2019 Annual Conference & Vendor Showcase


Topic TBD

Derek Bulawa, CEO of BEK Communications



Opening Session: 


Jen Turnbow, KLJ


2018 Breakout Session Topics

(topics will be updated as the information becomes available)


Appsuite: The Gateway to Productivity & Efficiency in the Field

Chris Fries (NISC)

Implement a business process that improves an end result with higher efficiency user Appsuite. This class is structured to show how companies can use Appsuite to complete day-to-day tasks while reducing driving time, overall miles driven, and completing jobs with one resource instead of multiple resources.


Bring Your "A" Game to Work

Mary Beth Burns (Train ND; SE NDSCS)

The Bring You’re a Game to Work, is designed to instill foundational workplace behaviors and values in today’s workforce.  After completing the program, Bring you’re a Game to Work participants will understand the long-term benefits of work ethic and setting a foundation for personal and professional success.

This session will feature one of the "A"'s of Mary Beth's full session.


Cybersecurity - Privacy and Data Protections

Shawn Nelson, Sr. (CNE)


Cybersecurity - Hacks, Tips, and Tools

Blake Griffin (CNE)


Enabling the IoT: A WLAN Security Wake-up Call

Andrew Walding (Cellstream)

In this two-hour session, Andrew Walding will demonstrate the WLAN security issues that most people overlook. This active demonstration will change the way telecom professionals use Wi-Fi.


Fiber Cleaning

Kelly Weissman (Clearfield)


Fiber Optics from Installation to Troubleshooting (Includes Hands-On Stations)

Jody Frey (USA)

Jody will present a 50-minute session in the morning and a hands-on in the afternoon where you will have the chance to inspect fiber using different tools and test fiber using different OTDR platforms.  Jody will guide the inspection and testing and will address questions as they come up. In addition, he will be addressing different concerns that technicians face with inspecting and testing fiber optics. Plan on stopping by his hands-on demonstrations and spending anywhere from 15 minutes to 1 hour in the afternoon.


Fusion Splicing 101 - Maintenance & Common Errors

Jeff Fischer (AFL)

The focus of this session will be on standard splicing techniques, machine and cleaver maintenance and cleaning, hands on splicing of single and ribbon fiber. Common splice errors and solutions to each error will be discussed as well as different techniques helpful for core and clad splices.


Financial & Estate Planning

Michael Schaff (Schaff Planning Group)


Five Easy and Powerful Excel Features

Cindy Solberg (BSC)

Excel is packed with features, formulas, and charts, making it great for business analysis. Among the great secrets of Excel, there are several easy to use features which will add value to your work. We will take a look at these features, including Sparklines, Conditional Formatting, and a few simple formulas you may not have noticed.


GPS of Outside Plant Facilities

Terry Kassian (KLJ)

This session will cover the techniques, equipment, systems and value of GPS data of OSP facilities.


Modern FTTx Transmission, Design, and ImplementationFrom the CO to the User (2 hr)

Rory Troff (Multilink)

A 10,000 foot view of current and emerging fiber installation practices, testing, and best installation practices.


Safe Social Networking

Cindy Solberg (BSC)

Sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter seem to be in direct conflict with an important Internet principle: Protect yourself from identity theft. Should we continue to use these vital tools, or quit using social media altogether? No and no. We should take responsibility to protect ourselves. Learn 10 tips to help you practice safe social networking both personally and professionally.


One Call Law and Recent Changes

Ryan Schmaltz (ND One Call)

Ryan Schmaltz will discuss the new law, some unknown points in the old law, and what that means for the utility and excavation industries.


Security Systems Installation & Security Camera Considerations (2 hr)

James Anderson (Core 4 Tech)

This two-hour session will begin with a discussion of modern video surveillance systems, including HD over coax and the various major technologies, IP video, video resolutions, form factors of cameras, WDR, and video analytics. The session move into building a video surveillance system--how to choose the right camera, calculating video storage, calculating pixels-per-foot, and putting the entire system together.


Wi-Fi Hands-On

Brad Wetjen (USA)


Wi-Fi Interference

Alan Matthews (USA)


Wi-Fi Troubleshooting

Jody Frey (USA)


Workplace Savings

Melanie Jore (NTCA)

Retirement may seem like a lifetime away, but it's nearer than you think. Don't put off another day! Make your financial health a priority just as you make your health (or I hope you make it) a priority. Do it for a bright future for your family and a retirement that you can look forward to.

Closing Session:


Seth Arndorfer (Dakota Carrier Network)



updated 10-29-18