Lake Saint Louis, Mo., Sept. 6, 2018 — National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), a leading provider of software solutions to utility and telecommunication companies, announces its annual Member Information Conference (MIC) Sept. 11-13, 2018, in downtown St. Louis at the America’s Center.

NISC’s premier learning event, the MIC, brings together more than 2,500 Members, NISC employees, invited guests and national speakers for a three-day conference featuring more than 190 concurrent sessions and three power-packed general sessions.

“At the heart of the MIC is learning,” says Jasper Schneider, NISC Vice President of Member and Industry. “We’re able to emphasize our enterprise-wide technology solutions to help Members better enhance their operations and utilize the NISC solution suite to its full potential. Our scope spans a wide range of industry professionals, from executives to communications/marketing, accounting, finance, human resources and information technology professionals.”

This year’s MIC celebrates NISC’s 50th anniversary with special tributes to our rich history and a focus on the next 50 years.

Highlights:

Sessions
From accounting and billing to engineering and all points in-between, the 2018 MIC will provide a record 191 sessions on the latest enhancements to NISC solutions, updates on the technology roadmap and discussions of issues facing the utility and telecom industries. Of these sessions, 46 will be Member-led, featuring best practices and case studies.

Partner Pavilion
As the hub for the MIC’s events, the Partner Pavilion is home to NISC’s Consulting Booth and Innovations Lab, where attendees can meet with NISC subject matter experts, as well as more than 30 exhibiting partners and vendors showcasing a variety of solutions and services valuable to our Member organizations.

Thought-provoking General Sessions

  • Sept. 11
    Vern Dosch
    President and CEO of NISC
    Dosch will share his insight on 50 years of innovation and Member service. A life-long resident of Bismarck-Mandan, N.D., Dosch has more than 40 years of experience serving the rural utility and telecommunications industries.
  • Sept. 12
    Shirley Bloomfield
    Chief Executive Officer of NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association
    With more than 30 years of experience in the independent telecom market, Bloomfield is an expert on the role of federal communications policies in sustaining the vitality of rural and remote communities and the benefits rural broadband networks bring to the national economy.
  • Sept. 12
    Kirk Johnson

    Senior Vice President of NRECA
    Johnson is responsible for leading NRECA’s legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts, as well as its grassroots program, coalition development and political action committee. Johnson has more than a quarter-century of energy policy, advocacy and association leadership to NRECA. Prior to joining NRECA in 2001, he advised U.S. Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., on energy, environment and natural resource issues.
  • Sept. 13
    Michael H. Goodroe
    Author and Motivational Speaker
    Diagnosed with autism and severe learning problems, Goodroe’s life opportunities were characterized as limited. Michael went on to earn a B.A. in History and a Master of Business Administration. Michael’s memoir, What Autism Gave Me, traces the sustained challenges he’s faced. His life was plagued by failures, negative results and rejections, but he was supported and encouraged to keep trying no matter how many times he failed. What Autism Gave Me is a powerful reminder that the human drive to succeed is stronger than any diagnosis.
  • Sept. 13
    Billy Beane

    Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations for the Oakland Athletics
    Subject of “Moneyball”
    As General Manager for the Oakland A’s, Billy Beane shattered traditional MLB beliefs that big payrolls equated wins by implementing a statistical methodology that led the A’s to six American League West Division Titles. That methodology has come to be known as the Moneyball philosophy, named for the bestselling book and Oscar-nominated film chronicling his journey to success. By striking parallels between baseball and business and utilizing analytics to identify undervalued assets and create a competitive advantage, Beane will share his winning underdog story.

MIC Through the Decades – An Evening of Celebration
The evening of Sept. 12 will celebrate 50 years of NISC, transforming Halls 2 and 3 of America’s Center into a spectacular evening celebration featuring live entertainment, upscale food and a festive and timeless atmosphere, honoring the past but recognizing our future of possibility.

About NISC
National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC) is an information technology organization that develops, implements and supports software and hardware solutions for our Members. We deliver advanced solutions, services and support to 825 independent telephone companies, electric cooperatives and other public power entities. NISC is an industry leader providing information technology solutions including billing, accounting, operations, automated mailroom services, third-party integration as well as many other solutions. With facilities in Mandan, N.D., Lake Saint Louis, Mo., Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Shawano, Wis., NISC and its subsidiaries employ more than 1,260 professionals between the four locations.

Additional information about NISC can be found at www.NISC.coop.

For more information, please contact:
Mary Miller | Communications Manager
866-999-6472 | mary.miller@nisc.coop