b nicholas Webb, bestselling author and
innovation strategist, who provides tips
and expertise on best practices to
maximize the customer experience.
a Marcus Sachs, senior
vice president and
chief security officer,
Electric Reliability Corp.,
who discusses the necessities of a cyber-
b anirban Basu, chief exec-
utive officer and nationally
known economist of the Sage Policy
Group, who offers an outlook on global,
national and local economic trends.
RTIME educational sessions are
tailored to meet the needs of managers, directors and key employees.
Manager sessions include discussions on
customer service, economic trends, executive leadership,
collaboration, wireless usage and next-generation gamers.
Director sessions focus on hiring practices, bylaws, investing in fiber, legal issues and smart agriculture.
The RTIME 2018 Expo, the largest showcase of its kind
and the networking hub of the conference, includes ser-
vice providers that are very familiar with the needs and
challenges of rural service providers. New this year is
“Expo Plus,” an opportunity for managers to talk one-
on-one with vendors and discuss challenges specific
to their communities.
RTIME also offers opportunities to relax and
have fun. Team up with a buddy during the
Foundation for Rural Service’s golf outing at
Onion Creek Golf Club, or enjoy an exciting evening
at the Rattle Inn. Join the NTCA Rural Broadband
PAC/RTAF for an evening in Hill Country, where you will
visit the famous Salt Lick BBQ, or take the Waco & Magnolia
Market tour, where you will see a little more of Texas outside
RTIME is more than an annual meeting. It’s the industry
event for everyone, well timed to help you move into the
broadband future. The rural telecom community is waiting
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Yolanda Akinrimisi is senior marketing specialist at NTCA. Contact
her at firstname.lastname@example.org.