2:30pm - 2:45pm Break
2:45pm - 3:45pm Breakout Sessions

Phoenix D Mobile Apps - Adding Customer Value and Wireless Revenue
Steve Colberg, Get Lisa; Ben Green, Pario Solutions; and Chip Damato, Inland Cellular

Join this session to hear the realities of the mobile app economy. If you build it, they may NOT come. Learn how to be successful with effective app marketing and practical revenue generation methods.
Phoenix E Increasing Revenue from Your Website
Mark Barrera, President, Mark Barrera Consulting; President DFW Search Engine Marketing Association

The purpose of this session is to show you how your website can generate revenue and bring you customers. From Google Adwords to Google Adsense, Mark will show the tools and tricks for increasing traffic to your web site and converting those visitors into revenue for your business.
3:45pm - 4:45pm Regulatory and Legislative Updates
Steve Kraskin, RICA Legal Counsel
Tom Smith, RICA Legislative Counsel
Carri Bennet, RTG General Counsel
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Phoenix A-B
Welcome Reception and Tradeshow
Sponsored by Ericsson, Inc.

Thursday, November 3

8:00am - 9:00am Breakfast (Phoenix A-B)
9:00am - 10:30am
Phoenix D
The Future of Competitive Services in Rural Markets
Richelle Elberg, JSI Capital Advisors; Tim Bryan, NRTC; and Beckie Rivas, TNS

This general session will includes industry projections by JSI Capital Advisors' Richelle Elberg, the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative's (NRTC) new CEO Tim Bryan, will provide his vision of how NRTC will support rural telcos over the coming years and Beckie Rivas who will give a TNS perspective.

10:30am - 10:45am Break
10:45am - 12:00pm
Phoenix D
Wireless Network Optimization
Scott Robinson, 4G Unwired; Albert Kangas, NewCore Wireless; Dr. Martin Hobbs, NetBoss Technologies
Sponsored by Transaction Network Services, Inc.

This breakout session will outline the process and methodology of making your system operate more effectively and profitably. This session, designed for operation managers and executives, will explain in a straightforward manner several different facets of system optimization that will help maximize your ROI.

12:00pm Conference Adjourns