News from the ITA

April 26, 2019


114th Annual Convention 

Join us at the Illinois Telecommunications Association’s 114th Annual Convention, June 9-11 at Margaritaville Lake Resort in Osage Beach, Missouri. Don't miss this opportunity to network with friends and colleagues from around the industry and learn about the latest state and federal policy changes, cutting-edge technology and new services that will shape our industry and communities for years to come! Register today!

Don't Miss These Informative Presentations

The ITA welcomes a wide range of industry leaders providing insight and information about current issues facing the telecommunications industry. Presentations include:


A Telecom Update from the Nation's Capital

Eric Keber, VP of Government Affairs, WTA

Eric will address telecom policy from a federal perspective and let you know how the actions of Congress and the FCC will affect your business. 

Robocall/Spoofing Prevention (SHAKEN/STIR)

Brent Struthers, STI-GA Director - ATIS

This presentation highlights the industry work taking place to address the FCC’s leading cause of consumer complaints. It provides high-level insight into how unwanted robocalling and caller ID spoofing work and explains how new protocols will combat this fraud.  It will also touch on relevant Federal and state legislative and regulatory action.

Charting Your Company’s Path to 2025

Dave Lewis, VP of  Product Innovation - JSI                       

The FCC's December 2018 USF Order may have provided additional funds to the overall budget, but now is not the time for RLECS to become complacent!  While many companies have a strategic plan in place, most omit critical areas central to an integrated strategic/tactical roadmap. In eight short years we'll reach the A-CAM's final year, and the FCC will reevaluate competitive overlap in five years for RoR ILECs.  Have you defined the specific scope of customers, ARPU, and EBITDA margins necessary to offset your exposure to support loss?  Have you defined the level of capital required to underwrite your 2025 vision along with your capital capacity/sourcing?  Have you defined your desired strategic persona, and the technology platforms, staffing, and products necessary to deliver on your desired 2025 position?  This session will identify the essential elements of a comprehensive and actionable 2025 plan, along with the specific steps companies can take to engineer ongoing financial and strategic relevance.

Trust and Personality Typing: Strategies to Manage Conflict and Build Stronger Teams

Dave Butler, VP of Member Engagement - NeoNova                                               

Conflict is inevitable. Unhealthy conflict can halt productivity, damage relationships among team members, and lower morale among your employees. However, on teams with exceptional leadership, conflict can be a very healthy, productive, necessary event. Individuals have hardwired preferences for gathering information & making decisions. By understanding your team members better through tools like the Myers-Briggs personality evaluation, you can build trust among them and set the stage for healthy, productive conflict that moves your business forward. During this interactive presentation, NeoNova's Dave Butler will review strategies to help you better understand your team members and establish an environment of trust. At the end of this session, you will be equipped to become a better leader, maximizing beneficial task conflict while reducing harmful relationship conflict.

Winning USF Reform and Operational Strategies

Aaron Sadler, Partner – Moss Adams 

Moss Adams will provide an overview of the results of the A-CAM II elections, the rationale that carriers utilized in making their decisions, and a summary of the current state of Universal Service Funding by type.  This session will then hone in on broadband strategies that will make both model-based and Legacy RoR carriers more successful.  We will focus on practical strategies that companies can implement to create additional revenues and/or generate operational efficiencies.

Is Diversification the Answer to a Successful Future?

Jessica Richter & Jamie Becker, BKD                                            

As the telecommunications industry continues to evolve, what are companies doing to succeed and grow?  Is diversification the answer or are there other ways to create growth and add value to your business?  Join BKD's panel of trusted advisors to discuss what they have seen across the industry and share ideas of what has been successful that you may be able to take back to your company to help endeavor towards a successful future.   We will also discuss some key performance indicators that can be used to review financial and operational health and discuss the concept of contribution margin per customer.

 Visit our website for the presentation summaries and bios of the speakers. 

Hotel Room Block

Margaritaville Lake Resort
(formerly Tan-Tar-A)
494 Tan Tar A Drive
Osage Beach, MO 65065


Block Rates(per night):
Rooms: $139.00
One Bedroom Suite: $250.00
Two Bedroom Suite: $350.00 

Reserve your room at the Margaritaville Lake Resort online or by calling 573-348-8594 (ask for the ILTA Convention Rate) before the room block deadline on 5/10/19

Don't miss these outstanding networking events

  • Sunday -  Welcome Reception 
  • Sunday -Private Lake Cruise followed by dinner at the hotel
  • Monday - Vendor's Exhibition
  • Monday - Dessert Reception
  • Tuesday - Golf at the Oaks Golf Course
  • Tuesday- Recreational Trapshooting at the Missouri Trapshooters Association 
  • Tuesday - Reception at JB's Boathouse for dinner, drinks and live music by the Phin-Addicts


For a complete schedule of the convention, visit our website under Events-> Annual Convention

A Special Thanks to our Annual Partners!

2019 Gigabit Partners:


2019 Megabit Partners:


Thank you to our 2019 Annual Convention Sponsors!

A number of companies have already jumped on the opportunity to sponsor the ITA convention and there's still time to register as a sponsor. We have several levels available. Thanks to the following companies that have already registered as sponsors!






Illinois Rural Broadband Association

GVNW Consulting

BKD CPAs & Advisors




Finley Engineering




CORE Telecom Systems

Holtger Bros. Inc.


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