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Wednesday, May 24, 2023

KYRBA Annual Meeting

Start Date: 5/24/2023 8:00 AM EDT
End Date: 5/26/2023 12:00 PM EDT

Venue Name: Marriott Griffin Gate Resort

1800 Newtown Pike
Lexington, KY  United States  40511

Join the leading voice for Kentucky's rural broadband providers, May 24-26 in Lexington, KY! The Kentucky Rural Broadband Association Annual Meeting will feature key industry leaders, general and breakout sessions, our annual golf tournament and the annual Tabletop Expo! Mark your calendars to attend! 


Individual meeting registration is $309/person for members ($459/person for non-members) and you will also be able to review various sponsorship opportunities as well as sign up events such as the Tabletop Expo if you wish to exhibit, corn hole toss tournament or the KYRBA Annual Golf Scramble. Register before April 30th in order to take advantage of the early registration rate. The conference price increases to $349/person for members ($499/person for non-members) after April 30th. 

You may remit payment via credit card (you will be charged processing fees for credit cards purchases) or you may select the invoice option and remit your payment via check. Please note if you purchase a tabletop to exhibit, changes in Kentucky's tax law now requires our association to charge you a 6 percent sales tax for vendor/tabletop space. You will be able to review all of your charges on the summary page.

Tabletop Expo Rules: Tabletops are 3 x 6 feet, draped and include two chairs. AC Power is available upon request. Standalone backdrops are only permitted on an outside wall space. Inside tabletops CANNOT have a standalone backdrop and display items should not be taller than 3 feet. These rules are in place to accommodate space in the conference room. Tabletop Expo is Thursday, May 25 from 5:00 - 8:00 pm Eastern. Set-up is available beginning at 2:00 pm Eastern; tear down is at the close of the Expo.

Shipping policy:  Expo materials should arrive no earlier than 2 days before the exhibit date and include a contact name and "KYRBA Expo" on the package. Do not ship to the KYRBA office. Plan to set up and breakdown on the exhibit date. Hotel staff will be available to assist and provide shipping details. Ship Expo materials to this address: Marriott's Griffin Gate Resort & Spa, 1800 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY 40511. For hotel info, contact Shari Florence at 859/288-6114 or shari.florence@marriott.com.

Hotel Reservations: Use the following link to reserve your hotel room for the KYRBA Annual Meeting at the group rate of $165/night (+tax and resort fee): KYRBA Annual Meeting Group Rate. Book your room before the room reservation deadline on Monday, April 24th! 

Refund Policy: Refunds will be permitted two weeks prior to the event. After that substitutions are welcome, but refunds may only be processed at the discretion of the Executive Director inside of two weeks because numbers have been reported to the event venue for catering purposes.

Reminder: Please remember to remit your 2023 associate membership dues if you have not already done so this year. Anyone that registers for the member rate and has not yet remitted dues will be asked to remit payment on-site at the annual meeting in May. You may remit payment online via our website or call me at the KYRBA Office and I will be happy to process your payment over the phone via credit card.


Meeting Agenda

Wednesday, May 24
8:00 AM – Registration Desk Open                                        
8:00 –        Welcome Breakfast                                                
10:00 AM
9:00 AM    Associate Members Meeting                               
9:30 –        Corn Hole Toss                                                           
11:00 AM
11:30 AM  Sports Luncheon                                                                                                                                                                                 
1:00 –        Golf Scramble                                                          
5:00 PM                                                                                        
3:00 PM    Corn Hole Toss                                                                                                                                                                 
5:00 –        Sports Reception & Awards                                  
7:00 PM   
9:30 –        Dessert Party                                                             
11:00 PM  (golf prizes will be on display for pick-up, if needed)   
Thursday, May 25
8:00 AM    Registration Desk Open                                         
8:30 AM    President’s Breakfast Buffet                                 
                   (open to all attendees)
9:00 AM    Welcome & Call to Order                  
                   General Session I Convenes
                   Mark Patterson, CEO Highland Telephone Cooperative
                   KYRBA Board President
9:05 AM    Federal Broadband Update
                 Shirley Bloomfield, CEO
                 NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association
9:45 AM    Better Internet Grant Program Update
                 John Hicks, Executive Cabinet Secretary & State Budget Director
                 Gov. Beshear Administration
10:15 AM  Break/Announcements
10:30 AM  Broadband Access ABCs
                 Gregory Luhman, Business Development Manager
11:15 AM     Association Business Meeting
                   (Mark Patterson, Chair)
                   Officer & Committee Reports
                   Election of New Board Members
                   Other Business Items
11:30 AM  Business Luncheon                                                                            
                 Benchmarking Metrics for the Broadband Industry
                 Aaron Sedler, Partner
                 Moss Adams

                 Matt Pierce, Senior Manager
                 Moss Adams

1:00 –        Breakout Sessions
2:00 PM   

1. Training a New Generation
Neal Gracey, Operations Training Managers
Henkels & McCoy
2. What’s Next with Wi-Fi 6E & 10G?
Andrew Cuellar, Product Marketing Manager
5:00 –        Tabletop Expo                                                              
8:00 PM    (Set-up available after 2:00 pm)                           
7:00 –        Reception/Dine-Around                                        
8:00 PM   
8:00 –        Entertainment: Artie Dean & Bourbontown      
9:30 PM                                                                                        

Friday, May 26
7:30 AM    Board of Directors Meeting                                                     
8:15 AM    Registration Desk Opens                                       
8:30 AM    Continental Breakfast                                            
9:00 AM    General Session II Convenes                                 
9:05 AM    What’s Your Wish List?
                  Carmen O’Neill, Director of Engineering
                  Vantage Point Solutions
9:50 AM    Protect Your Children & Most Vulnerable
                 Subscribers in Your Community
                 Bob Mauro, Application Sales Manager
10:40 AM   Tying a Bow on 2023 KYRBA Annual Meeting
                   Andy Brown, Industry & Client Relations
11:00 AM    Executive Director’s Report
                   Tyler Campbell, Executive Director
                   Kentucky Rural Broadband Association
11:30 AM     Introduction of New Officers
                   The New President's Remarks

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