2019 TFI Conference

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 14th Annual TFI Technology Conference
January 24-25, 2019, Austin Texas

Thank you attendees, speakers, and sponsors of our 2019 TFI Technology Conference. It was a great year!

Links to speaker Bios, and presentation SlidesVideos are below and Conference Photos are posted on our TFI Facebook page.

Thank you 2019 TFI Technology Conference Sponsors:

    Costquest COA logo 2016     duff and phelps 200x26     AVA logo for Jeff blue and black     

2019 Conference Schedule


6:15–7:15 pm – Pre-Conference Reception Meet & Greet –
Gatehouse Sponsored by CostQuest

THURSDAY, JANUARY 24, 2019 (8:30 am – 6:00 pm – Conference Day One –
Rio Grande Ballroom)

8:30 am        Introductions and Welcome  – SlidesVideo
• Lawrence Vanston, President, Technology Futures, Inc. (TFI)

8:45 am        TFI Industry Forecast Overview – Slides & Video
• Lawrence Vanston, President, TFI
• Ray Hodges, Senior Consultant, TFI

9:45 am        Break


10:00 am      5G: The Big Picture- Slides & Video
• Iain Gillott, President and Founder, iGR

10:45 am      5G Equipment: What on Earth does this Stuff Look Like? – SlidesVideo
• Robert Daniels, Vice President, PHAZR

11:00 am      Break

11:15 am      Coloring in the 5G Triangle: Super High Bandwidth, Massive IoT, and Ultra High Reliability Video
– Panel Discussion
 Robert HeathProfessor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of Texas
• Salam Akoum, Principal Member of Technical Staff, AT&T Labs
• Robert Daniels, Vice President, PHAZR
• Iain Gillott, President and Founder, iGR

12:30 pm      BBQ Lunch – Gatehouse – Sponsored by Maura’s Voice

1:15 pm        Wireless Futures Research –  SlidesVideo
Connected Aerial Vehicles and Machine Learning for Communications
• Robert Heath, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the University of Texas
at Austin

1:45 pm        5G Data Fast: Fiber Optics and Edge Computing – Panel discussion Video
• Randy Cook, Sales, Affirmed Networks
• Jim Stegeman, President, CostQuest Associates, Inc
• Iain Gillott, President and Founder, iGR (Moderator)

2:30 pm        Break

2:45 pm        The 5G Spectrum Puzzle – SlidesVideo
• Brian Goemmer, President, Allnet Insights & Analytics

3:15 pm        The 4G to 5G Transition – Slides
Iain Gillott, President and Founder, iGR

4:00 pm        Break

4:15 pm        Why Does It Matter? And How? A Tax/Valuation Perspective I Video
 Ruben Miranda, Director, Tax Services, Duff & Phelps
• Gary Wiggins, Executive Director, Property Tax, AT&T – Slides
• Stephen Yergeau, Director, Property Taxes, T-Mobile

5:00 pm        The IRS and the Data Mess  – Slides
• Kim Houser, Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University

5:30 pm        Day Ends

6:00 pm        Conference Reception – Gatehouse

FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2019 (8:30 am – 1:30 pm – Conference Day Two –
Rio Grande Ballroom)


8:30 am        Communications Technology Update – Slides & Video
• August (Augie) Grant, Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communications,
Univ. of South Carolina; Co-Editor, Communications Technology Update and Fundamentals

9:15 am        Fiber Deep: Broadband Industry Risks and Economics – Slides & Video
• Jim Stegeman, President, CostQuest Associates, Inc.

10:00 am      Break

10:15 am      Policy Fireside Chat – Video
• Mignon Clyburn, Former Commissioner, FCC
• Jim Stegeman, CostQuest Associates, Inc. (Moderator)

11:15 am      Break

11:30 am      Why Does It Matter? And How? A Tax/Valuation Perspective II Video
• Jeffrey Binkley, CEO, Assessment Valuation Advisors (Moderator)
• Carl Hoemke, Partner, Valentiam Group – Slides
• John Reed, Sr. Director – Property Tax, Charter Communications

12:15 pm      Last Word: The Assessor Perspective – Slides & Video
• Peggy Wardlaw, Founder, Wardlaw Appraisal Group, LC.

12:30 pm      Break

12:35 pm      Box Lunch Discussion – Rio Grande Ballroom
Getting out of the Alligator Pit and Moving On – Slides & Video
• Carrie Vanston, The Energy Accelerator, TFI

1:25 pm        Conference Ends

Videos, slides, and photos from past conferences: 2018201720162015, and 2014

Please contact Helen Mary Marek, at hmvmarek@tfi.com or call us at (512) 258-8898 with any questions regarding the conference.