The Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association’s 76th annual meeting will be held Sunday, Nov. 19, through Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, at the Airport Marriott in Nashville.
- The Tennessee Magazine’s Pick Tennessee Products reception
- Spouses’ brunch
- Group luncheon on Monday for directors, managers, attorneys, staff, and others
- ACRE breakfast on Tuesday morning
We need advance reservations for all food functions to assure adequate space and food. When you send in your registration form, be sure to indicate how many will attend each function. Please return the registration form and fees by Oct. 31. Refunds will be given for cancellations made prior to Thursday, Nov. 16.
Sunday, Nov. 19
|4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.||Pick Tennessee Products Reception|
Join The Tennessee Magazine for a reception featuring Tennessee-made food and beverages.
Monday, Nov. 20
|7:00 a.m.||Health Screenings and Flu Shots|
Chattanooga and Knoxville Rooms until 9 a.m.
|7:30 a.m.||Registration | Breakfast|
Sponsored by CoBank Lobby and Cumberland Ballroom
|9:00 a.m.||Business Session|
President and General Manager’s Report, Resolutions Committee Report, NRECA Report and election of trustees
|9:00 a.m.||Spouses’ Brunch|
Dustin Noble of Noble Springs Dairy and Amy Tavalin of the Franklin Farmers Market speaks at 10 a.m.
|10:00 a.m.||NRECA Director Election|
Voting for Tennessee’s representative on NRECA’s Board of Directors
|10:30 a.m.||Wearing Ugly Baby Glasses to Examine Key Economic and Energy Trends|
Presented by CFC John Doggett, one of America’s foremost economists, provides insights into the future of Wall Street and Main Street.
|11:30 a.m.||Lunch for Directors, Managers and Staff|
Updates from CoBank, Cooperative Finance Corporation, Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange, National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative and Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Cumberland Ballroom
|11:30 a.m.||Lunch for Attorneys|
Sponsored by Bass, Berry and Sims Jackson Room
|1:00 p.m.||Building Up America|
CNN contributor and Republican strategist Ana Navarro brings an unfiltered analysis of America’s current political landscape and offers a vision to correct our broken political discourse
|2:00 p.m.||Building Up Member Trust|
Proactive and professional communication is key to building member trust. Jenn Ruffato, Indiana Electric Co-ops
Sponsored by Touchstone Energy
|3:15 p.m.||Building Up the Next Generation|
Recognition of Washington Youth Tour Delegates, Todd Blocker, TECA
|5:30 p.m.||Hospitality Meet-and-Greet with Sponsors|
|6:30 p.m.||2017 Banquet|
Join TECA and our sponsors for dinner followed by our awards ceremony recognizing director training, safety accreditation and TopTenn awards. The evening concludes with entertainment by comedian, engineer and Tonight Show alum Don McMillan.
Tuesday, Nov. 21
|7:30 a.m.||2017 ACRE Breakfast|
|8:00 a.m.||Building Up Tennessee|
2018 will be historic for Tennessee politics with elections for Governor, Senate, Congress and the General Assembly. Dr. John G. Geer with Vanderbilt University shares insights for co-ops to influence public policy in the coming environment.
|9:00 a.m.||Building Up Connections|
With many co-ops deciding to enter the broadband market, hear from experts on broadband finance, regulation, technology and marketing. Ty Harrell, CFC; Mike Knotts, Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association; Becky Mashburn, Delta Montrose Electric Cooperative; and Sean Vanslyke, Southeast Missouri Electric Cooperative.
|10:00 a.m.||NRECA Update|
Jim Matheson, NRECA CEO, gives co-op leaders a preview of the upcoming year.
|10:30 a.m.||TVA Update An update on rates, regulations and upcoming opportunities for TVA.|
Dan Pratt, TVA
|11:30 a.m.||Final Business Meeting|
Nashville Airport Marriott
600 Marriott Dr, Nashville, TN 37214 | (615) 889-9300
TECA has a block of rooms reserved from Saturday, Nov. 18 through Tuesday, Nov. 21. The room rate is $114/night. Deadline to make reservations: Saturday, Oct. 28.
The registration fee is $450 for trustees, managers, attorneys and employees. This fee includes a ticket(s) for the admission to all general sessions; annual banquet and entertainment; spouses’ brunch; group luncheon; and Tuesday morning’s ACRE breakfast. Proceeds from the breakfast will go to our Tennessee ACRE PAC.
TECA invites your organization to be a part of our 2017 Annual Meeting.
Exhibitor and Hospitality Sponsor
Features: You will receive exhibit space, listing as a co-sponsor of the hospitality hour and an invitation to attend all meals and activities. This package also includes your company name and logo on the program and recognition during all events.
Fee: $1,250 for one attendee for the entire conference. Additional attendees are $250.
You will receive exhibit space and an invitation to attend all meals and activities. This package also includes your company name on the program and recognition during all events.
Fee: $1,000 for one attendee for the entire conference. Additional attendees are $250.
Features: You will receive a listing as a co-sponsor of the hospitality hour and an invitation to attend all meals and activities. This package also includes your company name on the program and recognition during all events.
Fee: $750 for one attendee for the entire conference. Additional attendees are $250.
Crisis Communications and Media Training Workshop
Sunday, November 19, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Nashville Airport Marriott
When it comes to dealing with reporters, there is a right way and a wrong way to answer their questions. This workshop will help you be prepared to respond to tough questions and protect your co-op’s reputation.
Attendees will leave with a better understanding of the dos and don’ts of working with the media, including cultivating relationships with reporters, turning interviews toward your message and projecting sincerity, credibility, and professionalism. The course includes instruction, conversation, activities, handouts and the opportunity to practice on camera with former reporters.
The Presenters: Wendy and Mark Grapentine are former journalists who met at the ABC station in Madison, Wisconsin. Wendy was the 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. anchor and medical reporter and Mark was weekend sports anchor. Wendy left broadcasting to work for the University of Wisconsin School of Business, helping recruit NRECA’s university-based training programs like the Management Internship Program to Madison. She now runs her own consulting practice. Mark now holds a degree in law and works in policy and government relations in Madison.
Wendy has extensive knowledge of the cooperative world, while Mark has extensive knowledge of what it’s like to manage the media from the perspective of the news maker. Both know firsthand what it’s like to be the one with the microphone in your hand, looking for answers and maybe even a scoop.