Event Agenda

TXConnect Membership Summit Agenda

Sunday, August 16

5:00 PM – 6:30 PMChairman’s Welcome Reception | Attendees and Registered Guests
Hors D’oeuvres & Drinks
6:30 PM – 8:00 PMGet to Know Your Peers Game | Attendees and Registered Guests

Monday, August 17

7:00 AM – 2:00 PMJohn H. Greenberg Golf Tournament
Includes breakfast and lunch
9:00 AM – 4:00 PMSalsa and Sangria Making Group Activity – OR – Scheduled Spa Treatment
Includes lunch
Workshops | Includes beverage break
2:30 PM – 3:15 PMCompany Branding and Integration
Presented by Andy Johns, Director of Marketing & Business Development, WordSouth
3:30 PM – 4:15 PMTax & Accounting Considerations with Mergers and Acquisitions
Presented by Mitchell McCoy, CPA, Audit Manager and Rebecca VanNattan, CPA, Audit/Tax Manager, Curtis Blakely & Co., P.C.
3:30 PM – 4:15 PMFire, Aim… Ready? Panel Discussion Navigating Concealed Carry in Rural Telecom
• Moderated by Sheila Gladstone, Principal, Lloyd Gosselink Rochelle & Townsend, P.C.
• Panelist Jennifer Prather, Vice President and General Manager, Totelcom
• Panelist Billy Colston III, General Manager, Riviera Telephone Co., Inc.
• Panelist Bill Rakowitz, General Manager, YK Communications
4:30 PM – 5:15 PMChairman Citation
5:30 PM – 7:30 PMTexas Telephone Association PAC Reception at resort
Ticketed Entry, Pay at the Door
Hors D’oeuvres & Drinks

Tuesday, August 18

7:15 AM – 8:15 AMBreakfast
8:15 AM – 8:30 AMGeneral Session Opening and Welcome | Prayer, Pledge and National Anthem
8:30 AM – 9:30 AMKeynote Address Randy White’s Keys to Success
Presented by Randy White – Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor, Super Bowl MVP and Pro Football Hall of Fame, The “Manster” 
9:30 AM – 10:15 AMLessons Learned from COVID
Presented by
• Laurie Simpson, Manager, Human Resources, Hill Country Telephone Company
• Joey Anderson, General Manager/CEO, Nortex Communications
• DeeDee Longenecker, Director of Business Development, Eastex Telephone Cooperative, Inc.
10:30 AM – 11:15 AMBusiness Partnerships – Opportunities & Challenges Roundtable Discussion

Opportunities and challenges with electric cooperative relationships
• Robert Hunt, VP Regulatory Affairs and Business Operations, Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative, Inc.

Opportunities and challenges with anchor institution partnerships
• Rusty Moore, COO and General Manager, Big Bend Telephone

Opportunities and challenges with mergers and acquisitions 
• Kirk Petty, General Manager, Santa Rosa Telephone Cooperative, Inc.
11:15 AM – 12:00 PMDefine your Leadership DNA 
Presented by Larry Montgomery, Director of Sales and Marketing, ETEX Communications
12:00 PM – 1:00 PMLunch
1:00 PM – 1:45 PMGame On! Opportunities in Gaming
Presented by
• Sam Elizondo, Co-Owner, LFG Cybercafe
• Travis Yang, Head Esports Coach, Texas A&M
• William “Bill” Smith, Commander, VFW Post 8541
2:00 PM – 5:00 PMVendor Round Robins
Includes a beverage break
6:00 PM – 6:30 PMCelebration Reception
6:30 PM – 8:00 PMDinner & Awards
Awards will be handed out at the end of dinner
• Neville Haynes Award
• Outstanding Achievement Award
• Associate Member of the Year Award
8:00 PM – 10:00 PMCarnival Night & Live Music

Wednesday, August 19

7:30 AM – 9:00 AMBreakfast Open to All
8:00 AM – 10:00 AMMembership Meeting, Legislative and Regulatory Update Members only
Presented by 
• Rusty Moore, COO and General Manager, Big Bend Telephone
• Wes Robinson, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Eastex Telephone Cooperative, Inc.
• John Hubbard, Founding Partner, Premier Legislative Consulting
• Ian Randolph, Principal, Premier Legislative Consulting