2019 TFI Conference Slides, Video, Photos & Bios

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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 presentation Slides and most of the presentation Videos are below and the rest will be available soon. Be sure to also see conference Photos on our TFI  Facebook page.

For an indication of the quality of the keynotes, guest speakers, and presentations, please visit the past conference pages: 2018201720162015, and 2014

Thank you 2019 TFI Technology Conference Sponsors:

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2019 Conference Schedule

Links to presentation slides and most of the videos are below. You can also view the unedited 1/2 day Livestreams on our YouTube page: Thurs am, Thurs pm, Friday am.


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 Heath, Professor 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 – Rooftop (Weather backup: Gatehouse)

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


8:30 am        Communications Technology Update – Slides
• 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
• 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
• 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
• 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

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