14th Annual

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TFI Technology
Conference

January 24-26, 2019
Courtyard Marriott Downtown,
Austin Texas

Please visit the 2019 TFI Conference Page for complete and updated information about the 2019 conference.

Videos, Pictures, and Slides from the January 2018 conference

Videos, Pictures, and Slides from the January 2017 conference

Overview Speakers Schedule Registration and Venue

Join us for our 14th Annual TFI Technology Conference, Jan 24-25, 2019, as industry leaders and professionals gather once again to share the latest trends and developments impacting communications and asset valuation. We will be meeting again in exciting downtown Austin.

2019 Main Theme: 5G and its Business and Valuation Implications

Iain Gillott, wireless expert extraordinaire, returns to TFI for the fourth time. This time Iain will lead us through a deeper look into this technology and its impacts on broadband, cable, video, and other asset-intensive industries. He will be joined by other wireless experts, including Dr. Robert Heath, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin.

Our policy keynote this year is former FCC commissioner Mignon Clyburnwho will address key topics relevant to communications infrastructure such as broadband deployment, network neutrality, spectrum allocation, and telephony service obligations.

For 2019, we are re-introducing tax and valuation-specific segments to the conference to reinforce the relevance of technology change to asset valuation. We hope you’ll join your colleagues in what promises to be another interesting and important event!

Gain Background, Insights, and Forecasts:

  • Wireless Communications, including 5G
  • Broadband & Video, including Gigabit networks and OTT
  • Network Technologies
  • Cutting-edge technologies such as virtual and augmented reality

Stay Relevant and Timely:

  • High level review of top communications trends
  • Informative presentations on key technologies
  • Illuminating discussions of current and emerging issues facing the communications industry
  • Important insights on the impact of these changes on asset valuation
  • Multiple opportunities to connect and reconnect with community and thought-leaders

You Should Attend If:

  • You have a business or policy interest in the communications network's future, or
  • You are involved with the valuation of communications assets, or
  • You are impacted by changes in the telecom, wireless, and cable television networks, or
  • You are active in the IoT, AI, VR or other up and coming communication technologies, and
  • You value learning, sharing, and collaborating with industry leaders and professionals
2018 Conference Information
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TFI TEAM
Lawrence Vanston, PhD., Conference Director, President, TFI
NOTE: Please visit the 2019 TFI Conference Page for List of Keynotes, Speakers, and Panelists
Lawrence K. Vanston, Ph.D., President, TFI, CONFERENCE DIRECTOR

Lawrence Vanston, PhD., Conference Director, President, TFI

Ray Hodges, Senior Consultant, TFI

Carrie Vanston, TFI, Corporate Cultures That Rock

Carrie Vanston, The Energy Transformer

Claire E. Chase, Property Tax Manager, Centurylink

CONFERENCE LIASON:                  
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Helen Mary Marek, VP Operations & Creative Director, TFI

Helen Mary Vanston Marek, TFI, VanMarek Design

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Some of Our Previous Attendees:

3M Advantax American Appraisal AT&T
AT&T Mobility AUS Consultants Arizona Attorney General Office Baker Donelson
Bexar Appraisal BCRI Blankenship Resources Capitol Appraisal Group
CenturyLink CHR Solutions Clearwire Collin County Appraisal
Comcast Cricket Communications CostQuest Associates Dallas Central Appraisal
Deloitte Duff & Phelps Embarq Ernst & Young
FTTH FMV Opinions Grant Thornton GVTC Communications
Hiscock & Barclay, LLP Hawley Troxell Ennis & Hawley LLP Hill Ward Henderson Law Firm KPMG
Law Offices of Peter Michaels Level 3 Communications Millinium Marketing Qwest
Revenue Wisconsin Satai Network SC&H Group, LLC Sprint/Nextel
State of California Board of Equalization Tarrant County Appraisal Tax Compliance Inc. Thompson Reuters
Time Warner Cable T-Mobile TRCI Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
UHY Advisors Verizon
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What Attendees Say:

"Thank you for putting on your seminars and conference. Although I have used various TFI tables over the years and read several of your publications, there is an additional and unique learning experience to be had via the lectures and interaction with the audience and TFI. Through the questions, comments, and answers one hears the issue presented from a variety of perspectives and has the opportunity to put in one's own words their own comments and questions to see if they understand it or not, etc. One-on-one with the authors, the experts, a wonderful educational opportunity."

