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NET 2018 Program

      
Pre-Conference Events, Monday February 5, 2018
Pre-Conference: Advanced Key Accounts Training   |   8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.   |   Plaza Ballroom
The NET Conference is where electric cooperatives and businesses meet. But once we have secured that facetime with our local businesses, what is next? 
 
National Energy Manager Lunch    |   11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.   |   Private Vinoy Diningroom
Calling all national energy managers: join us for a roundtable discussion and lunch as we welcome you to NET 2018 and St. Petersburg, FL.
 
Opening General Session.    |    1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  |  Palm Court Ballroom
Welcome All
Welcome to NET 2018, Your Source for Inventing Innovation. 
Lynn Moore, Executive Director, Touchstone Energy
Hacking Innovation
Josh Linkner  |  Keynote
Hear from a tech entrepreneur who turned five of his companies into a combined value of over $200 million dollars and raised an additional $150 Million of venture capital.  Josh is also the founder of Detroit Venture Partnerships, a main force in the revitalizing of Detroit. 
 
National Energy Manager Quickfire
Meet a few of our network's national energy managers from our valued business members in a "get your pen ready" format.  Hear what priorities and projects are changing the way they do business. 
 
NET 2018 Expo Grand Opening.  3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  |  Royal Ballroom
Come and see the cutting edge energy solutions that our sponsoring companies can offer at the Expo Grand Opening. Enjoy networking and refreshments.
 
Conference Tracks  3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
1) Battery Storage and Beneficial Electrification. Join a discussion to look beyond the battery for storage and increase growth through the practice of beneficial electrification.
2) Engaging Small Commercial Business. The silent sector of small business represents a significant co-op member base but are a tough group to reach. Join this roundtable discussion and bring your local successes and areas for growth. 
3) Big Data. Smart Engagement? Can big data provide more than just archived volume?  See how managing your data can influence efficiency initiatives and increase member engagement.
 
Welcome Reception: Cocktails by Tampa Bay  | 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 
Join us for our cocktail reception on the beautiful Vinoy Renaissance resort grounds overlooking the bay and St. Petersburg Skyline.  Enjoy wine and brews and a light appetizer or two. 
 
 
General Session II.    |    8:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.  |  Palm Court Ballroom
The National Perspective
Christopher Guith  |  Keynote

From economic development to the latest in regulatory affairs and technology, Christopher Guith has his thumb on it at the national and local level as the SVP of the US Chamber of Commerce Institute for 21st Century Energy. 

Power Panel: Three Wins. One Network.
Hear from national leaders as they discuss maximizing the three wins of economic insight, legislative strength and the power of technologies. 
 
Conference Tracks  10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
4) Deeper Dive with Christopher Guith. Explore more into our nation's commerce and the factors that impact rural America. 
5) Electric Vehicles. Hear how EVs are impacting the grid and if consumers are demanding charging stations.  Who is responsible for the installation, maintenance and revenue of charging stations?
6) Artificial Intelligence. See what utility applications the world of AI can offer to the energy industry and how AI is changing the way problems are answered, discovered and archived in the blink of an eye.  
 
Business Opportunity Exchange.  11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  |  Royal Ballroom
This is your opportunity to connect round-robin to maximize your networking experience. Come prepared to bring your contact information and best ideas. 
 
\ Lunch - 12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
 
Conference Tracks  1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
7) Booming World of Broadband. Hear how co-ops offering broadband have benefited commercial and residential members.  From planning stages to marketing the service, learn winning tactics that can fuel community and economic development.
8) Build or Buy: How to Assess Technologies. What qualities set great tech away from the others and how can we find the balance of measuring efficiency vs. cost effectiveness?
9) Solar & Renewables. Walk through case studies of large scale projects including large commercial and utility scale solar. 
 
Ice Cream Social.  3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
 
General Session III.    |    3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.  |  Palm Court Ballroom
The Smart Grid with Steve Collier
Steve Collier  |  Keynote  
Join the V.P. of Business Development at Milsoft Utility Solutions as he takes us through the world of smart grid technologies and reaches into the future of the modern American grid. 
 
The NET Conference's Grand Reception.  |  6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
The NET Conference is known for finding the sweet spot between business, networking, relaxation and fun.  Join us in the famous Vinoy ballroom to toast to innovation and a new year of networking.  
 
 
 
Conference Tracks  9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
10) Distributed Generation. How can modern micro grids integrate innovative technology and renewables to increase utility offerings?  What are the first steps for utilities and large commercial to implement?
11) Controls & Connectivity. With today’s internet of things, systems are connected more than ever before with great reward and risk.  See how controls have gone beyond just saving energy and can help to run a business more efficiently.
12) Bringing Success to Small Towns. See what tools and resources are available to attract and retain business and opportunity for our local communities. 
 
General Session IV.    |    10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.  |  Palm Court Ballroom
The Promise: The Ultimate Engagement Experience
Jason Hewlett  |  Keynote
Hear from an incredible performer, Jason Hewlett, as he motivates professionals to create legendary performances for their stakeholders.  Bring extra laughs and tears for this session mixed with top-notch impersonations, comedy and heart touching stories. 
 
NETworking Activities (Wednesday, 12:00 p.m. - Offsite, Lunch & Transportation Provided)
Dali Museum - $100
The Man. The Master. The Marvel. Receive a group tour of the Dali Museum, one of St. Petersburg's largest attractions, and see the art and life of Salvador Dali. 
Fishing Charter - $125
Visit Tampa Bay's blue waters as you board a fishing charter for the afternoon. 
Ballpark Tour & Brewery Tasting - 125
Play Ball & Cheers! Tour the unique Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays, that is one of the last fully covered MLB stadiums. Also, visit the best local breweries St. Petersburg can offer and raise a glass.
 
NETworking Activities, Prices Vary (Wednesday, 12:00 p.m. - Offsite, Lunch & Transportation Provided)
 
Dali Museum - $100
The Man. The Master. The Marvel. Receive a group tour of the Dali Museum, one of St. Petersburg's largest attractions, and see the art and life of Salvador Dali. 
Fishing Charter - $125
Visit Tampa Bay's blue waters as you board a fishing charter for the afternoon.
Ballpark Tour & Brewery Tasting - $125
Play Ball & Cheers! Tour the unique Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays, that is one of the last fully covered MLB stadiums. Also, visit the best local breweries St. Petersburg can offer and raise a glass.
 
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