Robert G. Strong, Tax Director
AT&T

"Great range of topics & speakers that were both fascinating and provocative."

Jim Dombrowski, Property Tax Manager
Verizon

"Based on TFI's knowledge, skills and experience, I strongly recommend their annual Technology Futures Asset Valuation Conference to anyone who is involved in assessing telecommunications equipment or anyone involved with telecommunications in some form or another."

Raul Reyes, Business Personal Property Supervisor
Dallas Central Appraisal District

"Great program...information is timely and program ties together well. Good for attendees with various background and interests. I highly recommend."

Jeffery S. Binkley, Senior Director
Deloitte

"Great conference for all of those who want an update on trends in the communications industry and the technologies impacting it. As an academic, I found it especially valuable in providing me ideas of what I need to be looking out for in my own areas of interest.

Kim Houser, Business Law Professor, 
Washington State University

"5 Stars! Informative sessions with dedicated speakers."
Paul Tucker, Independent Appraiser,
Tucker Consulting

"I found the insights on technology changes in-process and planned and their current and expected impact on replacement of assets most useful. Proper valuation must take into account technological externalities that will diminish the value of the existing assets. The technological innovations are having a such an impact that keeping up is essential. This conference keeps me up to date."

Roger Grabowski, Managing Director
Duff & Phelps

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2019 Conference Schedule on Eventbright

TFI Communications Technology Conference Logo14th Annual TFI Technology Conference
Thurday & Friday, January 24-25, 2019
Courtyard Marriott Downtown, Austin, Texas 

  • NOTE: Please visit the 2019 TFI Conference Page for Complete and Updated Schedule.
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    Basic Schedule:

    WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2018

    6:15–7:15 pm Pre-Conference Reception Meet & Greet, Rooftop

    THURSDAY, JANUARY 25, 2018

    8:30 am      Conference Day One Begins, RioGrande Ballroom
    12:30 pm    BBQ Lunch Break, Gatehouse
    5:30 pm      Day One Ends
    5:45–7 pm   Conference Reception – Rooftop

    FRIDAY, JANUARY 26, 2018

    8:30 am      Conference Day Two Begins, Rio Grande Ballroom
    12:15 pm   Concluding Remarks
    12:30 pm    Box Lunch Presentation and Discussion
    1:20 pm     Conference Ends
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    VENUE:
    Downtown Austin PhotoLocation/Accommodations: Courtyard Marriott Downtown, 300 E. 4th Street., Austin, TX, 512-236-8008 or 800-321-2211. Guest rooms for the conference are $229 per night. Please let the Marriott know you are with the TFI Conference.
    The hotel is in walking distance to Austin's best live music venues and restaurants and near the Texas State Capitol, the University of Texas, and other popular Austin sites. This is a non-smoking facility with complimentary high-speed Internet and wireless access throughout the hotel. (photo source: Marriott)

    For more information about Austin, please visit Austin 360 or Austin Chamber of Commerce.

    To receive updated seminar details, dates, and registration information for future sessions, please click here.

    Please contact Helen Mary Marek at info@tfi.com or call us at (800) 835-3887 or (512) 258-8898 with any questions regarding the conference. ********************************************

    Please visit the 2018 TFI Conference Page for information about the conference

    Overview Speakers Schedule Registration and Venue

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    SPONSORS

    TFI Technology Conference Sponsor, AVA

    TFI Technology Conference Sponsor, CostQuest Associates

    TFI Technology Conference Sponsor, Deloitte


    What Attendees Say

    “... a unique learning experience to be had via the lectures and interaction with the audience and TFI."

    Robert G. Strong,
    Tax Director, AT&T


    "Based on TFI's knowledge, skills and experience, I strongly recommend their annual Technology Futures Asset Valuation Conference to anyone who is involved in assessing telecommunications equipment or anyone involved with telecommunications in some form or another."

    Raul Reyes, Business Personal Property Supervisor
    Dallas Central Appraisal District

    "Great program ... information is timely and program ties together well. Good for attendees with various background and interests. I highly recommend it."<

    Jeffery S. Binkley,
    Director, Deloitte

    "… Proper valuation must take into account technological externalities that will diminish the value of the existing assets. The technological innovations are having a such an impact that keeping up is essential. This conference keeps me up to date."

    Roger Grabowski,
    Managing Director

    Duff & Phelps